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Old 10-01-2006, 06:54 PM   #1
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Need a 60/40 street/dirt tire for my KTM

I have a 04 625 SMC supermoto. I love the width of the rims and the bike is great on the street. However the bike in sand is unrideable. I am willing to swap to a front 21" tire if need be. What kind of tires will work in sand and come in 160/70/17 and something in the 21". I feel regardless of tire choice (I have the Pirelli MT60s now) the 17" front wheel is the problem, steering is too quick and the wide front tire just plows.

I dont want to lose the street ability as this is the best dual sport I have ridden on the street. Need some help/suggestions guys. Thanks
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Old 10-01-2006, 07:10 PM   #2
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If you get a 21" front, might as well get an 18" rear and swap wheels.
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Old 10-01-2006, 07:19 PM   #3
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You could do worse than the Metzeler Sahara, but a sand tire it ain't. And nobody makes a dirt type tire in a 160 width. Not sure what rim width you are on, but a 140 tire section would be the logical choice.
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Old 10-01-2006, 08:18 PM   #4
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Continental TKC 80's fronts are Ok in sand from my limited sandy experience, & are available in 150 wide 17" sizes as well as 21". If you want something more aggressive there are plenty of DOT knobbys out there - Pirelli MT-21 etc - but they'll probably only go to 130 or 140 wide.

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Old 10-02-2006, 02:00 AM   #5
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Metzeler Karoos are great in sand and good on the pavement.
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Old 10-02-2006, 09:03 PM   #6
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Need tire help 50/50 tire for a 625 SMC 17 rear 5" wide

I am going to purchase a front 21" rim since the 17 wont allow for decent handling in the sand. I dont want to change the rear rim so I need a tire to fit a 5" wide rim. It has a 160/60 and I think a 150/70 will fit but not sure about anything smaller i.e. a 140/80 for example.

The Pirelli MT60s cannot run well in deep sand. My goal is pavement manners but something that can handle deep sand. Suggestions?

Also, what size front rim should I run? something a little wider than a 1.60?
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Old 10-03-2006, 01:04 AM   #7
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Take a look at the Metzler Enduro 3. Had those on my Cagiva Elefant and they worked nice.
If you are going for a 21" front I donīt think there is anything else but 1.6, but donīt take me words on it...
Allso check for a 19" front as well if you want something wider (at least i think they are wider) than 1.6.

Pavement manners and can handle deep sand...
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