Tire options for Africa Twin

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by BRITTURB, Jun 15, 2017.

  1. Drum Dog

    Drum Dog Been here awhile

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    How often do you replace tubes?
    every tire change?
    every other tire change?
  2. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    On this bike every change because it is so high speed capable.On my dirt bikes only if they look bad.The knobbies seem to run hotter when I am on pavement.
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  3. Drum Dog

    Drum Dog Been here awhile

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    Thanks, I'm new the tube world on the street.
    I'm running the Shinko 804 and 805 with HD tubes.
  4. CraigBKK

    CraigBKK I ride to both find and forget myself...

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    I have 6km on my current Motoz Tractionator Adventure rear. Still lots of life left. I had the same experience with the front last year so vowed to not use it again. Ran a Motoz Tractionator Desert H/T this time round, still scalloped badly, beginning at around 4km.

    Motoz are releasing a MkII Adventure front; interested to see how it performs. I'll put one on once I can get my hands on one.
  5. Redclayrider

    Redclayrider Long time gone

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  6. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    If I keep this bike I will most likly go tubeless on rear.Back in the 80,s when I was real poor I would never replace a tube and even patch them and leave them in.Funny how things change as you get older.I run extra heavy duty in my yz250 and I put a new front on a couple weeks ago and the old tube looked almost melted.It was the 1st tire on that tube and it had thin spots also.I ordered new 804,805 combo and ordered new tubes also.To damn old to take a chance.If I do not get my forks sorted out properly will sell it so do not want to stick more money in bike yet.
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  7. Drif10

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    I'll be interested to hear how it works out. :thumb
  8. zoodio

    zoodio Been here awhile

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    I'm running the Pirelli MT90 front and rear and am very happy with them. They are wearing very well and are smooth to ride.


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  9. CrStep

    CrStep Been here awhile

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    I think I may try those next, they were among my top three options.
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  10. Drif10

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    They look interesting, but here in Canuckistan they're kinda pricey. Over double the price of the Shinko 804/805, at least 50% more than the Mitas E07.
  11. CrStep

    CrStep Been here awhile

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    I currently have the motoz gps tires, and it did just occur to me that maybe in the interest of my wallet I should try the shinkos next instead
  12. Drif10

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    I'm still interested in those Motoz GPS, but at the price, I've got a set of Shinko's on deck next.
  13. zoodio

    zoodio Been here awhile

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    I'm in Canada front tire was 120. Where are you buying your tires from?


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  14. tremor38

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    As much as I'd like to try out other tires, the Shinkos can't be beat from a 'bang for the buck' perspective. I may experiment later on with something more sand-worthy up front. That said, most of the sand here is beaches, so I would probably limit that riding because of the salty environment. So, it's practicality vs 'wanna try this.'

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  15. michaeln

    michaeln What're YOU lookin' at?

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    My only gripe with the Shinkos was extreme short life. The rear was shot at about 1500 miles, and the front got cupped and worn really badly by about 2000. They are cheap, but not cheap if they last 1/2 as long.
  16. Drif10

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    Depends on which version of 21" you need. Tubeless is listing at $164 at Pete's.

    Shinko was exactly $100 bucks less from DSP. Yeah, $64. Kinda hard to pass that up.
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  17. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    The Motoz Adventures I have on right now, the rear is fine at 2400 miles, maybe half life. The front? I'm hoping to get another k out of it. Maybe. At the price difference compared to your wear for example, I can live with that.
  18. tremor38

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    My shinkos last several times that long; however, I'm 150lbs in full gear so I'm way on the light edge of the bell curve.

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  19. redrider650

    redrider650 Been here awhile

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    I had the same experience and I also didn't care for the front on hard pack dirt or gravel roads-very unpredictable. The TKC 80 front is only a little more expensive and is a better off road tire in my opinion.
  20. michaeln

    michaeln What're YOU lookin' at?

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    Yeah, forgot about that. Front was scary on gravel and in loose soil.