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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    Pirelli MT-60s have been added. How did I miss those things?

    I updated the dealer section on Motorcycle Superstore.

    I wonder why they don't add that shipping is still free but that it will take more than 3 days via ground shipping?
  2. StephenB

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

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    I enquired with the official Heidenau importer on G/S sizes: they are available.

    http://www.reifenwerk-heidenau.de/mo...ofil=38&pic=48

    So, nobody ever enquired on G/S sizes? Strange.
  3. Putts

    Putts Gettin' there.

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  4. StephenB

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

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    Nope, I was only asking availability.
  5. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    Just noticed this post.

    'Chew, if you don't ride offroad save yor money. TKC's evaporate in road use.
  6. Infracaninophile

    Infracaninophile Finding My Way..

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    I want to mount a rear TKC 80 on the G/S. I think it's supposed to have a 120/80 18". That's what is on there now. I don't think Continental makes one in that size. In that case, are you using 120/90 18's?

    The manual says 4.00-18. Does that equate to 120?

    Looking to change tires soon.

    Thanks,

    Tom
  7. StephenB

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

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    It's just an aspect ratio, both should fit fine. The 120/90-18 has a slightly larger diamater (1in) than the 120/80-18. The 4.00x18 is a (decimal) 102/100-18 and is a tad smaller than the 120/80-18 in tire diameter.

    Use this calculator: http://www.csgnetwork.com/tireinfo4calc.html
  8. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    The rear IRC GP-110 was bald at 6,000 miles. I should've replaced it back at 5,000.

    They're good tires. $130 a set for the G/S which isn't cheap but at least it's on the cheap end. They look cool. Mileage is about average for a 50/50 dual sport tire but they're listed as 90/10s. They handled better offroad than the Distanzias so I think the 90/10 rating is off.

    Conspiracy Theory of the Week: they might've put the 90/10 rating on the tires because more folks buy 90/10s than 50/50s :confused

    I mounted a rear Distanzia today.....backwards. Okay, I screwed up but I thought it'd be an opportunity to see if the whole 'backwards tire' thing really changes performance much. I'll cautiously take it on the road this afternoon. If it's okay I'll try it in the woods.
  9. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    I took a few laps around the neighborhood then worked it up to highway speeds. I swerved and shook the handlebar and the bike handled fine.

    I went riding with Jenna yesterday and hit some mud on my bald tire. Of course, the rear wheel went all over the place. I rode through that same mud today and it wasn't as bad. Still a little slippage but not much. I have incontrovertibly proven that a backwards Distanzia is better than a bald tire :D

    I think arbitrarily using something in a way that it's not intended is a bad idea. I need to spin that tire around before it rains. It might even handle fine in the rain but it's not worth risking my life to find out.

    If you see my bike at the Old School rally next weekend and the tire's on backwards you'll know I got lazy
  10. Putts

    Putts Gettin' there.

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    Just reporting back in that the Kendas are like riding around on gummie bears. Maybe when the knobs wear down some it'll be less noticeable, but I'm getting more expensive tires next time.
  11. bmwblake

    bmwblake upside down parker

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    that's the most fitting description i've heard for them. i could never quite accurately express that feeling in words.


  12. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Just pulled the Michelin Sahara 3's off the bike after 4,700 miles, rear tire has about 200 miles left on it, and I'd guess the front has about 400 miles left on it. 80 % Riding pavement, 20% gravel and fire roads, usually panniers.

    I replaced w/ the Kenda 761's only because I had these laying around, and the replacement K60 Heidenau Tires won't be in for a while. Nice tread design on these things. Can't wait to try them.
  13. flying_hun

    flying_hun Moral Hazard

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    I mounted some 761's about 1500 miles back. Most of those miles have been paved, with about 100 miles off pavement. On the dirt/gravel roads I've been on, they've been adequate, and might have been more than adequate if I could have been bothered to stop and reduce air pressure. On pavement, I've been very impressed by their grip in the dry. The turn in feels very odd, and once the turn is initiated they seem to fall in, but on the side of the tire they grip surprisingly well. Better than I expected for $85 for the pair. :D
  14. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    W the 761 I noticed turnin was odd too, but thought it might be other things going on. I had them on before for about 1500 miles, before putting on the Saharas.
  15. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    Wooo! Just uncrated my bike at a warehouse in Baltimore and rode it to a buddy's house to do some work on it. First order of business was replacing the Pirelli MT60 rear that I put on 5000 miles ago. It is thoroughly cooked, with the chords showing in a couple spots. They handled great both on and offroad, but just didn't last. I put a new distanzia on the rear. The front MT60 still has a couple thousand left on it. It'll get replaced by an enduro 3 sahara I picked up CHEAP in Argentina.
  16. Gimmeslack

    Gimmeslack furthur

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    They're now made in Brazil I think... maybe that explains the price? You should have brought back a dozen of them :augie
  17. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    Glad to here you're back in the US man :wave
  18. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    On the Kenda 761, front tire cupping at about 3,000 miles. I'll be pulling them off soon and installing the Heidenau K60's. They look like the Mefo's

    $75 for the front $105 for the rear.
  19. StephenB

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

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    +1, had the same experience with cupping.
  20. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    On the highway W/ the 761's I could feel vibration from the cupping of front tire. Not excessive, but i didn't like it.