Just finished my second set of these tires, figured some folks might be interested in how they worked out.
Mitas is a Czech tire maker, and as far as I know, they're only available in North America from one shop: MX1 Canada. For once, we Canucks got the free shipping, and quite frankly, the better deal. I've been told that shipping to CONUS is between $40 and $50 bucks.
This current set of tires were mounted 1 July, just before a two-up trip with my wife, for a couple of weeks in New England. As well as that trip, there was also two weeks two-up with my son down to Virginia, then over to Indy, Wisconsin, and back around the Lakes. Then a solo run down to Alabama, coupled with many rides and commutes.
All told, this set has 20k kms (12k miles for y'all). I'd guess that half was two-up, loaded luggage, with most of that interstate.
Here's the outgoing set:
As you can see, the profile wore well, especially considering the loads and speeds.
Mitas has introduced a new version of this tire, the E-07 Dakar, which I'm trying out next. I've been told that it has another ply more than the standard one (which is still available). This does make for a stiffer sidewall. As I mount and balance my own tires, I get to know how stiff a tire is intimately. And yes, Virginia, it is noticeably stiffer.
Pics of the old and new, side by side:
I forgot to take a pic of the new ones mounted before I went out for a quick rip, so they're a little dirty here:
Now, to give you context, this on an 07 GSA with Micatechs and a Givi topbox, which are pretty much always on there. I'm 6'4" at 235 without riding gear. So, the bike carries a good load as a minimum. I've been riding over 30 years, and raced for 18 of those, as well as road riding. The bike has 160k on it since I bought it new, so I've been thru quite a few tires on this one alone.
So far, my benchmark tire for this bike has been TKC 80's. I get between 10 and 12k a set, can drag pegs with them, and have single-tracked with this bike a number of times (about the only time the luggage is off). Since I live in Ontario, I've noticed that my tire mileage is higher than most board members. As near as I can figure, a lot of it has to do with riding in lower ambient temperatures on average than my southern counterparts. Anakees are done in 12k kms. Heidenau K60 Scouts might have lasted 12-15k, but they scared the crap out of me, so they got turfed after 5k. Shinko 705's worked okay, good life, but were too much of a road tire for my needs.
Here's what my TKC's look like after 10k kms:
They were run as a set. And the front was cooked before the rear. I know that I tend to be front end dominant, it's been years since I would go 2 rears to one front.
So that gives you context.
Compared to the TKC's, the front is lighter effort, turns in easier.
Noise is the bigger difference, as I find the E-07's louder than the Continentals. My guess is that they 'trap' more air, causing the volume difference. That being said, they vibrate less at low speed, due to the chevron pattern of the tread blocks as opposed to the gaps between knobbies on the TKC.
Traction. The big one we wonder about. These bite nicely in all conditions. WAY better than the TKC's in the rain, especially when the temps drop. With the 80's, once they were past half life, and it got cold and wet, they were down scary for me. High pucker factor. The Mitas' just carry on, providing nice, predictable traction on pavement. Same for the dirt. I would say that for 98% of the big bore riders out there, this more than enough traction for how they use their GS/Strom/S10/Stelvio.
The life is excellent, as I stated earlier. Any time I can get 20k kms out of a set is great. Then throw in the fact that they cost my $271 a set delivered to my door compared to $440 a set of TKC's.... that'll do, donkey. That'll do.
Hopefully Mitas will be able to sort out their importer issues for the US. These tires are a highly recommended choice for Adv bikes.