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  • #35358
    Shane Keat
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    • Rank: 125cc Rider

    Hi guys,
    I’m not only new to adventure bikes, I’m also new to riding in general.
    I bought a DL650 and I’ve been busy setting it up with crash bars and bash plates and panniers etc but in the mean time i have been looking at what tyres to put on it.
    I’ll be doing a bit of sandy stuff and some rocky stuff for a spot of hunting and fishing, but mostly long distance on the road.
    When i am in the rough stuff i will need a good set of off road tyres though but i don’t want to feel unsafe on the 600-700km trips to get in to those spots.
    I have a Shinko 80/20 on the front but a street tyre on the back so looking for something that’s worth about $200ish to stick on the back that will work well on the road and off.
    I was looking at a MOTOZ tractionactor but what do you guys think is the best value for money?

    #35360
    Muzz67
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    • Town/City: Richmond
    • Rank: 1000cc Rider

    All depends on how ‘off-road’ you intend to go really.
    The rougher the offroad, the more of a compromise you’ll need to make to have something kinda ok at both.
    In dry-ish off road conditions, the Shinko SR244 is fine. Not ideal for deep mud, but decent enough on-road, rocky or riverbed etc. Pretty cheap too, and seem to last ok.
    If you need more aggressive offroad, the Tractionater may not be great for the other 6-700km…

    #35363
    Shane Keat
    Participant
    • Rank: 125cc Rider

    Thank you so much, i have noone to ask, i have no mates who do this and don’t trust the guys at the bike shop cause they just put me to the most expensive tyre.

    #35365
    whiZZard
    Participant
    • Town/City: Auckland
    • Bike: DRZ400
    • Rank: 250cc Rider

    Motoz are freakin’ awesome, I run the Mountain Hybrids as I sadly ride nearly 100% sealed road. The Mountain hybrid rear is fricking awesome for hookup on anything and lasts like nothing else in it’s range. The front hooks up really well, but (on a DRZ400) does not have anywhere near the longevity as expected for a front. The hookup in gravel is great too!
    The only downside is you can only buy them online shipped and then have to install yourself (which I have taught myself to do) or take’em to a shop. But for ~$200 for a full set of medium weight ADV tyres, it is epic! They’re alot like the Bridestone gritty but 1/2 the price!

    #35366
    whiZZard
    Participant
    • Town/City: Auckland
    • Bike: DRZ400
    • Rank: 250cc Rider

    PS- I’ve been running Motoz for ~40000kms and love ’em. The only one I would avoid is the Motoz Adv front as it is like all other dual sport tyres in that it’s sketchy on everything! I have a tractionator front which is very aggressive and desert tyre like, I’m waiting to see how it behaves on the street. The mountain hybrids are WOW! I get ’em from here:
    https://454.co.nz/

    #35368
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    That’s a big tradeoff you’re wanting for a heavy bike.

    I’ve run the continental TKC-80 on the front which will let you use all of the bike on the road but is still a blocky tread tyre. Mitas-E09 for the back? I don’t know what the current price for them are.

    #35369
    Shane Keat
    Participant
    • Rank: 125cc Rider

    Yeah the E09 is a bit pricey at $300 odd.
    I’m looking for $250 and under really.
    But undoubtedly a good tyre!
    I did look at the TKC 80 though and might consider that at the first suggestion is only made in 18s and i need a 17.
    I looked at the Motoz and i think they are in my price bracket so I’ll take a squizz at them too!
    Thanks again guys you are awesome!

    #35372
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    @Shane Keat said:
    I did look at the TKC 80 though and might consider that at the first suggestion

    I don’t know anyone that would recommend a TKC-80 on the rear, they grip well but melt like butter.

    #35376
    Gerrie Visagie
    Participant
    • Bike: Benelli Leoncino Trail
    • Rank: 125cc Rider

    I had the same requirement a couple of years back on my R1200gsa. I ended up with the Pirelli scorpion ralley ST. Great on road, awesome off-road. Had them front and back. Has a bit of tyre roar on the tar, but that is to be expected. Really made my bike feel much more confident off-road than the Bridgestone battlax it had on.

    #35377
    Shane Keat
    Participant
    • Rank: 125cc Rider

    Thanks Gerrie,
    What was the tyre wear like on those?
    I do big miles on Tarmac so need something thats relatively long lasting, i suppose the fact that I’m running a lighter bike would make them last longer too though?

    #35378
    Gerrie Visagie
    Participant
    • Bike: Benelli Leoncino Trail
    • Rank: 125cc Rider

    I did 21900km on the rear before I replaced it. I had a serious off that totaled the bike (and my wrist) at 90 663km. The front was still good (I actually had one on back order).
    Back then I would say I did about 80/20 tar/gravel. When I did gravel though it wasn’t just unsealed roads, it was offroad as well. Didn’t get a lot of chance to do mud and really soft beach sand, but it seemed to cope well with loose rocks.

    #35379
    Shane Keat
    Participant
    • Rank: 125cc Rider

    Thanks mate, really awesome of you to help.

    #35392
    Kiwiscoot
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    • Bike: Royal Enfield Himalayan
    • Rank: 400cc Rider

    Don’t know where you are but have you considered Shinko 804/805, very cheap tyres but very good. I have just done 8 000kms on a rear with about another 1500 kms left in it and the front will do 3000 kms more on a guess.The Shinkos are really planted on the road even in the wet and the block pattern hooks up well with stony and sandy conditions.

    I am pretty much the same as you tho not new to riding bikes but I’m new to riding offroad too. The Shinko’s transformed the bike off-road from the Pirelli MT60 it was one before. I would’ve replaced them with the same but I do about 15 000kms per year and can’t be bothered to replace tyres every 8 months or so, so I have a set of Tractionator GPS’s waiting to go on when these Shinkos are done.

    #35408
    MalcolmB
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    • Town/City: Ashhurst
    • Bike: 2014 Triumph Xc
    • Rank: 250cc Rider

    I have found the Mitas E-07+ to be a good overall tyre – nothing will ever do all you want it to but the Mitas’s wear and behave well over a range of surfaces – except wet grass over the top of soft soil! Quite well priced as well. Boyds have them.

    #35409
    Gremlin
    Participant
    • Bike: 2010 R1200GSA, 2018 1090R
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    <cite> @Eddieb said:</cite>
    I don’t know anyone that would recommend a TKC-80 on the rear, they grip well but melt like butter.

    wot e sed… 2x TKC-80 rears down, neither will make 2500km… tad expensive. Going to experiment with a set of Anakee Wild next, then probably a Tractionator Adventure rear and either TKC-80 or Wild front…

    I will grant the TKC-80 one thing tho, for a knobbly its freaken amazing on seal. We’re talking edge of the blocks and it’s gripping (dry, gets slidy quite quick in the wet). Get silly and you have a wee slide that warns you you can’t be totally stupid, just mostly.

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