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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 09-29-2016, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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Alternative tyres to OEM Dunlops

The AT itself is just fine..:-)

TYRES are what it's about....for ADVENTURE riding

Anyone got a definitive list of what alternatives will actually fit ?

I'm looking for maybe 50:50 On/Off but can easily figure out what will likely suit me.
I just don't have access to the experience for the new AT avaiable range of manufacturers sizes/specs as I'm just taking delivery.
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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 09-29-2016, 06:37 PM
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I've had great experiences with the Metzler Karoo 3's And the Heidenau's too Not sure if the Golden tyres will fit or indeed are still in production Karoo is nice and confident on roads even wet ones and not too shabby in the mud as a compromise tyre. Should mention my experience is not on an AT but a large German beastie ! Continental TKC 80 is OK on the roads even when it's wet and the best off road you will get without going full squirmy knobbly There is a new Michelin out based on there Dakar tyre but no idea what it's like Decisions decisions !?!? No matter what tyre you choose ride safe and often
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post #3 of 33 (permalink) Old 09-29-2016, 07:19 PM
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I've been reading up on some of the tires in this list:

A lot of good choices and think I'm leaning toward the Shinko Big Blocks. Good price and some good reviews.
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I agree the original tires are not so great on road. Off road on hard dirt they are OK, but in the mud they suck. Gravel can be exciting too if it's very deep.
I have been reading reviews from different sites but I am looking forward to everyone's reviews here since most will be based on performance on the AT. What works on a DR650 or a big BMW may or may not be so great for our bikes.

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post #5 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-04-2016, 12:44 AM
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I have been running Heidenau k60 scout front and rear, I really like them, I have 12,000 kms on the rear and till have 1/8 inch left before the 2nd wear bar. The front had to be replaced at 8,000 because of 1/2 inch tear in tire from road debris. Work good on road, drag my toes. Work good off road, fair in mud I would recommend you try them.
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post #6 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-04-2016, 09:33 PM
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Smile Mitas E-07

The stock tires were scary.

The rear end would slide unexpectedly on wet pavement, and off road, the stock tires were poor.

I did some research on the forums, and at 1500 km's, switched out to Mitas E-07's, the non-Dakar version.

These are considered 50-50 tires.

Not only do they grip better on pavement than the stock, they are also quite smooth.

Night and day difference off road compared to stock. I returned home today from riding the Moab, Utah 4x4 roads, and the tires performed very well.

The Dakar version are marketed as having stiff sidewalls, but I went with the non-Dakar, and am very happy with them.

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post #7 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-05-2016, 12:03 AM
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One thing I forgot to say, the tire pic's above do have 12,000 kms on them.
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I have had the Shinko 804/5s on Valentina for a couple of thousand Km now. I have found them much better on gravel and hard pack/ mud than the OEM. On the grassed surface they are ok but not agressive enough to really flick it about. (It is 30+ years since I had no fear on a dirt bike in the paddock 'though). Seeing I am more on the tar these next few months I have put the rear back to the original as I feel the 804 is not too good on the hot top as it has been really squirrely in the damp with the TC working a lot, (lowest level before off) and I am a little concerned with the font edge of the blocks. I smashed my T66's( Michelin) on my RDO4 into all sorts of trouble with the most confidence. I may need to be 60/40 on off road pattern. As an old man, I don't have a lot of faith in the Bridgestones. I shall see. Might be a Michelin man. Anakee 2 is better than the 3 I feel. Regards fellas. B
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Seems these are available in AT sizes........
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post #10 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-10-2016, 07:07 AM
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Those PIRELLI Rally STR won't be available for some time Down-under (Australia)
But they do have a Pirelli Scorpion MT90/AT,
Look alright to me I might try them,
Anybody have any experience or comment on them ???

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