As I suggested in my PM Gadget I think the Motoz desert tractionator is a better choice on the rear; predictable feel right up until the canvas is exposed. 5500Km on a DRZ including some high speed tar roads. In fact unless i had noticed it was worn visually, I could not tell by the seat of my pants feel. I am not that confident with the grip on the E09 rear once it is worn. I am confident with the Michelin Starcross HP4 front . excellent wear and grip. I gave my E09 front away to my brother -in-law, of whom I am not fond !!!!!! With your crossing trip, will it be fast or at a gentleman's pace?