Best Tires for F800GS for Long Trip

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  1. Bucko

    Bucko In a parallel world

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    No one's mentioned the Pirelli Scorpion Trails, so I will. They look pretty tame, but I've had a set on my bike for about 4k miles now and am enjoying them. I've had them on a some rocky dirt roads and wet pavement and they've worked well. Just rode them over Hunter Mountain (back way into Death Valley), and out to pavement past Tea Kettle Junction with no problems over lots of dirt, gravel, rocks and washboard. Then more dirt and gravel into Nevada to watch the eclipse :eek1. Certainly not a mud tire, a little squirrely in the sand, excellent traction on the street and perfectly good for a lot of off-pavement riding. And they're wearing well, too.
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  2. XTrooper

    XTrooper Been here awhile

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    I thought it was just me!

    In dry weather, I do fine on all kinds of road surfaces from gnarly rock trails to loose gravel, dirt, etc. Yeah, you'll definitely get some fishtailing in sand, but they're amazingly capable for a mostly street-oriented tire and if you use your head, you can go damn near anywhere with them. Mud, wet grass, and the like? Fuhgeddaboutit! :lol3
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  3. ecce

    ecce Been here awhile

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    I would run with a combo of Metzeler Karoo 2 (without T) in the front and Heidenau K60 in the rear. Works great on and off the road.
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  4. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    I have these on my DR350,2000 miles on rear and seems to be holding up well,I'm seeing 5000 miles for sure maybe more,these things make the DR a cornering machine,and 70mph on the Freeway is not as squirrelly as before,in dirt,rocks,and roots they stick and make the DR chug along in the single track stuff.
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  5. nathan8315

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    I bought a K60 scout set for a trip this month and have about 2500 miles on them now. The front shows very little wear and the back looks used. The tires have seen dry and rain paved roads and dry, rain, hail, and snow off road. 2000 miles have been on the road and about 500 off road. Off road includes fire roads and rocky terrain. The only time I had problems was in the snow and ice, but I think most duel purpose tires would have a problem there too. Below are a couple pics of mid trip. I leave again tomorrow to head out on the last part of my trip which will add about another 1000 miles to the tires. They really don't seem to be wearing that fast and the only thing I would possibly do different is put a TKC80 on the front for some better off road performance (the K60 front tends to "slide" if not careful). These also seem grip very well on the road. I did some rides around the mountains in the denver area with my brother on the street and was very comfortable leaning the bike over and not worrying about them breaking loose.

    edited: I have been using these tires with a loaded down bike. Both side BMW side cases full, a dry bag of clothes on the back seat, and a trunk of misc (camera, notepad, sleeping bag, extras gloves, and rain gear). Basically they have been holding up very well with some weight on them.

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  6. Farkler

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    As mentioned by several others, the Metzler Tourance is an outstanding tire. I have one on the rear of my F650 classic with about 5,000 miles on it and I'm expecting AT LEAST maybe another 2k or so. They are a little pricey sometimes, but find a set online and get them sent to you.

    I've been very impressed with the grip in the turns as well as the traction in the dirt. After a couple multi-day trips both in dirt and on the slab, I've been pretty happy with them.

    -Farkler
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  7. Bucko

    Bucko In a parallel world

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    My front Scorp Trail now has over 9k miles and is still OK. Replaced the rear at about 6500 miles with another Scorp.
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  8. arjones

    arjones Roads and Waves

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    Well, I did a very long trip last December/January, Northeast Brasil - El Calafate (Argentina) - Back Home again and I have a different opinion: the first 5.000 km the Anakees 2 are great. The best grip ever on the wet and dry pavement. After that I felt the front really unstable. Thought it would be the tire. I checked it and at the first glance all I saw was a perfect tire (for that mileage of course). Then, it got worse:eek1. Looked again (closely this time) and realized the tire was deformed in a very strange way, even though it didn't look like it.

    Now I have the Tourance (without the "T") and they handle more mileage big time. But they sure don't have the Anakee's grip. The Anakee's rubber seams to be "softer";
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  9. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 500 Ft.

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    I suspect the OP bought his tires, rode to Montana and is back home by now.

