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Re: Stock tyres on a 2016 Versys?
« Reply #10 on: Oct 28, 2019, 01:42 AM »
*Originally Posted by uralrob [+]

 Penry,  TrailAttack 2s are excellent on the Versys too provided you are o.k. with a 150/70 rear.
 I'm using a RoadAttack 3 on the front of one bike at the moment. It appears to be wearing more evenly than the TrailAttack.

 Rob.
Thanks for the info Rob.
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Re: Stock tyres on a 2016 Versys?
« Reply #11 on: Oct 28, 2019, 04:47 PM »
Man, the conspiracy theories here would make The Donald blush...   :lostit:

OEM tires are just the tires some engineer and his bean-counter overlords agreed would work and meets the financial targets for a specific model.  Some times it's a standard spec tire, some times it's a tire designed specifically for that model.  It's not uncommon to see tires that are sold in the aftermarket also have a bike specific version.  They are similar but not the same, and unfortunately, it's not always obvious from looking at the commonly published info, what the differences are. 

Kawasaki has often used "special" Dunlop tires for its lower end bikes.  As Wal mentioned, the differences seem to be they are often a single compound vs. multi-compound similar tires available from Dunlop.  In Dunlop's case, they are typically labeled with a different model number in that tire family.  Other brands often denote the difference with a model specific letter at the end of the name.  But if it says Dunlop, Bridgestone, etc. on it, it's a tire made, tested and guaranteed by that manufacturer and it's exactly what the bike manufacturer spec'ed and ordered.   :211:

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Re: Stock tyres on a 2016 Versys?
« Reply #12 on: Oct 28, 2019, 06:14 PM »
*Originally Posted by Gustavo [+]
Man, the conspiracy theories here would make The Donald blush...   :lostit:

OEM tires are just the tires some engineer and his bean-counter overlords agreed would work and meets the financial targets for a specific model.  Some times it's a standard spec tire, some times it's a tire designed specifically for that model.  It's not uncommon to see tires that are sold in the aftermarket also have a bike specific version.  They are similar but not the same, and unfortunately, it's not always obvious from looking at the commonly published info, what the differences are. 

Kawasaki has often used "special" Dunlop tires for its lower end bikes.  As Wal mentioned, the differences seem to be they are often a single compound vs. multi-compound similar tires available from Dunlop.  In Dunlop's case, they are typically labeled with a different model number in that tire family.  Other brands often denote the difference with a model specific letter at the end of the name.  But if it says Dunlop, Bridgestone, etc. on it, it's a tire made, tested and guaranteed by that manufacturer and it's exactly what the bike manufacturer spec'ed and ordered.   :211:

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well said.... :028:

the D222 is also fitted as OEM on the Tracer 900, i wanted to replace them with same when they were done......pretty expensive

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Re: Stock tyres on a 2016 Versys?
« Reply #13 on: Oct 28, 2019, 07:19 PM »
*Originally Posted by uralrob [+]

 Penry,  TrailAttack 2s are excellent on the Versys too provided you are o.k. with a 150/70 rear.
 I'm using a RoadAttack 3 on the front of one bike at the moment. It appears to be wearing more evenly than the TrailAttack.

 Rob.
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TrailAttack 3's now come in 160/60 ZR17 (69W) size
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Re: Stock tyres on a 2016 Versys?
« Reply #14 on: Oct 28, 2019, 07:26 PM »
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Rob

TrailAttack 3's now come in 160/60 ZR17 (69W) size
You should've told penry - that would have made him one very happy pooch.
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Re: Stock tyres on a 2016 Versys?
« Reply #15 on: Oct 28, 2019, 08:44 PM »


 Thanks for that, Richard. Good to know.

 Apart from going by the name, any thoughts on the RoadAttack3 GT versus the TrailAttack3 as far as mileage is concerned for the V1K?

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Re: Stock tyres on a 2016 Versys?
« Reply #16 on: Oct 31, 2019, 04:46 PM »
Well I put 170 miles on it, they are Dounlop D222 tyres, single compound, not the best, but as they have so little wear I'll live with them until they die.
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Re: Stock tyres on a 2016 Versys?
« Reply #17 on: Oct 31, 2019, 05:27 PM »
*Originally Posted by uralrob [+]

 Thanks for that, Richard. Good to know.

 Apart from going by the name, any thoughts on the RoadAttack3 GT versus the TrailAttack3 as far as mileage is concerned for the V1K?

 Rob.

The TrailAttack has deeper tread, which given that they both use the similar compound mix (MultiGrip, in Conti speak) means that you'll get more miles out of the TrailAttack.  And Motorrad rated them as the overall winner of their 2019 travel enduro test, saying it brings superbike level of grip and the best wear of all the tires they compared it to.

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Re: Stock tyres on a 2016 Versys?
« Reply #18 on: Oct 31, 2019, 08:17 PM »


 Thanks Gustavo.

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Re: Stock tyres on a 2016 Versys?
« Reply #19 on: Nov 01, 2019, 09:22 AM »
*Originally Posted by Rictus [+]
Well I put 170 miles on it, they are Dounlop D222 tyres, single compound, not the best, but as they have so little wear I'll live with them until they die.
Yes There is not a lot wrong with the oe tyres that came with the bike.

But single compound makes them wear flat, but they stick to the road ok. The sensible thing to do is to get your moneys worth out of them. Then change to the tyre of your choice.

So well done for not chucking perfectly usable tyres in the bin.  :028:
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