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Old 05-26-2014, 01:00 AM   #16
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Shinko 705 or Full Bore M40 front, Darkside rear.



A good 20K mile combo if not beat on.
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Old 05-26-2014, 01:16 AM   #17
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Shinko Raven 009's went a little over 9k miles on my Buell Ulysses.
All other tires tried went a little over 5k miles.
Except Conti Motion Pro which only went a little over 3k miles.
Riding style and conditions remain consistent over the course of 33k miles on the bike.

The 009s should last well over 10k on your "V."

This is the what the Shinko looked like at 9k miles.
Wear bars showing on side tread.
Your experience is pretty consistent with my 009 experience. On my FJR they average around 7K miles. Hard play, they are done around 4-4.5K. Touring duty sees around 9K if pumped up hard as a rock. Durable too, a 009 survived Baja on my FJR and returned around 8-9K miles.

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Old 05-26-2014, 04:12 AM   #18
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I agree with dman, Ive had good luck with the 705s and but hte downside may be I feel they vibrate more that the stock tires did. emti
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Old 05-26-2014, 12:40 PM   #19
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Thanks for the input everyone. Like I said, it will be all freeway miles, I have maybe three more weeks left on my current tires, so I will make sure to compare all of your suggestions. Also I'm definitely going to a 16t front sprocket.
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Old 05-26-2014, 07:08 PM   #20
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You may consider raising your tire pressures a bit. I ran 36 in front / 42 PSIG in the rear on my Wee and got more than 10K miles on Anakee 2 tires.
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Old 05-27-2014, 07:28 AM   #21
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What about ride quality considerations?

Has anyone tried the Bridgestone T30's for strictly on-road V-Strom use?
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Old 05-30-2014, 01:13 PM   #22
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What about ride quality considerations?

Has anyone tried the Bridgestone T30's for strictly on-road V-Strom use?
No? Well, I just got a set, so I'll report in after next month's road trip.
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Old 05-31-2014, 08:12 AM   #23
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I ran two sets of the Bridgestone BT-023 sport-touring tires on my DL1000, and they're very nice. The turn in well, hold the road, and do a great job in the rain. The biggest issue for me is that the rears lasted less than 8K miles, while the fronts were hardly worn at all by then.
I put on a set of the radial Shinko 705's about 2K ago, and (as on my old KLR) they're wearing like iron. The 705's are noisy, and feel a bit rough at low speed, but thus far they're every bit as good on the road as the Bridgestones were.
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Old 05-31-2014, 01:00 PM   #24
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I'd be well pleased to get 8000 miles out of a rear. I just got about 5500 out of a Full Bore rear, while the front looks about like new. Not too bad for as cheap as they are and they ride better than the Shinkos, IMO.
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Old 05-31-2014, 01:44 PM   #25
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I'd be well pleased to get 8000 miles out of a rear. I just got about 5500 out of a Full Bore rear, while the front looks about like new. Not too bad for as cheap as they are and they ride better than the Shinkos, IMO.
You could probably get that out of the Full Bores, you will just have to modify your riding style.

Seriously though, I have gotten as much as 9K miles out of a 705 on my DL650 but I was touring at the time. I ran super high rear pressures {45-50lbs} and I was very easy on the throttle and off throttle. I also rarely ran more than 80mph on that trip since my wife was on a Honda Ascot.

My average life when used locally {commuting and playing} is more like your experience, sometimes worse,,,, in the 4000-4500 range. As they say, results will vary!

I think the best tire combo for a DL650 that sees any dirt is a Conti TKC or Kenda Big Block front with a 705/Full Bore rear. Both tires wear at he same rate and can be swapped out at the same time, 4-6K miles on average.

If the thing sees only street and you are not trying to be Rossi every weekend in the mountains, a 705 front and maybe a Mich. Commander II or if you have the balls,,, a car tire. Either option will result in 15-20K mile tire changes.

If you have a DL and try be be Rosssi every weeked,,,,, well,,, dont!
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Old 05-31-2014, 01:51 PM   #26
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To be fair, quite a bit of the 5500 was two up and towing a MotoMule. Anyone who knows me will tell you I'm no hotrodder.
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I put the T30's on yesterday. The front was no problem. The rear was challenging, only a little less so than mounting the rear Gold Wing Exedra. Maybe they should rename it Exedrin.

I had the wheel clamped in the No Mar and at one point I was up on the tire with my knees to keep it down in the drop center while manipulating three tire irons at the same time.
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I had the wheel clamped in the No Mar and at one point I was up on the tire with my knees to keep it down in the drop center while manipulating three tire irons at the same time.
While doing some darkside experimentation I learned a little trick that makes mounting some tires a lot easier. Use a ratchet strap around the tire and rime to force the second bead down into the valley of the rim. Then, even the hardest tire mounting become a easy task,,,,, even with small dirt bike sized iron.
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Old 06-20-2014, 12:40 PM   #29
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I ended up going with the Bridgestone Battlewings again. I got 10k out of the current set, and its in the shop today getting the new ones put on. Ended up with two nails in the rear on my way to work Wednesday.
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