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ZenBen

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Gents & ladies,

I'm new to this forum, and new to the Thruxton, so if I'm repeating a thread please let me know.

Now onto my dilemma. I just moved to Santa Fe, NM and have found that there are some unexpected dirt and gravel roads up here. Also, flash rains happen here even in the summer. So suddenly wet conditions are a factor as well. I'll need some good all sport 80/20 tires for my new conditions. Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks!
 

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I only ride on pavement so I'm of no help to you, but there are many here who do and have done so, so some suggestions should be along later.
You probably need a dual-purpose tire and I would think the choices are many.
Tires are like an oil thread - everyone has a different opinion about what's best ROTFL
 

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Since most of your riding will be on pavement and your off road riding will be mostly on maintained non-paved roads, I wouldn't rule out 90/10 tires. My Tiger 800XC came with Bridgestone 90/10s and I rode that bike in sand, water, mud, and rocks in Florida and in the North Carolina mountains. I rode some jeep trails that were definitely challenging. This taught me that if I were going to continue this type of riding, I needed a more aggressive off road tire.

I replaced the Bridgestones with Metzeler 80/20's. These did better for me but still lacked something in my off road riding. I am now running Metzeler Karoo 3's which are 70/30's. These are a little noisy; but they handle well on the road and do well in the wet.They ride a little more roughly in turns; you can feel the tread. I would NOT recommend these for your Thruxton. They are a dual sport tire, not a cafe racer tire.

I am not sure I would want 80/20's on a Thruxton. With dual sport tires, you will lose some of the aggressive pavement riding in the twisties. it all depends on how much off pavement riding you will be doing. 90/10's should work for you. Bridgestone, Metzeler, Dunlop, Kenda, Shinko, Michelin, Avon, Conti, Heidenau, and others make dual sport tires, Go to a website like Bike Bandit and search for dual sport 90/10 and 80/20 tires. Finding dual sport tires to fit the Thruxton may limit your choices.

If I had a Thruxton, I would do a search for tires for your Thruxton and see what comes up. The highway tires on your Thruxton will do well in the wet. And probably do OK on maintained, unpaved roads. I rode my 03 T100 in sand and dirt routinely with the OEM tires. I lived on an unpaved road. I did fine with the OEM tires.

 
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ZenBen

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Now that's how you respond to a question in a forum!

You Sir just gave me the info I was looking for. Gold Star for you. ⭐ I'll do my best to pay it forward someday.

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."

Benjamin Franklin
 

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Good stuff Carl TUP TUP
 
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Over the years I’be become more and more a Michelin fan. They have a new 80/ 20 Anakee Adventure which you would really like the look of but sizing may be a problem espically if your Thruxton is a 2016 or newer . Brooke
 
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Fortnine is also a good site to check for info. Is a Canadian site, but info is info. Can find the tires that will suit your riding and purchase where ever you find the cheapest.
 

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Totally forgot about Shinkos 804/805 series, 60/40 or 705 series 80/20 . These are very reasonably priced , wear well and get great reviews. My buddy had the 60/40 ‘s on his Vstrom and couldn’t believe how good they were on the pavement. Lots of sizes available too !
 

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I'll agree with Carl that the 90/10 tires should work great in your conditions. I have 90/10 on my Tiger currently and they do fine but I'll be going to the 80/20 Shinko 705's shortly. My 2001 Girlie was my first with the Shinkos and they are great tires at a really great price. Not sure if they make a 90/10 but I would look at Shinkos also.
 
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