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ADV Gravel Riders - What Tires?

Jarrett

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Quick note on the Michelin Anakee tires. On my VFR1200X, I have the Wild on the front and the Adventure on the rear. This is probably my favorite big ADV bike tire setup I've tried so far.

I did a 300 mile ride with a group this past weekend out towards Glen Rose which meant hitting all curvy paved roads and throwing in some gravel roads as well. I was really impressed with how this set did on the pavement. We were turning pretty hard and the bike felt surprisingly good. When we hit the gravel roads, I felt like I had plenty of traction as well. I was trying to roost a bit and had to give it more juice than I thought I would to get the rear to break loose, while the front tire tracked nice and tight.

Also, in the past with TKC80 and Shinko 804's up front, I've felt a weird shimmy at higher speeds. I would usually let off around 104 mph due to a wobble, but I was running up to 127 mph on these tires this weekend (closed course) and it was completely stable.

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Quick note on the Michelin Anakee tires. On my VFR1200X, I have the Wild on the front and the Adventure on the rear. This is probably my favorite big ADV bike tire setup I've tried so far.

I did a 300 mile ride with a group this past weekend out towards Glen Rose which meant hitting all curvy paved roads and throwing in some gravel roads as well. I was really impressed with how this set did on the pavement. We were turning pretty hard and the bike felt surprisingly good. When we hit the gravel roads, I felt like I had plenty of traction as well. I was trying to roost a bit and had to give it more juice than I thought I would to get the rear to break loose, while the front tire tracked nice and tight.

Also, in the past with TKC80 and Shinko 804's up front, I've felt a weird shimmy at higher speeds. I would usually let off around 104 mph due to a wobble, but I was running up to 127 mph on these tires this weekend (closed course) and it was completely stable.

Front/Rear:

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Just my 2 cents here, I’m currently on my 3rd set of E-07’s (Dakar). Running them on a 2012 vstrom 650 bike has 40k miles. Absolutely love them! They were fantastic for the crap upstate ny,New England and Canada threw at me! I usually get around 7500-10k out of a drive tire and well past 12k out of a steer. Now I have to wait and see how well they will last here in Texas. Skip the standard version, sticky yes, but they didn’t last past 4500 miles.
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FYI in this pic that rear has Almost 5k miles.
 

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No complaints here on the E07+ on my Scrambler...not as grippy on sand/gravel as my AX41s, but awesome all around tire!
 
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"THE BEST TIRE for..." -- I can't think of a topic (other than "who has the best wife") that has such widely divergent opinions, especially over on AdvRIder. At the end of some of the AdvRider tire threads, they're almost ready to fight. Goodness!

I decided to try, and just mounted, the Motoz Tractionator GPS.

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Got an update for us? I'm eyeballing these to replace the stock tires on my Africa Twin when I wear down the stock rear.
 
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Got an update for us? I'm eyeballing these to replace the stock tires on my Africa Twin when I wear down the stock rear.
I put a set of these on the tenere before my trip to Tuk in July. They lasted the whole trip and are still on the bike. I wouldn't take off on another long trip on em but they still have some thread left.

I was using the mitas but reviews on the new and improved version, +, say the millage isn't any where as good. The Moto z have a little more vibration than the mitas did but for a 50/50 tire that'll last 10,000 + it's my new go to tire, unless mitas brings back the original version. I'm not a tire guy per se but they lasted the whole trip, no flats and rain/mud on the Dempster and I never went down so that's good enough for me.
 
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I just ordered one of these. For the price I figured why not.

 
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Which tire, which motor oil?

Dunlop claims 50/50, I kind of doubt it but a claim like that sets you up for Success along with the power of positive thinking.

Worth a try. Nice that the manufacturers are working harder for better tires
 
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I put a set of these on the tenere before my trip to Tuk in July. They lasted the whole trip and are still on the bike. I wouldn't take off on another long trip on em but they still have some thread left.

I was using the mitas but reviews on the new and improved version, +, say the millage isn't any where as good. The Moto z have a little more vibration than the mitas did but for a 50/50 tire that'll last 10,000 + it's my new go to tire, unless mitas brings back the original version. I'm not a tire guy per se but they lasted the whole trip, no flats and rain/mud on the Dempster and I never went down so that's good enough for me.
Sounds like what I'm after. I was interested in the Mitas E07 as well, but only the + version is available for my rear size. The negative reviews for lifespan are a turn off for a tire that expensive. I'll buy Shinkos if short life is ok.
 

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Which tire, which motor oil?

Dunlop claims 50/50, I kind of doubt it but a claim like that sets you up for Success along with the power of positive thinking.

Worth a try. Nice that the manufacturers are working harder for better tires
Might wanna check out this new Chapparl review on the Dunlop Trailmax. Guy seems to think it's pretty close to a 50/50.

 
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