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Need to replace tires on my SCR950. Do not want the original tires again as the noise they make when i must ride expressways. Anyone have experience with Metzler Roadtec tires? Also let me know if you have any recommendations.
 

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Need to replace tires on my SCR950. Do not want the original tires again as the noise they make when i must ride expressways. Anyone have experience with Metzler Roadtec tires? Also let me know if you have any recommendations.
Avon Trailriders.....can’t recommend them enough. No noise when on the tarmac, and still look in keeping with the scrambler ‘vibe’.

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KTM are also now fitting them as stock to a number of their award-winning middleweights, so that tells you something.....

Agreed, the OEM rubber is garbage. I almost binned it on my initial test ride, going around a roundabout in the rain (so, not pushing it by any means). And yes, they howled something horrendous at speed.

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Avon Trailriders.....can’t recommend them enough. No noise when on the tarmac, and still look in keeping with the scrambler ‘vibe’.

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KTM are also now fitting them as stock to a number of their award-winning middleweights, so that tells you something.....

Agreed, the OEM rubber is garbage. I almost binned it on my initial test ride, going around a roundabout in the rain (so, not pushing it by any means). And yes, they howled something horrendous at speed.

Ben

Note - no pinched gators on this pic 🤣
Ok Ben. I am going to follow your recommendation on the Avon Trailriders. Did you go with exact same size as the original tires? Oh wait.... tyres.
 

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I've got about 5k miles on a set of Michelin Anakee Adventure tires and they're great. I ride primarily on the street/highway but will occasionally go exploring for dirt roads and rip around on them. The traction is great through corners and they don't make any discernible noise on the pavement at any speed that the bike is capable of.

The times I've had it on dirt roads it felt planted and confidence inspiring, granted these are just dirt backroads with solidly packed dirt/gravel. I once even explored a random dirt bike trail off of a road through a pine forest and it did just fine until it got a little too rough and I turned it around.

I've even been so lucky as to get caught in a very heavy torrential downpour and rode several exits in monsoon-like conditions before pulling off to take a longer, slower route home and encountering a lightning storm, man did that make me feel alive.

They have a softer compound of rubber on the edges/sides and a harder compound down the middle to resist wear commonly associated with highway cruising. Keep in mind, these definitely don't look like an aggressive adventure tire but they look aggressive enough to still fit with the scrambler style of the bike.

After 5k miles, the front looks almost new and the back has definitely worn some but it's ready for another season. There are some great review videos on YouTube, apparently I'm not the only one who likes them.

Here's a good video about them on Revzilla.
 

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Ok Ben. I am going to follow your recommendation on the Avon Trailriders. Did you go with exact same size as the original tires? Oh wait.... tyres.
I think you have to spell it “tyres” in reference to Avons, as they are British. 🤣

Yep, I went with standard sizes.

Don’t hold me responsible though - it seems everyone has different experiences of ‘tires’!

I remember having a debate with @eddie re the Michelins mentioned above:


.....they get some pretty poor write ups in the U.K., but others love them, so who knows? I struggled to find a bad review of the Avons though (I’m sure I could, if I tried.....), but the price was also better too.

I think anything would be better than stock, TBH.

Are Avons readily available over there, anyway?

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I think you have to spell it “tyres” in reference to Avons, as they are British. 🤣

Yep, I went with standard sizes.

Don’t hold me responsible though - it seems everyone has different experiences of ‘tires’!

I remember having a debate with @eddie re the Michelins mentioned above:


.....they get some pretty poor write ups in the U.K., but others love them, so who knows? I struggled to find a bad review of the Avons though (I’m sure I could, if I tried.....), but the price was also better too.

I think anything would be better than stock, TBH.

Are Avons readily available over there, anyway?

Ben
I can order them on line from RevZilla, Dennis Kirk, and Chaparral with the price of the set ranging between $250 to $300
 
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Personally, I prefer Dennis Kirk.
RevZilla $311(rear out of stock)
Dennis Kirk $284 (front out of stock)
Chaparral $263
All free shipping, and Chaparral is the only one who has both in stock right now. I can probably put it off to the end of the season. I will order them now just to have them in hand. I could get another 2 years out of the chicken strips if I just ride in circles. I have yet to scrape a foot peg. :geek:

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Oh crap. British Tyres! Tread pattern? Wrong side of the road! I will just flip the rotation from what is marked so I can ride in the right lane.:geek:
 

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RevZilla $311(rear out of stock)
Dennis Kirk $284 (front out of stock)
Chaparral $263
All free shipping, and Chaparral is the only one who has both in stock right now. I can probably put it off to the end of the season. I will order them now just to have them in hand. I could get another 2 years out of the chicken strips if I just ride in circles. I have yet to scrape a foot peg. :geek:

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Oh crap. British Tyres! Tread pattern? Wrong side of the road! I will just flip the rotation from what is marked so I can ride in the right lane.:geek:
I’m sure you’ll be fine ;)

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I’m sure you’ll be fine ;)

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Hey Ben...... I have not yet fitted my new Avon tyres, but I noticed they are noted as TUBELESS.
Please tell me they work fine on our rims using tubes.
 

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Hey Ben...... I have not yet fitted my new Avon tyres, but I noticed they are noted as TUBELESS.
Please tell me they work fine on our rims using tubes.
I sure hope so - given I’ve done about 5000 miles on them!! :D

In all seriousness, I found it pretty difficult finding any that don’t say that on them - I think it’s actually pretty common practice (although probably frowned upon by the manufacturers).

Ben
 
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I have tubeless tires on mine too, they work fine with tubes too.
I've had 650 dual sports for a lot of years now, its very common to run tubes in tubeless tires on them.
I have metzeler tourance next tires, they were marked way down and pretty cheap. They work great and are quiet, I have 2000kms on them so far and no wear at all, I burned through the stock tires in 4500kms.
 

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I have tubeless tires on mine too, they work fine with tubes too.
I've had 650 dual sports for a lot of years now, its very common to run tubes in tubeless tires on them.
I have metzeler tourance next tires, they were marked way down and pretty cheap. They work great and are quiet, I have 2000kms on them so far and no wear at all, I burned through the stock tires in 4500kms.
I had the original metzeler tourances on my old 865 Triumph Scrambler, and they were great tyres. Don’t know about the newer ‘Nexts’ though - I considered them for the SCR, but went with the Avon’s. 👍

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I'm 1500 miles in on my Bridgestone A41 tyres, I took the opportunity replace the oem Bridgestone noise makers following a puncture.
In my opinion we ride a bike that cannot be cracked over in corners without scrapping all components including your boots so tyre choice is not really critical so just buy a pure road tyre.
 

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I'm 1500 miles in on my Bridgestone A41 tyres, I took the opportunity replace the oem Bridgestone noise makers following a puncture.
In my opinion we ride a bike that cannot be cracked over in corners without scrapping all components including your boots so tyre choice is not really critical so just buy a pure road tyre.
I agree 100%, that's why I went with a 90% road tire that was on sale, for the bit of easy dirt road I ride on off road I dont need off road capable tires.
I looked at michelin comander cruiser tires too, they were a lot of money but they're kinda worth it as they last forever.
Avon's cost a fortune in canada too, so I likely will never get them.

Im totally happy with the tourance next, its a street tire for big adv bikes so it works just like a pure street tire. They're very stiff, I think I could ride home on a flat lol.
 
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