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Old 04-12-2006, 06:30 PM   #1
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Good street specific tires/ 18-21's

I done' my readin and searchin so bare with me on another tire thread.
I plan on picking up my TE-610 Friday and want a set of more street specific tires for my first 600miles. I understand the Karoo's are decent on pavement but they wear quick and I want to save them for dualsport rides later. So the Pirelli Scorpian MT90 AT's look good; what others should I be looking into. Thankyou for your responses, Dan
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Old 04-12-2006, 06:59 PM   #2
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I have been tearing around on a set of Kenda dualsport tires that I had on my 520 EXC before getting the 610. They hold the road very well and are a street tread for all practical purposes. Motarding with my brother on his EXC with 17s and no trouble staying at a above average pace on the street. The rear is only available in a 120 so I went up a tooth in front,(16). Love these and the ride is super smooth without the knobs. Turns in much easier than the 17s, BTW. Drops into corners as if it knew where you were going, less planted feel if you ride a 17" bike back to back. Cheapo to boot, tear em up! Americanmototire.com under the dual sport catagory. Jim.
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Old 04-12-2006, 07:04 PM   #3
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Several of the KTM 950s I've see came stock with the scorpions, and it sure looks like a good tire. Metzeler Sahara 3 would be another possibility. Even deep enough tread for some gravel roads and such. Karoos seem to throw chunks off the rear knobs and wear rather rapidly, but otherwise have good grip. I'm anxious to try the Dunlop 908 Rally Raid.
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Old 04-12-2006, 07:24 PM   #4
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I recently installed the D908 RRs, but haven't put enough miles on them to offer comment.

The Maxxis 6006 50/50 tire set is relatively inexpensive, work well on asphalt wet or dry, hook up pretty well in the dirt and would last at least 3000 miles on a 320 pound TE-610.
The front works better than it looks and the back works better than it has any right to off-road... a very neutral feeling tire when tossed sideways in a corner.

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Old 04-12-2006, 07:27 PM   #5
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Jim are you speaking of the K270's? I think Gaspipe recommended those too. They are cheap and would fit my budget about now ...
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Old 04-12-2006, 07:33 PM   #6
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Edit: Just read you only want them for the first 600 miles.
Look for a DRZS owner tossing out some trailwings.
Most swap them soon after buying.
Fine for the street and ok on limited dirt use.

The Karroo is a decent 50/50 tire and you can lean them
pretty far on the street. I got 3000 total out of the rear,
dirt use to about 1500 though. Check www.ronayers.com
I got a set shipped for $102 a few years ago.


I got a second set of 21/18 OEM rims to save my DOT knobs
for the dirt. Put on some cheng shen barracudas after reading
a good report from one of the sportmans class SM racers posted on TT.

He liked them at the track and they were only $100 @ my dealer.
Said he tried several more expensive tires and they were on par.

They stick "very" well in the twisties. I ride fairly aggressive on them.
They turn in fast and will lean as far as you want.
Have had them in the rain and they worked well.

C916 & C926 if I remember right.

I have the 3.00/21 and used the 130/90/18 until worn.
Replaced with a 120/90/21, the front is still good.





Another thread with some other replies:

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Old 04-12-2006, 07:37 PM   #7
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I just got my Pirelli's, yesterday. They are the scorpion MT90 AT's. I will let you know how they feel.
I am going to mount them tomorrow night, and am travelling to the big thicket in Louisiana for Easter (long)weekend. I hope I can find some good riding there. I will report later.

You are right about the Karroo II's. They are much better on the street than they look, but I am sure they won't last very long if you ride a lot of pavement. It is mostly rocky around here, and they are very confidence inspiring on the rocky hillclimbs. We will see how they wear in.
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Old 04-12-2006, 07:38 PM   #8
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Thankyou Kawidual, I would like another set of wheels but won't be able to afford them for some time with gear expenditures, I will be riding ATGATT .
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Old 04-12-2006, 07:41 PM   #9
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Thx Chad, I will do some break in rides this weekend and plan to order tires next week. Look forward to your review...did you go with 140 rear or 120?
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Old 04-13-2006, 04:50 AM   #10
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I plan on picking up my TE-610 Friday and want a set of more street specific tires...
Trailwings!

People hate them for the dirt but they are fine for the street, and OK for 10% (or 20% of dry easy) dirt. On Thumpertalk, I have seen DRZ guys giving them away for shipping. When I took the Wings off my DRZ (with 600 miles on them), I didn't even take them home from the dealer!

They are not a strictly or high performance pavement tire but are a more street oriented tire than the typical "DoT knobby". And you might be able to get a slightly used set free or at least cheep cheep like the little bird said.
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