Longest lasting rear tire

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Couch_ninja, Mar 13, 2014.

  1. Couch_ninja

    Couch_ninja Adventurer

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    I'm close to needing a new rear tire for my Tiger 800 xc. I ride probably 99:1 onroad:eek:ffroad and Im looking for recommendations on the longest lasting tire I can get. Sure, I'd like the looks of an off road tire, but honestly, I just want something that lasts a long time more than anything else. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! I've looked at the tire threads, but they seem more geared to offroad tires that last as opposed to more road oriented tires,...
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  2. Rubberlegs

    Rubberlegs Been here awhile

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    I had great success on past bikes with Avon st strorms. Can't get it in the 21 front tough.
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  3. ianbh

    ianbh Been here awhile

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    Michelin Commander 2 - radial, much easier to mount/dismount.

    ME may do a few more miles but either will almost double stock rear.

    Ian, Iowa
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  4. dfc

    dfc Reluctant Cannonball

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    Tourance, nice for that occasional gravel road :thumb
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  5. Couch_ninja

    Couch_ninja Adventurer

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    Which one? Regular, Next or EXP?
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  6. WitchCityBallabio

    WitchCityBallabio Guzzi weirdo

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    So far, the best mileage out of any tire I've run has been the Heidenau's. I'm at 12,000 miles and probably have about a 1/3 left to go. On a lighter bike like the XC, I would suspect they'd go much further.
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  7. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    Me too. I haven't gotten that kind of range yet, but longer than any tire I've ever run.
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  8. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    The original Tourance is the way to go. I burned through a set of EXPs on my old Tiger in 2800 miles. Original Tourances lasted 6k miles, a mileage record for me. No tire has surpassed it since.

    edit: Burned through my first K60 rear in 4500 miles, which I consider pretty good.
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  9. dfc

    dfc Reluctant Cannonball

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    regular tourance works best for me as well
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  10. Paebr332

    Paebr332 Good news everyone!

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    Car tire. :wink:
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  11. LondonGent

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    I'd go with a Bridgestone Battlewing 501/502.
    I have them as OE fitment on my 275kg, 127bhp, 93 lb ft Honda CrossTourer and at almost 6000 miles I still have plenty of tread left. I think I'll get 7500 -8000 miles out of them which is good going considering the above figures...
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  12. rustynut2

    rustynut2 Been here awhile

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    K60's are working great. i'm at 7000 and the back is going to go at least 5000 more. Already bought another rear, front looks new.
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  13. AB13

    AB13 Long timer

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    1+ Michelin Commander 11 the best touring tire to come out in years.
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  14. E-town dirt dude

    E-town dirt dude Been here awhile

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    Mitas E-07. Have 5000 km on mine, 2/3 tread left. Good onroad and offroad.
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  15. Couch_ninja

    Couch_ninja Adventurer

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    How are the Mitas and Heidenau tires on road? Noisy/vibes?
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  16. Rubberlegs

    Rubberlegs Been here awhile

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    I am completly happy with the on road abilities of the mitas E-07.
    No noise issues at all. No vibration. Great feel.

    I just cannot comment on life span because I have less than 2000km on them.
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  17. RED CAT

    RED CAT Bumpy Backroader

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    Haven't found a longer lasting tire and I am really tough on tires, constantly spinning and roosting. They also stay round till the end unlike some others. I've tried Anakee 2s, both Tourances, Shinko 705s, Bridgestones, and run a Heidanau K60 front. So far these are the best all round.
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  18. Couch_ninja

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    This is an interesting idea - how do they do on light offroading? Would a 160/70-17 be too wide?
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  19. StorckWhip

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    Since the OP mentioned a 99:1 On/offroad ratio, I'd suggest the Pilot Road 3 or 4. I put them on my SuperTenere before a 5000 mile trip to CO and ended up getting 10K out of the rear with probably another 5K available on the front. The front looks great, but the back has started to square (but not horribly). They have been truly impressive on a big bike that is ridden fast. They have more grip than the bike has cornering clearance. I love them.
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  20. AB13

    AB13 Long timer

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    Not a off road tire but I have run street tires on gravel and dry dirt roads without any problems. The guys bikes that we have put them on have had them last almost twice as long as anything else. AB:-)
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