I went back to riding adventurously in 2011. Since then I’ve ridden around 250,000 miles/ 400,000km on a few different bikes from 250’s to 1200’s, on all sorts of terrains all over the world, tried lots of brands, some I like, some I really like and some that were just so, so.
– below are my experiences.
The bikes I have ridden the various tires on are –
KTM 625 sxc
Yamaha xt1200 Super Tenere
Firstly the xt660z –
When I bought the bike the PO had mounted Continental Trail Attack
These are an 80/20 tire at best, they feel good on pavement but off-road, they really felt like street only tires, there seemed minimal grip in any circumstances offroad, to the point of being scary. I rode these tires in Argentina (from Ushuaia), Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, and Mexico. For this particular ride, I was primarily on the pavement (90/10) so they were fine. I got around 8000 miles out of a set; when I changed them the front still had about 20% tread left.
Personal opinion – would not use again!
These tires I used to ride Mexico, US (to Prudhoe Bay) and Canada, I now did a little more off road, around 70/30 and these are a 40/60 tire and handled everything I threw at them, gave excellent grip in almost most scenarios, barring slick mud, which most tires fail in.
They do have a major downside…wear…the first set I used were worn out in 2500 miles, the second set (I was partially sponsored for the 2nd) was done in 3000 miles.
Personal Opinion – would not be my first choice, due to bad mileage, would not use for international riding!