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Thread: Tyre choice for adventure riding? (Mixing road and off-road)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkH View Post
    When I had the DR650 I tried using an E07 on the front & rear. I liked the rear but wasn't 100% impressed with the front. I was always a little worried about the front 'washing out' on gravel or dirt, feeling like I really wanted a little more aggressive tread in front - maybe 40/60 instead of 50/50. The TKC-80 is a 40/60 and I do in fact very much prefer it to the E07.
    For a good combination of performance and longevity - I thoroughly recommend the E07 rear/TKC-80 front mix.
    I loved the E07 rear/MT21 front combo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NordieBoy View Post
    That KLR was 680cc
    Ahem...685cc thankyou.
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    TKC80 (F) metz enduro 3 (R)

    what sort of mileage do you guys expect from your tires.?

    i had a TKC80 on the front, and a Metzeler enduro-3 on the rear, for a trip around the SI in Feb.

    rear lasted about 6000km (plenty tread left, but tarmac cornering got real weird after it squared off)

    front of course is still fine for ages yet.

    on an XT660R

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    Quote Originally Posted by neil. View Post
    what sort of mileage do you guys expect from your tires.?
    20,000km from a front Shinko 705, 12,000km from a rear...
    2,500km from a rear Shinko 255.
    15,000km from a rear Mitas E07.
    DR650.

    2,500km from a rear 150x17 TKC80 on the Nordwest.

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    that's pretty good mileage from the shinko's. I'm putting some of my rear mileage down to the chip seal they use on the west-coast, you can practically watch tires melting away, depending on enthusiasm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NordieBoy View Post
    20,000km from a front Shinko 705, 12,000km from a rear...
    2,500km from a rear Shinko 255.
    15,000km from a rear Mitas E07.
    DR650.

    2,500km from a rear 150x17 TKC80 on the Nordwest.
    I wonder if anyone can guess why I am using a Mitas E07 on the rear instead of a TKC80 (like fitted to the front)?

    At least the Shinko 255 isn't as dear as a TKC80, but even so . . .

    For more road oriented riding the 705 would be a good choice, similar $/km to the E07. But for a 50/50 tyre it is hard to beat the $/km you get from an E07 rear. For more aggressive off-roading where you want more off-road grip than a 50/50 would offer, I don't think you have any choice but to give up a heap of durability to get a more knobbly tyre.
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    Standard E-07:
    Front: 8,936 (probably had more left but you can work out what I did)
    Rear: 8936

    First rear E-07 Dakar: 10,659km
    Front still going at over 16,800 and working well, easily get a warrant.

    Loving the Dakars!

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    If you are looking for an off-road oriented tyre then the 216 is definitely worth a look. I've just put up a review here: GoldenTyre 216 Review

    Over 800 New Zealand adventure riding routes www.remotemoto.com

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    RMX etc

    Quote Originally Posted by george formby View Post
    Kia ora. Not riding enough....

    Do you still have the RMX? Classy bike...

    I suspect some of the tyre issues reported were due to running the cross ply tyre on big bikes rather than the radial.

    I'm keen to give these a go at some point for my mixed riding on the TDM. Avon Trailrider
    Yer, I just mostly look at it now days, shock needs a rebuild which I plan to do asap.

    I bought a WR450 to try but think the RMX is just as good in many ways and perhaps more fun so may sell WR and get back on the Yellow Terra.

    BTW it runs Kenda Big block on the front and Dunlop 606 on the rear, love those Dunlop's for the lower mileage bikes.
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