I'm thinking of getting a set of spare rims and grit them with knobbies for the occasional fire road riding. What type should I be looking for?
Good luck. Used straight wheels are going to be very tough to find. I bent the front wheel on my MTS in two places and trying to locate even a single front wheel that wasn't hammered, bent or otherwise rashed up, was very tough.Yes it's not a cheap option. I'm hoping to find a pair of used rims with front rotors included.
Correct, the only real knobby you can get for the MTS is the TKC-80.As far as I know, the only tire really availble for ADV and the 17" rim and the size your looking at is Conti´s TKC-80 tire.
They come standard on the BMW adventures aswell as some other big offroaders. Tried and true option for tubeless semioffroad tires that can handle the tarmac to and from with no problems.
They do a 120/70-17 stock size, But I´ve been wondering if, if you lift the fron fender slightly, the "rear" 120/90 - 17 wouldnt work to try and give abit more height to the front rolling diameter. Wouldnt be by much, just about 1".. But effectivly going from a 17" front to an 18" front isnt too bad offroad.
The new Multistrada endure comes with Pirelli SCORPION Trail II tires, but they are alot more street then you think, I wouldn´t go more offroad then a good gravelroad on them.
Reviewn of tkc80 on MTS1200 - Continental TKC-80 Twinduro Knobbies Motorcycle Tire Review
Stolen pics of the MTS1200 with TKC80
Then again.. Conti came out with the TKC70 which is suppose to be slightly more ON road then Offroad compared to the TKC-80 and the new MTS1200 Enduro is shod with Pirelle Scorpion Trail II tires. The first scorpion trails cant hold a candle to the TKC80 in offroad conditions. But I´ll agree that the Scorps are alright for the kind of muck you find in alleyways and maybe graded roads. I had three sets on my MTS and did some lighter offroading and I like the feel of them. Light tire too, not at all as heavy as the TKC´sCorrect, the only real knobby you can get for the MTS is the TKC-80.
Tough I beg to differ that the Scorpion Trail isn't good off-pavement. I spent Saturday ripping through alleyways on my Hyper, shod with Scorpion Trails. Conditions were loose, muddy, wet and very vegetated. They did much better than expected.
If you're after a gravel and graded dirt road tire; the Scorpion Trail is a terrific tire for the task.
Not so fast. Your MTS has a 190 rear tire. The GS has a 150 or 160. That's a lot of stretch. It's one thing to stretch a 180 section tire to fit in place of a 190. It's another to do what you're suggesting. My guess is that the rear tire profile is going to be so flat, the bike will be difficult to steer.Recently had a nice screw visit my tire so by the recommendation of Kyle over at Adventure Designs they recommended the TKC-80 Front along with the Anakee Wild rear. Going to throw these on. The Anakee is getting upwards of 6,000 miles where the TKC-80 it has been reported at 3,000.
I commute and offroad so these were highly recommended. Adventure Designs did a track day at Laguna on the TKC-80 and were really impressed with the grip and the Wild has really good wet traction as well. Ill post images soon.
The only down fall is the Wild only comes in a 170 where the TKC comes in a 180. I figure if the 170 is good for a GS it will be fine for my MTS.