With some quality rear hoops these days surpassing the $320 mark, it can be an expensive exercise keeping Big Bike rated tyres on your machine, especially if you've got a heavy right wrist.
For a very long time we ran the GT723 Adventure tyre, it remains one of our all time favorite do-it-all tyres.
Unfortunately it was replaced by the GT823, and although it was meant to be an improvement, we had continual punctures, split carcasses and poor mileage on the rear. The 823 Front is still excellent, it's the original 723 renamed to 823.
So back to buying multiple tyres and styles in an effort to to settle on another allrounder.
Some of what we've used so far:
*Your riding style, bike and terrain will obviously return different results, these are just ours.
GT201/GT723/GT723R / GT823
Kenda Big Block
Michellin Anakee Wild
Motoz Tractionator Adventure
Pirelli Scorpion MST
Pirelli Scorpion STR
Unable to settle on a complete allrounder, here's some of our feedback (with each having a different purpose) and the summary of what we use and recommend is below.
What we like: Strength, great puncture resistance and overall longevity.
A good choice where distance between tyre changes is important to you.
What we don't like: Not as stable as some tyres in deep gravel, and on the tar, traction is either on or off, there's not much in between.
Tractionator Adventure - 4000+ kms
Tractionator RallZ - under 3,000kms
Michellin Anakee Wild.
What we like: this tyre has been the most consistent performer. It's stable on dirt and gravel roads, hangs on extremely well in the twisties and always feels planted.
Our go to 50/50 tyre.
What we don't like: Wears out too fast.
The best we've achieved so far is 2750kms.
Pirelli Scorpion (MST) don't confuse it with the STR
What we like:
Front tyre - Everything.
Rear Tyre - Exceptional drive and traction everywhere we've used it, for a dirt 'race' tyre, it's also pretty damn good on the tar.
What we don't like:
Front - no complaints.
Rear - it's a bit noisy (on road) which is expected from a decent knobby, but it's forgotten about when you hit the dirt.
Front - 4000kms
Rear - 2500kms average, we've ran them out to 4,000kms too.
Our Summary and choices.
Best 50/50 - Michellin Anakee Wild
Best dirt - Pirelli Scorpion Rally & Rally Race (MST)
All feedback or recommendations we make comes from our experience on tyres we have purchased and used on our Honda Africa Twins, Nordern901 & DesertX. Mileage is based on average riding over mixed terrain.
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