Triumph Tiger 800 - Tyres
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My Tiger XCx was supplied with new Bridgestone Battle Wing Tyres, in the dry the Battle Wings were surprisingly good, in the wet
they are OK. In May 2016 I had to change my tyres but which tyre to chose? Hmmmm. The 21 inch front wheel is a limiting factor.
Below are the main options ignoring no-name brands and cruiser tyres. My preference was the new Dunlop TrailSmart's because I
preferred Dunlop RoadSmarts for my 1050 & 1200 buying 5 sets in total. I also considered Bridgestone Battle Wings, Pirelli
Scorpion Trail IIs and Continental Trail Attack 2s.
Before making a final choice I spent many hours reading manufacturers websites, user reviews, magazine reviews, You-tube etc
Dunlop TrailSmart's are a new design based on Dunlop RoadSmarts which means they have a strong road bias. They benefit from
a multi compound construction so the centre of the tread is firmer for longer life while the edge of the tread is softer for more grip
when cornering. The rubber is silica based which helps disperse water, this is important to me because on long trips I usually
have to ride through heavy rain. I also like the look of the tread pattern.
After 2000 miles I am not so keen on the Trailsmart's in practice. The front has a good profile but the rear tyre is very rounded so I
always have chicken strips, even after touching the pegs down. These tyres are terrible when crossing raised white lines, very
unsettling. The grip in the wet and dry is good but not better than the Battle wings. I would swap back to the Battle Wings if I had a
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Road Rider AM26
Battle Wing BW501/502
Trail Wing TW47
Trail Attack 2
Enduro 3 Sahara
Scorpion Trail II