Tire options for Africa Twin

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

  1. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    The one on my front has 5200 on it.Could get another 1000 out of it but the center split knobs are about gone.Funny how the full center knobs are in great shape.Amost always set at 29 psi as I'm to lazy to air down offroad.I did try 20psi in sand once and it still sucked.Works great on loamy trails,rocks,ect.
  2. zoodio

    zoodio Been here awhile

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    It's best to shop around, Fortnine is just under 200 for the rear with free shipping, also the front tubeless I got from Rocky Mountain Powerhouse in Calgary 120. I run tubeless front and rear as I converted from tubes. I love the Heidenau and the Mitas and have run both on a few bikes. I just like these Pirrellis for Tarmac with some off road. Great grip and quiet ride.


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  3. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    Wow.Your tire prices suck up there.
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  4. Drif10

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    Current exchange rate ain't great. Prettr sure he's quoting in Canuck bucks.

    For reference: with tax, free shipping, the pair of Shinkos is $208 Canuck to my door. About $166 usd.
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  5. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    Mitas E07's, $320 Canuck.
  6. chrshale01

    chrshale01 Adventurer

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    Still bad.
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  7. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    It's a good bit more expensive to be a rider here. The importers have a good racket going.

    For example: a few years back, a tkc for my 640 was $108 Canuck from parts Canada, a wholly owned arm of parts unlimited. Tire shipped out of the Ohio warehouse to my dealer up here. Then, with the same exchange rate, and the same US price, they jumped it to $242 Canuck. Yeah. And they had the marketing agreement locked up, sole source up here.

    I get a lot of stuff drop shipped to the fort drum ups store, and hop the border to get it. A hassle, but cheaper.
  8. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    Ouch
  9. Zave

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  10. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    That price was for a pair, last time I bought some. Mx1 Canada has been the importer for years, they've always been good to deal with.

    But the E07 doesn't come tubeless in a 21", so I've been trying other tires.
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  11. advdoctor

    advdoctor Adventurer

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    Does anyone have an opinion, or preferably, an authoritative source if 140/80 tires can handle the weight and rigors of bikes which are OEM 150/70? The fairly significant price jump is presumably related to materials, but I have never weighed the tires directly. It might also relate to internal belts and such that might not be reflected in weight alone.
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  12. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    I can only say that I've had a Motoz adventure 140 mounted for 4k kms, and that it works very well. With my fat ass on it, with luggage. It's wearing well, and I haven't run out of tire on lean, though I have touched pegs once.

    Anecdotal data, all I can give you.
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  13. Zave

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    Is there a problem running a tubeless tire with tubes?
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    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    @Zave not that I know of.

    Since I've made my wheels tubeless, kinda negates the benefits if I do that though.
  15. MillennialFalcon

    MillennialFalcon Improvement starts with self

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    It's generally more difficult to do tire/tube changes because tubeless tire beads and sidewalls are generally stiffer.
  16. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN VIN# JH2SD0451GK000002 '16 CRF1000LD

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    I've tried the Adventure rear and loved it, both on and off road.
    Recently, I put on the GPS and took it off road, brand new. Regular FS gravel and twisties around Tellico Plains, TN.
    Tractionator Adv= better off road
    GPS = better for carving twisties, not so much on gravel/dirt (I've mounted the rear, which is reversible, for mostly offroad)
    With the GPS, I was surprised to be able to lean enough to scrape my boots on a few occasions.
    In two weeks, taking the new tires (GPS front & rear) on the TAT to Seattle to NW Passage, N to S on the CDR and back to CO - about 6000 miles.
    My TAT buddy is on the T-Adventure, for a valid test comparo.
    Let's see how long they each perform on gravel, mud, sand and whatnot...
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  17. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN VIN# JH2SD0451GK000002 '16 CRF1000LD

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    I've had the same experience. Flipped the tire for the last 1500 miles or so and made the best of it. No more Adventure front.
    I'll post how well the GPS performs, later this month- so far they are excellent.
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  18. Billb596

    Billb596 Rocky Mtn High

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    I have the Motoz Adventures front and rear. Just returned from a 3600 mile trip and love the rear tire, the front, not at all. The rear did well on and off road (did the IDBDR). The front is a nightmare. Tar snakes are bad, grooved cement roads are a handful and asphalt is scary as hell. Anything over 65-70 on these roads you can get a high speed wobble going. The front is ridding like tank tracks now with the center tread scalloped the tire is toast. Rear is great and holding up fine, no complaints. As an FYI my buddy also was running a new Motoz Adventures front on his KTM 1190R and had the same issues.
  19. monkey1

    monkey1 Adventurer

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    Just put a set of shinko 704/705 they work everywhere on road off road I ran them on my Ktm 1190 also and I do lots of off-road and speaking of tire snakes does not affect them at all just twist the throttle and go and yes I do run tubes 30psi f 32 psi r never had a problem also 804/805 are also great I have lots of miles on both sets on and offroad ... if you don't believe me come to Georgia and I will prove it to you or anyone else for that matter ..
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  20. Drum Dog

    Drum Dog Been here awhile

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    I'm running the 804 and 805 now and love them but thinking about trying the 704 and 705 next to see which suits me better.
    Is there a huge difference off road? Do the 704 and 705 last quite a bit longer? I should get about 5000 miles out of my 805.