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

Suzuki Tech Suzuki Tech Forum - For Questions specific and of interest to Suzuki 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.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 28 Jan 2008
Lefty52's Avatar
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: MA. USA
Posts: 12
First post, hello! & tire recommendations

Hello to all, just joined and am happy to be here
I've just purchased an 08 DR650 and would like as much advice as possible.
The mods I'll be making are: DJ carb kit, airbox mod, Renazco seat, taller bars, windscreen(not sure which one), Pat Walsh luggage rack, Revpack luggage, skidplate, and some other small mods.
I'll be taking it across the USA in September along US Rt. 20. My goal is 300 miles a day with a 12 day trip window. I'm looking to replace the Trailwinngs with a 80% on 20% off tire. I've been doing lots of homework and would like some feedback on the following:
Kenda K761
Duro Median
Pirelli MT90 A/T
Thanks in advance, happy to be part of the gang
__________________
08 DR650
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. ~James Michener
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 28 Jan 2008
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Denmark
Posts: 24
Metzeler tourance! great!
greetings!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 28 Jan 2008
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: montana usa
Posts: 523
Hello from Helena Montana

Hello from the land of the -50F windchill today. I have actualy had some good use out of the Duro's for the price, otherwise the Metzlers.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 28 Jan 2008
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Posts: 1,366
Over 500 pages .. some of it on tyres
the DR650 thread - ADVrider
__________________
---
Regards Frank Warner
motorcycles BMW R80 G/S 1981, BMW K11LT 1993, BMW K75 G/S
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 28 Jan 2008
Lefty52's Avatar
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: MA. USA
Posts: 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Frank Warner View Post
Over 500 pages .. some of it on tyres
the DR650 thread - ADVrider
Frank, thanks for the heads up, I've been an inmate @ advrider and thumpertalk for some time now. I've looked through most all the threads and that's where i came up with my three choices. The Metzler's are great tires but are 4th on the list.
__________________
08 DR650
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. ~James Michener
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 28 Jan 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: USA
Posts: 998
IRC GP110 (not GP1)
Mefo Explorer 99

Both tires get reasonable mileage and are good on-road.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 28 Jan 2008
Lefty52's Avatar
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: MA. USA
Posts: 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lone Rider View Post
IRC GP110 (not GP1)
Mefo Explorer 99

Both tires get reasonable mileage and are good on-road.
LoneRider,
Yup, I looked at the GP110, it was a toss up to the Kenda's, I'll take another look at them, thought about the Mefo's but apparently the only person to import them is constantly out of stock. Know any pace I can get them?
__________________
08 DR650
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. ~James Michener
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 29 Jan 2008
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: British Columbia
Posts: 10
Lefty, the Trail Wings it came with are a great 80/20 tire imho. I rode these all over the Yukon, NWT to the arctic. They are passable on dirt just not mud. Reasonable wear (7,000 rear) and no flats in 25,000k. Stick with them unless your on single track. I ride with a Mitas e9 now, but I am using it as almost a pure ditch pig.
I had good luck with trailwings on dirt roads. Good choice of bike.
__________________
To a man with imagination, a map is a window to adventure.
Sir Francis Chichester
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 29 Jan 2008
Lefty52's Avatar
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: MA. USA
Posts: 12
I want to thank all those who offered their help on the tires thing, I've found the tires I thought I couldn't get, MEFO 99's. My Suzuki dealer found some and ordered them for me today. They weren't on the list as I thought it would take months to get them.

I'll let you all know how they hold up x-country.
__________________
08 DR650
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. ~James Michener
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 30 Jan 2008
Lefty52's Avatar
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: MA. USA
Posts: 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by mollydog View Post
lefty,
I would consider the Mefo more a 50/50 tire, not 80/20.
I totally agree, it might just get me off the road more.

The Trailwings are great tires, especially the front, but the rear wears out very quickly.....about 3000 miles or so.
I can't say that the general consensus about the "deathwings" share your feelings. Also I plan to put 2000+ miles on the bike this summer before going x-country in Sept. Don't want to have to get tires in Iowa if I don't have to.

For a mostly paved cross country ride in the US I would go with Avon Distanzias. Try to to get the 120's not 130's, bike will handle better and will last last last!
Distanzias were one of my choices until I started reading about the MEFO's, I'm also going to try and do as much back/gravel roads as I can.

