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Old 11-11-2007, 08:54 AM   #1
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Dual Sport Tire price comarison

I'm ready to replace my Scorpions on my 06 KTM 950 Adventure and started a tire comparison picture report. I only added tires that will fit this bike. If there are other brands that are not in the list or if a tire does not fit let me know


I arrange the picture in order of rating from Street to offroad. It nice to see how the tread design progresses.
Check the below replies I added charts with links to the manufacture site and a couple of store site that sells these tires for just a comparison on price.

Rear Dual Sport Tires 140/80-18 to 150/70-18
Front Dual Sport Tires 90/90/21


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Old 11-11-2007, 12:36 PM   #2
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I have had great service and results with these. I have an 89 Honda NX 650 and am on my second pair of them. Though Dennis Kirk I got both tires with shipping for $90. bucks and change. CHEAP! They will beat other posted prices if you didn't know. I put about 4000 miles on the first set and they still had another 1500 miles or so left in them. I changed them out because I was doing and 1300 mile trip fully loaded and wanted no worries. 60% on 40% off road. Gravel road is cake. They do fine on the road as well.

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I have had great service and results with these. I have an 89 Honda NX 650 and am on my second pair of them. Though Dennis Kirk I got both tires with shipping for $90. bucks and change. CHEAP! They will beat other posted prices if you didn't know. I put about 4000 miles on the first set and they still had another 1500 miles or so left in them. I changed them out because I was doing and 1300 mile trip fully loaded and wanted no worries. 60% on 40% off road. Gravel road is cake. They do fine on the road as well.

http://www.durotire.com/products/ind...rent=SportDirt
Man those are cheap. Dennis Kirk only has Rear in size 4.10S-18 with a Load rating of 535lbs, looks like Duro does make a 460-18 with Load rating 615lbs which might work for a 950 with gear. Anyone else tried these?
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You can find a lot of info on these. I kind of like them.
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Old 11-23-2007, 05:12 PM   #5
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FRONT Dual Sport 90/90-21 Chart Part 1 of 3

I created a chart of all the Front and Rear tyres that may fit a KTM950. Could not put all the text in one listing due to being too long.

If a tyre is missing or does not fit this bike let me know.

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FRONT
Dual Sport 90/90-21


Tyre Name
Size
%Street
/%Dirt
Store
Price
Description
Avon Distanza AM43
90/90H21
90/90T21
90/90H21
90/90T21
90/90S21
90/10?
americanmototire
americanmototire
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$74.51
$72.00
$81.44
$78.66
$61.09

  • ADVANCED TREAD PATTERN DESIGNED FOR ON/OFF ROAD APPLICATIONS
  • ON/OFF ROAD TIRE DESIGNED FOR LARGER CAPACITY DUAL-SPORT MACHINES
  • VBD RADIAL REAR CONSTRUCTION (SOME SIZES) GIVES EXCELLENT STRAIGHT LINE STABILITY AND IMPROVED GRIP IN CORNERS
  • HIGH-MILEAGE COMPOUND FOR LONG DISTANCE TOURING
  • H-RATED FOR SPEEDS UP TO 130 MPH, S-RATED FOR SPEEDS UP TO 112 MPH, T-RATED FOR SPEEDS UP TO 118 MPH OR V-RATED FOR SPEEDS UP TO 149 MPH
Bridgestone ED661 ENDURO
90/90-21
30/70?


ED661/660 series is the latest FIM-legal enduro tires by Bridgestone which provide strong traction
and controllability. Selected as the original equipment tires on prestigious KTM enduro motorcycles,
ED661/660 series has contributed to win championships in many enduro races worldwide,
most notably the World Grand Prix day enduro series with KTM factory-backed teams and riders.

