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    Semi off road tire that's good for the road for 2014 R1200GS?

    I'd like to change the Michelin Anakee's to something that has a little more aggressive look without sacrificing quality of ride on the road.
    In reality, my off roading will be somewhat minimal, but the current tires are fairly useless if I wanted to go off road.

    Anyone with any experience in this area?

    Many thanks.
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    Heidenau K60. Falls right between the Anakee or Tourance and the TKC80.

    http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/h...TR8hoCXT3w_wcB
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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    Heidenau K60. Falls right between the Anakee or Tourance and the TKC80.

    http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/h...TR8hoCXT3w_wcB
    The fact that this tire is more a 50/50 tire vs. the Metzeler Karoo 3 which is a 70/30, wouldn't it make the K60 a noiser tire on regular roads and highways? My off road use will be extremely limited.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    Heidenau K60. Falls right between the Anakee or Tourance and the TKC80.

    http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/h...TR8hoCXT3w_wcB
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    I have a K-60 on the back of the F800GS. It has some noise around 20mph but that is the only speed I notice the noise.
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    You might try the Continental TK 70's. I am running Karoo 3's on my 2015 R1200 GS they are a blocky tire and they are noisy on the super slabs I have 2000 miles on them if I get 4000 miles I'll be happy, they do work good off road. I plan to put TK70's on after I burn off the Karoo's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwlust49 View Post
    You might try the Continental TK 70's. I am running Karoo 3's on my 2015 R1200 GS they are a blocky tire and they are noisy on the super slabs I have 2000 miles on them if I get 4000 miles I'll be happy, they do work good off road. I plan to put TK70's on after I burn off the Karoo's.
    I have not ridden on the TKC70 tires but based on what I have seen that the tread looks like I would say they will be comparable with the Anakee and Tourance as 90/10 or at best 80/20 tires.

    As for the Heidenau K60s and noise there are always trade offs. If you want decent gravel/dirt tread you need real tread blocks and these create noise. There is no free lunch here.
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    It sounds as if you seldom go off road. If you avoid riding in mud and sand then the 90/10 tires are designed for you.
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    Certainly I realize there is always a compromise in the on road/off road tire options. The 90/10 seems to be what I currently have in the Anakee 3, which I'm quite happy with now that I have 3000 miles of all street riding. I'd like to get a chance to go off road at some point and almost think that the Metzeler Karoo 3 (70/30) could be a more aggressive looking tire with some compromise. My question for anyone that's used this tire is does it noticeably hum at certain speeds and does it corner well on street for what it is?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dm930 View Post
    Certainly I realize there is always a compromise in the on road/off road tire options. The 90/10 seems to be what I currently have in the Anakee 3, which I'm quite happy with now that I have 3000 miles of all street riding. I'd like to get a chance to go off road at some point and almost think that the Metzeler Karoo 3 (70/30) could be a more aggressive looking tire with some compromise. My question for anyone that's used this tire is does it noticeably hum at certain speeds and does it corner well on street for what it is?
    Read the 4th review for this tire. http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/m...-karoo-3-tires

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    No personal experience with the Karoo, but had a friend with a set on a KLR. The rear tire was worn out in about 4000 miles.
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    Is it not kind of weird ....that "adventure bike" riders are wimped out by a bit of noise from blocky tires that are actually good in the dirt??

    What would be really scary is a bit of front wheel vibration from the tread blocks on pavement!!

    Adventure riders??

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    I mounted a set of TK70's on a Wethead GSA last week. The blocks are tamer than the 80's for sure, but more aggressive than the older Tourance/Anakees before the latest style.

    While you can feel the knobs of a 80 rolling on a concrete floor, the 70's do not replicate the feel. The rider is headed to Alaska and has another set waiting for him up there...waiting on performance report.

    Talk about stiff sidewalls however! Thought I was mounting ME880's on a LT on a very cold day Had to use the No-Mar spoon bars instead of the mounting bar.

    I will be quiet on Adventure rides as I have a set of PR4 Trails on my GSA currently...real fun in the loose stuff
    But I am not headed to the dirt this month and don't need a dual sport tire now.
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    Heading to Alaska in another month and want to have the Heidi K60's on the bike. It is a 2014 GSA WC. The size tire (frt and rr) is not yet available. Been told they are coming. Been told this since last August and they still have no date when available. Choice is either go down in tire size for the K60's or go with the new Continental TK70's Still mulling it over. Departing in 40 days so I still have some time to make a decision.

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    So, as I said in my previous reply. I have 2000 miles on Karoo 3's rode to CA on the super slab for March Moto Madness event they make noise on the highway, they handle well in the twisties (though it can be a little un-nerving the first time you roll up on the side blocks) I've had them up to 100mph and they seem to handle ok. I believe they or a 60/40 tire everything I read said that and the TK 70's are 70/30. I've also found that if you deflate the Anarkkee 3's to about 36psi rear and 30psi frt they behave much better on gravel roads (I had 3000 miles on my Anarkees when I removed them for the Karoo's).

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