See some of my posts on my DR prep thread. Your list of mods is very impressive....you have done your homework and it shows!! An IMS tank would be nice, wider pegs.
Thanks, I will. I have to thank those who've posted on all the forums for their invaluable guidance. Wider pegs are on the "new" list, jury's still out on the IMS(weight vs fuel consumption & quality of product)
Traveling in the US, tires aren't really a problem. any dealer will fix you up on road if you get stuck.
One reason I was concerned about the MEFO's is that they are so hard to get, but if they don't work out or I need to replace them on the road, Distanzias or Pirelli MT90 A/T's will be the replacement.

Patrick
Thanks from another,
Patrick
__________________
08 DR650
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. ~James Michener
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 30 Jan 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: London
Posts: 305
Just hello...



Don't have much more to say at present...
__________________

Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 30 Jan 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Helsinki
Posts: 1,584
Though Patrick surely knows his stuff, and I appreciate his words of wisdom, I gotta disagree a tiny bit about the Trailwings.

My 07 Vstrom650 came with them, and I never liked them. Had the same rubbers on an Africa Twin before, and didnt like them on that bike, either. And they seem to wear very quickly, too.

Felt actually much the same on both machines; unpredictable, especially in the wet, a bit like having "knobblies" on. Didnt impress in the dry, either, and the front started to shake more and more when a bit leaned over, as they wore down. I checked the air pressures many times (I normally do it 2-3 times a week) and even tried a bit different readings, but that did little to change the fundamental feeling.

Changed for Metzeler Z6's next, and Michelin Anakees after that, and boy does the Suzuki feel much better with both of these! The Z6's were just perfect for twisty roads, and very, very good to ride in the rain. Michelin may not be on quite that level (The Metz is a full-on street tyre) but it still suits my bike (and my way of riding, and where I ride) better than the original 'Stones.

The Anakees last (especially on the back) at least 2 times longer than the Trailwings have, AND they offer either more grip, or more confidence. I am able to use the back tyre's tread pattern completely on both sides (ok, maybe 1-2mm could be missing) even quite easily... something which I wouldnt have dared to try with those 'Stones (would feel Im going to crash!) The bike feels so much more stable & confidence-inspiring with the Metz or with the Michelins, than it did with the original tyres.

This is just how I felt. And Im talking street-riding now, never even tested them on the dirt properly. Surely someone with more offroad-experience might have a totally different opinion. I might sometime try the newer (Battlewing?) but the Trailwings Im done with, for my use there are so much better options available.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 30 Jan 2008
Lefty52's Avatar
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: MA. USA
Posts: 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lone Rider View Post
IRC GP110 (not GP1)
Mefo Explorer 99

Both tires get reasonable mileage and are good on-road.
Bad news:
MEFO's out of stock, thought they had them, and didn't. They won't be in until late March.

Good news:
Ordered GP-110's almost half the price and I can get them anywhere I travel x-country.
Thanks LoneRider

Lefty
__________________
08 DR650
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. ~James Michener
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 31 Jan 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: USA
Posts: 998
Quote:
Originally Posted by mollydog View Post
.... My feeling is the
IRC GP-1 is as good if not better....and about half the price. I just one to Baja
and back and it performed beyond my expectations and its lasted very well too. A bonus for a $50 tire. (??)

Patrick
Did you mean 'GP110', and not 'GP1'?
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 31 Jan 2008
Lefty52's Avatar
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: MA. USA
Posts: 12
I love it, you guys just hi-jacked my thread, way cool

I bought the GP-110's that's what I meant...............

Thanks for the help
__________________
08 DR650
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. ~James Michener
Reply With Quote
Reply


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
Mr Ron's new tire John Ferris Equipping the Bike - what's the best gear? 6 15 Aug 2005 06:02
21 inch front tire for Kawasaki Vulcan neto Travellers' questions that don't fit anywhere else 2 15 Nov 2004 09:27
Front tire for Kawasaki Vulcan in Central America neto Central America and Mexico 1 15 Nov 2004 02:09
Front Tire F 650 GS Lapper BMW Tech 1 2 Nov 2004 16:36
tire models recommendations and procurement TerryMoto Equipping the Bike - what's the best gear? 2 23 Mar 2004 08:31

 
 


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

amazon

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 23:38.