I can order Japanese Dunlops or Thai Dunlops from the shop I use. He said he can get which ever model I choose made in Thailand or Japan. Obviously the Japanese ones are more expensive. Can anybody tell me what the difference would be? You would think that Dunlop would have the Thai division meet the same standards for the same model. I'd be surprised if they are rated at different km/lifetime on the same model Tire depending where its made. Are the Thai ones simplier just harder and don't grip the same, get dried out faster, etc? BTW; the tires I am considering were first the D605 and I am also thinking about the K850A (if its even available). I ride mostly on the roads and like to be able to lean it into the corners, but I do some offroading occasionally too. I am wondering if the D605 is too offroady? Anybody familiar with them? The K850A looks kind of knobby in the pics but sounds like its not recommended for any offroading at all. I am also considering just getting a set of supermoto wheels/tires and just throwing the knobbies on when i decide to do some offroading. So far I haven't been able to find any supermoto wheels in my tight budget though.