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Discussion in 'Equipment' started by hasenwerk, Aug 25, 2010.
Production 2011 has new compound ...
I have done 3000km so far (and there is still plenty left on it)on a rear that I bought this spring. On a 94 GS. Way better off-road than the TKC but it's true that since it's not as round as the Conti, it will not ride as good on tar. For example, i used to touch my foot on the asphalt while cornering on with the TKC but I've not been able to replicate this with the Mitas. Not that big a deal to me anyway.
Also, for those interested, I'm running the tube version tubless and I don't have much problem at all with maintaining the air pressure. I do put some air in once in a while, but I can't really tell if it's due to temperature changes or leakage. About 5lbs every 2-3 weeks. Not bad IMO.
Awsome tire. I would not ride anything else at the moment.
One question to Mitas: I'd really like to have these available at the shop (in Québec) where I buy my motorcycle stuff. It would save me some waiting knowing that they would stock a few. Is there any way I can direct the shop owner to a Canadian distributor?
Thanx for your reply
For the sales stuff ...PN
Did you mean PM?
yes ... "m" is beside "n" on my keyboard ...
Hype was not meant to demean the tire....of interest to me are the riders that state that it is 'superior off road to the TKC'.. I could care less about pavement manners since I avoid pavement like the plague.
Can those sharing that experience be more specific? How is it superior to the TKC off road? Specifically on a GS/GSA.
Having asked that, the lack of the correct size for the rear of my GSA is still a show-stopper for me...my '07 needs lower not taller gearing [for slow off road] and as much foot print as I can get..
Thanks for everyone's input...it is appreciated.
IMO, off-road the TKC is only good in dry gravel or solid soil. The momnt you get something loose like sand it becomes so so. Take it in the mud and you have a slick to deal with.... The MITAS is more like a proper dirt tire waith lots of space between the knobs. This help a lot in wet/loose conditions. It doesn't pack up as easily. Second, the side knobs are way more aggressive and provide way better cornering and confidence. In the gravel or "easy" conditions it's on par with the TKC but a tourance would do in these conditions too.
I have a 94 11GS so the gearing is not an issue but I'm not with you on the larger footprint; wide tires generally suck off-road except maby on Moab type rock. The smaller width help the tire to dig it's path and get traction. Have a close look at snow or ice tires and you'll see that they are less wide than the asphalt ones. This is when riding somewhat aggressivelly tho. If just moving slowly, I agree that a de-flated fat tire might do but it's not the way I ride so I can't comment on that.
What I can say is that I've had many sets of Contis and, after trying the Mitas, I am not looking back. It was too frustrating like having the feeling that I was on a road bike all the time. 10 minutes with the Mitas and I was on a dirt bike again.
Never notice the smaller width off-road. My 0.02
... thx for your comment !
That rear tire makes me feel tingly in odd places
What pressure are you guys running in the mitas e09 for onroad? Solo/no luggage. I usually would run about 25 PSI all the time, but with the knobbie, I want to try to get it to last a little bit longer so for the rare road haul, I will bump them up.
I usually run 30psi and not bother too much about it. But I would run less on soft soil on occasion.
Ran 30 psi front and back for a nice day of easy riding down the dirt country roads, worked well except when I went into the sand and mud, but i didn't have time to up and down psi. I ran 40psi front and back on a freeway home and it felt good. Today I am hitting some great tight trails and i'm going to run at about 23 or so. I really am fond of these tires. What a great ride.
if you don´t feel you need more grip.... it´s ok,... but have a look at the wear in the centre. 40 Psi is recommended for the Dakar models. 33Psi for the non - Dakar´s
Bump for a great tire.
Just wanted to update you, I love the tires. On road, off road and everything in between. I run off road at 40 psi (on the packed dirt) and it's great. Feels more shifty at that PSI in the sandy spots than when I run low psi. It gets me in and out of mud awesome. I don't see any crazy wear, but my front is going thru a little fast. I have been riding easy on them on the asphalt to try to make them last..
What front tire is that? (make and size?)
Its a Dunlop D952 rear MX tyre, 100/90/19 with the Mitas EO9 on the rear, ditch the luggage and go play with your mates on their trailies!
Great, thanks! I had some crazy ideas about running some MX rear tire on the front. You run a tube in that?
This tire looks great and just what I've been thinking about. I wonder if one is available to fit the rear position of my V-Strom DL1000K9?
According to Mitas the E09 that will fit my Vee isn't available in North America right now, but new distribution is in the works and some changes will be happening very soon. I'm planing to try this tire when that happens...