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2020 Adventure Tire Shootout Results | 25 Top Performing ADV / Dual Sport Tires

Chaparral Motorsports
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April 28, 2021
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Last Updated: April 28, 2021

It's taken some time, but we've finally wrapped one of – if not THE most – comprehensive adventure tire tests ever conducted. From deep sand to rocky hill climbs, tight two lane switch backs, and long freeway stretches we put some of the top rated and most popular adventure and dual sport tires through similar types of terrain and scenarios that most riders would encounter.

No matter what make or model of ADV bike you own, the type of riding you typically do, or what features are important to you in a motorcycle tire we have tested 25 different tires and found an adventure tire that is right for you.

We wanted this to be a very comprehensive ADV / Dual Sport Motorcycle Tires test, so we broke the tires into two categories, 80/20 (80 percent on road and 20 percent off road) and 50/50. It should be noted that we used these as generalized categories seeing as that the manufacturers all rate their tires differently (e.g. 90/10, 60/40, 25/75, 30/70). As you read through this you'll see that we included the manufacturers actual on road/off road designations.

To ensure equal testing across the board, we set up a loop that consisted of a variety of terrain and conducted the rides aboard popular heavyweight Adventure bikes such as the Honda Africa Twin CRF 1000, KTM Adventure 1190, and BMW GS12000. The route we tested each tire on consisted of a deep sandy wash, hard pack single track, a hard pack hill climb, California freeway, two lane twisty backroads, curvy mountain highways, jeep trails/fire roads, and hill climbs lined with pebbles and rocks ranging in size from golf balls to softballs. The total route distance was more than 150 miles with several sections run multiple times for repetitive testing and video/photography purposes.

Testing Criteria

In this article we will give you the overall results for both the 80/20 tires and the 50/50 tires. We will also show you the different testing criteria we created and how the tires from the 80/20 and 50/50 categories stacked up against one another so that you can determine what tire would best suit your needs and desires. The testing criteria we used for all the tires were: Performance, Cost, Estimated Mileage, Twisties, Freeway, Rain Grooves, Deep Sand, Dirt/Gravel Roads, Baby Head (small rocks), Hill Climbs, and the Combined Value (Performance+Mileage+Price).

Testing Criteria
Testing Criteria
Testing Criteria

Adventure Tires We Tested

80/20 ADV Tires

50/50 ADV Tires

Unique Tire Construction Findings

Tire Weight Ranges

Front Tires: 8 lbs. 14 oz. - 13 lbs. 7 oz.

Rear Tires: 14 lbs. 12 oz. - 20 lbs. 8 oz.

Lightest Front 50/50: Metzler Karoo 3 (8 lbs. 14 oz.)

Lightest Rear 50/50: Continental TKC80 (14 lbs. 12 oz.)

Heaviest Front 50/50: Dunkop TrailMax Mission (13 lbs. 7 oz.)

Heaviest Rear 50/50: Dunlop TrailMax Mission (20 lbs. 8 oz.)

Tread Depth

Deepest Front: Michelin Anakee Wild (18/32 inches/14.28mm)

Deepest Rear: Tie Motoz RallZ and Motoz Adventure (17/32 inches/13.49mm)

Shallowest Front: Bridgestone Battlax A41 (5/32 inches/3.96mm)

Shallowest Rear: Bridgestone AX41S (7/32 inches 5.55mm)

Unique Tire Construction Findings
Unique Tire Construction Findings
Unique Tire Construction Findings

Durometer Reading

The hardness of rubber compounds is measured by the Shore A durometer; the higher the durometer, the harder the compound. Harder tires typically provide less flex, better durability and longer mileage, but less traction. Softer tires often deliver more flex and wear faster/less mileage, but provide better grip/stickiness. Some tires, such as dual compounds will have harder durometer readings in the center patch for better mileage and softer durometer readings on the sides or lugs for flexibility/grip/traction.

