Best Tire for LONG road ride to Baja, followed by Dirt/Road mix

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  1. Jhebass

    Jhebass n00b

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    Planning on riding my '88 100GS to Baja from my home in San Francisco. I want a tire that will be tolerable on the long slab ride down there, but then be capable enough for a substantial amount of dirt once I've arrived. At the moment I'm running Pirelli Scorpion Trail II's, which really seem like an 80/20 tire at best. They're great on the road, but a little sketchy off.

    I'm an ADV newb so any advice is appreciated! Thanks!
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  2. roger123

    roger123 Long timer Supporter

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    I'm a big fan of the Mitas E07 for what you describe.
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  3. munimula

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    I recently switch from the Scorpions to the Mitas E-07 Dakar version. I'm really happy with both the onroad and offroad performance. The Mitas is also recommended by Brent Takcits.
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  4. Jhebass

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    Thanks! Based on these recs, did a bunch of research, and it looks like the Mitas are exactly what I'm looking for. Just bought a set. Appreciate it!!
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  5. Grinder

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    The Heidenau k60 are one of the best out there. Long wearing and good tread for larger adv bikes.
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  6. slow24

    slow24 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Dunlop Trailmax Mission tires!
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  7. thirsty 1

    thirsty 1 Rider Supporter

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    Mitas e07 Dakar
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  8. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    How much dirt? E07 front isn't the best for sand but rear works fine with more aggressive front. E-10 front/E07 rear is a popular combo and it should be good for ~8k. Other fronts like Michelin Anakee Wild, TKC80, Pirelli Scorpion Rally, Shinko 804, etc also work.

    You can get 12-25k out of E07 rear and 20-30k out of front problem is that alternating chevron isn't stable on raingrooved interstate concrete and front isn't good on loose sand/gravel which it would be surprising if you don't get any sand in Baja.
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