Metzeler Dual Sport Motorcycle Tires

Dirt Road Performance Tourance, Triumph Tiger

Posted by Tim

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Metzeler Dual Sport Motorcycle Tires The Triumph Tiger, the BMW R1200GS, the Moto Guzzi Quota, the Buell Ulysses, the KTM Adventure... What do all these bikes have in common? Well, they are all big, powerful, versatile dual-purpose motorcycles. They are all (with the possible exception of the KTM) most comfortable on the pavement, but are very capable of sojourns on the dirt. With this in mind, choice of tires is an interesting quandary. I have owned three of the bikes on my list above -- a Tiger, a GS, and a Quota -- so I have been through this tire dilemma several times.

These bikes are best suited for what dual-sport riders call an 80-20 mix. That is 80% on-road and 20% off. Thus, the most common tire chosen reflects that mix. The Metzler Tourance is just this kind of tire and is a popular choice by riders of the big mounts. A simple Web search of the Tourance will reveal countless pages of discussions on its merits and limitations. No, this is not a knobby off-road tire. Very few of these bikes are fitted with such dirt-specific tires. However, it is a good road tire, with an aggressive enough tread to make a dirt road a reasonable proposition.

I have run these tires on a Triumph Tiger and was very pleased. They did exactly what I expected, which is what you want from a tire.

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  1. Continental Rear Tire TKC80 | Dual Sport Off Road Says:

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