Gritboy

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    After trying the stock Bridgestones and Michelin tires I explored the Shinko 705 and Mitas E-07 tires looking for more off-road performance , but without sacrificing too much on pavement, all at a fair price. The Shinko's are excellent tires on pavement and beat up backroads, with tremendous traction in the dry, and good in the wet. They're fine for fireroads, gravel and hard pack, but beware sand, mud and silty stuff. The biggest downside is they wear quick, but they're uber cheap, so no biggie. The Skinko's are a bit noisy too given how non-blocky their tread is. The Mitas' are a mixed bag IMHO. They work beautifully as promised in the dirt — very good for even technical challenging stuff, except mud — and definitely let me fly on gravel roads. They're also good street tires with a bit of flat profile which is fine for touring, but odd when canyon caring. Unfortunately, the front is VERY squirmy under freeway raingroves and in general doesn’t evoke front end confidence. The rear is great and hooks up well even fording creeks and flooded roads. The Mitas’ deal with wet fine, just don't push them too hard on the pavement at lean, acceleration or braking (in the wet). Also, I can easily loosen them up with the modest torque of the Tiger in dry, so I imagine with a big motor ADV bike they'd get real squirmy if you're aggressive. The Mitas’ do seem to be wearing well, but I only have about 2.5k on them so far. They're also surprisingly quiet. If you’re an 80% street, 20% dirt rider like me, the Shinko’s are the winner. If you’re more 60/40 the Mitas’ are a rockin’ choice. Background on my Tiger: I've ridden my 2013 Tiger 800xc for almost 34k now. Up until late this year I've had ZERO issues with it on and off road; no excessive fluid consumption, mechanical or electrical issues, etc. This year, a dirty stepper motor left me stranded 800 miles from home; had to uhaul it back after several days in a local Triumph shop with no results. My local Triumph guy figured it out quite quickly. A month later, a somewhat similar issue arose, but this time it wasn't the stepper motor, but a cracked throttle control housing on the bar which confused the bike's starting sequence. All fixed, the XC is back to being my favorite "do it all" bike to date since I started riding standards, dual-sports and sport bikes in the early 1980s.