Softest Tire: 66 Durometer Reading for the Avon Tires (TrailRider Dual Compound center 72)

Hardest Tire: 81 Durometer Reading, Tie Metzeler Karoo 3 and Dunlop Mission Tire

Biggest Variance: 67-81 Front and Rear Dunlop TrialMax Mission Tire mileage is from deep tread and hard rubber.

Country of Origin

USA: Only one tire is made in the USA — Dunlop TrailMax Mission

Worldwide Sourcing: Pirelli Scorpion Rally tires are made in three Countries — Brazil, Germany and China.

Tire Plys Commonly Used

Nylon, Polyamide, Polyester, Aramid, Rayon, Steel and Fiberglass

Most Used: nylon is the most used tire ply material. Most use 4 ply in the tread and 2 ply in the sidewall.

Steel Ply: 6 Tires Use 1 Steel Ply: Shinko E05, Karoo Street, AX41S, A41, Scorpion Rally & Rally STR

Fiberglass Ply: 1 Tire uses Fiberglass — Dunlop TrailMax Mission = 3 Polyester + 2 Fiberglass in the Tread.

80/20 ADV Tire Shootout Results

Scoring: 1 to 10 Scale with 1 Being the Best. Tire with Lowest Score Wins.
Estimated Mileage: Wear we saw in the tire test + Customer Feedback + Forum Feedback.

Overall Combined Value (Performance + Mileage + Price)

Tire Rank Advertised Street / Dirt % Retail Price - Pair Estimated Mileage Price Score Mileage Score Total Score
Shinko 705 1st 80/20 $167.76 7500 1 4 31
Michelin Anakee Adventure 2nd 80/20 $337.98 9000 9 2 33
Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR 3rd 80/20 $214.76 4000 3 8 36
Metzeler Karoo Street 4th 75/25 $234.98 5500 4 6 43
Continental TKC70 5th 60/40 $271.92 7000 7 5 51
Avon TrailRider AV53 & AV54 6th 90/10 $326.91 3800 8 9 53
Kenda Big Block Paver K768 7th 80/20 $184.76 9500 2 1 57
Bridgestone Battlax Ax41S Scrambler 8th 90/10 $264.76 8500 5 3 60
Bridgestone Battlax A41 (OEM Tires) 9th 90/10 $266.85 5000 6 7 71

On-Road 80/20 Test Results

Tire Dry Pavement Twisties Freeway Rain Grooves Wet Pavement
Shinko 705 5 6 3 3 n/a
Michelin Anakee Adventure 5 4 1 3 n/a
Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR 5 2 2 3 n/a
Metzeler Karoo Street 5 1 4 3 n/a
Continental TKC70 5 5 6 3 n/a
Avon TrailRider AV53 & AV54 5 3 5 3 n/a
Kenda Big Block Paver K768 5 9 8 3 n/a
Bridgestone Battlax Ax41S Scrambler 5 7 7 3 n/a
Bridgestone Battlax A41 (OEM Tires) 5 8 9 3 n/a

Off-Road 80/20 Test Results

Tire Deep Sand Dirt / Gravel Baby Heads Hill Climbs Mud
Shinko 705 1 3 4 1 n/a
Michelin Anakee Adventure 3 1 1 4 n/a
Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR 7 2 2 2 n/a
Metzeler Karoo Street 6 5 6 3 n/a
Continental TKC70 4 4 7 5 n/a
Avon TrailRider AV53 & AV54 5 6 3 6 n/a
Kenda Big Block Paver K768 2 9 9 9 n/a
Bridgestone Battlax Ax41S Scrambler 8 7 8 7 n/a
Bridgestone Battlax A41 (OEM Tires) 9 8 8 8 n/a

Performance | 80/20 ADV Tire

Rank Tire
1 Michelin Anakee Adventure
2 Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR
3 Shinko 705
4 Metzeler Karoo Street
5 Avon TrailRider AV53 & AV54
6 Continental TKC70
7 Bridgestone Battlax Ax41S Scrambler
8 Kenda Big Block Paver K768
9 Bridgestone Battlax A41 (OEM Tires)

