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Recommended Tires (Tyres) for Morocco Trip?

I'm planning on riding from Germany to Morocco in the April/May timeframe. I have a 08 GSA and am looking for tire recommendations. I'm looking for a tire that I can ride from Germany to Morocco and back. I also want the ability to ride on-road and off-road. The bike currently has Metzeler Tourance tires.

I'm looking at replacing them with either Heidenau K60s or Mitas E-07s.

Does anyone have experience with both of these tires?

What are your recommendations?

Thanks. Cheers. Prost.
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On my 800GS, I intent to use the K60 rear and a TKC front for my trip this summer. I've heard others comment that this is an excellent balance between off roading ability and longevity for the tires.
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Does anyone have experience with the Mitas E-07?
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I'm planning on riding from Germany to Morocco in the April/May timeframe. I have a 08 GSA and am looking for tire recommendations. I'm looking for a tire that I can ride from Germany to Morocco and back. I also want the ability to ride on-road and off-road. The bike currently has Metzeler Tourance tires.

I'm looking at replacing them with either Heidenau K60s or Mitas E-07s.

Does anyone have experience with both of these tires?

What are your recommendations?

Thanks. Cheers. Prost.
I went last year and rode through Spain to morocco and spent alot of time off road much to my exhaustion as anyone will know on a GSA! I had tkc80 On and they still like glue and puncture resistant yes they wear but keep under 80mph on Tarmac and they last for 5000 odd miles but so grippy on the road but I cannot stress enough they don't puncture easily which is they key to bike travel Without any doubt the best big trallie tyre.
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Without any doubt the best big trallie tyre.


..... as long as you avoid mud
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michelin deserts?

.... for my part had thought of going with Michelin Deserts onto a R100GS.

I am going to do as much non-tarmac as possible for an approx 2,000km trip in country (will send bike down to southern spain). Going in April/May and spending most of the time nr the Algerian border.

the thinking behind this is down to PD pedigree and a blend of rigid carcass + mousses

does anyone have experience with these in Morocco?
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I've been with TKC80 on Iceland and ride K60 on the GS1150 since then. A few months ago I took a 650 with Desserts to Morocco.

Morocco in spring time can be wet at time and I don't know of any tire which lasts 8000km and is good on mud. For the distance and acceptable performance both on and off road the TKC80 and the K60 will be ok. I'd prefer the TKC, hoping that it might offer a bit more grip at the front on dirt.
The K60 is nice on the road, although on my bike there's quite a bit of noise around 100 to 120km/h. Still much quieter than the TKC.

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.... for my part had thought of going with Michelin Deserts onto a R100GS.

I am going to do as much non-tarmac as possible for an approx 2,000km trip in country (will send bike down to southern spain). Going in April/May and spending most of the time nr the Algerian border.

the thinking behind this is down to PD pedigree and a blend of rigid carcass + mousses

does anyone have experience with these in Morocco?
This is no option for M1Tanker as it's only available in 21"/18", but almost anyone who participated in the Paris Dakar before 2008 does have that experience - which speaks for itself.
I used them in southern Morocco and they were great. But be aware that these tires are dangerously slippy on wet tarmac! Wheelspin in 3rd gear at half throttle is not unusual. The front feels very unstable on asphalt - go easy with the air pressure to improve that a bit.
Regarding mousses I'd think they're a bit overkill for this. Not worth the hassle if you ask me. Just bring a spare tube, tire irons and a hand pump - and take it as part of the adventure if you have to use them. ( I doubt it.)
By the way, 2000km will barely bring you from Tanger to Zagora - I presume it will be more than 3000km for you at the end.

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Mousse suffer a lot from road riding , particularly with loaded bikes. Friends with lot of experience told me that even with dakar-spec mousse 150 kms at 120 kmh on tarmac are enough to destroy it .
Then I tried anyway and got the confirmation (apart the efforts, just the money literally burned away...)
Have fun!

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I've been with TKC80 on Iceland and ride K60 on the GS1150 since then. A few months ago I took a 650 with Desserts to Morocco.

For the distance and acceptable performance both on and off road the TKC80 and the K60 will be ok. I'd prefer the TKC, hoping that it might offer a bit more grip at the front on dirt.

This is no option for M1Tanker as it's only available in 21"/18", but almost anyone who participated in the Paris Dakar before 2008 does have that experience - which speaks for itself.
I used them in southern Morocco and they were great. But be aware that these tires are dangerously slippy on wet tarmac! Wheelspin in 3rd gear at half throttle is not unusual. The front feels very unstable on asphalt - go easy with the air pressure to improve that a bit.
great feedback, thanks

also really like the TKCs as an all rounder and have been riding with them for a while now. Found they were great for summer use, with more road and bone dry tracks. But come the muddy season they become like slicks in any real mud.

I will go with the Deserts and try to keep the tarmac to a minimum
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