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Old 12-19-2012, 05:52 PM   #1
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Road King Adventure Tire Recommendations

Bought a 2004 Road King recently, and it's going to be needing a new rear tire come spring.

I've got very little saddle time on this bike, but in general, I have a habit of going into places I shouldn't go.

So what sort of tire would you guys recommend for traveling down dirt and gravel roads, as well pavement. Interstate slogging isn't a big concern for me. I'll be riding slower, gawking at the world, as I tend to do. I want a tire that will handle dirt and gravel roads better than those Dunlops would. I'm used to those tires, and other Dunlops very similar, they dance and slither in dirt, though without actually losing it. I'd like better.

And if any of you have actually dark sided an earlier Road King, with the narrower rim, I'd love to hear it. There's a few rather vague listings on the darkside page, but I'm rather dubious of what is said with regards to the narrow rimmed Road King.
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:46 AM   #2
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Tourances or Anakees if you can find the sizes you need.
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:28 AM   #3
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BF Goodrich All Terrain. I don't think you'll find a tire with any sort of "adventure" design that will have the load rating your bike requires. Maybe you could cut a more aggressive tread in one of the recommended tires?
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:38 AM   #4
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Pack an air compressor & tire gauge, and just air down whatever you've been running when you're in the dirt.

You said you're in no hurry.
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:38 AM   #5
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i am guessing you have a 16" wheel so that limits what is available.
what i found are:
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...Rear-Tire.aspx

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...Rear-Tire.aspx

the duro is a 130 where as the bridge stone is a 120.
there were a couple others but they were more knobby and under the weight of a road king you would probubly only get about 2k miles out of them.
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:09 AM   #6
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I should have posted size. Stock is 130/90-16. That limits me. And I'm not looking to make the Road King into a dirt bike.

The Duro and Bridgestone were the only things I found as well. I even found a thread where some Sportster guys were building offroad versions of their bikes, and several were running the Bridgestones. They had to do some further engineering to deal with the high speed wobbles they were getting from the offroad type tires. That's not something I want to get into with the Road King.

Really, I'm looking for something roughly in between a generic street touring tire and something like the Duro and Bridgestone. Arguably, the oem type Dunlops might be the best I can find. I've used them before and they do work. Enough tread lip to work on a dirt road, they just aren't particularly good at it.

One other I found that I'm wondering about is the Conti Milestone. Tread looks like it might be able to dig in a little on a dirt or gravel road. Should also be good in the rain (hate having rain drama).
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:24 AM   #7
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Try a street tire on the rear and something a little "knobbier" on the front. Greatly improves handling on gravel.

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Old 12-20-2012, 01:03 PM   #8
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Show the King some respect would ya! run that 800+pound behemoth up shits creek a couple times and pull it out by yourself and you'll stop taking it where it has no business being.
They didn't name it Road King cause it's such a great gravel and fire roader.
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:06 PM   #9
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But very few squids will blow by ya on blind curves on gravel roads.
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:08 PM   #10
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Show the King some respect would ya! run that 800+pound behemoth up shits creek a couple times and pull it out by yourself and you'll stop taking it where it has no business being.
They didn't name it Road King cause it's such a great gravel and fire roader.
Mmm. To each, by their own abilities.



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Not that I ever said I wanted to do that. Just that I wanted tires that work better than typical tires on dirt and gravel roads.
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:39 PM   #11
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Mmm. To each, by their own abilities.



http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=603979

Not that I ever said I wanted to do that. Just that I wanted tires that work better than typical tires on dirt and gravel roads.
True enough home skillet.
I would never subject my RK to a river run, a gravel road if necessary, but not a river.
good luck in your tire search, post up a pic when you find the right tire
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:59 PM   #12
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I would never subject my RK to a river run, a gravel road if necessary, but not a river.

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OP , I went with Metzeler 880's . A 140/90 on the back as they have a higher load rating and last longer , it just cleared the wide belt used on my '02 glide. After I went chain there's plenty of clearance. Going wider would have meant changing out the rear guard too. The front I found that a 130/90 and sitting on the back of the tank to load the front works well. Let the back of the bike do what it wants on fast gravel ~ 60+ mph , it'll never completely step out on you.



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Old 12-20-2012, 06:15 PM   #13
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I have a 06 road king. I bought a dunlop 402 rear tire when I needed one. Ill tell you this I won't get another one ever again. It does not to be pushed hard in the corners. It very slippery under hard braking. Only thing it has going in it favor is it works good in the rain. I live in California so that doesn't matter much. I am trying the Metzeler 880 next.
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:54 PM   #14
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I would just get road tires. I really don't think tires are going to hold you back more than the 800+ pounds and lack of suspension travel. Moreover, I don't notice a huge difference between tires on gravel. Just take it easy, which shouldn't be a problem on a cruiser.

Now if you expect to encounter mud, maybe it's worth a more aggressive tire. But if you end up down a muddy road on a roadking, you will certainly find adventure.
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:03 PM   #15
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I run a lot of gravel roads on my RK. Dunlop Elite3's aired down to around 25 lbs will get you farther than you need to go.

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