I replaced the OE Metzeler Z8 interact on my BMW F8R with Tourance next in July 2021 and it’s great on most roads other than full off road. It’s a 60% / 40% tyre according to Australian Motorcyclist magazine when they ran 6 Large adventure bikes like the big GS, KTM adventure, Multistrada, 1000Vstrom etc. etc. up to the snowy mountains over a few days. They gave the tyre top marks in 60 road and 40 off-road conditions. So I reckon the TN2 will suit the Himalayan fine if you ride mainly on tarmac.Metzeler Tourance Next 2's made in Himalayan sizes have got good revues, not sure that China is the only factory producing them though.
A friend of mine is running those on his Tenere 700. He is very happy with them for doing the Mid Atlantic Backcountry Discovery Route (MABDR). He says they have the best combination of traction and longevity.
Just an update on these tyres as promised. 7,000 miles on both front and rear. on both on and off road conditions.Just fitted a Michelin Anakee Wild 3 to the front and a Kenda K761 Dual sport to the rear of my Himalayan. Done just about 1,000 miles on them so far. My initial observations are that the front is a very good road tyre in both dry and wet but slides a little on road paint in the wet. It is good off road but only in the dry and on forest tracks (not done anything else off road on it yet). Anything wet off road and it is all over the place with almost no grip. The Kenda is good on and off road but slides easily when cold on cold wet roads. I will update this more fully once i have done a lot more miles and been off road in different conditions..
Anakeey 3s and Wilds are completely different tires, one 90/10, the other 50/50Just an update on these tyres as promised. 7,000 miles on both front and rear. on both on and off road conditions.
Whilst the Michelin Anakee Wild 3 is a decent road trye on both wet and dry tarmac, it is absolutely of no use when ridden on loose surfaces such as gravel or stones. It is also completely useless off road on any wet surface. On the above surfaces it easily looses grip and the front end wants to tuck under when it has any load on it, such as going downhill.
Also, since fitting it I have suffered no less than 5 punctures whilst using this tryre (all of htem on road) which is more punctures than I have suffered in over 40 years of riding bikes. I can not recommend this tyre in any way. It is the worst tyre that I have ever had fitted to any of my bikes.
The Kenda rear was competent off road but spun up easily in mud or loose dry stuff. No punctures or cuts to it in and with 7 thousand miles on it, it had a good wear rate as it is just starting to square off now. I would recommend this trye as a good 70 on road 30 off road tyre.
I've been trying to figure out how to get them here for months, no luck yet.I'm very surprised at the performance of the stock CEAT tires, particularly in the wet. They'll be finished by 5k miles even with easy riding, but they're only $41. In India, of course. I don't know if they're available in the US.
If most of my riding was wet pavement Id just put street tires on it. I put Pirelli Scorpions on my Africa Twin since it probably will not see any serious off road now. Bike rides way better on tarmac, next tires might be just straight up street tires.My stock rear tyre is almost done at just over 9k miles - the only real off road Ive done is in a gravel car park . I ride tarmac (usually wet - in UK) has anyone got any decent recommendations for a premium alternative which is more road focused but without upsetting the balance or weight of the bike? ANy experience of using them and if they worked out better than the stock MT60s?