Cost | 80/20 ADV Tire

Rank Tire
1 Shinko 705
2 Kenda Big Block Paver K768
3 Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR
4 Metzeler Karoo Street
5 Bridgestone Battlax Ax41S Scrambler
6 Bridgestone Battlax A41 (OEM Tires)
7 Continental TKC70
8 Avon TrailRider AV53 & AV54
9 Michelin Anakee Adventure

Estimated Mileage | 80/20 ADV Tire

Rank Tire
1 Kenda Big Block Paver K768
2 Michelin Anakee Adventure
3 Bridgestone Battlax Ax41S Scrambler
4 Shinko 705
5 Continental TKC70
6 Metzeler Karoo Street
7 Bridgestone Battlax A41 (OEM Tires)
8 Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR
9 Avon TrailRider AV53 & AV54

Twisties | 80/20 ADV Tire

Rank Tire
1 Metzeler Karoo Street
2 Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR
3 Avon TrailRider AV53 & AV54
4 Michelin Anakee Adventure
5 Continental TKC70
6 Shinko 705
7 Bridgestone Battlax Ax41S Scrambler
8 Bridgestone Battlax A41 (OEM Tires)
9 Kenda Big Block Paver K768

Freeway | 80/20 ADV Tire

Rank Tire
1 Michelin Anakee Adventure
2 Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR
3 Shinko 705
4 Metzeler Karoo Street
5 Avon TrailRider AV53 & AV54
6 Continental TKC70
7 Bridgestone Battlax Ax41S Scrambler
8 Kenda Big Block Paver K768
9 Bridgestone Battlax A41 (OEM Tires)

Deep Sand/Gravel Roads | 80/20 ADV Tire

Rank Tire
1 Michelin Anakee Adventure
2 Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR
3 Shinko 705
4 Continental TKC70
5 Metzeler Karoo Street
6 Avon TrailRider AV53 & AV54
7 Bridgestone Battlax Ax41S Scrambler
8 Bridgestone Battlax A41 (OEM Tires)
9 Kenda Big Block Paver K768

Baby Heads | 80/20 ADV Tire

Rank Tire
1 Michelin Anakee Adventure
2 Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR
3 Avon TrailRider AV53 & AV54
4 Shinko 705
5 Metzeler Karoo Street
6 Continental TKC70
7 Bridgestone Battlax Ax41S Scrambler
8 Bridgestone Battlax A41 (OEM Tires)
9 Kenda Big Block Paver K768

Hill Climbs | 80/20 ADV Tire

Rank Tire
1 Shinko 705
2 Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR
3 Metzeler Karoo Street
4 Michelin Anakee Adventure
5 Continental TKC70
6 Avon TrailRider AV53 & AV54
7 Bridgestone Battlax Ax41S Scrambler
8 Bridgestone Battlax A41 (OEM Tires)
9 Kenda Big Block Paver K768

50/50 ADV Tire Shootout Results

Scoring: 1 to 10 Scale with 1 Being the Best. Tire with Lowest Score Wins.
Estimated Mileage: Wear we saw in the tire test + Customer Feedback + Forum Feedback.

Overall Combined Value (Performance + Mileage + Price)

