The Great DualSport Tire Shootout!

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

  1. RomaDakota

    RomaDakota 29th scroll; 6th verse

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    A friend of mine had the same result with the Duros.
  2. stainlesscycle

    stainlesscycle Long timer

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    7 pages and no mention of the infamous shinko 244 golden boys? (or did i miss it?) insanely dirt cheap. effective. better dirt than street. by no means a great tire, but better than some............does decent in the dirt. ok on the street. ok on gravel. the back wears well......
  3. Pointman0853

    Pointman0853 Unregistered Gun Owner

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    Interesting results on the Duro's. I'm considering them for an upcoming trip to Northern Nevada in (hopefully) cooler temps on my 950-A.

    Questions: How did they preform while you had them?
    Can you tell us what % of dirt vs. pavement you rode?

    Thanks!

    Pointman

  4. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    I went through 3 sets of Duros on my KLR and loved them. They handled well on the road for me since I don't push my luck in twisties and bit in well in muddy hill climbs. Rears lasted me about 5,000 miles.

    I've got a front on my G/S and I'm waiting for the rear Distanzia to give out before I spoon the Duro rear on. I really don't think it's going to fit with my Ohlin's shock. The Duros are very wide and the Distanzia rubs already. I'll post up some pics when I get 'em ready. Hopefully next week.
  5. batoutoflahonda

    batoutoflahonda Long timer

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    Just chucked my Mefo Explorers after 6K+. Great tire. They were the new style with high wear bar in the back. The things had enough tread to go another 1,000 to 2,000 miles but the front was cone shaped and the rear was square, made for some fun corners. If i were on a long trip, they would have stayed on.

    zero to five:

    Mefo:
    Wear :thumbup :thumbup :thumbup :thumbup
    spoonability :thumbup (get ready for a fight)
    on road :thumbup :thumbup :thumbup :thumbup
    off road :thumbup :thumbup :thumbup :thumbup
    price :thumbup :thumbup :thumbup (last set I priced was 300 for the set. this is offset by the mileage one gets)

    Spooned on some Shinko 705 (very easy to install, not like the Mefo's that I broke an iron on.) yesterday and they roll nice. But, they corner funny. They seem to be slow to go in but once they do they transition fast. I thought at first they were just sliding being new and all, but still leery about powering into corners as they just don't feel right leaned over, powering into an apex. Once into the turn though, then getting on the gas, they haven't slid yet. Or maybe I've just been milking the Mefo's along to long and forgot what a turn feels like.:lol3 On the other hand, there are no more chicken strips.Off road they handle much like the Tourance. They drift in soft gravel, squarely in the mud.

    Shinko 705:

    wear-unknown
    spoonability: :thumbup :thumbup :thumbup :thumbup
    on road: :thumbup :thumbup :thumbup (very smooth)
    off road: :thumbup
    price: :thumbup :thumbup :thumbup :thumbup :thumbup ( a little over 100 bucks, delivered worth a try at that price)


    Any-hooo, they are on a '81G/S.
  6. batoutoflahonda

    batoutoflahonda Long timer

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    Can't comment on the GP-1, but I've used the GP-110 on my XR600R and loved them. Ran them through Baja and had no issues. They gripped great on the road, were pretty smooth (sang a bit) and handled loose sand (the beach type too), hard pack (helps if air down if it's loose), and gravel really well. Got good wear out of them as well. Bear in mind tho that the XR is at least 100 lbs lighter than a GS.

    As far as tubeless vs tube type tire, you can put the tube in a tubeless with no issues. Unless it's a preference thing.
  7. bmwblake

    bmwblake upside down parker

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    how many miles are you getting out of a rear distanzia?


  8. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    I've got 11,000 miles on the rear right now and there's almost 1/8" left at the centerline. I'll be changing it out before the rally. I did thousands of miles of dirt. I don't know if they'd last that long on all pavement.
  9. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    I tried to put that rear Duro on but it wouldn't fit. It'll rub against the shock way too bad. I've got an Ohlin's rear shock and the spring is larger than stock on those. With a standard rear shock you may be able to get one to fit but I've got no way of telling. It's up to you if you want to gamble $30 on it.
  10. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    I have about 9-10k on my distanzia rear and still have about 1/8" left too. Mine probably has done 90% paved. Great tires.
  11. bmwblake

    bmwblake upside down parker

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    that's gonna be the next tire i try after i kill this horrid maxxis 6006 rear.


  12. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    I've got a Kenda 761 on the rear now.

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    It's about the same width as the Distanzia. $53 for a rear versus $103 on the Distanzia. The price is good but it sure would be nice to be able to go 6 months without changing tires. My lazy side is saying 'buy more Distanzias.'
  13. bmwblake

    bmwblake upside down parker

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    i ran one of those and got maybe 5k out of the rear. i think i'm going to pay up and stay away from cheap tires this next time around.


  14. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    Because I couldn't fit the rear Duro I ran a front Duro and a rear Kenda K761. I ended up doing a lot of highway over the last few months and the tires were both toast at around 5k.

    The direction arrow on the front said to have the apex pointed forward. It handled okay but for now on I'm having the apex point backwards no matter what the tire says. Does anybody have any good info on which way the front should point?

    I took the bike straight to some dirt when I put them on. The front held up fine but the rear was very squirrely. Any time you throw on new tires you're going to compare them to the last set you had. I did thousands of miles of dirt over the summer and the Distanzias felt much more planted than the Kenda. I don't push tires to their limit on the road so my only road performance criteria is mileage and the Distanzia lasted twice as long.

    Conclusion on the K761: don't buy them. The Distanzias handle better and last twice as long. The cost difference is a wash when you account for mileage.

    I thought about getting a narrower rear Duro and trying it but I didn't want to chance it. I've got a set of the IRC GP-110s on the way and another set of Distanzias for next summer's trip.

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  15. bmwblake

    bmwblake upside down parker

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    told you so on the k761. glad to hear your opinion on the distanzias. i'm hoping that funny shapped package under the tree is a set for my bike.


  16. Beemerboff

    Beemerboff Long timer

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    No set rule , the Lasertecson my R75/7 go the opposite way to the Distanzas on the G/S.

    Both work very well.

    What size rear Distanza are you ruunning - I ordered a 4" for my G/S and they sent a 110/80 instead, which actually is 110 on the rim.
    Just wondered if a 120 fits and works any better than a 110.
  17. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    we seem to be learning the hard way on some of the same tires. We both got screwed on the k761 and the Maxxis. We should coordinate this stuff. Learn from others' mistakes and all. Let's hope that package isn't a fancy new set of GP-110s!

    I run a 120 Distanzia on the rear.

    I updated the first page so all the tires are clickable. You can see pictures and current prices easier. I need to stop being lazy and put all the Bridgestones on there but there's so darn many.

    *edit: Bridgestones are up! I think I might've missed a few though. They're numbering is odd and it's hard to see which front is supposed to go with which rear sometimes.


    I can't get SouthWest Moto Tire's web page to load. Is it a temporary thing or are they gone?
  18. bmwblake

    bmwblake upside down parker

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    the maxxis is at least great on mileage. I can't kill the rear. Too bad it slides at the least sign of moisture.

  19. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    my rear was bald at less than 4,000 but I spend a lot of time on the pavement.
  20. bmwblake

    bmwblake upside down parker

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    i must have a special edition. i've got at least 6k on this one including a slab ride to new orleans and back. after that 1100 mile ride the rear maxxis looked the same as when i left.