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Old 01-30-2015, 06:49 AM   #1
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KTM 500EXC - Tire Suggestions

Just went through the stock tires which came with my new 2014 500 EXC and needing some recommendations for new wheels. I ride mostly desert single track (sand and rock) and some pavement to get me there. Very willing to spend up to nail down a great tire.
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Old 01-30-2015, 07:56 AM   #2
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My fav rear on my 530 is the motoz desert in the 110 size, works very good both on and off road for me.

Also is by far the longest lasting dot knobby I have found

hope that helps

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Old 01-30-2015, 09:35 AM   #3
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I have a 2014 500EXC and I would not recommend a set of Dunlop D606's. Rear is wearing extremely fast for 10% road 90% desert riding, although not as fast as the stock Maxxis rear, and the front is super unpredictable in the dirt. Nothing like turning to avoid a bush at speed and having the front end step away from you to suddenly find traction out of nowhere. Had to stop and check myself afterwards on a couple of occasions.
I prefer running an MT43 trials rear for the majority of riding I do, other than desert. The D606 rear is decent and better than the trials tire in the desert but faster wearing than the trials tire for sure. Whatever you do, I suggest finding the most aggressive front knobby you can.
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Old 01-30-2015, 07:39 PM   #4
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Old 01-30-2015, 07:45 PM   #5
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The Kenda Trakmaster rear works well for desert type stuff, I just put on a Pirelli XCMH on the rear for a comparison.
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Old 01-30-2015, 10:07 PM   #6
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Anyone use Heidi's?
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