Mitas E09 Dakar Tires

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by hasenwerk, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. AGiN

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    After reading a lot of positive reviews on E-09 Dakar, I put a one for the rear of my XR650R in size 140/80R18 (2,5" rim). No way I can ride this bike with confidence now. It become really nervous, tries to overstear, start to wobble on speeds past 65mph. Previously used K60 in 130/80R18 size and there was no issue up to 100mph.
    Checked all the bearings, tightened all the spokes truing the wheel, checked the sag on front and rear. Last hope was to breaking it in some, but I already clocked 300 miles and still same. Maybe I should play with pressure? Factory recommended 1,75 kpa now on both wheels. If someone have any idea where to look for, I will really appreciate.
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  2. Beeners

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    I'm running 22 psi (152 kPa) in the E09 Dakar rear and 27 psi (186 kPa) in the MT21 front now.
  3. iJabberwocky

    iJabberwocky Been here awhile

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    Just put the E-09 rear on my 990 Adv R and absolutely love them on this bike. I had them on my 800 GS and loved the rear on it but didn't like the front as much. I am running the TKC 80 on the front of my 990, the E-09 front wanted to wander too much for me on pavement.

    I have ridden singletrack that was a little muddy and this tire was great in it. I had to ride a boulder field with it and it handled great on the granite rocks. Last year I had the Scorpion Rally's on the rear and liked them off road but on the road they were too loud and had a lot of vibration on pavement. The E-09 does not vibrate that I can feel on the pavement. Great tire and plan on ordering another one so I can have it on the ready.
  4. XRman

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    have you balanced the wheel?
  5. XRman

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    I am not a fan of the E09 front tyre in soft conditions ; sand especially. I think its circumference/profile is too small and it digs into sand rather than floats over the surface. Funnily enough the E07 felt better on sand IMO (both at 20PSI).

    My preferred front knobby is the Michelin Starcross HP4. i will try these on my 800XCx soon. This tyre has a much bigger profile and handles sand adequately even though it is marketed as HT tyre.

    I have used the E09 rear and although it wore well it was sort of bland in the grip department. I have not used the 17 inch rear. On my DRZ the Motoz Tractionator HD gave better grip at less cost in Outback conditions.
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  6. XRman

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    Update: I have nearly worn out a Mitas E-09 Adventure( less stiff than the Dakar) 17 " fitted to my Tiger800XCx.
    It has performed well on 50/50 use. I am happy with the grip and wear rate.

    The Starcross HP4 is almost worn out, but keeps hanging on grip wise. Early reports are that the replacement Starcross 5 Hard is perhaps better for grip, but no-one knows if they will wear as well as the HP4 yet.
  7. goldfish1977

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    What tire pressure would you recommend for on vs offroad for my Mitas E09 on my BMW F650GS Dakar? The dimensions are: Front 21" 90/90, Rear 17" 130/80.
  8. Cafeducati

    Cafeducati Stuffing my face with that 990 Steak

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    Great thread.

    I am running the NV BDR next summer and I had Scorpion Rallys on my 990 Adv for the OR BDR this year. The Rallys were awesome!!!! I adore them as I went over the rock garden, the silkiest fech fech, soft dirt, mud, gravel, and slick rocks. My only gripe for the Rallys is that they do not last!!! And the tread is seemingly low even new.

    I need something that I can ride 700 miles to START the NV BDR, conquer the route with friends and style, and then ride back the 1200 miles home to Tacoma.

    The Rally fronts are epic so I plan to stick with them. But I think the E09 is the balance for what I need.

    So some of you believe they suck in the sand and mud and some say it is good.

    I am not a rally racer, I am not Valentino Rossi in the dirt. I am Gramma Jones with a little sliding now and then.
    My intent is to make it safely with my equipment working.