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Old 20 Aug 2018
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Reviving this thread.

My Honda NX4 came stock with Pirelli mt60s on it. There are fairly good on and off the road, but not good in mud. The rear only lasted me about 8,500 kilometers.

From there I put on the Pirelli MT90 AT tires which have been discontinued. They performed about the same on road as the MT60s did, but for me did better off road in dirt and gravel. They definitely lasted longer. I got around 15,000 kilometers out of that set. They actually still had some tread left but the rubber was starting to get a little hard so I changed them out.

The current set are Pirelli MT90 ST. So far I think they perform better than the previous ones on road and probably about the same as the last set off road, better than the MT60. They are wearing just fine and I expect to get at least 15-16,000 kilometers or maybe more from this set. This is using them 70% highway, 28 % off road, 2% in town.

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Mefo Super Explorer ME99

I have used these on my 990 for a trip to Morocco and back, great on and off road. Even fairly useful in the sand and I expect the mud. No where near as good as dedicated sand and mud tyres but a good compromise on the 990. Just about to shoe some onto a DR650SE for another trip to Morocco, hopefully the same results. On the 990's there is plenty of tread left after 5,000 miles.
DR650SE, KTM 1190 Adventure, CRF450X, KTM990 Adventure
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do-it-all travel tyres

I've updated my do-it-all tyre page, adding the latest rubbery offerings.
It's just a way of seeing them all in one place.
They're what I consider optimal tyres for travel biking which involves occasional excursions off the tarmac.


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Thumbs up Pirelli Scorpion Trail 2 on a 650cc Suzuki V-strom

Just adding to the thread for reference :

Front - 22,200 km
Rear - 29,500 km

Both tyres changed when below legal limit in UK, so got my moneys worth !

Riding style is hard cornering but gentle acceleration & braking. Mixture of paved roads, some rough (Thailand !). Bike usually two-up.

The dual compound gives a great life and fantastic grip IMHO.
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2020 Adventure Tire Test

Chaparral Motorsports in the USA did a test of 25 Adventure tires for 2020 recently:

Important to note that they were using an Africa Twin and KTM 1190, and using them in an "average adventure rider" style. NOT focused on long trips.

And of course it's THEIR opinion, so take as you wish.

My personal favourite Michelin Anakees did very well!

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