Tire Rank Advertised Street / Dirt % Retail Price - Pair Estimated Mileage Price Score Mileage Score Total Score
Dunlop TrailMax Mission 1st 50/50 $278.76 8000 9 3 42
Bridgestone Battlax AX41 Adventurecross 2nd 40/60 $230.76 2500 3 13 45
Motoz Tractionator GPS 3rd 50/50 $298.98 12000 11 2 48
Michelin Anakee Wild 4th 50/50 $314.98 4500 13 7 56
Pirelli Scorpion Rally 5th 25/75 $271.98 2500 6 15 60
Continental TKC80 6th 40/60 $252.85 2500 4 14 61
Motoz Tractionator RallZ 7th 20/80 $314.98 4500 14 8 61
Shinko E-804 & Shinko E-05 8th 40/60 $166.76 3500 1 9 63
Avon TrekRider AV84 & AV85 9th 50/50 $260.76 5500 5 6 64
Mitas E-07 Dakar & E-07 Plus 10th 50/50 $289.90 8000 10 4 65
Motoz Tractionator Adventure 11th 30/70 $310.98 7000 12 5 66
Kenda Big Block K784 12th 50/50 $183.76 2500 2 12 67
Mitas E-10 Dakar 13th 30/70 $352.90 3000 15 11 69
Metzeler Karoo 3 14th 50/50 $275.94 3000 7 10 71
Heidenau K60 Scout 15th 50/50 $276.00 12000 8 1 76

On-Road 50/50 Test Results

Tire Dry Pavement Twisties Freeway Rain Grooves Wet Pavement
Dunlop TrailMax Mission 5 2 1 1 n/a
Bridgestone Battlax AX41 Adventurecross 5 1 3 2 n/a
Motoz Tractionator GPS 5 3 2 2 n/a
Michelin Anakee Wild 5 6 8 7 n/a
Pirelli Scorpion Rally 5 10 10 10 n/a
Continental TKC80 5 5 4 6 n/a
Motoz Tractionator RallZ 5 4 10 10 n/a
Shinko E-804 & Shinko E-05 5 9 8 7 n/a
Avon TrekRider AV84 & AV85 5 4 6 3 n/a
Mitas E-07 Dakar & E-07 Plus 5 8 5 2 n/a
Motoz Tractionator Adventure 5 5 10 9 n/a
Kenda Big Block K784 5 8 7 9 n/a
Mitas E-10 Dakar 5 7 7 4 n/a
Metzeler Karoo 3 5 9 9 4 n/a
Heidenau K60 Scout 5 10 4 8 n/a

Off-Road 50/50 Test Results

Tire Deep Sand Dirt / Gravel Baby Heads Hill Climbs Mud
Dunlop TrailMax Mission 7 4 5 5 n/a
Bridgestone Battlax AX41 Adventurecross 4 6 4 4 n/a
Motoz Tractionator GPS 5 5 8 5 n/a
Michelin Anakee Wild 3 2 2 3 n/a
Pirelli Scorpion Rally 1 1 1 1 n/a
Continental TKC80 5 7 4 7 n/a
Motoz Tractionator RallZ 2 3 3 2 n/a
Shinko E-804 & Shinko E-05 5 9 5 5 n/a
Avon TrekRider AV84 & AV85 9 8 9 9 n/a
Mitas E-07 Dakar & E-07 Plus 9 8 8 6 n/a
Motoz Tractionator Adventure 3 5 8 4 n/a
Kenda Big Block K784 6 6 6 6 n/a
Mitas E-10 Dakar 7 3 4 6 n/a
Metzeler Karoo 3 7 8 7 5 n/a
Heidenau K60 Scout 10 10 10 10 n/a

Cost | 50/50 ADV Tires

Rank Tire
1 Shinko E-804 & E-05
2 Kenda Big Block K784
3 Bridgestone Battlax AX41 Adventurecross
4 Continental TKC80
5 Avon TrekRider AV84 & AV85
6 Pirelli Scorpion Rally
7 Metzeler Karoo 3
8 Heidenau K60 Scout
9 Dunlop TrailMax Mission
10 Mitas E-07 Dakar & E-07 Plus
11 Motoz Tractionator GPS
12 Motoz Tractionator Adventure
13 Michelin Anakee Wild
14 Motoz Tractionator RallZ
15 Mitas E-10 Dakar

