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    R nine t classic off road

    hi I have a 2018 R nine T Classic. I wanted to start doing a bit of trail riding. What tires would you suggest. Also would you change bars etc

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    Welcome to the forum! There is an R9T Urban G/S...maybe look into the tires being used on it.

    https://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread...ne-T-Urban-G-S
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    great thanks, however the urban has 19" front. The R nine T classic has a 17"

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    Does the tire maker for the 19" rubber make something for the 17" wheel?
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    You could start looking at all the brands, does the Continental TKC 80 come 17", I've known guys to run rear tires front and back but you might not have room for that. Whey didn't you buy the Urban G/S?
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    Thanks. When I bought the r nine t I didn’t think I would be going off roading

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    you could always trade it in
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    Quote Originally Posted by dimitri0411 View Post
    hi I have a 2018 R nine T Classic. I wanted to start doing a bit of trail riding. What tires would you suggest. Also would you change bars etc
    TKC 80 is probably your only decent trail option for a 17” front tyre. Take a look at Honda CB500X forums for 17” front tyre discussions (only up to the 2018 model, Honda put 19” fronts on the 2019- bikes).

    I used to run TKC 80s on my old GS, they don’t last as long as street tyres, but do perform really well on trails and pavement.

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    I run DOT full knobbies on my 640 all the time, I have zero issues on pavement or dirt.

    The Dunlop 908 rear is my favourite but probably not what you need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skibum69 View Post
    you could always trade it in
    That is not necessary. I'm old enough to have enjoyed rideing a standard motorcycle not much different than yours all over back roads, dirt back roads with the stock street tires of the time. Adventure riding cliche had not yet been coined. No dual sport bikes existed.

    My longest ride was from Vermont around New Foundlland. Camping on river banks (fewer bugs in the wind) 4000 miles with over 1000 dirt. (Honda CX500)

    Enjoy your bike, don't let marketing and the "look" drive you to spend unnecessary money.

    It is the rider and not the bike that makes the adventure.

    Most of the 80/20 or 90/10 adv tires are really road tires with slightly more open tread...still worthless in mud and wet grass. Don't waste your money.

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    Thank you for the advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dimitri0411 View Post
    Thank you for the advice.
    Seriously, shaggy dog stories and piss-taking aside, the only logical option for a trail-worthy 17 inch front is a TKC 80.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebell View Post
    Seriously, shaggy dog stories and piss-taking aside, the only logical option for a trail-worthy 17 inch front is a TKC 80.
    Great tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vtbob View Post
    That is not necessary. I'm old enough to have enjoyed rideing a standard motorcycle not much different than yours all over back roads, dirt back roads with the stock street tires of the time. Adventure riding cliche had not yet been coined. No dual sport bikes existed.

    My longest ride was from Vermont around New Foundlland. Camping on river banks (fewer bugs in the wind) 4000 miles with over 1000 dirt. (Honda CX500)

    Enjoy your bike, don't let marketing and the "look" drive you to spend unnecessary money.

    It is the rider and not the bike that makes the adventure.

    Most of the 80/20 or 90/10 adv tires are really road tires with slightly more open tread...still worthless in mud and wet grass. Don't waste your money.
    Somewhat to your point.........

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    Examine the tread pattern of the Continental K112 and RB2 and compare those to a modern tire like a Michelin Pilot Road and become amazed at the difference. We have gone from tread that works on gravel and grass to slicks with a few rain grooves. So using a "sport touring" street tire today is not the same as way back then in the darker ages. Which argues for a more dual sport tire to do what the OP said he wondered about.
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