Bridgestone ED663 ENDURO

90/90-21
20/80
americanmototire
Tiresunlimited

$56.56
$61.87
 DOT/FIM APPROVED
 80% OFF 20%ON ROAD USE
 TUBE TYPE APPLICATION
Continental TKC80
Continental Twinduro
KTM 950 Authorization tire
90/90-21
60/40
Tiresunlimited
americanmototire
tireexpress
$79.95
$78.56
$72.99
Compound and block pattern optimize street and offroad performance. Excellent braking and traction on a wide range of surfaces from loose to hard pack. D.O.T. approved for highway use.
Continental ContiEscape
90/90-21
70/30
Tiresunlimited

$103.70

Dunlop 606
90/90-21
10/90
americanmototire
Tiresunlimited

$58.85
$73.39
 D606 FRONT PROVIDES GREAT GRIP AND DURABILITY
 FEATURES FULL-DEPTH TREAD PATTERN THAT GIVES EXCELLENT TRACTION ON SURFACES RANGING FROM HARD FIRE ROADS TO SOFT TRAILS
 TREAD IS DESIGNED FOR REAL OFF-ROAD USE AND AGGRESSIVE PERFORMANCE
 DOT CERTIFIED
Dunlop D908 Rally Raid (Enduro)


Tiresunlimited
americanmototire
$77.66
$62.23

Dunlop TRAIL MAX

90/90-21
80/20
sandhillspowersports
$91.07
  • 80% ON : 20%OFF
  • AGGRESSIVE HIGH-CONTACT TREAD PATTERN FOR THE STREET
  • UNBEATABLE STREET-ORIENTED AND DUAL-PURPOSE RIDING COMBINATION
  • DOT CERTIFIED
Duro HF903

90/90-21
60/40
americanmototire
$30.67
  • DUAL PURPOSE TIRES DESIGNED FOR 60% STREET AND 40% DIRT USE
  • EXCELLENT ON DIRT, GRAVEL, AND BAD ROADS
  • 110 MPH SPEED RATING TO HANDLE THE POWER OF BIG OPEN CLASS SINGLES AND TWINS
  • TUBE-TYPE
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FRONT Dual Sport 90/90-21 Chart part 2 of 3

Kenda K270

90/90-21
50/50
americanmototire
$24.81
· DOT APPROVED
· DESIGNED FOR TODAY'S HIGH PERFORMANCE, DUAL-PURPOSE MOTORCYCLES
· DEEP, AGGRESSIVE KNOB PATTERN HAS ROUNDED PROFILE FOR MORE BITING EDGES
· SPECIAL RUBBER COMPOUND OFFERS GREAT OFF-ROAD GRIP WITHOUT COMPROMISING WEAR ON THE STREET
· TT DESIGNATES TUBE-TYPE
Kenda K776
90/90-21
20/80
Tiresunlimited

$44.48
DOT approved front tire designed for FIM Enduro and Dual Sport 80% dirt / 20% road (K776) or 90% dirt / 10% road (K777 & K778) [IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/Marty/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/msohtml1/08/clip_image001.gif[/IMG]Unique directional tread pattern designed to meet the needs of intermediate to soft terrain [IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/Marty/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/msohtml1/08/clip_image001.gif[/IMG]Bead rim saver reduces lower sidewall flex and protects from rim damage [IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/Marty/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/msohtml1/08/clip_image001.gif[/IMG]Durable casing and tread compound for long range riding
Kenda K777
90/90-21
10/90
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$44.48
See above
Maxxis M6006

90/90-21
50/50
Tiresunlimited

$50.13
The M6006 offers superior performance on and off-road. A unique directional tread pattern delivers a smooth ride on level terrain, while a lower knob ratio enhances traction for off-road applications.
70% knob-to-groove ratio delivers smooth performance on the highway while adding excellent grip on off-road surfaces. [IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/Marty/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/msohtml1/08/clip_image002.gif[/IMG] Unique tread block design offers an excellent self-cleaning effect, providing riders quick access when going from off-road to street surfaces. [IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/Marty/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/msohtml1/08/clip_image002.gif[/IMG] Designed for large dual-purpose bikes. [IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/Marty/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/msohtml1/08/clip_image002.gif[/IMG] DOT approved.


