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 I decided on Dunlop TrailSmart's however after 6000 miles I am not so keen on them. The front has a good profile but
the rear tyre is very rounded so I always had chicken strips, even when 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 no better than the Battle wings. I would
swap back to the Battle Wings if I had a choice but Bridgestone no longer make the same tyre.
In 2017 I fitted Continental TCX70's and they are brilliant tyres. I have ridden 6,000 miles including a tour of Holland,
Germany, Poland and the Baltic states, ridden the length of Portugal off road and back the length of Spain via Gibralta. A great
tyre on dry roads, on wet roads and on dry dusty off road trails. I love them.
Road Rider AM26
Battle Wing BW501/502
Trail Wing TW47
Trail Attack 2
Enduro 3 Sahara
Scorpion Trail II