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Old 05-25-2009, 07:20 PM   #1505
Joined: Feb 2006
Location: Waynesboro, VA
Oddometer: 31
I've been doing searches in the DRZ thread about tires but still haven't found the information I'm after. Since I'm probably going to be riding a lot of the same terrain as subscribers to this thread, thought I'd seek information here as well.
Just bought an 00 DR-Z 400S about a month ago, which is my first off road bike, so am in the dark about tire choices. It came with a Michelin S12 rear and M12 front. The knobbies looked to have descent life left in them when I got the bike, although I didn't look that closely. I've put on 350-400 miles since, probably 75% spent on asphalt getting too and from forest roads. Already am needing to have the rear replaced.
In my next set I'm looking for tires that favor off off-road riding but hold up fairly well on asphalt. I keep seeing mention of Dunlop D606 and Pirelli MT 21, but not sure where they fall in the spectrum of off road capabilities. Along those lines, where do the Michelin S12/M12 fall on the scale of on-road/off-road? Will say they have felt pretty reassuring thus far.
Not needing a lengthy reply - maybe something like list tires as either falling in the 25/75, 50/50 or 75/25 off-road/on-road capabilities.
Any help would be appreciated.
1975 R75/6
2000 DR-Z400S
2001 GSX-R 600
2002 R1100S
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