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Old 03-05-2015, 05:45 AM   #1
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KTM 690R Tire Thread

Where is the KTM 690R Tire Thread??

I'm planning a trip covering approx 2500 miles, or more, still planning.
Terrain is looking like 90% dirt covering just about everything, flat, hills, mountains, sand, hard pack, ROCKS with some really tuff off road sections thrown in. I currently have the Pirelli Sorpion MT 90/AT tires, great for where I ride around home, but pretty sure they are too street for this adventure.

I need some input on a DOT DIRT tire that could possibly last me the entire trip, or at least 1500 miles or more before I have to change them out?
I know, I know there is not a perfect tire, but just wanting to hear from EXPERIENCE what has worked for riding in similar conditions..

Mucho Gracious!
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Old 03-05-2015, 07:51 AM   #2
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continental tkc 80;s best for dirt,not bad on pavement.
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Old 03-05-2015, 08:17 AM   #3
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continental tkc 80;s best for dirt,not bad on pavement.
Not even close.

The Dunlop 908r is the absolute best long range, best traction and the best period. The only place is not awesome is on wet slab. Then its ok.

Second best is the Motoz Tractionator Desert, in the soft stuff, it rocks!

Third would be the Mefo SE, great on road and really good everywhere else.

These are all rears. Front= Either the Dunlop mx71 or I really like the MT21.
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Old 03-05-2015, 08:56 AM   #5
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I ran the MT21 on my XR650R and keep them on the 690 because they are acceptable in mud, quite manageable in deep sand and maintain my confidence on wet slab. I don't mind falling in mud or sand but if I'm on slab, it usually means I'm going 60+ and then I do mind. I've put 1600 mi. on current set 60/40-pave/dirt and figure about 500 mi left with good margin.
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Old 03-05-2015, 09:13 AM   #6
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Old 03-05-2015, 09:55 AM   #7
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no maxxis desert IT ?......
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Old 03-05-2015, 04:43 PM   #8
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Maxxis is DOT?

Like Big E said the 908 is king, but dayum expensive. The 130 sized 606 could make it if you didn't abuse it too bad. The MEFO explorer does surprisingly well off road & awesome on the pavement.
& I agree with Big E on the Pirelli MT21 or possibly the Scorpion XC for the front
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Old 03-05-2015, 09:19 PM   #9
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The MT21 is ok on front. It will give you a lot of warning on pavement. But, after a little wear, those grooves in the knobs disappear and it gets very slick off-road. I used a tread doctor tire groover to restore them, and it worked. Nice and cheap.

The TKC-80 is a much better front tire. Sticks great on pavement. Keeps sharp edges and works good enough off road. Knobs are close together, so deep mud is so-so. Lasts good on pavement if you keep the air up, otherwise it will cup quickly from braking. Longest wearing knob I've tried for the front.

The Dunlop 606 is a great off-road tire. SUCKS on pavement. Scary, squirmy, doesn't last long. Never a fan of Dunlop.

The TKC-80, Dunlop, any knobby tire won't last long on the rear. They'll usually go at least 2000 miles to bald though.

The MEFO is a good long lasting rear tire, but not cheap. Good enough traction. Good combo with the TKC-80 on the front.

I typically run a Pirelli Scorp on the rear. It lasts about 4000 miles, gets good enough traction except in mud. I wouldn't run it for any single track except the most easy.

Don't fret about tires... You'll get to eventually sample them all.
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Old 03-05-2015, 11:47 PM   #10
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Not even close.

The Dunlop 908r is the absolute best long range, best traction and the best period. The only place is not awesome is on wet slab. Then its ok.

Second best is the Motoz Tractionator Desert, in the soft stuff, it rocks!

Third would be the Mefo SE, great on road and really good everywhere else.

These are all rears. Front= Either the Dunlop mx71 or I really like the MT21.
Well said!
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