Metzeler Enduro 3 Sahara

KTM 950 Authorization tire
90/90-21


90/90 – 21 M/C 54H TL
50/50
Tiresunlimited
americanmototire
$120.01
$101.61
Enduro tyre with very good on-road performance dedicated to the globetrotters always
looking for fun riding no matter what the terrain is

* Dedicated tread compound perfectly combining safe on-road cornering grip and good off-road traction
* Tread pattern geometry designed for fast self-cleaning: stable and precise trajectories without skidding also on soft, muddy terrains
* Great handling with easy corner entry, stable cornering and high safety margins when riding at the limit


 DUAL SPORT DOT 50% ON / 50% OFF
 DEVELOPED WITH BMW FOR USE ON THE R100 GS
 EXCELLENT OFF ROAD TRACTION PLUS SUPERB TRACKING AND HANDLING FOR THE HIGHWAY
 DOT CERTIFIED
 OEM FOR BMW HP2
 TUBE TYPE UNLESS SPECIFIED
Metzeler MCE Karoo T

90/90-21
90/90-21

Tiresunlimited
americanmototire
$111.63
$94.52
Knobby tyre for high performing enduro bikes designed to satisfy both the most
demanding Travellers needs highlighting a strong off-road appeal

* Dedicated geometry and distribution of knobs perfectly combining reduced noise and enhanced braking stability especially with ABS braking systems
* Larger size and reduced height of knobs developed for higher traction and improved high speed resistance and mileage
* Top performance on-road: outstanding handling perfectly combined with a great cornering stability at all lean angles

Metzeler MCE Karoo
90/90-21
10/90
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$60.81
Multipurpose off road tyre with maximal adaptability that makes everything possible:
from the sand of desert rallies to the asphalt of road touring

* Knob distribution developed for impressive traction in off-road use together with great high speed stability on-road.
* Handling characteristics with smooth corner entry and stable leaning for optimum control when cornering.
* Excellent mileage capability even if used on-road and great adaptability to different bike’s load conditions.

Metzeler MCE Karoo 2

KTM 950 Authorization tire
90/90-21


90/90 – 21 M/C 54Q M+S TL
10/90
Rockymountain
americanmototire
$56.99
$51.15
 90% OFF ROAD; 10% ON
 DESIGNED FOR LARGE DISPLACEMENT, HEAVY, HIGH SPEED DUAL PURPOSE BIKES
 KNOBS ARE AGGRESSIVE ENOUGH FOR OFF-ROAD TRACTION, BUT ADAPTED FOR SMOOTH STREET PERFORMANCE
 CARCASS IS REINFORCED FOR EXTENDED OFF-ROAD TOURING
 DOT CERTIFIED; R SPEED RATED
 KAROO-T VERSION; 80% ON/ 20% OFF
 TT DESIGNATES TUBE TYPE: TL – TUBELES
Metzeler TOURANCE

90/90-21
90/10
americanmototire
$103.83
90% ON ROAD/ 10% OFF-ROAD
 LETS YOU TAKE YOUR TOURING CONFIGURED ENDURO BIKE FOR LONGER RIDES
 RADIAL TIRES FEATURE TWIN LAYER, 4 PLY DIAGONAL TIRE CARCASS CONSTRUCTION
 RADIAL FRONT AND REAR TIRES FEATURE METZELER’S 0 DEGREE STEEL BELT TECHNOLOGY
 TIRE COMPOUND PROVIDES LONG MILEAGE, STABLE HANDLING, AND TOURING COMFORT ON ROAD; TREAD DESIGN ALSO HANDLES LIGHT OFF-ROAD RIDING
 OPTIMIZED TREAD DESIGN REDUCES ROLLING NOISE
 OEM FOR APRILIA CAPO NORD, BMW R1100/1150/1200 GS, TRIUMPH TIGER
 TUBELESS
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FRONT Dual Sport 90/90-21 Chart part 3 of 3

Michelin Anakee

90/90R-21
90/10
Bikebandit
Tiresunlimited

$107.95
$112.63

he Michelin Anakee is the ideal companion for big-bore adventure touring bikes. With its large tread blocks, the Anakee exhibits extraordinary road manners thanks to its silica-charged tread compound and reinforced carcass construction. Its stability and control on dirt roads is just as impressive. With the Anakee, Michelin has pushed back the horizon for adventurers.
Michelin Sirac

