690 Enduro tires

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by JCWhite, Apr 12, 2011.

  1. JCWhite

    JCWhite Obsessive Compulsive

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    I have a 690 enduro r and its about time for new tires, what are some good suggestions on a good tire. Thanks
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  2. iphorde

    iphorde Obviously I'm bored.

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    Dunlop D606 on front Dunlop 908RR on rear if you're dual sporting. D606 on rear is okay but plan on replacing it every 400 miles.

    I've run the Michelin Desert and Michelin Baja and they seem to work so so... slippery on pavement.

    The Tractionator H/T has good traction on dirt but I had the rear side wall split at about 200 miles. That killed this tire for me.

    My 690 chewed and spit out Pirelli MT21's in under 300 miles. Rides great on pavement, is horrible in rocks and hard pack dirt.

    What kind of riding are you doing mostly?


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  3. dirtypumpkin

    dirtypumpkin "Monster Truck Bike"

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    +1

    Has to be one of the most asked, and answered questions around here.
    Maybe second to "what bike should I buy?"
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  4. JCWhite

    JCWhite Obsessive Compulsive

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    I mostly ride on the road but also in the woods so I need a good road tire but aggressive enough to handle the dirt
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  5. Just Paul

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  6. iphorde

    iphorde Obviously I'm bored.

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    Yea, well none of the threads above address tire issues with the 690. There is a 990 Adventure Tire thread. Maybe the n00b just started one.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=395043

    You should read those threads btw.. :lol3

    You might want a 690.
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  7. 690Emaf10

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    I'm running an MT90 right now. Pretty good on the street and okay on dirt as long as it's not muddy. Another option is the Metzler Saharas. I was looking at getting the mefo explorers for my next tire.
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  8. Seth S

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    kenda trakmaster II's are cheap and work great for woods riding. i got about 1200 miles out of the rear on my 690. The bonus is the tires dont cost much.
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  9. goosecreek

    goosecreek Looking for the sunny side of the street.

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    I am happy with the Metzler Sahara with the exception of the price.
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  10. lm002e

    lm002e Been here awhile

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    I'll be doing the TAT this summer on my 690R. The bike is ripping through the MT21 rear that came with the bike, so I'm leaning towards something else for the TAT. I'm considering:

    Dunlop T63 - very cost effective, fairly aggressive tread pattern. seems to get decent reviews ~$65

    Heidenau K60 - used this on my 800GS on the CDR last summer and I was very impressive with the traction vs. tread life balance. I've put 11K miles on it and it's still going. About 2.5-3 times more expensive than the T63, however. The least aggressive tread pattern of the tires I'm considering. ~$150

    Dunlop D908RR - gets great reviews and is more geared towards larger displacement dual sport bikes. It's also the most expensive of the bunch. ~$200

    Thoughts?
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  11. iphorde

    iphorde Obviously I'm bored.

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    I had amazing success with a Dunlop 908RR on the rear of the 690R. It works well on the 990R as well, but it lasts much longer on the 690. I highly recommend this tire. :raabia

    I bought a set of Micheline Desert's and really liked their cornering ability. You can rail hard with this tire in rocks and sand.

    http://www.michelinmotorcycle.com/index.cfm?event=Desert

    Michelin T63's are pretty good. Not so great in mud or sand.

    Most of these tires are speed and weight rated so your performance will vary based on riding skill, weight you're carrying, etc.

    Don't waste your time with the TAT. It's a bunch of long dirt roads with few technical sections and it doesn't get interesting until Colorado. There is better scenery and rides on some of the tracks you can get off of here.




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  12. lm002e

    lm002e Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the info on the 908's. What kind of mileage did you get out of them?

    I'll be doing the western half of the TAT - CO to OR. The eastern half seems a bit boring and I don't have enough time to do the whole thing.
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  13. lm002e

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    iphorde Obviously I'm bored.

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    I personally don't buy tires based on how long they last. This depends on many factors, like how hard you twist being at the top. I get 1200+ miles out of a rear 908 on the 690. When I rode Baja I got over 1800 miles on a single rear. I always plan on changing tires at some point unless I'm riding pavement.

    If you're looking for longevity, I saw first hand a 690R with the MEFO Super Explorer and Explorer with over 2500 miles on one set. They probably are not the best off-road tire, but for a long dual sport ride they probably are good. I doubt they do well in mud or sand.

    Everything is a trade off.



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  15. lm002e

    lm002e Been here awhile

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    I agree there are trade offs with any tire. I don't make my decision based on any single factor. Cost, performance, tread life all factor in. I wouldn't buy a $300 tire that only lasts 200 miles regardless of how well it grips, for example.
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  16. Night Falcon

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    Ive been running the k60 scout on the rear and mitas E07 on the front. Will go to a more aggressive front next time but the k60 is a good (although not cheap) rear for pavement and light off road. The side walls are Very hard though as is the tyre compound so they get a bit slippery on the pavement on hard excelleration in the wet....fun but can be scary:eek1
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  17. Xplorr

    Xplorr hoi polloi

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    I really like the combo of tkc 80 front, Mefo Super Explorer or the very similar Heidenau K60 for the rear. I think you could expect 6k out of either one. That tread pattern has been great all around IMO.

    Cheers, matt
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  18. MeinMotorrad

    MeinMotorrad Long timer

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    Hmmm,

    reading all this hasn't helped me with my choice. I'm going to be 95% street (including a lot of highway) for the next 6 months.

    Has anybody got experience of the K60 and the MT90? I need grip on wet roads and good tread wear - I guess a 50/50 split on these requirements, or closest to it.

    Recently I've read on advrider about K60 failures and also the compound being too hard for grip in cold weather - any thoughts?

    :ear
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  19. PedroBC

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    Pirelli MT21 Rally Cross, front and rear, a true all around
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    Pirelli MT21(stock) vs. Mefo Super Explorer vs. Dunlop 908RR? Thoughts? Opinions?
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