Tire options for Africa Twin

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by BRITTURB, Jun 15, 2017.

  1. dfstrasser01

    dfstrasser01 n00b

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    Just installed E-07 on rear and TKC80 on the front. They feel pretty good on the road and much better on the gravel/dirt roads. Can't wait to put some more miles on them.

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  2. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism! It's a bad drug!

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    For those of you that are running E-07's both front and back. What pressures do you like? I am running the pressures that Honda recommends, but this tire is much stiffer than the OEM's. So whats the sweet spot. I let them down a couple lbs, and they seem to like that. Now that they have about 1500 miles on them, they seem pretty good. Wasn't sure at first.
  3. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    I ran 32 in my back.I ran 25 once with it offroad but did not make it better.32 seemed to work well for me.
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  4. ghound

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    The Mitas E07 Plus have been released in the 150/70-18 size now, not the 90/90-21 as yet though. I've just installed the rear on mine.
  5. Dillo

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    I'm curious to see how they compare to the standard E07 and TKC80
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  6. QuidProMoto

    QuidProMoto Adventurer

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    Anybody have experience with the battle axe 41 on their AT?
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  7. SecondTime

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    Heidenau K60 Scout on the rear, Continental TwinDuro TKC80 on the front. Love the combo, especially aired down offroad.
  8. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    These are some of the tires I have tried on my bike.Midas E-07 back with shinko 804 front.Shinko 804/805 combo,Motoz tractionator adventure combo,804 front with same motoz tire on back.Tonite I am putting a new 805 on back replacing a barely worn motoz.The front tractionator was the most worthless scary tire I have ever used.It has absolutely no good traits that I could find. The back motoz works unbelievably well offroad.The problem is on pavement.It has a little kick out when you catch a rock on hardtop but that's ok.The problem is it is simply to loud.That constant wine at 60 mph really starts to get to wife and me.Spent most of day on curvy back hard top roads and could not wait to park bike to get some sound relief.Even through the shinko lacks some offroad lateral grip I am happy to put another on.It simply has better overall handling and is way more quiet.The Shinko's seem corner more predictable also.I also liked the E-07 on back but the shinko works a little better for me offroad as it does not pack mud as easy.
  9. AZ Africa Twin

    AZ Africa Twin From the AZ High Country

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    Shinkos have been amazing and for the price its a winner!
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  10. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    177 exactly for front and back off amazon.I get 5000 to 6000 miles before they get wierd.rear has 1000 left on it when the front starts getting the wanders but nice to replace both to get it over in one shot.Only got 4000 out of last set but I abused them badly.
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  11. Lost Cartographer

    Lost Cartographer Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    1st question: What's the stickiest street tires available in our sizes?

    100% dry pavement usage. Aggressive mountain riding.

    Stock dunlops: good rear grip, but hate the front. Front gives me no confidence on corner entry, and skips/slides over tar strips worse than any other front tire I've ridden.
  12. Lost Cartographer

    Lost Cartographer Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    No slides from the rear, just a little bit of feathering:

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  13. Lost Cartographer

    Lost Cartographer Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    2nd question: What is the absolute best front tire for deep sand?

    Planning a couple of 4 day trips that will have a TON of deep sand sections, and very little pavement. Bike will be 2-up with luggage.

    I have no objections to running a 90/100-21 dirt bike tire, as speeds will be low.

    All I care about is soft terrain performance and puncture resistance in rocks. Will need to do a few hundred miles of pavement, but predominantly off road.

    Will be trailering to these rides to save the tires.

    Looking at Goldentyre 216AA fatty, Shinko MX216, or Motoz Tractionator Enduro S/T. I've used the 216AA and the Enduro S/T on my dirt bikes, and like them both. Haven't tried the Shinko MX216, but apparently it is a close knock off of the 216AA, but $56 instead of $96.

    Any other recommendations?

    (Will be using a Motoz 140/80-18 Desert HT for the rear, as I already have one on the shelf, and Nusk had good things to say about it.)
  14. redrider650

    redrider650 Been here awhile

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    I put the Shinko MX216 on for about 2000 miles when I was going to be riding some areas with deep sand (Borrego Springs, CA). So far, it's the best tire I've used off-road but It's the only real dirt tire that I've had on the bike. I've used both the Goldentyre AA216 fatty and the Shinko MX216 on my Xr650R and couldn't tell the difference. In addition tho the cheaper price, The Shinko has a higher speed rating for those highway sections. It was also the scariest tire I've used on grooved concrete freeways. It seemed to have a mind its own. Black top was no problem. After 2000 miles on my AT riding around Ca, Az. & Nv., I mounted it on my XR and it still looks and works great. It will be my go-to front tire for any trip that will be predominantly off-road.
    I have the Dunlop 908 RR on the rear and was planning on trying the Motoz 140/80-18 Desert HT next. I'm interested hear how you like it. The Motoz 110/100-18 Desert HT is my go-to rear on the XR.


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  15. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    @mb300 I haven't tried them, but the book on the trail attack 2's are the ones you want.
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  16. tekes

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    Default Dunlop was ok on tarmac, some gravel was also ok, rear finished at 7000kms, front will do at least 10k kms.

    Changed Metzeler mce karoo rear, tkc80 front. Very good on gravel, dirt ok. Still wish rougher front on dirt. Rear completely gone at 2k kms. Front hardly any wear.

    Next rear tires orderead, heidenau k60 scout and mitas e07 plus. Front mitas e07. Expecting +7k kms for both rear tires, time will tell.

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  17. aage

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    I have Mitas E7 Dakar front and rear. I have the front at 30 and the rear at 26.
  18. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism! It's a bad drug!

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    ^^^^^^^^ Thanks. I'm still working on pressures. About 3800 miles now and still not comfortable on what I'm running. the tires are so hard. I think the 28 I'm running in front is ok. Running that in the back, and its wearing in the center really fast. Can you say "chicken strips" are showing. And I ride some mountain twistys. So I think that is too much pressure in the rear. Doubt I will see 6000 miles out of these. Front is starting to cup pretty good.
  19. Flying D

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    Just wondering how hey worked for you? I'm thinking of throwing them on my AT. Thanks.
  20. motocopter

    motocopter Long timer

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    Tire history on my AT:

    OEM until 4,007 miles.
    Shinko 804/805 until 6,203 (did not work for me in the Rockies) (2,196 miles) These were reinstalled for about a month prior to the Scorpion Trail II fitting.
    Motoz Desert H/t (rear) and Pirelli MT-21 front until 11,397 miles (3,799 miles)
    Pirelli Scorpion Trail II until 18,869 (7,472 miles)
    Motoz GPS (rear) and Continental TKC-80 on at 18,869

    Got a puncture on the rear Scorpion Trail II about 25 miles before I decided to replace the pair. The carcass is pretty thin; so, back to the Motoz in a milder form for the eastern US.

    Adventures with my AT here: https://ridermarcadventureriding.wordpress.com/
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