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Old 31 Oct 2010
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Off road biased tyres for a Tiger 1050

Does anyone have any advise as to where I could find some tyres for my Tiger 1050 that would help with a little off road work? The odd gravel road and maybe a little mud?
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I have same question. I suspect there is none, wheel size is not suppported. have you had any joy?

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You dont say what size tyres are needed ?
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I know the 1050 tiger was designed very much as a road tourer as oposed to and adventure bike hence the 17" front wheel and low ground clearance.

I just did a quick search and couldn't find anything sorry
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1050 Tiger off road tyre solution

Hi all

Tiger 1050 off road tyre

The front is 120/70 - 17", rear 180/55 - 17"

The Pirelli MT60 R and Scorpion fits front.
The MT60R rear has a narrower 160/55, the Scorpion a slightly wider 190/55. Looks like scorpion is nearest. To me. Haven't tried these but it appears I have a solution.

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I would suggest you Pirelli MT60R or Bridgestone BT020.Out of this Pirelli MT60R is best and can actually worked quite well on the dirt or gravel roads. 120 front tire and the 160 rear are correct size, which can fit onto the wide Tiger rims. And with BT020 you can get smoother ride making you to ride more aggressively. Also get a good grip on wet surfaces..
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People in the same situation have used rear tyres on the front...

At your own risk though !!
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Originally Posted by *Touring Ted* View Post
People in the same situation have used rear tyres on the front...

At your own risk though !!
I put a rear tyre on the front of one of my Elefants a few years ago, absolutely terrible off-road. I had an identical bike that I got a 21" rim for and had a wheel built off a spare hub, this was much better. The width of the rear tyre on the front meant it grabbed everything that was near the edge of the tyre and 'crabbed' sideways, virtually unrideable. Might be good on sand but rocks and mud, not in my opinion!
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In my experience you can ride on gravel/dirt on standard road tyres very easily. However, if it's muddy it's a no-go. Once you're on mud the treads just get clogged up and leaves you riding a slick tyre. That goes for most of the so called "dual sport" tyres as well. Anything less aggressive than TKC80 is not going to help and even they will get blocked up if it's sticky. But you'd be crazy to take something the weight of a Tiger on real mud as it's too heavy to control.

Here's a link to a video I shot on my Tiger 1050 on a gravel road up near the Col de la Bonette a few years ago. I was on 020's then or maybe Pilot roads. They felt pretty secure on the surface which was fairly dry with a few puddles.

YouTube - Tiger 1050 the rough with the smooth
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