90/90R-21
80/20?
Tiresunlimited
$99.08
For Medium-Size Adventure Tourers

Excellent price/quality ratio

Longevity and versatility

Pirelli MT 21 Ralley Cross
90/90R-21
10/90

americanmototire
$54.64

*90% OFF 10% 0N
*PROVIDES EXCELLENT OFF-ROAD PERFORMANCE, EVEN OVER LONG DISTANCES
*THE BEST SELLING DUAL SPORT TIRE IN THE USA
*DESIGNED MAINLY FOR OFF ROAD USE
*STIFF CARCASS FOR HIGH STABILITY AND CORNERING PRECISION
*TREAD OPTIMIZED FOR USAGE IN DIRT AND GRAVEL ROADS, CROSS-COUNTRY RACING, AND DESERT TOURS
*DOT APPROVED
Pirelli MT60 Dual sport
90/90-21
60/40
motorcycle-superstore
$116
  • 60% on road and 40% off road
  • V-rated Corsa radial with maximum grip tread
  • Superb cornering and straight-line stability; exceptional wet-weather performance
  • Excellent traction, on and off road; combines light, responsive handling
  • Designed for machines like the KTM Duke
  • This tire is part of a matching set, see the M 60-R Dual Sport Rear Tire

Pirelli MT70
90/90-21
70/20


Dual purpose tread pattern BEST FOR OFF-ROAD USAGE BUT STILL WITH ROAD PERFORMANCE.

• KNOBBY TREAD PATTERN with transversal grooves decreasing towards the shoulder to have continues contact with the ground and ptimized traction an all surfaces, also at lean angle.

• LARGE CENTRAL BLOCKS for straight stability, good street performance and superior water dispersion.

Pirelli MT90
90/90S21
90/90H21
90/90S21
80/20

70/30
Tiresunlimited
Tiresunlimited
americanmototire
$105.21
$107.19
$68.45
 70% ON – 30% OFF
 ALL TERRAIN TREAD PATTERN WITH LARGE CENTRAL KNOBS FOR STRAIGHT LINE STABILITY
 GENERAL V SHAPED ORIENTATION FOR ADHERENCE IN TRACTION AND BRAKING
 SUPERB WET/DRY GRIP DUE TO NEW SILICA TREAD COMPOUND
 DOT APPROVED: S RATED FOR SPEEDS UP TO 113 MPH OR V RATED FOR SPEEDS UP TO 149 MPH
 TT = TUBE TYPE – TL = TUBELESS














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Rear Dual Sport tires 140/80-18 to 150/70-18 Part 1 of 2

REAR Dual Sport 18 rims
KTM 950 150/70R18 stock size


Tyre Name
Size
%Street
/%Dirt
Store
Price
Description
Bridgestone ED668 ENDURO
140/80-18
80/20
americanmototire
Tiresunlimited

$63.62
$69.93
 DOT/FIM APPROVED
 80% OFF 20%ON ROAD USE
 TUBE TYPE APPLICATION
Bridgestone ED660
140/80-18
70/30


ED661/660 series is the latest FIM-legal enduro tires by Bridgestone which provide strong traction
and controllability. Selected as the original equipment tires on prestigious KTM enduro motorcycles,
ED661/660 series has contributed to win championships in many enduro races worldwide,
most notably the World Grand Prix day enduro series with KTM factory-backed teams and riders.

