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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Adventure Motorcycle Tires / BMW GS


I have ridden over 26,000 miles in the past 3 years on BMW GS Adventure Motos with knobbies.  Some of my thoughts on 50/50 tires. I also rode another 12,000 miles over the same time period on standard 20 off-road / 80 on-road tires. It gave me a good feeling for the differences...

# Continental TKC 80. They are the best in my mind, Knobs. I have used these tires on my 2012 1200 GSA, on my rental 1200 GS & on my 2015 F800 GS. I have ridden thousands of miles in the rain, muddy gravel roads, dry gravel and once a week on muddy ATV trails up at the cabin where I live in the summer... Then I can jump on the pavement and 65-100 MPH, full confidence.

# Continental TKC 70. No go. Ran them on a rental 1200 GS, good when they were new. They cupped on the front tire and didn't last as long as the TKC 80 Knobby.

# Metzler Karoo 3. Good. Don't know alot about them, have. used Metezler knobbies on my DRZ400, I liked them.

# Michelin Anakee Wild. No go. I know a guy who owns a Moto Dealer and ran the Anakee Wild on a KTM 1290, he didn't like them.

# Kenda Big Block. No go. Look like TKC 80, not nearly as good.

# Mitas E 10. Maybe. Have seen a few riders use them, don't know that much, but seem to work well.

# Heidenau K60 Scout. No go. slippery in rain they don't have much of a shoulder, will wash out on gravel. Me, "I don't like to fall down"... 

 I had 3 1200 GS motos in my rental fleet, I rode thousands of miles on Metzeler Tourances and Michelin Anakee 3 standard tires. they are a blast on the pavement, but I had some close calls offroad on them... I talked to riders and researched tires before I mounted new tires on the F800 this Spring to see if there was a better tire out there... Stayed with the Continental TKC 80 again.

This is what can happen when one is out in a cow pasture at midnight...haha. Discovered that I can pick up a BMW 1200 GSA all by my self.



 Ride On Knobby...

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