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View Results: Wat are running on your DRZ400 for 50/50 DualSporting?
Pirelli MT21 50 21.55%
Dunlop D606 72 31.03%
Kenda 270 28 12.07%
Pirelli Scorpion AT 8 3.45%
Conti TKC80 13 5.60%
Other 61 26.29%
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Old 03-12-2006, 04:52 PM   #1
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DRZ400 - What Tires are you running?

I need a set of tires for dualsporting the DRZ400. Say 50/50 road/off road.

Have been looking at: Pirelli MT21, Dunlop D606, Kenda 270, Pirelli Scorpion At, TKC80's.

The Pirelli's seem very road oriented compared to the others. The TKC 80's look great, but are expensive by comparison. The Kenda 270's get good reviews at Thumpertalk and are only about $35 each, but I wonder how they do on road.

Any suggestions? This is for Colorado-so more rock than mud.
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Old 03-12-2006, 05:11 PM   #2
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I am currently running TCK 80's, but have tried IRC GP 110's and they do better than expected off road. They may do well for you in the rocks.
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Old 03-12-2006, 05:30 PM   #3
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I need a set of tires for dualsporting the DRZ400. Say 50/50 road/off road.

Have been looking at: Pirelli MT21, Dunlop D606, Kenda 270, Pirelli Scorpion At, TKC80's.

The Pirelli's seem very road oriented compared to the others. The TKC 80's look great, but are expensive by comparison. The Kenda 270's get good reviews at Thumpertalk and are only about $35 each, but I wonder how they do on road.
Probably a 205 answer, and I have an XR650L, so just my $0.02. I run a D606 rear and a TKC-80 front. I didn't like the D606 front on the pavement. It gave my bike headshake at 70 mph, was very pressure sensitive, and didn't stop well on pavement. The TKC80 is like a supermoto tire in comparison - better turn-in, better braking, no shaking, and is OK on dirt. Not as good as the D606, but OK. Yes, they are expensive.

A friend runs MT21's. He likes them, but they do wear faster then the D606's.

Esteban runs a TKC80 front (at least until he had problems with the last tire), and 270 rear on his KLR650. He likes the D606, but the 270 lasts longer.

Both Esteban and Wayne Weber recommended the TKC80/D606 combo to me. Who am I to argue with them?
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Old 03-12-2006, 07:07 PM   #4
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I think the MT21's are very capable road tires, but the rear seems to wear quickly.
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Old 03-12-2006, 10:06 PM   #5
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Doesn't seem to fit in the poll. I'm runnning a pair of Pirelli MT18 right now, but under the momentary conditions around here (way to wet, the ground is soaked) I'd rather switch to MT83.
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Old 03-12-2006, 10:17 PM   #6
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I was happy with the Metz Karoo 140/80/18 rear, the front isnt
that agressive, ok for hardpack, but not the best in soft stuff.
The rear was good everywhere IMO.

Since switched to the Terraflex rear & Bridgestone E660 front.
Much better in the soft stuff and still decent street mannners.

You can get a set of Karroos shipped from ronayers.com for about $100.
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Old 03-12-2006, 11:39 PM   #7
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I was running Michelin Baja's, but recently switched to 606s just for giggles. Way less noise, way cheaper, way narrower in the rear (140 vs 120). I did read that the 606 was now offered in a 130 though. I may try the MT21 front and 606 rear. The MT21 rears wear too quick, but I think the front might suit me well.
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Old 03-13-2006, 09:47 AM   #8
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maxxis IT desert up front...

terrorflex rear...

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Old 03-13-2006, 10:06 AM   #9
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what's good in front for sand/mud ? I'm running D606 in front now . Back is fine with it- front goes where it wants to. Could be rider problem.
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Old 03-13-2006, 10:40 AM   #10
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what's good in front for sand/mud ? I'm running D606 in front now . Back is fine with it- front goes where it wants to. Could be rider problem.
Ive been happy with the bridgestone e660, DOT knobbie.
They call it their street legal MX tire. Good in the soft stuff.
Smaller well spaced knobs, still has decent center contact.
Can lean them over pretty far when I was running them with the rear karoo.
The terraflex rear is a little more squirrly on the road, but still works.

I have a second set of rims with slicks for the street so I sought out
the most aggressive DOT knobs I could find for my dirt set.

Here is a pic, have not tried the rear, the front works well for me.
I found it online for $55, cant remember the exact site.

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Old 03-13-2006, 10:55 AM   #11
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work really well and a nice stiff sidewall for the rocks
last pretty good too
mt21's gone after a two day dual sport ride,rear almost bald after 500 miles

going to try the dualmax but they don't look like they will work so hot on pavement.
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Old 03-13-2006, 11:45 AM   #12
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Well, I kind of blew my own poll by mixing and matching - just ordered the TKC80 front and D606 rear.
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Old 03-13-2006, 12:06 PM   #13
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tkc80 twinduro front

is nearly a trials tire... meaning that it'll be great on rocks/pavement and will probably lowside you in the loose stuff. i run cheap mx tires on the front because they last and afford good gription on the gravel roads i frequent.

your front will likely outlast 3 or more rear tires...

me

p.s. i personally think the 606 front is too narrow, too squirelly for gravel. in other words, too streety for blasting. i like the 606 rear... lasts well and behaves like most desert knobs.
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Old 03-13-2006, 01:22 PM   #14
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Ive been happy with the bridgestone e660, DOT knobbie.
They call it their street legal MX tire. Good in the soft stuff.
Smaller well spaced knobs, still has decent center contact.
Can lean them over pretty far when I was running them with the rear karoo.
The terraflex rear is a little more squirrly on the road, but still works.

I have a second set of rims with slicks for the street so I sought out
the most aggressive DOT knobs I could find for my dirt set.

Here is a pic, have not tried the rear, the front works well for me.
I found it online for $55, cant remember the exact site.

thanks, I guess with the sucky amount of miles we get on tires we could try them all.
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Old 03-26-2006, 04:22 PM   #15
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A big thumbs up on the TKC80 front,D60 rear combo - great on the road and also great this afternoon on the MX play area!
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