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    It looks like the TKC80s on my F7GS are coming close to end of life at < 4K miles. Both F&R are equally worn.

    90% of my riding is on pavement, albeit, ridden with potholes the size of craters on the moon, ruts, poorly installed expansion plates, etc reminiscent of a developing nation in sub-Saharan Africa.
    So, I do need something that has off-road capabilities.

    I don't like the TKC80 as it does not handle ruts/grooves in the road well.

    My current shortlist is:
    1. Bridgestone Battlewing 502/501
    2. Continental TKC 70
    3. Metzeler Tourance ? (recommended by dealer)

    I care mostly about longevity and grip in wet weather on bad roads.

    Anyone else riding in similar conditions have a recommendation?

    Thanks, V
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    I like the Michelin Anakee III tires. They work great and last a long time, too. Kind of pricey, though - but then aren't they all.
    Richard - Current bikes: 2016 BMW R1200RS, 2014 14.2 kWh Zero S, 2011 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Classic, 2009 BMW F650GS, 2005 Triumph T-100 Bonneville, 2002 Yamaha FZ1 (FZS1000N) and a 1978 Honda Kick 'N Go Senior. 

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    They all seem to be in the same price range of 300-350 for the set online. Except for the Battlewing which seem a bit cheaper.
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    Found a set of Michelin Anakee 3 for 280 bucks. Going to try mounting them myself - first time.

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    Go for the Shinko's. About 5-6K miles on the rear and double that on the front.
    Priced delivered at around $150 a set.
    They work fine on pavement and moderately on the dirt.

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    The Anakee is arriving today. I'll try the Shinko next. Thanks.

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    I finally got around to it and mounted the Anakee 3 on the bike. My first time mounting tires myself - and with hand tools. I went with the stock sizes 110/80 front and 140/80 rear. The Anakees turn very differently than the TKC80.
    These also feel harsher than the TKC80 - perhaps cause they're new and still stiff or that I'm running higher pressure at 36F and 38R. On the TKC I ran 35 F&R and it worked well.
    The Anakees do get warm very quickly - 2 miles at local road speeds (~30mph) on a 60º day and the tires were warm.
    I'll wait for a couple hundred miles before I start pushing it on turns.
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