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So for cruising on our pot-holed roads reducing tyre pressure by about 20% helps but re-inflate to recommend pressure for fast riding?
And on track reduce by about 10% or so?
On a track you are riding faster and braking harder than on the road. The tyres heat up a lot more and as they heat the internal pressure rises. You start with lower cold pressure so you end up with the correct pressure at operating temp. Moto GP bikes start with a cold pressure of 22-24psi afaik.

Do not reduce your tyre pressures for potholed roads. All you will do is get wierd handling, possible rim damage and greatly reduced tyre life.
 

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At 19,975 kms I have thoroughly trashed my second rear tyre, a Pirelli Scorpion Trail ll. Yesterday I replaced the Pirelli with an Avon Trailrider and was pleasantly surprised
to find that the Avon has water dispersing sipes.:encouragement: Looking good so far but will give it a good 250 km workout tomorrow. A matching front hoop will be fitted shortly.
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At 19,975 kms I have thoroughly trashed my second rear tyre, a Pirelli Scorpion Trail ll. Yesterday I replaced the Pirelli with an Avon Trailrider and was pleasantly surprised
to find that the Avon has water dispersing sipes.:encouragement: Looking good so far but will give it a good 250 km workout tomorrow. A matching front hoop will be fitted shortly.
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Keep us posted on road/off road handling and longevity compared to the MT60's and Trail ll.
 

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Keep us posted on road/off road handling and longevity compared to the MT60's and Trail ll.
The problem for me with the oem MT60"s is their far too short life - mine really were toasted at less than 5000 kms, and I'm not hard on rubber. OTH, the Trail II's were quite useful for about 13000 kms, which I consider to be about average for that type of tyre on our light and only moderately powerful Scramblers. However, the let down for me was trying get some feedback and 'feel' from them. Despite playing with pre-load and damping setting, as well as tyre pressures, I never really found a sweet set-up that I was comfortable with. Another factor which always spooked me a bit was having to fit an undersized 100/90 up front' as the correct 110/80 was not available in the Scorpion Trail ll range.

If I just wanted to run a standard sport-touring tyre I would be spoilt for choice, as there are at least half a dozen good brands about. It is Ducati's slightly odd choice of an 18" which really messes us about when trying to find a dual sport front tyre - there are just so few in the market in the correct size.

When I do fit a rear Trailrider 130/80-18 to the front it will be mounted backwards (as Avon advise to ensure its operating integrity) I will provide feedback here. I would also welcome feedback from others who are further along the Avon Trailrider journey I am.
 

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I'm not hung up on matching tires, and have had great success with Anakee IIIs, so I put a 170/60 on the rear.

I like it! The rounder profile of the smaller tire seems to suit the bike's geometry.

Until a better option rolls around, I'll stick with an MT60 on the front and an Anakee on the rear.
 

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I was in a bit of a panic for new tyres and fancied the Avon Trailriders. When I mentioned the front tyre would in effect be a rear tyre mounted backwards the shop down the road from me freaked out and to cut a long story short I plumbed for the MT60s again. Interested to know if anyone else has had this as I will probably feel in a years time or so the MT60s, though good while they last, just don't.
 

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Shinko 09 rear: got 7300 mi out of the last one. Works as well as the Pirelli or Avon and costs half.

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Avon front: they now make a front so you don't have to opposite rotate. Works as well as the Pirelli. This tire has 11,000 miles...looks like it'll do 15

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Mostly tarmac, but I do a lot of gravel and some occasional mud. These tires work well.
 
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