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Action shots of the bike show it wearing knobbie dirt rubber, studio shots show it wearing street rubber... now I doubt we get a choice... but maybe an upgrade option...??

 

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I doubt it. I believe BMW has done that before but I've never heard of anyone else doing it. I personally prefer the more conservative tire. As much as I would like to think I will spend enough time in the dirt to justify knobbies the truth is most of my miles will be on the road.
 

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I doubt it. I believe BMW has done that before but I've never heard of anyone else doing it. I personally prefer the more conservative tire. As much as I would like to think I will spend enough time in the dirt to justify knobbies the truth is most of my miles will be on the road.
They're Conti TKC's. I've heard they're fantastic road tires and semi competent in the dirt (not off road, but gravel/dirt roads, sand) if you deflate somewhat...

Honestly, doesn't matter... AT seems like it will be just as competent touring
 

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I had heard the wear was terrible on the street. They would be awesome in the dirt though. How did they hold up on your GS erey?
 

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They were good on street and off-road. Not brilliant but good. Again a good compromise for road and off-road. I was surprise for the on-road part.
I checked what we can have here in Switzerland for this bike (front and rear)

80% road: Dunlop TR91
60% road: Metzler Karoo 3, Conti TKC 70
50% road: Heid K60 scout, Conti TKC 80, Mitas E10
30% road: Mitas E09 Dakar

We have more choice for the front (MT21, ...)
 

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A lot of the guys on the Super Tenere forum swear by Heidenau's. They are getting over 10k miles on a rear. I can't imagine riding with a tire that hard.
 

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I've run the Heidenau's on a R1200GSA and on a DR-650. They are my "go to" tire when I'm taking long trips as they wear incredibly well. They seem to last longer on the 1200 vs the 650 because of the centre strip. The smaller tire on the DR doesn't have the continuous strip that goes around the centre, so it wears a little different. I've get 10k miles (16k km) out of both without babying them.

Front tire whines a little on both, but no more than a real knobby. They can also take a fair amount of weight balance.
 

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I have heard they can be a little tricky on pavement especially when new and especially in the rain.
Better than most knobbies. I find D606's will lock the rear with just a slight touch on wet pavement. Any dual sport tire is always going to be a compromise, they just take a little getting used to.
 

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I'm not a big fan of the K60. The front tire is horrible in the dirt and the rear spins out too easily in both dirt and road especially in the wet, cold, or when you have both. I didn't have them on long enough to test out durability but I do hear good things. Some of the guys around here run the TKC80 front with the K60 rear and are getting 10K plus miles on the set. Not too shabby.
 

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Has anyone tried the Shinko 804/805s? They get some good reviews, and are a good price, but I think they are tubeless, so would they be okay on the ATs tubed rims?
 
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