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Question Dual Sport tire recommendations...? - August 23, 2011, 01:31 PM

Looking for some advice from the more experienced dual-sport riders.
Will be replace tires on the Scrammy this Fall.

I will be riding 80% road / 20% hardpack or logging road. I'm happy with the stock Bridgestones, but maybe because i don't know any better.
They are aggressive and good off road, but a little squirrely in corners at highway speeds.

I know I can't have the best of both worlds... so I'm just looking to hear some experiences that others have had with different tires.

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I had come to the conclusion(after reading many threads just like this) that you can't have the best of both worlds. Something like an Avon Distanzia seemed good but reviews were never great. Just stick with street tires and slide around in the dirt.


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August 23, 2011, 02:13 PM

I love my Distanzia rear, but what size wheels do you have? The Distanzia in 17 is made with a softer compound than the other sizes and wears quite a bit faster. The Michelin Anakee 2's seem to handle very well offroad for how shallow their tread is, and they stick pretty well to pavement even though they are rather hard


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I had come to the conclusion(after reading many threads just like this) that you can't have the best of both worlds. Something like an Avon Distanzia seemed good but reviews were never great. Just stick with street tires and slide around in the dirt.

Pilot Powers worked great on my DRZ this past weekend. We did everything from water crosings, uphill grass and dirt hills, gravel roads, paved streets (damn near knee down) and they held up great!!

Mine however need replaced and will get new track friendly rubber in prep for this weekend


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I currently have Kenda Big Blocks on my DRZ... they get squirrley on the road pretty easily and the rear likes to break free, but handle the dirt fairly well.


My next tires are probably gonna be the Avon Distanzias mentioned above.
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I had the scorpion syncs on the DRZ and they worked pretty well for on/off road. In the rain they are amazing. They are a bit soft so you can tear them up if you ride them too hard off road though.


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I had TKCs on my R1150 GSA. Great street tires, decent fireroad, ok trail (keep in mind this was a 600 plus pound bike)

I can tell you what not to get for street. Kendas. They are cheap, work pretty well offroad (and DOT) but squirm like hell on the street.


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I like the look of the TDKs Scot. Like I said, I am going ot use these primarily street (80-85%) but I do like the look of the Scram with agressive knobbies. Also no highway really. Mostly just back roads and shorts bursts around town.
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I've heard good things about the scorpion syncs too...
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I've heard good things about the scorpion syncs too...
That's the next one I want to try, they came OEM for the Ulysses.

Distanzias are meh they do good on the street, wear quickly..... and work fair to crap in the dirt.

They hate loose over hard, water, mud, sand, silt, leaves, grass, and are are okay on gravel. Don't expect to climb up anything steep with them unless your going to take a solid run at it first.

Once the knobs pack up your fucked, they shed very very poorly.


But they do well enough on the road in the SM compound I keep picking them back up.


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I think Bridgestone Trail wings or Battle wings would be fine for your stated purposes.


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I think Bridgestone Trail wings or Battle wings would be fine for your stated purposes.
This is what on her now I believe. I love the aggressive look, but she gets a little squirrely on road in corners... which I expect and accept. I am not opposed to getting these again. Like I said, I am happy with them, but then again I don't really know any better.


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