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Old 05-20-2014, 07:48 AM   #1
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Tire choices for GS LC

I've had Tourance Next and Michelin Anakees and liked the Tourances. But I'd really like to know what other 90% street tires are currently available for our bikes.

Let's make a list.
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Old 05-20-2014, 08:46 AM   #2
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Old 05-20-2014, 09:37 AM   #3
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Old 05-20-2014, 09:55 AM   #4
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Pilot Road 4 Trail
before you buy Pilot Road 4, remember the tire has 2 different sections of rubber with different hardness.
I can't find the link now, but from what I understand I think I saw, the Standard and the GT have harder rubber in these 2 sections then the Trail.
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Old 05-20-2014, 12:03 PM   #5
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Pilot Road 4 Trail
Not out yet that I can find. Called Michelin this morning and they were going to have a specialist call back. Nothing yet...

Specialist called back. They are in the system but not on the shelf yet. She suggested calling back in 3 weeks. And they are Trails.

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Old 05-20-2014, 01:21 PM   #6
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What about a 60/40 tire like the Scout 60? Don't see a 120/70 19 anywhere?
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Old 05-21-2014, 09:40 AM   #7
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I got TKC80s on my bike and I love them but the rear is half worn at 1100 miles. Could I use a 150/70R17 on the 2014 GSAW? There are more options on this size, like the Heidenau.
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Old 05-21-2014, 03:14 PM   #8
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I got TKC80s on my bike and I love them but the rear is half worn at 1100 miles. Could I use a 150/70R17 on the 2014 GSAW? There are more options on this size, like the Heidenau.
I was lookin at the tkc80s but itd be hard to spend money on tires that last 2000 miles. Are they that much better off road than the heidenaus? I was wanting something a lot more off road oriented but has minimal wear. Are those the top 2 choices?
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Old 05-21-2014, 03:33 PM   #9
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I was lookin at the tkc80s but itd be hard to spend money on tires that last 2000 miles. Are they that much better off road than the heidenaus? I was wanting something a lot more off road oriented but has minimal wear. Are those the top 2 choices?
These are the top choices and the Heidenaus are just a trade off between off-road performance and durability.

The TKC80s are incredible off road and incredibly good on road for such a knobby tire. The reason why: soft compound. The exact thing that makes them grip incredibly well on road is what makes them not last long.

I love the TKC80s on and off road and when I had them put on the bike (before taking delivery) I knew people got max 3000 miles off them. I was expecting to get that much life on mine. I'll wait and see how long they last and try the Heidenaus next.

I only ride on road to get to where ever I'm riding off road. The main purpose of my GSA is to go off road. For this, the key is the front tire which still looks like new.
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After trying the Heidenau rear I'll figure out if it's worth the savings or if I just suck it up and get a new TKC80 every 3000 miles.
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Cool beans. so u think I can pull 6k out of a heidenaus? Then run a tkc80 on the front for 5k? Or would they work against each other?
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Metzeler Karoo 3s? Supposedly better mileage than the TKC80 and some initially good reports. I have a set on my GSW but haven't ridden them enough to provide much feedback, especially on wear.
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Old 05-21-2014, 04:14 PM   #13
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What about CHEAP options? I used the Shinko 705's on my hex, went through rears quick but who cares, they are effin cheap! Now it seems the only cheap option I see is to use an incorrect size.

Opinions?
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Metzeler Karoo 3s? Supposedly better mileage than the TKC80 and some initially good reports. I have a set on my GSW but haven't ridden them enough to provide much feedback, especially on wear.
How many miles have you put on them? They are the only right-sized option to the TKC80s that are off road worthy.
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Old 05-21-2014, 06:40 PM   #15
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What about CHEAP options? I used the Shinko 705's on my hex, went through rears quick but who cares, they are effin cheap! Now it seems the only cheap option I see is to use an incorrect size.

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All the options (cheaper or not) are not the right size, except for the Karoo 3s
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