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Old 07-02-2006, 04:36 PM   #1
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Best OFF ROAD dual sport tire?

Anything better than the Dunlop 606 out there? I want the best DOT dual sport tire for 90% off road use. I think they look more aggressive than the MT 21 tires I used to run on the KLX. These will be going on my 525 EXC by the way.

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Old 07-02-2006, 04:55 PM   #2
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Trakmaster II for the rear but NOT the front. I don't like any of the DOT front tires. I'd go with a generic waffle pattern knobby before any of them.
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Old 07-02-2006, 05:02 PM   #3
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Trakmaster II for the rear but NOT the front. I don't like any of the DOT front tires. I'd go with a generic waffle pattern knobby before any of them.
Why?
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Old 07-02-2006, 05:20 PM   #4
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Why?
Because they're all a half-ass attempt at a dirt tire. I've run dirt tires on the road and they last every bit as long as a 606 or mt21. IMO, the 606 front is only slightly better than a trailwing. In dirt, gravel, sand, or mud, it washes all over the place and gives no warning before it "goes". The mt21 front is a little better but still sucks as a 90% dirt tire. If there is little chance of a shakedown by the cops, I'd go with a dirt tire ESPECIALLY on that bike.

edit: I've tried the 606 front on a variety of bikes including a dr650, dr350, and my kdx (I was going to arkansas and thought it might make a decent rock tire...wrong). On a bike that turns like the kdx, the shortcomings of the front tire are very apparent.
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Old 07-02-2006, 05:25 PM   #5
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Anything better than the Dunlop 606 out there? I want the best DOT dual sport tire for 90% off road use. I think they look more aggressive than the MT 21 tires I used to run on the KLX. These will be going on my 525 EXC by the way.

Thanks in advance.
I think you're looking for the Teraflex
Get 'em where you will. This is the gnarliest knobbie I know of with a DOT sticker.
There are lots of "90/10" and "80/20" and "50/50" tires out there. Sounds to me like you're looking for a real knobbie with a DOT sticker.
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Old 07-02-2006, 05:26 PM   #6
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Ive been very happy with the terraflex rear and Bridgestone E660 front.
The Bstone is pretty agressive and the terrorflex is a fucking monster.

Here is a terraflex from another drz owner, left 2000 mixed miles, right new.
Pic of the bstone below that, have not tried the rear, but I like the front.




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Old 07-02-2006, 06:12 PM   #7
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Thanks for the input...reason I want a DOT tire is that I understand DOT rated tires won't overheat as easily by running on street for too long, on hot roads like we have here in GA. Is this correct? While I don't LIKE running on street, sometimes it happens and I get nervous doing it on my non-DOT stockers.

I like that Teraflex...looks like what I am looking for. Kawidual, you don't like the front Teraflex though?
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Old 07-02-2006, 07:28 PM   #8
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I like that Teraflex...
I have run a couple of Tera-Flexes on a DRZ. I have mixed feeling about them. It is a very hard compound. One of the few rears that you could run 1,000 miles, then turn it around and run it another 1,000.

HOWEVER - that same hardness, while good in mud and I guess desert sand that's what people tell me it's for, also makes for poor grip on wet rocks and roots. I have spun it and slide backwards back down rock faces that I could tractor up with an MT-21. On a slimy condensation on the rocks day, I was sliding all over the place with it and had numerous crashes from it not sticking.

When selecting an "OFF ROAD" tire, part of the Q is, WHAT KIND of off road.
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Old 07-02-2006, 07:40 PM   #9
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The kenda trakmaster II is a damn good dirt tire...nevermind the fact that it's DOT. The garbage about the heat wear is just that. A solid front knobbie does just fine for 5k+ on the road...I've done it. Also, if you ever have to swap a tube on that terrorflex, make sure you have a jackhammer and plenty of dynamite.
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Old 07-02-2006, 07:47 PM   #10
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Old 07-02-2006, 08:19 PM   #11
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Hey Flux, Just run regular knobbies. I have been experimenting and they last just as long. I can even hook you up with some one race take offs if you like for $20 EACH.
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Old 07-02-2006, 08:45 PM   #12
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Anyone tried the Kenda K776. K777, K778's?
http://www.kendausa.com/motorcycle/dirt.html
They look pretty agressive but I haven't seen them for sale at the normal places I shop.

Yater, Whats wrong with the K760 front?
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Old 07-02-2006, 08:58 PM   #13
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maxxis 6006 on the rear bites hard on everything I've had it on. have no idea the longevity yet....
But, wear earplugs when on slab........................................

MT21 still a good "general purpose" also.... I know its old, but it works, and it lasts.
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Old 07-02-2006, 09:02 PM   #14
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Anyone tried the Kenda K776. K777, K778's?
http://www.kendausa.com/motorcycle/dirt.html
They look pretty agressive but I haven't seen them for sale at the normal places I shop.

Yater, Whats wrong with the K760 front?
I've never run the 760 front but the pattern is all wrong. It's a rear tire pattern and just doesn't make sense. I could be wrong but I doubt it. Surely someone here has tried them.
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Old 07-02-2006, 09:15 PM   #15
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I've used many tires, MT-21, Bridgestone ED03-04, Dunlop Non-DOT 756,

What I'm finally happy with on the DRZ is a Bridgestone E660 front, and Kenda Trackmaster II (760?) on the back, very aggressive for DOT tires and will handle the highway too. Just did a 3day, 600+ mile adventure with this set up. Rocks, Mud, highway, dirt roads, paved twisties, they did it all. I will try the new Kenda 777 whan I can find someone who sells them online.

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