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Offline Spectaitor

DR650 Tyre choices
« on: September 11, 2020, 01:35:05 pm »
Hi Fellas,

I have the stock DR650 tyres on and have been on a few gravel trips and a few slightly rougher rides but no single track stuff. Tyres felt fine and I left them because I commute and figured all is good. I've done about 2200kms since December last year so it's not like I put a crazy amount of km's on them (Covid helped there, I know).

Was thinking of replacing the tubes with HD ones at the same time, was going to leave the front as it's in really good condition still.
Looking to replace the rear as it's getting really slim and I seem to fancy the Mitas E-09's.

Thoughts? Either the Mitas or Motoz GPS/Tractionator? Is it fine to bumpo the size up to 130?

Also is there a huge improvement in replacing the front? Any idea of a good friend for the E-09?

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Offline jdvisagie

Re: DR650 Tyre choices
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2020, 02:01:03 pm »
I have the Heidenau K60 Scout 140/80-17 on the rear. Very happy with it, hard wearing tyre. Done around 8 000km on it (mostly tar) and still have some good thread left. Will replace with same tyre once it's done.

If you go with this tyre, make sure you get the 140/80 (not the 130/80) size. The 140/80 has the solid rubber strip down the centre of the tyre. It will last two to three times as long on pavement.

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Re: DR650 Tyre choices
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2020, 09:48:36 pm »
Pirelli MT21 front , Bridgestone TW 42 rear , good all round combination , excellent road grip and very good grip on the dirt , the rear works well in pretty much everything except really long sections of soft sand .
I do not rate Heidensu of Mitas at all
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Re: DR650 Tyre choices
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2020, 04:05:18 pm »
Pirelli MT21 front , Bridgestone TW 42 rear , good all round combination , excellent road grip and very good grip on the dirt , the rear works well in pretty much everything except really long sections of soft sand .
I do not rate Heidensu of Mitas at all
What's the wear like on the bridgestone? Ballpark
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Re: DR650 Tyre choices
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2020, 04:22:32 pm »
I get about 8000 to 10000 km on them , mostly with pillion , on the road I can lean them right to the edge , on dirt it is very predictable , it will slide but in a very controllable manner . Other tires might give more mileage but peace of mind knowing I have  a tire that I can rely on in an emergency is a reassuring factor for me .
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Re: DR650 Tyre choices
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2020, 12:16:50 pm »
Who stocks these in Cape Town?

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Re: DR650 Tyre choices
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2020, 12:59:25 pm »
Who stocks these in Cape Town?

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Re: DR650 Tyre choices
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2020, 05:50:02 pm »
Those Dunlops are the stock tyres for the US, correct?

Curious why no love for the other brands mentioned?
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Re: DR650 Tyre choices
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2020, 09:22:40 am »
WRT your query regarding E09: iíve been disappointed in the longevity of mine. Equally disappointed in the Annekee Wild. Iím happy with the Heidenaus that I have on both my DR and KLR at the moment, but when it comes time to replace iím Going back to the Mitas E07 - the best tires iíve Ever had , with close to 20,000 ks on the front and 17,000 on the rear ( bearing in mind that iím A conservative rider, and used them 80% on dirt).
 
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Re: DR650 Tyre choices
« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2020, 09:27:13 am »
Be carefull of the Heidenau they are not easy to remove and reseat if you have a puncture. With heavy duty tubes it will really take some doing. Kak tyre anyway.
I liked the Kings Tyres on my DR, dont know if you still get them?
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Re: DR650 Tyre choices
« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2020, 09:33:46 am »
Dux, Someone must love you very, very much if most of your riding on a DR is two up. I'm still married at 63 but pillion on a DR would go down like a lead zeppelin.
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Re: DR650 Tyre choices
« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2020, 06:21:25 pm »
Dux, Someone must love you very, very much if most of your riding on a DR is two up. I'm still married at 63 but pillion on a DR would go down like a lead zeppelin.
:lol8: My young daughter , she loves her dad a lot . Admittedly it was not with a standard saddle and she far prefers the seat on the Transalp  :thumleft:
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Re: DR650 Tyre choices
« Reply #12 on: September 24, 2020, 08:12:59 pm »
Personally I love the Anakee Wild. Not too concerned with longevity but I want grip on tar and dirt, wet or dry. I also found they are very tolerant of low pressures, almost a run flat tyre. Safety is paramount to me. :thumleft:
 

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Re: DR650 Tyre choices
« Reply #13 on: September 24, 2020, 09:20:54 pm »
Personally I love the Anakee Wild. Not too concerned with longevity but I want grip on tar and dirt, wet or dry. I also found they are very tolerant of low pressures, almost a run flat tyre. Safety is paramount to me. :thumleft:

I couldnít agree more , I like the reassurance of having a tyre that can handle really hard braking in an emergency or having sufficient grip when a corner tightens up unexpectedly . Quite frankly some tyres have such little grip that they should be banned
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Re: DR650 Tyre choices
« Reply #14 on: September 24, 2020, 09:30:49 pm »
Personally I love the Anakee Wild. Not too concerned with longevity but I want grip on tar and dirt, wet or dry. I also found they are very tolerant of low pressures, almost a run flat tyre. Safety is paramount to me. :thumleft:

I couldnít agree more , I like the reassurance of having a tyre that can handle really hard braking in an emergency or having sufficient grip when a corner tightens up unexpectedly . Quite frankly some tyres have such little grip that they should be banned
I had Siracs after the OEM... not fun in the wet at all, put them on for long life as I was commuting a lot. MItas CO2 was my next and then I was hooked on grippy agressive tyres. :biggrin:
 

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Re: DR650 Tyre choices
« Reply #15 on: September 25, 2020, 01:47:47 pm »
For me, the best value for money, best on-road / off-road compromise are the stock Bridgestone trail wings (not sure of the exact numbers, think its a TW42 rear and TW41 front?) I've been pretty much everywhere with these and am very happy with them.
 

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Re: DR650 Tyre choices
« Reply #16 on: September 25, 2020, 10:42:50 pm »
Went to RBS and they had old stock and funny enough it was a trailwing. R200 well spent!
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Re: DR650 Tyre choices
« Reply #17 on: December 25, 2020, 06:40:25 pm »
Anyone run a Kenda k270?
Just got my hand on a dr650 got some very toad orientated takkies on it.
Have read all the above advice but wondering about how the Kenda compares.
Anyone got experience with rear K270?


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Re: DR650 Tyre choices
« Reply #18 on: December 25, 2020, 06:49:01 pm »
Can't advise you on the Kenda.

Dunlop D606 on the rear and Pirelli MT 21 on the front performed well for me on the DR


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Re: DR650 Tyre choices
« Reply #19 on: December 25, 2020, 09:49:29 pm »
Can't advise you on the Kenda.

Dunlop D606 on the rear and Pirelli MT 21 on the front performed well for me on the DR


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Thanks that was what I was going to go with before I started reading opinions on the net
What milage did u get on d606?


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