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I'm trying to decide on tyres for a trip through Mexico and Central America (April '09 for 6 months) and from what I've read on a couple of posts the ability of the tyres looks to vary depending on where you are in the world. Trailwings are fine on the dry, dusty roads of South Africa but appear to be hazardous on UK cold and greasy roads.

Basically I'd be grateful for some local advice (local being for Mexico and Central America!) I'm riding down from San Diego to Panama from April '09 (taking about 6 months) and I don't know what type of tyres to go for, as I have not been to the area before.

I hope to be riding a mixture of paved and dirt roads but don't really know how bad and how frequent the dirt roads generally are thus how knobbly my tyres should be. I'm looking at the following for my XL650 Transalp and would be grateful for any advice.

Do you think I should be going for at what they call "Enduro Street" or "Enduro On/Off" types?

Enduro Street being tyres such as:
Metzeler Tourance / Enduro
Pirelli MT60 / MT80
Dunlop 607
Michelin Sirac
Enduro On/Off being tyres such as:
CONTINENTAL TKC80
Metzeler MCE Karoo
Metzeler MCE Six Days
Pirelli MT70
Michelin T63

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Thanks,
Ollie

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I'm trying to decide on tyres for a trip through Mexico and Central America (April '09 for 6 months) and from what I've read on a couple of posts the ability of the tyres looks to vary depending on where you are in the world. Trailwings are fine on the dry, dusty roads of South Africa but appear to be hazardous on UK cold and greasy roads.

Basically I'd be grateful for some local advice (local being for Mexico and Central America!) I'm riding down from San Diego to Panama from April '09 (taking about 6 months) and I don't know what type of tyres to go for, as I have not been to the area before.

I hope to be riding a mixture of paved and dirt roads but don't really know how bad and how frequent the dirt roads generally are thus how knobbly my tyres should be. I'm looking at the following for my XL650 Transalp and would be grateful for any advice.

Do you think I should be going for at what they call "Enduro Street" or "Enduro On/Off" types?

Enduro Street being tyres such as:
Metzeler Tourance / Enduro
Pirelli MT60 / MT80
Dunlop 607
Michelin Sirac
Enduro On/Off being tyres such as:
CONTINENTAL TKC80
Metzeler MCE Karoo
Metzeler MCE Six Days
Pirelli MT70
Michelin T63

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Thanks,
Ollie

Greasy Sprocket
Buy them when you get out there. They would probably be cheaper and if you buy them in this country the compounds may not be correct for the temperatures and surfaces that you will ride on.
 

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contact activemoto he's just coming back from there so the info will be current
 
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If you are coming from USA you should concider Dunlop 606, it is a good tyre and should get you to Panama. 130-90 17 rear. They are cheap and easy to find mail order in the USA about 145 USD a pair.

We used those and then changed to Tourance in South America because it was all I could find in Costa Rica. The radial rear tourance lasted for ages, by luck we found a second hand fronts in Argentina and TDF

Robberies can happen on the back roads in Central America so check with the locals, but even then it can still be risky.

From San Diego take the most westerly boarder crossing as that is where you get the bike import docs.

Steve
 
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