R1200gs Best Tires

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Huber Tuber, Apr 13, 2007.

  1. Huber Tuber

    Huber Tuber Beer is good

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    Any opinions? I have trailwings now but need something more aggressive in dirt. Don't know about going to TkC80 as they don't last long, and lack grip on pavement.
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  2. GSDude

    GSDude Banned

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    Anakee or Tourance..I like the Tourance the best. Use the "search" function and you'll find this subject to be the topic of many posts.

    Oh yeah, and synthetic before you ask.

    Welcome.
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  3. mikerd400

    mikerd400 Long timer

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    How agressive in the dirt do you want? Fire roads, trails?

    TKC80s do very well on the road. They don't last long. Only about 3000 miles. Tourance is a good tire as well. Not as agressive as the TKC80s, but they do good on fire roads.
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  4. impi

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    There's some good info on this site
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  5. Huber Tuber

    Huber Tuber Beer is good

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    It would be nice to be able to do lite sand and hit a fire trail or two.
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  6. DAKEZ

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    Try some Kings I have use the tkc80 but I run KINGS kt966 now. I love them. It is a nice balance
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  7. MJS

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    The tourances will last and are OK on fire roads and such. But NOT sand. For that you need a real knobby. I get close to 5000 miles on a rear TKC and they handle great on the street IMO.

    Now I run tourance on the street and MT21's (on Woody's wheels) for agressive dirt. Best of both world's.
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  8. Nitzo

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    TKC's suck on the road if thats the only riding you are doing.
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  9. KTOOMER

    KTOOMER ad-vent-ure man

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    sorry...no problems here with TKC80's on the road..wear like crap....a bit sketchy in the rain...but cant beat up inthe dirt/gravel
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  10. anatinae

    anatinae As Bad As Can

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    Look here. My personal experience FWIW is that King tires suck. Poor quality. I would avoid. You WILL get what you pay for w/ these.
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  11. BriKielyGSman

    BriKielyGSman BigBadBri

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    Well, I am pretty sure I could out corner my old FJR with the TKC's on the GS. I think it is fair to say that they work on the road quite well. Just wear out way too fast. I cant wait to try a less aggressive tire on the GS. It should corner like crazy then!!
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  12. DAKEZ

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    I have over 30k miles on Kings suck/ poor quality// explain. I have had nothing but good fun with them. The tread is a good dual sport balance...

    So tell me what problems have you had? :eek1
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  13. mikerd400

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    I prefer running the TKCs. When I had my tourances on, I was riding down a dirt road when I came across some good patches of sand, with the longest section about 1/2 mile long. The tire pressure on my tourances at the time was 20 psi and the bike went through the sand. TKCs would have been better, but the tourances did work.
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  14. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    Not true, in my case anyway, my friend. 13000km on the rear on my 1100GS and front one still going. I have found them good on wet roads and excellent in the dry. I have never had a moment, unlike the trailwings I had on the bike previously. I run them at 30psi front 34psi rear and a bit lower for dirt.
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  15. anatinae

    anatinae As Bad As Can

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    The tread was not on straight. Meaning that the tread/knobbie pattern zig-zagged as the wheel rotated. It looked as though when I spun the tire that the bead was not seated all the way, but in fact was. In addition the tire did not last 2k on my KLR. Its been a while so maybe I got a bad batch or they improved their quality control. :dunno
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  16. v8toilet

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    I wish Mefo would make the Explorer in a size to fit the GS. The big thumpers (KLR, F650 etc) get piles of miles out of them and they work good in most conidtions.

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  18. 269gs

    269gs Been here awhile

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    After spending 4 days last summer in the eastern Sierra (WMRS trip) I was thrilled at how well the Tourances did.
    For what you will find in California the tourances should work fine.
    Two conditions I would try to avoid would be sand on a grade and mud of anykind.
    Airing the Tourances down to 20psi. will unlock their potential.
    I have been tempted to put TKCs on for the next trip to the Sierras, however, all that would do is give me a false sense of security.
    Another thing I found is that you will have to keep your speed down, the bike is to heavy to float over most rim benders.

    P.S. I did have a minor get off in mostly soft sand. all i can say is don't bust your handle bar switch assemblies. $$$
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  19. Wallowa

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    Only 780 miles on them but my Bridgestone Battlewings [###?] are really great on pavement and work remarkably well on dirt roads...no loose sand yet...but about 1/3 of my miles have been on dirt roads [some at 40-45 mph...some at 5mph] bike corners and tracks very well on gravel/dirt..even over snow/ice at slow speeds they felt secure...so far I have left them at 37 psi front and 41 psi rear..

    Please list the type/model of bike when describe your tires...that can make all the difference in performance..thanks... mine is a '07 GSA

    My .02 cents...:wink:
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  20. impi

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    I guess you meant to say 37psi in the front ?

    You'll find the behaviour characteristics change quite a bit when dropping the pressure down to 25psi or so on dirt, especially if you're running Tourances. In the softer stuff the larger footprint hels quite a bit but you need to keep lower pressures in mind and adjust your speed accordingly or else you may end up dinging a rim.
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