Best Tires for F800GS for Long Trip

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  1. F919XRl

    F919XRl n00b

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    I will be going on a trip from Pennsylvania to Montana to Canada back to Montana then back home and will be hitting a myriad of road types and expect 5-6K miles. I have a set of Shinko 705s now and they are ok, but I am only getting 3500 miles out of the back tire and would prefer not to carry one with me.

    I was wondering what tires you guys would recommend for this trip? There will be lots of highway miles getting there and back.
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  2. jphish

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    Hiedi k-60 good for about 8-10K mi. YMMV
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  3. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    I highly recommend the Anakee 2 for this kind of expedition.
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  4. RRVT

    RRVT Wild and Crazy Guy

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    When I was going on a cross-country trip on my F800GS, my dealer recommended Metzeler Tourances, and he said to keep them over 40psi to make them last close to 15K. I put one only in the back, I put a much cheaper Shinko in the front because I was sure it would last. The trip was 9,000 miles, no problems at all. I finally replaced the Tourance two weeks ago at 11,700 miles. The front Shinko still looked like it had about 3K left in it, so I put it aside. This turned out to be a great combination of value and durability.
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    Awesome thanks for all the help
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  6. jphish

    jphish Been here awhile

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    Ive run Anakee2s & Tourances - I prefer Anakee, but both good tires for a 80/20, road/dirt adventure. Which maybe all you need on this trip. More dirt? - I'd go with Heidi rear - TKC front. Both will provide 8+ K mi. That combo not as much fun for canyon carving - but much better for the rough stuff. Have fun.
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    tkent02 Long timer

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    Pennsylvania, Canada, montana, they actually sell tires in all of these places.
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  8. swimmer

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    Option 1, do a little research on which tire(s) will last the whole trip and spend your time riding.
    Option 2, don't plan at all and spend your vacation time jacking off in some dealership which you had to search for/maybe go our of your way to get to or plan your trip stops according to tire wear and then dick around waiting for them to change the tire or spend your time doing it yourself.

    Option 1 sounds better. Everybody is different though.
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  9. jphish

    jphish Been here awhile

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    CD & MT availability - Tourance, probably - Anakee, maybe - heidi, dont count on it. It IS best to spoon on rubber before ya go... & just be done with it. Enjoy the superb scenery.
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  10. Indy Unlimited

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    Anakee 2s are just flat out awesome for long trips especially if you hit rain and wet dirt roads. Grip and wear combination are just unbelievable. Michelin air stop tubes are perfect with these tires.
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  11. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 500 Ft.

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    Agreed. Buy tires for rubber compounds that emphasize traction rather than longevity, and replace en route.

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  12. machinebuilder

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    I'll second the Hedenau K-60's its a great 50/50 tire, but I don't know how people get the mileage claimed.
    You can get 5-6000mi easily.
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  13. montanaman

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    I have the K-60's on my 800 and I am looking forward to seeing how they do. Mostly back roads. Some dirt up in Moab and Monument Valley. I took the Anakees off after 3000 miles and put these on. 1500 miles on them and so far I love them.
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  14. Camel ADV

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    If I'm doing a long trip with some back roads/mild offroad I run a K60 rear and Pirelli MT21 or Dunlop D606 front. You'll have to change the front out before the end of your trip likely but fronts are cheap. If you're not spending too much time in the dirt the Anakees get a thumbs up. I haven't used the Anakee 2s but the originals treated me well.
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  15. Jedi5150

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    I'm at 12,300 miles on my stock Bridgestone Battlewings. I've gotten similar miles out of both Anakee's and Metzler Tourances. I know mileage depends on riding style, road conditions, etc. But 3,500 on a rear is insane unless it is a knobby and you ride like a banshee. :rofl
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  16. 1994klr250

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    I did a 7,000 mile ride from Michigan to California and back this past August. I had the TKC 80 front and 140/80-17 K60 rear, both mounted brand new for the trip. I still have the k60 on the rear with over 9,000 mile on it as of right now. It was a good combo for the varying road conditions. If your going to ride dirt and have a long way to get there this was a good set up.
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  17. Mollygrubber

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    Another vote for the Anakee II's. I put my current set on before a 5000 mile loop around the southwest last Sept. and they're still in pretty good shape. Great traction dry or wet, used them all winter. I love these tires.
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  18. JRWooden

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    I have the Anakee II on my F658GS ... roughly 12K miles on them now and they would have been good for another couple thousand I think ... alas ... today I picked up a very small puncture in the rear ... what I pulled out of the tire looked almost like a small shark tooth and was none metallic ... not sure WTF happened...

    With the tread "almost" gone, I'm not sure I'll bother trying to repair ... unless someone has a clever suggestion? :ear

    Anyway, I like the tires ... good grip nice ... in pretty much anything but slick/wet hard clay :lol3
    One thing I do notice which I think is a result of the tread grooves getting larger as they get to the edge of the tire is some heavier "road noise" when I have the bike leaned over ... not a big annoyance.

    BTW: Does anyone know what the original tread depth is on the Anakee II ???
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  19. XTrooper

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    Landshark! :D

    Tread depths (from Michelin chart):

    Front: 6/32"
    Rear: 10/32"
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  20. JRWooden

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    Landshark ... sheezzzzzzzzzzz I better not see him again soon!

    Thanks for the tread depth info!
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