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Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Pete Carter, Oct 8, 2002.
What are the tire alternatives to the Tourance for my 1150GS?
I can't remeber who posted this before but here is the low down on tirees from a German mag:
The German magazine MO BMW tested the available tires for the R11.. GS. In short the translation:
easy and light cornering,great grip on wet and dry roads,
little restles in corners under hard riding/ heavy load and two-up, sandroads are no problem,
to little negative profile for real offroad.
set price = 204 Euro
Michelin T66 X;
Maximum corner stabilaty even under max. load,
good grip on dry warm roads, slippery on wet roads,
much cupping on front tire,
handling is average.
profile fills-up fast in offroad conditions.
very high milage.
set price = 232 Euro
Bridgestone TW 101/152G;
Handles very good, soft rubber mix,
good in corners on dry roads, mediocre on wet roads,
stabilaty on hard cornering and topspeed is also mediocre,
tendency to raise the bike in corners when breaking.
only dry dirt roads,
set price = 228 Euro
Handling in dry and wet conditions is OK,
Very high stabilaty but no "tiredampning" there for feels a little wooden...
Steering into corner is averidge
wider profile, so better offroad tire then most
set price = 220 Euro
Dunlop D 60;
New, street oriented tire, max. grip, stabilaty and cornering
no other input available.
Pirelli MT 90 S/T;
Hard rubber mix, not good handling in wet conditions,
average grip on dry roads, mediocre handling,
very high straight stabilaty,
feels little wooden....acceptable offroad handling on dry grounds.
exctreme high milage.
set price = 213 Euro
Metzeler Enduro 4;
The secret tip, Impressive easy and fast cornering,
very good grip in dry and wet conditions,
compared to the competition good offroad tire,
milage almost the same as Tourance.
set price = 203 Euro
Avon Distanzia AM 43/44;
Brilliant on asphalt, best handling on dry road,
endless grip in cornering,
good contact on wet roads and good cornerstabilaty
set price = 209
Continental TKC 80;
soft rubber compound,
has unexpected good grip on, wet and dry, cold asphalt roads,
not good "wobbly/spongy" feeling in corners,
Good tire in mud and snow conditions.
very low milage, speed limmit 100 mlh
set price = 225 Euro
Later this year Continental will bring the new "ESCAPE" with more asphalt capability then the TKC 80.
Sorry for the translation errors but this German-English translation stretched my capabilitys beyond my Dutch limmits.
Unless your going to be doing a bunch of dirt, Tourance's are hard to beat. Just my $.02.