The Great DualSport Tire Shootout!

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by bgoodsoil, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    Done.

    Where'd you get those measurements? I'd like to extend that for the rest of the tires.

    So, GS is a 2.5x17 rim and the G/S is 2.15x18? Where do those measurements span? what's the rim size on a 90/90 front?

    Oh, and if you don't mind, I'll be deleting that KTM nonsense.:nono
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  2. StephenB

    StephenB G(/)S ... what else!

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    Tire width measurement are actuals from inmates or my own bikes.
    The rim dimensions are given as per factory, not measured.

    G/S can also have a 2.50 x 18, just don't know when that happened. The front is 1.85 x 21 for both, G/S and GS.
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  3. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    where do you take the measurement for the width of the tires? I'm going to do some reworking on that chart. That's neat, I think I'll change the tire info and put it in a swanky chart.
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  4. StephenB

    StephenB G(/)S ... what else!

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  5. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    Have you seen these, the F99 is available in a Rear size of
    F 99 120/90 -18 TT 65S ISDE Master, E

    Suitable for the G/S & ST

    Cheap too, at £52 posted in the UK.

    http://www.mefo.pl/kat_mefo.htm

    Kev. :evil
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  6. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    the Mefo's are on there, under 'uncommon tires'. hmm...what can I do to make this more euro-friendly....
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    England-Kev Long timer

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    Sorry, I am just stupid!:D
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  8. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    nooo...I've definitely made this thing for USians since the tires in the main listing may not be available to ya'll and the stuff under 'uncommon tires' is what you're likely to buy. I'll try to come up with a better solution.

    I should celebrate this--my 666th post!

    to be (evil) or not to be (evil), that is the question! :lobby
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  9. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    Tires are in!
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    I've never noticed how large the difference between tires is until now that I've got several types side by side.

    Here's the rear of the Duro next to the rear of the Distanzia:

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    Yes, that's the rear and yes, they're both 120/80-18s. I had to check. The Distanzia is very narrow and very round while the Duro is wide and flat. The Kenda K761 is in between-but it's closer to the Duro.

    I definitely think taking actual measurements like what StephenB mentioned would be valuable considering how different two tires of the same claimed size are. I'm going to wait until I have them mounted since that'd make a difference on the shape and width of the tire. The Distanzia probably looks a little worse in this picture because of the lack of a spacer--they didn't put one in. If I was mounting this tubeless I'd never get the bead to seat.

    Here's another shot:
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    The difference is so stark that the Duro looks like it ought to be on a smaller rim.

    Here's the fronts:
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    Same thing, the Distanzia is narrow and round while the Duro is very wide and flat. It's like comparing a tennis ball to a 2x4. Laying next to the Distanzia the Duro looks like it's a rear tire. Both are 90/90-21s. I'd assume this will make the Distanzia turn faster and the Duro feel heavier. The Duro will definitely have a larger footprint for hill climbs. It's the flattest dualsport tire I've ever seen. I always liked the feel of them on my KLR.

    The Distanzias will go on for my trip down south, the Duros will be waiting till I get back in July or August.

    I can't wait to get these Maxxis tires off. While I'm leaned over in a corner, if I barely add any steering input it goes all crazy. It's very sensitive. Unless I'm signed up for an offroad race like the Sandblast or something, I won't put knobbies like this on again. I definitely don't recommend anything below 50/50 if you plan on spending a lot of time on pavement.
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  10. datchew

    datchew Don't buy from Brad

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    You rode 2 hours or so home in 40 degree rain, in the dark, in the fog, up into the twisties of the carolina mtns the other night. I think that would cure me of real knobbies on the road as well. :lol3
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    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    3 and a half hours! I had a blast on the ride back. I mean, yeah, the conditions were awful, but I knew I had a warm shower and some Red Stripe waiting for me at the end of it so I ignored the cold and the rain and enjoyed the ride. Never once wished I had a Honda Civic.

    I didn't push the knobbies hard on the corners and they got me home. I don't like leaning on these things when it's dry and sunny much less a downpour.
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  12. bmwblake

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    i haven't had any problems with the maxxis 6006 tires. i got them b/c they were cheap. more than anything i wont get them next time b/c i spent more time on pavement. those duros look attractive.
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    any update? i need to order some tires soon.
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    datchew Don't buy from Brad

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    I can now attest that I have become a true believer in TKC-80's. :clap


    I saw on Airhead Wrangler's thread those MEFO tires. Wish they were a little more easily available and will consider them as a possibility. They appear to be the mid-point between things like tourances and TKC-80's. kindof a 60/40 road/dirt.
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  15. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    I'm only running the front MEFO so far as my rear distanzia still has a LOT of life left on it. I agree the MEFOs are not so easy to find, but I managed to convince the local beemer dealer to stock them, so I should be OK. I've only just managed to wear the nipples off my MEFO so far, but no complaints. It holds paved corners pretty well and there's no noticable noise coming from it. All in all I'm happy, especially considering it cost $90. I really want to fit the rear MEFO too. I may just pull the distanzia and keep it as my spare.
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    mefo's are pricier than i thought they'd be. 1 set of mefo's or a set of duros and a set of kendas.....
    i need to read some more on the mefos.
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  17. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    I found 'em on a KLR site. Their site is in German so it must be good right? I'm not seeing a big reason to go to the trouble or the expense of trying the Mefos. There are more commonly available and, more importantly, cheaper tires that I'm sure perform as well. What's got ya'll drawn to the Mefos?

    I'm eagerly awaiting the solid rubber strip on this rear so I can chuck the Maxxis(maxxii?). My bike is handling weird and I'm hoping it's the tires. Problem is I've got over a month before I leave on the trip and I don't want to wear out the Distanzias before that so I'm going to run these Maxxis into the ground. I'm hoping to make it to the Spring Fling--I'm sure I'm going to have 10 different guys say 'hey, ya know that tire's bald?' I'm thinking of putting a sign on the bike: "YES, I KNOW'
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  18. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    I wouldn't consider Mefos to be particularly expensive. You can buy a set for less than $200. Also, my friend that recommended them to me got 10k miles out of his rear on a GSPD that was fully loaded for most of that time. Not that many tires can do that. Also, the mefo distributor for North america is just on the other side of my state, so shipping isn't too big a deal. My local beemer dealer carries them now, so that isn't even an issue.

    EDIT: I just looked at prices again and it looks like prices on all sizes of explorers have gone up ~$20 in the month since I got mine. My front was $90, now they're $110. Hmmmmm.
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  19. datchew

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    Well said. Exactly why I chose the TKC's, + they were $60 cheaper than Anakees or tourances, and the other choices (sahara3, scorpions, etc) were just too much work to find in my size.

    I don't really ride enough dirt to justify the TKC's, but I justified it by cost and was hesitant until I tried them out. Solo Lobo is correct when he said he's lost nothing in the on-road performance. So I might not really use them for dirt, but when I do, I'll be happier NOT sliding around on tourances. I don't notice a significant loss on-road for my riding style, and they're cheaper! Win, win, win. Did I mention they look great? WIN! (i'm such a poseur:cry)

    The MEFO's look like they bridge the gap between TKC's and a road tire and would suit my riding style perfectly, but what you said above is why I didn't pursue them further.
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  20. datchew

    datchew Don't buy from Brad

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    Where are you pricing these? Linky please?
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