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Old 12-29-2014, 07:09 AM   #1
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50/50 Dual Sport Tires.... Street performance?

Hey all,

I'm considering tires for my KTM 690. I see lots of discussion on the DIRT side of 50/50 tires, but how about the STREET side? Anyone try the usual 50/50 tires like Mitas E-07, K60 Scout, Mefo Super Explorer, et al. with a street bias? I'm looking for a tire I can still drag my pegs with in the twisties.

Before you ask, YES I am considering the 80/20 90/10 options like the Pirelli MT90 but thought I would ask about the 50/50 options first. I see lots of positive mileage reports with the Mitas E07 and K60 Scouts but no reports on street performance.

I come from a track day background. I ride hard, I understand 50/50 tires have limitations, and I understand every tire has a compromise, blah blah. I'd rather lose it in the dirt than lose it on the street... Just tell me which 50/50 tire you can shred on the hardest. No need for lectures!

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Old 12-29-2014, 07:56 AM   #2
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mitas e07

I have been running this on the rear for about 2k I reccomend them. Here is another inmates review; http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=845789
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Old 12-29-2014, 08:33 AM   #3
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Additionally, you might want to consider Avon Distanzia and Shinko 705.
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Old 12-29-2014, 10:36 AM   #4
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Additionally, you might want to consider Avon Distanzia and Shinko 705.

I have considered these options but they are 90/10 and right now I am focused on the street performance of a 50/50 tire.

The shinko 700 meets my needs but they return poor mileage, which is why I am leaning toward the Mitas E07 and the like.

Please keep opinions coming!
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Old 12-29-2014, 10:44 AM   #5
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3 sets of front/rear shinko 244's here, on 2 different bikes, will do anything in the dirt, and have hit 100+mph with them, never a single issue, will get around 6-7K from the front, 4k from the rear, about $100 bucks a set, cant beat em, i even ran em on 17'' supermoto wheels and loved em.





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Old 12-29-2014, 10:45 AM   #6
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I think what qualifies as a 50/50 tire is part of the issue. On my 690e, I run a 908 Rallye as my 50/50 and I think it is great.....but is it a 50/50?
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Old 12-29-2014, 10:52 AM   #7
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I think what qualifies as a 50/50 tire is part of the issue. On my 690e, I run a 908 Rallye as my 50/50 and I think it is great.....but is it a 50/50?

I would qualify a 50/50 as a dirt focused dirt that is NOT a nobbie.

The 908, to me, would be a dirt focused knobbie... Though I've read good reviews about them.

The Shinko 244 seems very similar to the shinko 700 and is on my short list.

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Old 12-29-2014, 11:01 AM   #8
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I run the Mitas E07 on my 09 690R for most of my riding and have never worried about the street performance. Now I am not dragging any pegs but I don't baby it either.

When I go trail riding I switch out the front for knobby and if we are going exploring then I put a knobby on the back as well.
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Old 12-29-2014, 11:06 AM   #9
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Full Bore

Not sure what wheel sizes the 690 runs, but these Full Bore m 40 might not be offered in the sizes you need. But I find these tires perform well on pavement and give good traction off road, of course these might be for bigger adventure bikes. So if you want to drag pegs these work, I have on my Tiger.
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Old 12-30-2014, 07:27 AM   #10
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I have considered these options but they are 90/10 and right now I am focused on the street performance of a 50/50 tire.

The shinko 700 meets my needs but they return poor mileage, which is why I am leaning toward the Mitas E07 and the like.

Please keep opinions coming!
I've ridden the Shinko 705 on all sorts of surfaces. The only one on which it performed poorly was mud. I was very surprised how well they held on dirt and gravel. That said, it sounds like your description of 50/50 and 90/10 are very different than mine. I had Shinko 244 tires on my DR650 and loved them on all surfaces. However, I would consider them 70/30 Dirt. It sounded like you wanted something a little more pavement oriented which is why I suggested the Shinko 705.
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I have a hard time with the 50/50 having a more streetable side.. wouldn’t that be a 60/40 if it was more one side then the other? Like thesehttp://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/motorcycle/60%2040%20Dual%20Sport%20Tire
FWIW I still reccomend the E07
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Old 12-30-2014, 11:17 AM   #12
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Agreed. I also really like the TKC's and I'd rate them almost slightly better on the street for aggressive ridding but it's marginal and the Mitas outlast them by a mile. Very happy with these tires.

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