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Old 12-16-2004, 08:28 AM   #1
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Another tire thread - Best Front offroad tire for 640 Adventure?

I'm running MT21's now which are a very good compromise, but what has everyone found to be the best front for knarly, rutted, muddy offroad? I do not find the front end to feel as planted as my bud's 640 enduro in the woods, but he is running Michelin s-12 (maybe m-12) which I will definitely swap the front for.
Looking at the frame specs there is only a 1/2 degree difference in castor or rake (don't have the specs in front of me), and forks are 1 or 2mm larger on the adventure, with everything else about the same, but his bikes front feels and turns like a DRZ400 by comparison. I've raised the fork tubes up to 10mm with little improvement. (even with a light fuel load)
I'm even considering different triple clamps if the Michelin doesn't help. The idea is to get it to turn better at lower speeds, as I don't have 90mph desert where I live.
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Old 12-16-2004, 04:06 PM   #2
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[QUOTE=gybeman]I'm running MT21's now which are a very good compromise, but what has everyone found to be the best front for knarly, rutted, muddy offroad? I do not find the front end to feel as planted as my bud's 640 enduro in the woods, but he is running Michelin s-12 (maybe m-12) which I will definitely swap the front for.
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I swap to an s12 if I am doing purely trail bike riding. They grip very well. No way on earth would I ever use this tyre on hard ground or tar. They are lethal.

I'm trying a T63 on the front and Desert on the rear. But so far no "knarly, rutted, muddy off road. I'll let you know
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Old 12-16-2004, 06:22 PM   #3
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MT 18 or MT 16 will do the trick. The 18 is avaiable with a 3 ply carcass. It's usually listed as a "HD" version.


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Old 12-17-2004, 08:22 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies, I'll have to take another look at the Pirellis... hey Alchemist... a lethal knobbie? I've ridden many miles with real knobbies on pavement, and other than being real bad when they are new and greasy, I don't mind power sliding around a bit. After the knobs start to round off the traction always got much better (except in the wet of course). Is that what you mean, or are we talking front end washout, no warning crashing ? The knobs are spaced very wide, but my bud's somewhat worn m-12 didn't seem too bad... even pulled off a couple low speed stoppies on pavement.
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Old 12-17-2004, 02:21 PM   #5
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Michelin's are great for soft muddy stuff but the side knobs chunk pretty easy and the are really easy to pinch flat. There are probably better all around off road tires for a heavier four stroke. I prefer the dunlop 756 since it is not nearly as easy to pinch flat and grips almost as well as an s 12 or m12 in the mud yet I thinl it grips alot better on hardpack. Tire are like Aholes, everyone has there own.
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Old 12-17-2004, 02:36 PM   #6
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