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FlyinTiger

  • 5
  

Rear Tire. 6,700 miles fully loaded with 200lb plus rider and I think I can get 2K more on this tire without over riding it.

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DUXH8R

  • 4
  

I can add to the discussion on the Mitas E-07 Dakar. First, I have recently mounted them on my F800GSA (90/90-21 & 15/70-17). Second, I am an intermediate off road rider that generally carries around 20 pounds of equipment while riding. Finally, my review is based upon having had a set of Heidenau K60s and a set of Metzler Karoo 3s previously on the bike.

My interest in trying this tire was peaked in that it has the reinforced sidewall to try and avoid punctures, and that it was reported to have longer mileage. Everyone knows the K60s last forever, and do not handle the asphalt very well. The Karoo 3s only lasted me 4500 miles, but handled the asphalt very well. The E-07 Dakar looked like a tire that would be as responsive as the Karoo 3 off road, and last longer on the asphalt. After having the tires mounted, I set off for three days of riding in Death Valley National Park.

My initial thoughts on the asphalt was that the E-07 Dakars handled better than the k60s, and almost as well as the Karoo 3s. The front tire pulled and grabbed on the highway grooves, but not as bad as the K60. The back tire was smooth at low and high speeds unlike the bounce of the K60 that is very noticeable and the Karoo 3 that is slightly noticeable. Cornering on twisty mountain roads was confident and the front provided similar bite as the Karoo 3, and the rear provided better bite than the Karoo 3. I think the rear provided better bite due to the closer knobs. My only concern was a high speed run when the bike got very fidgety at 90 mph. I had previously taken the Karoo 3 up to 106 mph without any concern.

My initial thoughts on the dirst was that the E-07 was way better than the K60s, and equal to the Karoo 3s. I had confidence on rocky/gravel roads that I would not puncture the sidewall. In sand, the bike performed well. The sand was shallow to medium depth and the tires at full pressure and bike loaded up I had no issues. Being in the desert, I have no way to rate mud/wet capabilities.

After the weekend, I was ready to switch back to the Karoo 3, but I will keep the tire for now and see how it lasts after more highway miles. I want a tire that performs like the Karoo 3 and lasts like a K60. I may not be able to get that, but after further riding this tire may very well give me the best of both worlds.

Happy trails!

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Visian

  • 5
  

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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