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Old 05-12-2013, 09:55 PM   #571
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This will be an easy on the throttle highway trip; I've seen everything from 2500 - 7500 miles quoted on the site here, that's why I don't know which way to go. I don't want two partially worn tires after this...what front do you run with them? I was going to take off my TKC80 front as well, was thinking of putting a K60 Scout on the front, then change the rear to the same when I got back.
I have run all sorts on the two of these I have had.

For the last 6 months in North America I have used 3 sets of Scorps front and back (all two up) and now I think about it I got closer to 5000 miles out of them, 16,000 miles for those 3 sets (front and back) and another 7000 odd out of a set of K60s. The highways in the US are fairly gentle on tyres compared to Australian and Russian ones, I normally sit on around 70-80mph on the paved roads here and as fast as can on gravel roads without being stupid.

Normally in Aus I get 2000-3000 miles out a set of tyres depends on what and where. K60 was completely bald after 6000 miles in Russia and Kaz.

BTW I like the K60, it is a nice 50/50 tire.
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:57 PM   #572
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The front K60 Scout doesn't get so good opinions as the rear.

Lots of people recommend T63 Michelin on the front for a good combo with the K60 Scout on the rear.
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:23 PM   #573
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Thanks for the feedback. I'm going to put the used MT90 on, keep the pressure high-ish (38) and see if I make it. I looked at it again and it is probably closer to 3/4 new. This is sort of a banzai run, a work related excuse to ride 6000 km in 7 days. The bike is new to me so I want to test everything out in the US before Alaska or South America. The TKC80 on the front now has the weird wear pattern from under inflation, so probably will use the new one of those I have. Then a K60 on the back and try something different on the front.

I'll post the results when (if) I get back!
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Old 05-13-2013, 12:08 AM   #574
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High pressure?

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Thanks for the feedback. I'm going to put the used MT90 on, keep the pressure high-ish (38) and see if I make it.
Recommended pressure for the front tyre on road use is 34psi.
Just saying.
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:36 PM   #575
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Went from the scorps to the k60 scouts. I like them for the most part, way better in the dirt than the scorps. I am confused on one thing though. I ride the pavement twisties hard and am using all of the front tire up while having quite a bit left on the rear- 1/2" to 3/4"chicken strips on rear. Never had tires this far off front to back. When leaned over the k60s rear does step out nice though but can be spooky sometimes.



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Old 05-14-2013, 12:04 AM   #576
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Recommended pressure for the front tyre on road use is 34psi.
Just saying.
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Yeah, that sounds more reasonable. Mounted the MT90 tonight, looks good, but I am re-thinking putting the TKC80 on the front. Maybe get something more highway oriented for the ride. Looks like I'll be getting a lot of rain...the T63's would be good with a K60 rear, but what are people matching with a MT90 on the back for highway use?
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:09 AM   #577
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The rear MT90 should match nicely.

Also Conti TKC80 has good road manners but supposed to be very soft-quickly wearing.
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:37 AM   #578
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Also Conti TKC80 has good road manners but supposed to be very soft-quickly wearing.
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Conti's fronts wear almost twice as fast on the pavement as a T63. I found them to cup really bad compared to the T63 even when pressured properly. I know this from personal experimentation. 5000 miles of HOT pavement on a T63 vs 3000 on a Conti. A rear combo for a T63 would be users discretion... Depends on what you plan to ride. Dirt I'd run a 908 or 606 if you have a skinnier rim than the stock rear rim. If not a TKC80 or Karoo T/Karoo 2. 50/50 riding I'd take a Sahara or Heidenau again for a skinnier rim.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:27 AM   #579
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Which Heidenau are you guys fitting? 140 or 150?
Im torn on what to get. The 150 handle gravel ok with the center tread?
Or do I get a Mitas 150 to match the Mitas front?
Prices here are K60 150 $300, K60 140 $218, Mitas 150 similar.
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Which Heidenau are you guys fitting? 140 or 150?
Im torn on what to get. The 150 handle gravel ok with the center tread?
Or do I get a Mitas 150 to match the Mitas front?
Prices here are K60 150 $300, K60 140 $218, Mitas 150 similar.
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Depends on your rims. Do you have the stock 4.5" rear rim? If so, stick with the 150 as the slimmer you go the less round the tire will be. Off road you want a round profile for improved contact with the ground. Stick with the recommended tire size for the rim and you'll be good to go. Get a skinnier rear rim and you can run all the fun knobby 130/80/18's you want (but they won't last on pavement, lol!)

If you are 80/20 road/off road I would suggest something less aggressive even. Tourances, Conti Escapes, Michilin Anakee's or Metz Karoo T's (if you absolutely HAVE to have a knobby looking tire) would be an 80/20 tire for me. They will last LOTS longer on pavement and gravel is rideable with all of the above. Just don't get in the mud with the Tourances, lol! Fwiw, if the bike lives primarily on pavement I would lean my tire choice more towards that end than to sacrifice handling and live with knob-roar just for the sake of having knobbies on. The 990 is a beast on any surface so tune it for what you ride, Just my 0.02

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Old 05-14-2013, 06:00 PM   #581
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Just did a loop through Gorman California with a T63 front and a 908 rear. Both set at 30psi. It did great. The deeper sandy stuff I had to stay on the throttle, but the rest of the hard pack with an inch or two of loose on top it bit in well with the front and the rear went right up steep sections in first and second without spinning too much. Very impressed with the combo. Since I'm 275lbs I just ordered some .62 fork springs from Slaven's. That will raise the nose a bit more and help the handling in sand. Right now my front sag is 50% of front travel at max preload. Way too soft.

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Old 06-05-2013, 12:07 PM   #582
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Any info on Scorpion Trail?

Road tyre. Anybody?
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Old 06-05-2013, 12:13 PM   #583
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Road tyre. Anybody?
Stick like shit to a blanket and great mileage by all reports. Still useable on the dirt (fire roads etc).

http://www.conti-online.com/www/moto...tack_2_en.html
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Stick like shit to a blanket and great mileage by all reports. Still useable on the dirt (fire roads etc).

http://www.conti-online.com/www/moto...tack_2_en.html
Can you actually run these on an '07 990?
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Can you actually run these on an '07 990?
Absolutely. They come in all the right sizes. See the link I gave, has the fitments on the right. 150 section on the back and the 90/90-21 on the front.
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