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Triumph Bonneville 790 - New Shoes!

My Triumph Bonneville (2004) 790cc needs to be re-shod after only 4,900 miles on their original Bridgestone Battleaxe's.

Tyre Sizes
: Front R19 100/90, Rear R17 130/80.

Don't laugh, I am considering putting adventure tyres on it!

It's a toss up between Continental Conti-Escapes and Metzeler Tourance's -

These Tourances on Ebay are a great price (I think) - £140.95 for BOTH front and rear.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/METZELER-T...item4843dd6a57

The Conti-Escapes look better and are a bit cheaper and have the edge at present.

Before you laugh the Triumph Scrambler has these kind of tyres fitted as standard (OEM) so they must work on the Bonneville platform too.

The only other tyre I might consider is German Heidenau. I have heard these things are brilliant? These German tyres are not easy to source - On Ebay there is only one seller who sells them using pictures which don't match (tread patterns). It puts me right off because if he can't be bothered to ensure his treads match, what's he likely to be like if things go wrong?

So, what would YOU recommend?

I value your advice as to be perfectly frank I'm clueless when it comes to Bonneville's (It's a recent addition).

The triumph sub forum does seem a little quiet compared to my beloved Yamaha XT sub-forum..

Links where I can buy direct are very helpful.
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heidenau k60's. Last over 10000 miles, way more off road/snow capable than the bike style and a proper tube type fit that will let you fix punctures without a bead breaker.

I ran three rears and two fronts through my 790 and can't praise them enough.

Pneusonline sell them.

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It's quite common for Bonnie owners to have 'adventure' tyres on their bikes.

I've got some Anakee 3's on mine, more for the long life aspect rather than any off-road capability (if they even have any). I do like the look of the K60's they look really cool but it depends how you are going to use them.

As for buying tyres online, have you tried your local dealer for a price? My dealer got me my Anakee 3's £30 cheaper than anywhere I could find online
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I ORDERED the K60's from here -

Tyre MOTO HEIDENAU K60: sale of tyres MOTO HEIDENAU on Pneus Online

Great price.

If they are good enough for Threewheeledbonnie - They are good enough for me. Thanks for that helpful link.

To be perfectly frank, I prefer to buy GERMAN because they are (in my humble opinion) THE worlds best engineers by far.

Did you know the white English people are a mixture of French and German mainly and that the English language is GERMANIC in origin. Basically, It's not just our royal family that are largely German - It's the majority of flipping Brits. Makes you wonder why our two great nations ever went to war (twice) doesn't it.

I hope these things last longer than the OEM Bridgestone's (4,900 miles and knackered).
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