The 800GS tire thread (oh, no you di-'nt!)

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by PackMule, Sep 27, 2008.

  1. Dert Gerl

    Dert Gerl Been here awhile

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    Anybody find a dealer for these? I'm getting ready for a copper canyon/baja trip next month and I have the TKC's but would prefer a more dirt oriented tire. I'd really like to try this combo.
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  2. M N B

    M N B would rather be riding

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    FWIW, the Anakee is shipping as the stock tire on SOME F800GS bikes. Mine had the BattleWing, but a friend just bought an F800GS three weeks ago and his has Anakees mounted on it. I noticed the different tires on a group ride. It's unlikely he swapped the tires out as he'd not owned the bike 24 hours yet.
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  3. zaner32

    zaner32 In over my head

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    I think I like these the most... Mitas E-09.

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  4. tmex

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    I just ordered a pair of rears from gnanlyparts. I think I'll stick with the MT21 up front. The E09 is quite a bit cheaper than the TKC80, and from all I can tell by reading it should wear longer and work just as well if not better in the dirt. Not sure about the road.
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  5. zaner32

    zaner32 In over my head

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    I was thinking of using the same combo. Mitas Dakar E-09 rear / Pirelli MT-21 front.

    Less than half the cost of the TKC, but I was warned they very slippery in the wet. I figure that they can't be any worse than TrackMasters on wet pavement like I had on my DR350 last summer.
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  6. RedHawk47

    RedHawk47 Adventurer Supporter

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    Picked up a Metzeler catalog:
    MCE Karoo Rear: usage: 10% On / 90% Off
    Tread depth 11.8mm

    MCE Karoo T: usage 20% On / 80% Off, for large displacement Dual Purpose bikes, OE for BMW HP2. Tread pattern reduces road noise while improving mileage. Large tread blocks improve braking performance on ABS equipped bikes. Tread depth 11 mm.

    Sounds like a good choice for me.
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  7. Bayner

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    I'm going to mount up my Karoo T's this weekend. I'll post up on how they ride if the weather holds out!
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  8. Kwuby

    Kwuby Adventurer

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    What is a good brand of tyre for offroad and onroad?
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  9. Wildman

    Wildman Long timer

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    For the best combination of road and off-road for a BMW GS, I was recommended (from a very reliable and experienced source) a Continental TKC80 front and a Metzeler Tourance rear. "This combination will last the distance (a 5500 mile trip) and provide the optimum of tyre mix for the dirt and tarmac".
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  10. sysie

    sysie Been here awhile

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    I like the Heidies :clap:clap 140 / 80 - 17

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  11. The Griz

    The Griz Long timer Supporter

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    Yeah, I'm waiting for the 150/70-17 and 90/90-21 K60's to be available in the States.:thumb If they're not avaiable in time for my summer adventures, I'll have to go with the TKC80's
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  12. Trout

    Trout Been here awhile

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    I'm doing TKC80s with my 1st service. I'd like to try the K60s when they become available.
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  13. Motoriley

    Motoriley Still riding like crap after all these years.

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    OK so I guess I'm a bit dense. I know the wheel / tire specs but what size tubes do i buy for an F800GS?


    Wheel Specs:
    Rim, front 2.15 x 21"
    Rim, rear 4.25 x 17"
    Tyres, front 90/90 - 21
    Tyres, rear 150/70 - 17
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  14. tmex

    tmex Long timer

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    You are not dense - tube sizing is very confusing.

    For the 21" front wheel
    3.00/3.25
    90/90
    80/100
    will all work (and are called 21" type A in Europe).

    For the 17" rear wheel
    4.50/5.10
    150/60
    160/60
    130/70 to 150/70
    120/80 to 150/80
    110/90 to 130/30
    will all work (and are called 17" type B in Europe).

    I also believe 2.75/3.00-21 will also work just fine for the front on the F8.
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  15. Motoriley

    Motoriley Still riding like crap after all these years.

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    Thanks for the reply and info. My buddy stopped by the local BMW dealer to get me some tubes yesterday and of course they gave him the wrong size for the front (19") even though he was specific about it being an F800gs. The rear tube is in a massive box. Its a Micheline HD. going to have to buy luggage to lug that thing around or take it tubing...


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  16. Kwuby

    Kwuby Adventurer

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    Are these tyres standard or are they a certain compound? as in med /soft /hard
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  17. Trout

    Trout Been here awhile

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    As far as I can tell the TKCs only come in one compound.
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  18. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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  19. LILGS

    LILGS Been here awhile

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    Not a TKC on the rear, 3,000klm and its buggered.. yes i had fun and perhaps could have slown down a bit but they still make them. on that note i won't be buying another one, ill try something different to compare wear

    :D

    they are brilliant on the road.
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  20. pelvis_98

    pelvis_98 Havin A Time

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    Sorry to high jack this, But do you have any more pics of this bike showing how your saddle bag is staying clear of the muffler?
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