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    Michelin Anakee Wild

    50/50 in the tire business is one thing, web site marketing copy is another.
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    Michelin Anakee Wild

    In the tire business, 50/50 means the percentage of tread surface relative to the percentage of available space for tread surface. The Anakee Wild tires use 50% of the available space available. The tires you show in comparison are not 50/50. The hard part in a 50/50 tire is managing heat and wear without compromising traction. This is where the Anakee Wilds shine. Relevant to the mileage variation, differences occur due to bike weight, rider weight, luggage weight and right wrist "weight"... I bet I could shred these Anakee Wilds on my HP2 Enduro in under 1000 miles if I wanted to.
  3. You should invite Fonsie to come to the March Moto Madness ride next weekend, and your High Sierra ride later this year.
  4. Great report, wish I could have come.
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    Filter Karma - free K&N filter for R12GS

    Checking back in to see if there's any interest....
  6. Dirty with 20k miles worth of bugs for protein. The good news: a 20+ year old cleaning kit, which should work fine. Find me in the GS Giants group and let me know you want it!
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    What I LOVE about BMW (Motorrad)

    If you really want to know what the heritage is about, try an R80G/S. Smaller, lighter, simpler... purer. But I remember my first reaction to riding my 1986 when I bought it back then... good GOD, this thing is big!!! (XLADV) Now I call it my "small" bike. Progress is inevitable, but the big GS has gotten rather BIG... which is what spurred the idea for the name "GS Giant." ;^) What I'd like to see in a GS is along the lines of my HP2e, but with a few more amenities. Maybe the new Honda CRF1000 / Africa twin will shake things up.
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    Mitas E-07

    Over the past few years, a number of adventure tires have appeared, all seemingly from eastern Europe, all bearing similar tread patterns but different names. About three years ago, I mounted up a set of MEFO tires on my airhead BMW R80G/SPD+. Two years later I put a set of Mitas E-07s on the dual sport set of wheels for my HP2 enduro. Recently, another brand name with similar tread has appeared... Savatech. They all look like essentially the same tires. Construction specs are hard to come by, if I find any I will post. All I know is that the Mitas E-07s have done better, far better, than any tire I've put on my bike... and I've put on a lot since the damn thing eats tires and rarely gets more than 2k miles from a rear. However, it isn't all about mileage. To me, traction and control are very important as is a tire's wear pattern. And for tires like this, if I have to choose between traction on pavement vs. dirt, I choose pavement. If mileage were all I cared about, I'd choose Heidenau. However, I'd have to live with the hard compound and squared-off wear, two things that rob my HP2e of it's twisty ripping strengths. Not happy. On my HP2e, Heidenaus are practically unrideable. If traction and wear pattern are all I cared about, then any number of dual-sport tires from Avon, Continental, Dunlop, Metzeler, Michelin et. al. would be the choice. However, my HP2 shreds these, as I said it's rare to get more than 2k miles. Enter Mitas... recommended by Kyle Brandenberger of ADVrider and GS Giants fame, who was very happy with the set he was running on his R12 Adventure. That bike sees heavy miles, too, with no shortage of off-road. I mount my own tires and was pleasantly surprised that the Mitas were not gorillas to mount. Rated by most as a 50/50 tire, I was impressed with how little I have to give up in the way of pavement hooliganism. Only the bravery tits on the very very edge are still there, with negligible chicken strips. The tires still don't have the predictability right at the edge and besides, this old man can only take so many more up close and personal ground inspections. Off-road, the tires are good on gravel, not quite as precise as the MEFOs on my airhead, but better than tires like Tourance, Anakee, or Trail Max. On a sandy road street pressure is ok, the tires must be deflated to have any chance in deep sand. Mud, forget it, they're no better than any other tire in this category, Heidenau included. However, tread life is the true surprise. These tires are nearing 5k miles, which is well over twice as long as anything I've tried before, except the Heidenau. And the wear pattern has maintained an excellent curved profile. The photos below shows the current wear compared to a new. Also notice the similarity between the Mitas in the middle and the third tire on the right, which is the MEFO from the front of my airhead. I will see if I can track down accurate information regarding the construction of these tires, as on-line info is very skimpy.
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    BMW HP2 Enduro 2007

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    The HP2 Enduro is the most consistent serial production off-road flat twin ever. Highly robust and perfectly prepared for its purpose. Powerful, stable and fascinatingly rideable. ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION Displacement: 1170.00 ccm (71.39 cubic inches) Engine type: Twin, four-stroke Power: 103.25 HP (75.4 kW)) @ 7000 RPM Torque: 115.00 Nm (11.7 kgf-m or 84.8 ft.lbs) @ 5500 RPM Compression: 11.0:1 Bore x stroke: 101.0 x 73.0 mm (4.0 x 2.9 inches) Valves per cylinder: 4 Fuel system: Injection. Electronic intake pipe injection/digital engine management: BMS-K with overrun fuel cut-off, dual ignition Fuel control: SOHC Cooling system: Oil & air Gearbox: 6-speed Transmission type, final drive: Shaft drive (cardan) Clutch: Single-disc dry clutch, hydraulically operated Fuel consumption: 4.10 litres/100 km (24.4 km/l or 57.37 mpg) Greenhouse gases: 95.1 CO2 g/km. (CO2 - Carbon dioxide emission) CHASSIS, SUSPENSION, BRAKES AND WHEELS Frame type: Tubular steel space frame Rake (fork angle): 29.5° Trail: 127 mm (5.0 inches) Front suspension: WAD upside-down front fork, Ø 45 mm , compression damping adjustable in two ranges, rebound damping adjustable Front suspension travel: 270 mm (10.6 inches) Rear suspension: Forged aluminium single-sided swinging arm with BMW Motorrad Paralever Rear suspension travel: 250 mm (9.8 inches) Front tyre: 90/90-21 Rear tyre: 140/80-17 Front brakes: Double disc Rear brakes: Double disc PHYSICAL MEASURES AND CAPACITIES Dry weight: 175.0 kg (385.8 pounds) Weight incl. oil, gas, etc: 195.0 kg (429.9 pounds) Power/weight ratio: 0.5900 HP/kg Seat height: 920 mm (36.2 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting. Overall height: 1,266 mm (49.8 inches) Overall length: 2,350 mm (92.5 inches) Overall width: 880 mm (34.6 inches) Wheelbase: 1,610 mm (63.4 inches) Fuel capacity: 13.00 litres (3.43 gallons) OTHER SPECIFICATIONS Color options: Indigo Blue Metallized / Alaska Grey