which tyres?

Discussion in 'Australia' started by Ockrocket, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. Ockrocket

    Ockrocket Long timer

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    Well I've gone for the "middle ground" on price.

    Bought a set of Mefo Explorers yesterday, won't be fitting them for a couple of weeks as there is still some life left in the 605's.

    The Mefo has a rounder profile than the K60 and the tread looks a little deeper than the E07, also looks a little more dirt oriented as far as tread pattern goes.

    If I can get out around 10,000km from a rear tyre with a 50/50 type tread I would be happy.

    I will be getting in some decent ride time over Christmas to try them out. :wink:

    Thanks to all for the replies.
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  2. lentil

    lentil All round nice guy Super Moderator

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    Let me know what you think of the MEFO's I ve had k60's on the strom for a while (10k plus) and I wouldn't say I was happy with them but they have done everything I have asked (Other than one slimy creek crossing where I got my mojo wrong) I am seriously thinking of going back to a mitas e-09 - e-10 for the strom rear and then something on the front if I can ever get the k60 to wear out!
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  4. peter650

    peter650 Been here awhile

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    Gday Steve i want to test the chopper on some trails over xmas. Should be good for a :lol3 if you want to come along.
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    speed_racer Been here awhile

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    Interesting read.. I was considering after my E10 rear wore out (nearly 7000kms n I ride it hard) that I would swap it to a E07 dakar.. After taking a f800 for a spin with TKC80's though, I'm very suprised how much better the TKC80 is on road.

    The E10 felt like a knobby but handled quite well on the road but the TKC80 handled the same as the Tourance EXP's which is heaps better than the E10..

    As for off road I would say both tyres were about the same

    I think a TKC80 is next for me.
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  7. Ockrocket

    Ockrocket Long timer

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    Yeah I'm in for that Peter........just have to get a video camera to mount on my bike, it will make for some hilarious video shots :rofl

    Must catch up again sometime soon, I have Tuesday off at this stage.
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  8. Ockrocket

    Ockrocket Long timer

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    But what bike are you putting them on? [may not handle like the Beemer with the same tyres.]

    I have found tyres don't always work the same on different bikes.
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    HoldoninAus Been here awhile

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  10. rmarmbruster

    rmarmbruster Roba

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    I just fitted a new set of K60 Heidenau Scouts to the R1200GS today, the second set now on the big girl. Not overly impressed with the first set but they seem to be the correct tyre for my style of riding. A great tyre to ride hard on the blacktop, the front is good in the gravel and they don't mind the mud. Never tried sand but one day I guess.

    Why go the second set you ask, well the new style seems to me a lot better than the originals. The Heidies were replaced today because the front was cupping and making the front bob up and down and the back was nearly worn out, both at 11,080 km.

    Cheers

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  11. rmarmbruster

    rmarmbruster Roba

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    Hey, I forgot. Can't wait to see a set of the new Karoo 3. Very nice looking tyre to replace the Heidenaus.

    Cheers


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  12. stuser

    stuser Putt putt putt

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    Perhaps different tyres perform differently on different bikes.

    I've only read and heard good things about the Michelin Anakee 2s and trying a pair on my KLR.
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  13. Ockrocket

    Ockrocket Long timer

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    I got around the other night and pulled the rear wheel out of the KLE and fitted the Mefo Explorer [damn I'm out of practice at fitting up tyres :cry ]

    Rode it to work today, still with the wax on :huh no scary moments, felt very good.

    Found 300mt of dirt/loose gravel near work to put some dust on it, felt good there too.

    The true test will come in the next couple of weeks when I get time to do a proper mixed tar/dirt ride.

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  14. rmarmbruster

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    Boy those Karoo 3's look really cool. Wait and get a set of those.

    Cheers

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  15. wairau

    wairau south pacific itinerant

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    dont expect 7000km out of the tkc if you get one. i read someone on here got a good distance out of one, but he's about the only one… 4K to 5K seems about as good as it gets on 800 (and up) size bikes anyway

    agree tho, they do go pretty well on road for a knobbly
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  16. lentil

    lentil All round nice guy Super Moderator

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    Paging gsd4me to the bat phone
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  17. wairau

    wairau south pacific itinerant

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    ah well done lentil.
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  18. itsgunnahurt

    itsgunnahurt Gravity Enhanced!

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    Just changed my TKC's on the 1150, rear a bit more than 7,500km, pretty shagged by now, but still legal tread depth. Front has lasts about 2 rears, probably could have gotten more by turning it round. That's over a big mix of hwy, commute, dirt. I'm very happy with them and keep buying them.
    I've tried the Heidenow k60, but the ones before scout, they were ok, not as much grip in on the wet tar, and they wore flat reasonably quickly. The upside was they were cheap. No idea what the new ones are like.
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  19. lentil

    lentil All round nice guy Super Moderator

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    IMHO the k60 is not so crash hot!


    It only has to be a humid day and they decide they want to break traction cause it might be wet on the tar!
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    I would have the e-07 over them any day!

    Leith
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  20. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    You rang?

    18,150 Km. I`d have to agree with Lentil about the K60; amazing wear, but I didn`t trust them in the wet. IMO the E07 is a better tyre, and cheaper. I regularly got around 14,000 Km from a rear TKC 80.


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    This Mitas E07 has about 7,000 Km on it. It doesn`t look it, but it still had heaps of tread left.

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