Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Deebing Heights, Ipswich, Queensland
Just placing my vote for Mitas E07 tyres.
I had been wanting a 50/50 tyre that wouldn't compromise the road performance of the AT. I rode my cousins Transalp which had Heidenau K60 Scouts and they didn't impress me largely because they vibrated due to the tread pattern. The smooth feeling on road was gone after hoping off the AT with its OEM tyres. I know this sounds surprising because of the centre strip on the rear tyre, but that was my experience. The front, which was the same make was probably to blame here.
I then road a VStrom with the E07 tyres on and they immediately felt smooth on the bitumen and there was no noticeable road noise or hum from them.
So a set was ordered and fitted and I have just returned from a 800 km trek over mostly bitumen and some dirt roads and they surprised me how good they performed. The bike drops quickly in and out of corners, the grip was fantastic, the bike is still smooth and I couldn't notice road noise from the tyres either. On the dirt, they were more confidence inspiring than the OEM Dunlops, but that's not too hard really. They tyres hooked up well in the dirt and gravel but I'd imagine like many tyres they would struggle in the mud. Personally, I only ride when the weather is fine so this isn't going to be a major issue to me. To think some riders are getting 15 000 kms out of these is an added bonus. Furthermore, they are not all that expensive compared to many similar dual sport tyres. I paid Aus 220 for the rear and 120 for the front.
So far I'm really happy with these. For the record I didn't go the Dakar versions which are even stronger in the side walls. I have however heard reports that these don't handle as well due to the weight of the tyres causing some balancing issues??? Can't speak from experience here.
I hope this feedback helps.
Keep the shiny side up!