In fact, I guess, it would seem like I am one of those whinging types if I was tired of tyres just yet, since I haven't ever written anything about them. But here we go. We have two very similar bikes that differ only in their suspension set up (Helga, the moto-noir has been lowered a couple of centimeters) , the heated hand-grips (Helga), the hand shields (Helga), ABS-off option (Helga), auto-alarm (Helga) and luggage (Helga with the Touratech, BM-duckle-W with the BMW original luggage). But, aside from these differences, the only difference to talk of is the tyres. And so here is what I so far think of the two kinds of tyres we have.
Helga has the Bridgestone Trailwing 101 on the front and 152 on the rear
The yellow rubber BM-duckle-w (that needs a new name, I am thinking of Helga..) has Dunlop Trailmax TR91
What can I say? From the look of the tyres, the Bridgestone is actually made for some more offroad than the Dunlop. And when you ride around in a bit of sandy gravel or gravelly sand, or even mud, it seems this way: the Bridgestones pull the bike in a straighter line with more traction off the black-top.
That said, on the road I expected a difference between the two. The Dunlop appearing more like a conventional road tyre with wet-weather capability. In fact, there seems to be almost no difference between them. I can't hear an increased road noise with the knobblier Bridgestones, can't feel a less smooth ride, have incredible similar braking distance, and don't notice any difference in rolling.
So what would I choose? Well, probably the Bridgestone. Next tyres? Probably something more aggressively off-road again. When we got the yellow, it came with a spare set of trail Metzelers. So I'll write about those one day...