Best NON Knobby tires

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by octagonpilot, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. octagonpilot

    octagonpilot _________________

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2009
    Oddometer:
    240
    Location:
    47.4N 122.6W
    Just picked up a used 800, coming off an 07 r1200gs, and I'm about due for some tires.. What are the favorite tires that are not knobs for the 800? Tourances? Anakees? The bridgestones that are on it are not all that great as far as I'm concerned...

    Many thanks...
    #1
  2. dendrophobe

    dendrophobe Motorbike Junky

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2008
    Oddometer:
    859
    Location:
    Blacksburg, VA
    My tourance rear is working out great so far. I have the TKC on the front, so I'm not sure about that, but the tourance is great on the road, and I don't curse it too badly on the trails. :lol3
    #2
  3. GJGSRider

    GJGSRider carver

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2005
    Oddometer:
    72
    Location:
    Wcolorado
    I have used Metzler Tourance front and rear on my F800 since I wore out the Bridgstones that it came with. I'm almost ready for my third set. I get around 7500-8000 miles per set. This is a great tire. And it works well on gravel and rocky roads here in Colorado.
    I used these on my R1200GS at two track days at Willow Springs California. They stick like glue. A great tire.
    #3
  4. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2006
    Oddometer:
    13,294
    Location:
    chico,just below rag dump(nor-cal)
    Any of those tires mentioned arent worth a flying hoot in anything but packed manicured gravel,pure street tires are about as good.
    Ive got some Shinko's on my DR650,they have slightly more open tread and are ok for flattracking around on gravel.
    At least they werent 300 a set mounted up like a set of Tourances run these days. If your going to ride the Beemer in the dirt some maybe some Sahara's?
    #4
  5. dendrophobe

    dendrophobe Motorbike Junky

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2008
    Oddometer:
    859
    Location:
    Blacksburg, VA
    You'd be surprised how planted the rear Tourance feels with a TKC up front. I won't lie, it was a bit wobbly in the mud, and I had to keep the throttle up to make up for the lack of traction, but on gravel and dirt I've been surprised at how well it handles. Definitely much better than street tires!

    That said though, personally I wouldn't want to run them front and rear, and I am itching to put on something a bit more aggressive when my summer slab trips are done.
    #5
  6. Maddaddy

    Maddaddy Greg

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,778
    Location:
    NA
    I've got a set of tourances (very lightly used - from the dealer to my home)

    $100.00 + shipping.
    #6
  7. Downer

    Downer Downer

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2008
    Oddometer:
    210
    Location:
    Richmond, VA
    PM Sent
    #7
  8. Dansrc51

    Dansrc51 I need a cape....

    Joined:
    May 14, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,962
    Location:
    Eugene, Oregon
    I liked my Anakees
    #8
  9. sturgeon

    sturgeon Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2007
    Oddometer:
    978
    Location:
    Great White North
    I disliked the Anakees that came new on the bike. But I waited until they wore out before I replaced them with Tourances (also use TKCs for 'dirtier' riding). For street, I much prefer the Tourances. For me, they're better in the rain.
    #9
  10. dacrazyrn

    dacrazyrn ED RN Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2007
    Oddometer:
    496
    Location:
    Greeley, CO
    I really like the Anakee 2s I am running at this time. Much better gravel and dirt hookup. Much better than the Battlewings for grippage. The BW did last 10,000 miles and still have usable tread left, though. Will say that.
    #10
  11. Westy99

    Westy99 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2008
    Oddometer:
    221
    Anyone else have Pirelli Scorpion Trails on their bikes from the factory? That's what mine came with (134 miles on the clock right now) so I haven't had much of a chance to evaluate them.
    #11
  12. reinerka

    reinerka Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2004
    Oddometer:
    350
    Mine came with them. They worked fine and I switched to Tourances to see how they compare. So far they work just as well.

    The Pirelli would last me about 10K on the rear the Tourances about 12K miles in comparison. Front Pirelli about 22K miles and looks like the Tourance will beat that as well.

    I'm going to try the Shinko's (Radial version) next......

    Reiner
    #12
  13. huckleberry

    huckleberry BACK ROAD BOMBER

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,106
    Location:
    N.E. Pa.
    k60's end of story. What else do you need to know?:lol3
    #13
  14. ride2little

    ride2little MoveAlongNothingHere

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,075
    Location:
    Franklin, TN
    I want to know how to have a NON-squared-off version of this tire (k60) out back. I like to corner on the pavement on my way home from the trail. The TKC's do that amazingly well.

    But these are not non-knob's, so nevermind.
    #14
  15. Maddaddy

    Maddaddy Greg

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,778
    Location:
    NA
    kind of but not really a knobby.
    #15
  16. DonHS

    DonHS Adventurer

    Joined:
    May 9, 2010
    Oddometer:
    89
    Location:
    Vegas
    #16
  17. bxr140

    bxr140 Flame Bait

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,041
    Location:
    On high
    I like the Anakees significantly better than the Battlewings. Tourance is about the same as the Anakee...in different ways...if that makes sense.

    Less off-roady than the above (but not by much), the Avon Distanzia gets a lot of hoon cred as its widely used by the supermoto bunch, and the 607 is pretty damn good too...though I've never been on a 21" 607.
    #17
  18. huckleberry

    huckleberry BACK ROAD BOMBER

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,106
    Location:
    N.E. Pa.
    on the 658 i have the k60 front and rear not knobs really good mileage and surprising how often my toes rub pavement, and my bike rides much higher than stock!:lol3
    fairly stiff sidewalls protect rims too!
    #18
  19. raider

    raider Big red dog

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2005
    Oddometer:
    1,581
    Location:
    Adelaide, South Australia
    So did I, until they aquaplaned me into a near-tankslap on a straight road with no acceleration or braking in a heavy shower. Predictable, given the lack of centre groove - water can't drain fast enough IMHO. I'm currently on K60s but I will look at Tourances if I ever go back to a road tyre.

    I use Battlewings on the Strom and love them there.
    #19