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Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Gundy, Sep 1, 2012.
My 06 was very sweet and pretty quick on dirt roads. Herniation city to get back up though.
I just found this thread. I hope you guys aren't through yet.
I've recently put on a set of FULL BORE adventure radials and think they are fine off road tires....have about 300 miles on them, so it's early, but initial impression is this would be a good choice for off roading, and they are about $170 a set!
More to follow on these tires....
The full bore tires look identical to shinko 705s. I ran those on my tiger prior to coming to Alaska. They are decent on dry good gravel roads, but once it gets soft slow down. TKC 80 front and Heidenau K60 or Mitas EO7 rear I think is the ticket for traction and longevity
What do you prefer in the front for tire choice for more aggressive offroad use. i.e. muddy conditions
I mounted front and rear TKC 80s for the first time right before D2D this year. I got just about 3k miles out of the rear and still a tad left before the wear bars. Going to use it up commuting before changing. But, the point is, near this amount of wear they still handled a rain soked Denalli Highway just great. I recommend TKC 80s in crap and stick like glue on street. I am trying the Mitas for the first time this or next summer. Might be visiting the middle east this year.
It always a quest to find the right the tire, price, how long it lasts, and what will it be used for always comes to my mind...I'll try new models after a reading a few reviews, so since the adventure touring market is so hot right now, we might see more tires like the new Metzler Karoo 3 coming out, that looks awesome...there is a thread here in beasts.
These Full Bore tires are a good value I think, supposedly lasting 5-7000 miles for a $170, after this set, I'll try the Karoo 3...
Here are a couple of pics with the Full Bore tires....
I just did the complete continental divide trail hauling butt this summer on an 02'.
It was REALLY nice because of how comfy it was, and the gas range never had me worrying (I was also getting around 50mpg which was nice on the pockets!). Just got myself some crash bars and was set, slapped some dual sport tires on there (shinkos something, 705's maybe?).
Gets really heavy on tight stuff, but the CDT is not tight stuff at all. You can ride one down to the Patagonia and be completely fine, because its also UBER reliable. Sure, hard to do anything under the tank, but thankfully you never have to!
I would highly recommend one if you can get past its looks... the engine is the nicest thing.
Will do 100 mph on gravel
I keep Anakee IIs on her. When Im over riding the tire, I'm beginning to over ride the bike on loose stuff. She is most unhappy in mud. Happiest canyon carving.
I might not be mature enough to own one.
I like WormShanks pictures, he knows how to ride that Tiger!
Yes, these will do 70 on gravel, or to my knowledge...not a hard-core off-roader, but I think I'm catching the bug!
I went out with some buddies (Thanks Andrew, Rick, and Roy) and put the Full Bore tires to more of a test, and they performed pretty well, much like most big adventure bike tires, these are kind of useless in moist clay or slimy places...I do like them on the road and in the woods.
The Tiger did well to do most of what I asked of her...the big rocks, I had to crawl over...but oh well.