I ordered in a set of these for my 1200GS over a month ago and was told they'd be in by Jan 17th. The rear came in but not the front. Still waiting.
I recently removed a Motoz GPS front with 5000 kms. It had split across the full tread width at the layup of the tyre carcass. This is the second front tyre out of 3 that has had this issue. This is a great tyre on sealed roads and OK on unsealed but on sealed roads it is noisy, even with ear plugs. I acclimatise somewhat to the tyre noise but i still don't like it. Cranking up the music volume helps.If you look at the graphic supplied by Dunlop about their range of tires, it begs the question about what the criteria is that makes it more street and/or dirt oriented?
I've had D606 tires on my KLR on a twisty road scraping the pegs. Certainly without the margin of if, say, I'd been running a dual compound street tire but for all but the most demanding street application, the grip is there. Sure I'd probably push a Dunlop Roadsmart tire a bit harder with a little more margin but is that extra bit of traction really enough to color in that many more "street" blocks on that chart.
They made a lot of the long tire life of the Traiimax Mission tire and that makes a lot of sense for considering it more street capable. Riders on ADV bikes want to know if the tire they put on the bike for the trip to Alaska is going to finish the trip AND give good grip when off down gravel and muddy roads.
So my conclusion from running 50:50 tires for a lot of street miles is that they perform really well on the street for almost all types of riding but for two things: noise and vibration. So if I'm looking for a more street oriented tire on my ADV bikes, that's going to be a big consideration. Otherwise, I'd just throw on another set of Michelin Wilds and call it good. They last a long time, give great performance on and off the road; but, they're noisy and cause a lot of vibration.
Hence my problem with the Dunlop marketing on this Trailmax Mission tire - they don't say anything about the comparative noise and vibration of these tires vs. the competitors. If these tires are noisy, I think they have to take away some number of the street boxes they colored in on the chart. Maybe that's what they did vs. the Roadsmart? I guess we'll have to wait until some early adopter on here decides to try them and give us some feedback. If I can wait long enough for the tires to be available, that might be me.
Do you mean you always run at 22psi even if you're only on pavement? Don't they overheat?I started off with stock air pressure but quickly realized I had to air down. With tires pressure around 22 psi front and rear the tires really changed. On pavement they were wonderful.
TKC80's on the front typically last 7-8K miles on my GS. If the rear Trailmax Mission tire gets the same milage that would make it a game changer for me. I have pushed the TKC80's hard on pavement (wet and dry) and they never let me down. So if the Trailmax Mission gets anywhere near 7-8K miles the best combination for me would be the TKC80 front and Trailmax Mission rear tire.What makes it a gamechanger if you need a TKC80 front? Wouldn't you then lose the road capability?
Makes sense. I too like the idea of fronts and rears getting the same mileage. Hoping I get that with my new E-07+'s.TKC80's on the front typically last 7-8K miles on my GS. If the rear Trailmax Mission tire gets the same milage that would make it a game changer for me. I have pushed the TKC80's hard on pavement (wet and dry) and they never let me down. So if the Trailmax Mission gets anywhere near 7-8K miles the best combination for me would be the TKC80 front and Trailmax Mission rear tire.
The E-07's are very similar to the Trailmax Mission in performance. I really liked the original E-07 but do not care for the E-07+. Without the small center strip it just didn't last as long.Makes sense. I too like the idea of fronts and rears getting the same mileage. Hoping I get that with my new E-07+'s.