Continental TKC80
Continental Twinduro

KTM 950 Authorization tire
140/80-18
140/80-18 (TT)
150/70B18


150/70B18 M/C 70Q TT M+S
40/60


Tiresunlimited
Tireexpress
Tiresunlimited


americanmototire
$121.51
$84.65
$140.19


$138.43
  • Internationally tested rally tyre
  • High levels of grip when used on or off-road
  • High cornering stability on soft terrain, with very good self-cleaning properties
  • Long service life
Dunlop D907
140/80-18
10/90?
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$87.01
  • The D907 is an enduro/dual-sport tire that is street-legal.
  • Approved for competition by the FIM.
  • Heavy-duty construction designed to withstand the punishing demands of off-road riding
Dunlop D908 Rally Raid (Enduro)
140/80-18 BW
40/60 Tiresunlimited
americanmototire
$121.51
$98.13
Developed in Europe for rally racing; such as the famous Paris-Dakar Rally; the Dunlop D908 Rally Raid performs. Street-legal with an mphasis on aggressive desert/enduro off-road riding.
Kenda K778
140/80-18
10/90
Tiresunlimited
americanmototire
$64.48
$69.19
DOT approved front tire designed for FIM Enduro and Dual Sport 80% dirt / 20% road (K776) or 90% dirt / 10% road (K777 & K778) [IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/Marty/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/msohtml1/09/clip_image001.gif[/IMG]Unique directional tread pattern designed to meet the needs of intermediate to soft terrain [IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/Marty/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/msohtml1/09/clip_image001.gif[/IMG]Bead rim saver reduces lower sidewall flex and protects from rim damage [IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/Marty/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/msohtml1/09/clip_image001.gif[/IMG]Durable casing and tread compound for long range riding
Maxxis M6006
140/80-18
50/50
Tiresunlimited
$67.97
The M6006 offers superior performance on and off-road. A unique directional tread pattern delivers a smooth ride on level terrain, while a lower knob ratio enhances traction for off-road applications.
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Rear Dual Sport tires 140/80-18 to 150/70-18 Part 2 of 2

Metzeler Enduro 3 Sahara

Rear 140/80S18 TT
Rear 140/80R18 TT
Rear 140/80H18 TT

50/50
Tiresunlimited
Tiresunlimited
americanmototire
$133.03
$149.49
$112.63
Enduro tyre with very good on-road performance dedicated to the globetrotters always
looking for fun riding no matter what the terrain is

* Dedicated tread compound perfectly combining safe on-road cornering grip and good off-road traction
* Tread pattern geometry designed for fast self-cleaning: stable and precise trajectories without skidding also on soft, muddy terrains
* Great handling with easy corner entry, stable cornering and high safety margins when riding at the limit


 DUAL SPORT DOT 50% ON / 50% OFF
 DEVELOPED WITH BMW FOR USE ON THE R100 GS
 EXCELLENT OFF ROAD TRACTION PLUS SUPERB TRACKING AND HANDLING FOR THE HIGHWAY
 DOT CERTIFIED
 OEM FOR BMW HP2
 TUBE TYPE UNLESS SPECIFIED
Metzeler MCE Karoo T
140/70Q18


20/80
americanmototire
$130.13
Knobby tyre for high performing enduro bikes designed to satisfy both the most
demanding Travellers needs highlighting a strong off-road appeal

* Dedicated geometry and distribution of knobs perfectly combining reduced noise and enhanced braking stability especially with ABS braking systems
* Larger size and reduced height of knobs developed for higher traction and improved high speed resistance and mileage
* Top performance on-road: outstanding handling perfectly combined with a great cornering stability at all lean angles

Metzeler MCE Karoo


KTM 950 Authorization tire
140/80R18
150/70R18
150/70R18

150/70 - 18 M/C 70 R M+S
10/90
Tiresunlimited
Tiresunlimited
americanmototire
$70.65
$157.80
$136
· 90% OFF ROAD; 10% ON
· DESIGNED FOR LARGE DISPLACEMENT, HEAVY, HIGH SPEED DUAL PURPOSE BIKES
· KNOBS ARE AGGRESSIVE ENOUGH FOR OFF-ROAD TRACTION, BUT ADAPTED FOR SMOOTH STREET PERFORMANCE
· CARCASS IS REINFORCED FOR EXTENDED OFF-ROAD TOURING
· DOT CERTIFIED; R SPEED RATED
· KAROO-T VERSION; 80% ON/ 20% OFF
· TT DESIGNATES TUBE TYPE: TL - TUBELESS
Pirelli MT90 SCORPION A/T