    Fred
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  10. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

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    I got 14k out of a set of Metzeler Tourances. Trying the Tourance EXPs right now, not so impressed. Will swap back to a Tourance rear and probably go with a TKC80 front for next years trip to Iceland.
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  11. BcDano

    BcDano One Lucky Dude

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    We are currently on a global tour and have been running K60's from the get go. Fantastic tire that has lived up to the claims and more. We are now on our second sets for the trip but the first set lasted 14k+ miles and they still had plenty life left but we wanted to put fresh rubber on before we left the US for Mexico.

    I have posted before about these tires and feel like a bit of a cheerleader but in our experience they really have been great. I will also note that I've run most of the other tires mentioned in earlier replies. Many are great but don't come close to the millage we have achieved with the K60.
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  12. CheckerdD

    CheckerdD Long timer

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    Tires to get you someplace in the US ain't that chalenging. My friend got from Alaska to Argentina with a Heidenau K60 in front, but the rear only made it to Chile. That is most likely the best dual sport tire. If you want something more road worthy there are lots of choices, most likely the Mets Tourance or Pirelli Scorpion are best. They are both good for more than 10k miles and hold the road very well. Dave
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  13. larryi52

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    Gents, I am riding from Cape Town, South Africa to Cairo with my youngest son (26) this summer. I'm out to make decent time on this adventure, so I'm not looking for dirt, sand and gravel on purpose. However, that is the only option in some spots, so I'm figuring something like 70% paved and 30% unpaved. The trip is almost 16,0000 kms (close to 10,000 miles). What would you suggest is the best tire for that ride on the front and back? We'll be pretty heavy with camping gear and water/petrol as well. We are both pretty cautious riders... going fast when it's safe and slow in the tough stuff.

    Any and all suggestions are welcomed!

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  14. moe.ron

    moe.ron Pig. Can. Fly.

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    I am looking for this magic tire too.
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  15. shrek2

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    Anakee 3
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  16. TowPro

    TowPro Lets ride

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    Maybe some of you don't twist the throttle as far as others.
    Original tires Anakee II's. 5000 miles both were down to 2/32".
    Shinko 705's Better stone road traction. Rear was down to 3/32 in 2500 miles so I replaced it for a 2 up trip with the wife this fall. Front still holding up well.

    Next:? Mitas E-07 rear, Shinko 700 front.
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  17. Dutch1957

    Dutch1957 I wanna be a cowboy

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    Good input from everyone on this post.
    I've got 35,000 miles on my '09 800GS.

    Finally arrived at the combo that works best for me.
    Most of my long trips are 7,000 to 10,000 miles.

    Combo: Front - Anakee 2's (for 80/20 riding)
    or TKC 80's for more of a 50/50 riding split

    Rear - Heidenau's K-60's (no question asked)
    I put 11,000 on the first rear and that included over 3000 miles being "extreme" off-road up in Oregon.
    I pulled it off to try the Conti- TKC's out and the Heidi still had 2 to 3k mile left on it. Easily!
    Recently tried the TKC 80 on the back and was toast after 3500 miles of tarmac riding. In all fairness
    the TKC's on the rear was damn good in the off-road portion. Very stable and secure feeling. Just no life.
    (Yes I am a bit on the heavy side, 225 lb and I do always carry all my camping gear on these trips.)

    I've tried the METZLER Unicross All-Terain on the front, and I was happy as heck with it. That was until I hit a tarmac "ledge" a bit too hard and resulted in a pinched tube kind of a blow-out. (Went down pretty good that day.)m Good tire for off-road, but maybe the side walls could be stiffened a bit.
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  18. mustardfj40

    mustardfj40 Been here awhile

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    Usually how many miles can you get out of TKC80 on the front? Thanks.
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  19. SouthWestRider

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    I get 8k on the front and 4k on a rear riding 80/20. Going to try the Karoo 3s when they are available in a month.
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  20. Flashdog

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    My F700 came with the BattleWings and they look like pretty much a road tire. As do most of the so-called adventure tires. It's fine with me because I can only really go on smoother roads. (bad back, 4 surgeries) Are they any better than say a standard sport touring tire on fire service type roads? The K60s look more appropriate for off-road but the hard compound and tread design seems sketchy for fast turns on tarmac although they last. What about the Enduro Sahara 3s? Would that be a good compremise? How bad are the Battlewings compared to the other adventure type tires?
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