Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Technical, Bike forums > BMW Tech

BMW Tech BMW Tech Forum - For Questions specific and of interest to BMW riders only. Questions comparing which bike is best etc go in the "Which Bike" forum.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

7 Litre Camel Tank Lets You Explore More, Click to Find out More!

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 22 May 2012
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 6
Best all around tire R1100/1150/1200GS???

What would be the best tire for a R1100GS-R1200GS on a trip where maximum mileage is the primary concern? The trip will be primarily on pavement with more than a fair share of gravel roads. All most no off road stuff. Any suggestions?
Reply With Quote
Old 15 Jun 2012
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 57
Metzerler Tourance.
Reply With Quote
Old 15 Jun 2012
John Ferris's Avatar
Gold Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Reno,NV,USA
Posts: 564
Originally Posted by Carl P View Post
Metzerler Tourance.
I can get 10,000 miles on the rear and 14,000 miles on a front, two up with luggage on a R1200GS with the Tourance.
Reply With Quote
Old 19 Jun 2012
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 2
I use a Metzler Tourance EXP on the front of my 2011 R1200 GS and a regular Tourance on the rear. Getting over 12 thousand on the rear and the same on the front. I use the EXP on the front as it gives a bit more traction on the road than the regular Tourance. Gives me a bit more confidence with braking and cornering. Just my 2cts.
Reply With Quote
Old 28 Jun 2012
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Wales
Posts: 46
Another vote for Tourances, a good 10,000 on the rears and plenty of confidence in the wet.
Reply With Quote
Old 15 Aug 2012
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 11
Tourance for mileage ... BUT!!!!

I PUT 20,000 Kms, almost all hiway, lots of two up riding,
on a set of Tourance tires on my 1150 GS,
every time I hit any mud, the Tourances slipped BADLY!!!

SO BADLY that once I couldn't even get the GS off of a WET lawn, without digging big horrible rutts through the grass.

My local BMW shop is recommending Heidenau Dual sport tires for the GS type machines, for decent mileage and much improved dirt, gravel/mud riding.
Reply With Quote
Old 5 Sep 2012
Gecko's Avatar
Slippery when wet
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Buxton,Derbyshire
Posts: 291
Depends what you mean by best...? Best road grip? Best life? Best grip off road? Best in the wet? ....one man's best is another's irrelevant. The Tourance is a good all round road tyre bit it's rubbish off road except on dry hard packed surfaces. It's useless on wet grass, mud, soft surfaces etc I like the TKC80's on and off road although they need some respect in the wet on road and their overall life is shorter than the tourance but I know I can go anywhere on them - motorway or off road in the mud or sand or whatever..... so you need to think what you are going do on the bike before accepting what is best.
...on the road to nowhere...

Biking roads by bikers for bikers www.bestbikingroads.com
Get involved - save a life today www.bmdw.org
Reply With Quote
Old 10 Sep 2012
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 2

I've never gotten 10k on a tourance rear but I've gotten 11k on a heidenau
Reply With Quote
Old 24 Jul 2013
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Sahuarita
Posts: 7
Heidenaus last a long, long time. Much better in the dirt than Tourance, but noisier on the highway.
Reply With Quote
Old 28 Jul 2013
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Regensburg, Germany
Posts: 3
I would agree, Tourance Exp
Reply With Quote
Old 28 Jul 2013
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Paris, France
Posts: 44
i just did 22000 km / 13500 miles with heidenau K60 on a 1150gs
from Morocco to Turkey with the same set of tyres, 8000km+ off road, mostly gravel
rear was "square" but could keep traction
front could go on a few thousands more
always very loaded but seldom more than 110km/h / 70 miles/h and cool acceleration
Reply With Quote
Old 29 Jul 2013
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 53
Originally Posted by Kutscha View Post
I would agree, Tourance Exp
Tourance EXP is a more road biased tyre with a less 'chunky' tread and softer compound than the regular Tourance. Becasue of this the tyre obviously will not last as long.
Reply With Quote
Old 26 Aug 2013
roborider's Avatar
Contributing Member
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Heber City, Utah, USA
Posts: 17
Has anyone tried anakee 2's on an 1150 GSA? I've really liked them on my vstroms but not sure if they're a good choice for the 1150 Adventure. Thoughts?

Roborider - V-Strommer in Galax VA
Reply With Quote
Old 28 Jan 2014
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 17
I used Tourance for 13 years but changed to K60's a couple of years ago. I find them just as good in the wet on the road (I'm not Barry Sheene ) and great for the kind of off road I do (rocky trails - but not often).
I used to get nearly 10,000 out of the Tourance but got 12,000 on rear K60 and currently have 15,000 on front with some wear left.
I run them at 36 rear and 32 front - regardless of luggage or touraine.

P.S they look great too
Reply With Quote
Old 29 Jan 2014
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Esperance, WA
Posts: 116
I get better mileage out of Anakees than Tourance, but both about the same in roadholding. And both suck in mud.

Have heard some good things about K60's, but then also heard some bad things. Still planning to give them a go.
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The Adventure Begins... Tejas A La Tierra troyfromtexas Ride Tales 197 22 Apr 2014 19:39
No Jobs, No Responsibilities, No Better Time then Now bigalsmith101 Ride Tales 269 19 Jan 2013 14:34
Need to buy a tire: Argentina, Uruguay or Brazil? zaplaje South America 9 10 Mar 2012 01:56
Seeking a place to buy a rear tire near Quetzaltenago or Antigua (Guatemala) arooni Central America and Mexico 6 10 Mar 2012 01:13
Mereenie loop - camping, bikeshops, tire detonation Fredontour Bike Friendly, Australia / New Zealand 0 3 Sep 2009 10:56


HU DVD Summer Special!

Now that summer is here, get On the Road! Take 30% off the Achievable Dream - On the Road! 2-DVD set until August 31 only. Get On the Road! Learn the tips to staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure!

Our veteran travellers share their tips (and great stories) for staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure.

"A fantastic, informative and inspirational DVD."

"It's brilliant - thank you very much!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'ONTHEROAD' on your order when you checkout.

Renedian Adventures

Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!

What turns you on to motorcycle travel?

Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

Books & DVDs


All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.

Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 09:03.