KTM 950 Authorization tire



150/70R18
150/70R18
150/70R18
150/70R18

150/70 - 18 M/C 70 V


80/20
70/30
70/30
Tiresunlimited
americanmototire
Motorcycle-superstore
CycleGear
$117.00
$99.06
$100
$96.99
 70% ON - 30% OFF
 ALL TERRAIN TREAD PATTERN WITH LARGE CENTRAL KNOBS FOR STRAIGHT LINE STABILITY
 GENERAL V SHAPED ORIENTATION FOR ADHERENCE IN TRACTION AND BRAKING
 SUPERB WET/DRY GRIP DUE TO NEW SILICA TREAD COMPOUND
 DOT APPROVED: S RATED FOR SPEEDS UP TO 113 MPH OR V RATED FOR SPEEDS UP TO 149 MPH
Pirelli MT 21 Ralley Cross
140/80-18
10/90
americanmototire
$61.67
 90% OFF 10% 0N
 PROVIDES EXCELLENT OFF-ROAD PERFORMANCE, EVEN OVER LONG DISTANCES
 THE BEST SELLING DUAL SPORT TIRE IN THE USA
 DESIGNED MAINLY FOR OFF ROAD USE
 STIFF CARCASS FOR HIGH STABILITY AND CORNERING PRECISION
 TREAD OPTIMIZED FOR USAGE IN DIRT AND GRAVEL ROADS, CROSS-COUNTRY RACING, AND DESERT TOURS
 DOT APPROVED
140/80-18
10/90?
Tiresunlimited

$69.86

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Old 11-23-2007, 05:58 PM   #10
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Duro 904

"I created a chart of all the Front and Rear tires that may fit a KTM950. Could not put all the text in one listing due to being too long.

If a tire is missing or does not fit this bike let me know.

Thanks
Marty"


Hi KTMarty,
Terrific info, thanks. I'd like to hear more about the HF-904 either the 4.10-18 or preferable, the 4.60-18. I did learn that Duro is manufactured by a company that partners to manufacture Dunlap also.
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Old 02-24-2008, 08:59 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by KTMarty
Man those are cheap. Dennis Kirk only has Rear in size 4.10S-18 with a Load rating of 535lbs, looks like Duro does make a 460-18 with Load rating 615lbs which might work for a 950 with gear. Anyone else tried these?
Contrary to those who haven't tried them, but think they know better, I seem to have done well with the Duros. I've used them for about 25,000+ miles of both hard asphalt play (riding with the supermoto guys and holding my own) along with the dirt and gravel back roads. I replace them at around 4000 miles, with about 1/2" tread left. The back gets a bit flat centered and the front is checked pretty good due to the heavy braking, making traction in gravel and transitions into turns a bit wonky.

For my use they stick very well. I've not slid the rear tire in a corner on decent pavement at all. I have touched down the toe of my boot occasionally too. I have no problem running with about anything in the corners. When we traded bikes one afternoon, my Aprilia 550SM riding buddy commented, "I don't know how you go so fast on this (KLX678)." All I could say is 40,000 miles in the saddle and high corner speed. And you don't get that from junk tires. That comment from him was huge, he's got some very good riding and racing background.

I will say they are questionable for a rider that wants to do serious woods riding unless the trails have very little mud or slippery conditions. I've done some trails,including one really greasy clay haul road and survived, but would prefer a knobbie and a lighter bike myself. The Duros will handle groomed trail riding though. We spent a day riding Ohio SR555 and 78 to Nelsonville to ride in the Wayne National Forest. We did fine on all counts, but didn't try the really harder challenging trails. Again bike too big for me in that situation and no knobbies - I'm not stupid.

I will also let you know that is riding light on a 650 single, our camping gear consists of a backpack and a creditcard. I can not speak for full loaded riding. I'll let that for others.

From my experience and some feedback from others, I recommend these tires as good ones to try out. The price is simply the icing on the cake. I bought them when I couldn't really afford anything more expensive. I had looked at them, but didn't buy until it was financially necessary. Now it isn't, but I still buy them. I am that impressed with how they worked for me. They may or may not work well for you or any others, but they are worth a trial. You might find they meet your needs.
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Old 02-26-2008, 02:44 AM   #12
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