Estimated Mileage | 50/50 ADV Tires

Rank Tire
1 Heidenau K60 Scout
2 Motoz Tractionator GPS
3 Dunlop TrailMax Mission
4 Mitas E-07 Dakar & E-07 Plus
5 Motoz Tractionator Adventure
6 Avon TrekRider AV84 & AV85
7 Michelin Anakee Wild
8 Motoz Tractionator RallZ
9 Shinko E-804 & E-05
10 Mitas E-10 Dakar
11 Metzeler Karoo 3
12 Bridgestone Battlax AX41 Adventurecross
13 Pirelli Scorpion Rally
14 Continental TKC80
15 Kenda Big Block K784

Freeway | 50/50 ADV Tires

Rank Tire
1 Dunlop TrailMax Mission
2 Motoz Tractionator GPS
3 Bridgestone Battlax AX41 Adventurecross
4 Continental TKC80
5 Heidenau K60 Scout
6 Mitas E-07 Dakar & E-07 Plus
7 Avon TrekRider AV84 & AV85
8 Kenda Big Block K784
9 Mitas E-10 Dakar
10 Michelin Anakee Wild
11 Shinko E-804 & E-05
12 Metzeler Karoo 3
13 Pirelli Scorpion Rally
14 Motoz Tractionator RallZ
15 Motoz Tractionator Adventure

Rain Grooves | 50/50 ADV Tires

Rank Tire
1 Dunlop TrailMax Mission
2 Bridgestone Battlax AX41 Adventurecross
3 Motoz Tractionator GPS
4 Mitas E-07 Dakar & E-07 Plus
5 Avon TrekRider AV84 & AV85
6 Mitas E-10 Dakar
7 Metzeler Karoo 3
8 Continental TKC80
9 Michelin Anakee Wild
10 Shinko E-804 & E-05
11 Heidenau K60 Scout
12 Motoz Tractionator Adventure
13 Kenda Big Block K784
14 Pirelli Scorpion Rally
15 Motoz Tractionator RallZ

Dirt Gravel Roads | 50/50 ADV Tires

Rank Tire
1 Pirelli Scorpion Rally
2 Michelin Anakee Wild
3 Motoz Tractionator RallZ
4 Mitas E-10 Dakar
5 Dunlop TrailMax Mission
6 Motoz Tractionator GPS
7 Motoz Tractionator Adventure
8 Bridgestone Battlax AX41 Adventurecross
9 Kenda Big Block K784
10 Continental TKC80
11 Avon TrekRider AV84 & AV85
12 Mitas E-07 Dakar & E-07 Plus
13 Metzeler Karoo 3
14 Shinko E-804 & E-05
15 Heidenau K60 Scout

Baby Heads | 50/50 ADV Tires

Rank Tire
1 Pirelli Scorpion Rally
2 Michelin Anakee Wild
3 Motoz Tractionator RallZ
4 Bridgestone Battlax AX41 Adventurecross
5 Continental TKC80
6 Mitas E-10 Dakar
7 Dunlop TrailMax Mission
8 Shinko E-804 & E-05
9 Kenda Big Block K784
10 Metzeler Karoo 3
11 Motoz Tractionator GPS
12 Mitas E-07 Dakar & E-07 Plus
13 Motoz Tractionator Adventure
14 Avon TrekRider AV84 & AV85
15 Heidenau K60 Scout

Hill Climbs | 50/50 ADV Tires

Rank Tire
1 Pirelli Scorpion Rally
2 Motoz Tractionator RallZ
3 Michelin Anakee Wild
4 Bridgestone Battlax AX41 Adventurecross
5 Motoz Tractionator Adventure
6 Dunlop TrailMax Mission
7 Motoz Tractionator GPS
8 Shinko E-804 & E-05
9 Metzeler Karoo 3
10 Mitas E-07 Dakar & E-07 Plus
11 Kenda Big Block K784
12 Mitas E-10 Dakar
13 Continental TKC80
14 Avon TrekRider AV84 & AV85
15 Heidenau K60 Scout

So there it is, those are all the results from our months and months of testing. Hopefully we've covered the tires you're interested in or at least helped you make a more informed decision on your next ADV tire or dual sport tire purchase.

Thank you for following along on this extensive journey with us,

Chaparral Motorsports

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