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Old 02-21-2013, 09:26 AM   #33286
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...I still think the 120/90-18 D606 is the best rear tire for this bike. Lasts forever, good traction on every kind of surface, and decently priced...
One other thing about the D606 rear--it's relatively easy to change on the trail. Got my first out-in-the-wilds flat, and the tire spooned on and off quickly. I was pleasantly surprised.
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:31 AM   #33287
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Thanks for the further info guys. D606 rear it is going to be. Hopefully it wil wear well with 250 miles/week commuting to work, but still have some good grip for the sand/trail playing on the weekends.

The dedicated woods bike is the KTM 300 EXC....but being a KTM, it is broke half the time....like now.
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:16 AM   #33288
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An MT21. I think I like it--hell, it's lasted more than 5000 miles and never gave me a problem with traction. But it gave me the willies with its bizarre wear pattern:

That wear pattern is identical to what I experienced on my MT21. It was on my KLR250 until it looked too creepy. I then replaced it with a T63.

I had assumed the weird wear was from running it nearly flat for about 1000 miles. The T63 has a direction of rotation arrow. Is it possible the MT21 is sensative to direction and just not clearly labled?
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:21 AM   #33289
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One other thing about the D606 rear--it's relatively easy to change on the trail. Got my first out-in-the-wilds flat, and the tire spooned on and off quickly. I was pleasantly surprised.
The T63, at least up font, is really hard to change. It might be easier to disassemble the bike, pack it out and reassemble it at a shop.
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:35 AM   #33290
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The T63, at least up font, is really hard to change. It might be easier to disassemble the bike, pack it out and reassemble it at a shop.
I run T63's f/r. Very good in sand and mud. Seem pretty quiet. Mine spooned on very easy as they are a pretty soft tire. The rear is toast at 3k miles. Well, I could probably get a few hundred more if I had to.

I wanted to try a 606, but I didn't want to deal with the larger diameter impact on chain length and gearing.
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:36 AM   #33291
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Anyone else find the d606 front to howl at speed down the highway? Its easily the loudest tire I've ever ridden.
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:39 AM   #33292
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Anyone else find the d606 front to howl at speed down the highway? Its easily the loudest tire I've ever ridden.
Yes I do. One of the reasons I use MT21 fronts.
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:45 AM   #33293
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Mine spooned on very easy as they are a pretty soft tire.
Well I guess some folks are better at spooning than others.
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:02 PM   #33294
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Do people actually use 90/10's on their WR who ride a lot of street? I'm just afraid if I put a D606 on, that after driving 90 miles out to the mountains to ride, then back, that my tire will be destroyed in no time. Thoughts?
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:08 PM   #33295
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Do people actually use 90/10's on their WR who ride a lot of street? I'm just afraid if I put a D606 on, that after driving 90 miles out to the mountains to ride, then back, that my tire will be destroyed in no time. Thoughts?
I would not call the D606 a 90/10 tire. I'd call it a large knobbie 50/50 DS tire. Read more of the thread..many many people love the mileage they get out of the D606. My Pirelli XCMH's..now they are a true 90/10 tire.

Since I am gonna do more street, I am going D606. YMMV
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:24 PM   #33296
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I ran the Mitas E-07 tire last year and loved it. I got 14000kms on it before I took it off and it still has some life left in it. It isn't what I'd call real good for the nasty stuff but it does hold its own. It does an excellent job on fire roads or pavement. I removed it come the last fall early winter for a true knobbie but will put it back on again last spring once things dry up a bit and aren't as slimey.
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:53 PM   #33297
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I'll be due for new tires in a 1000 miles or so and have yet to run the same tire twice.

After wearing out the stock Trailwings (undeserved poor reputation IMHO), I went with MT21 front and D606 rear. The D606 has been my favorite tire to date. The front MT21 gave the same weird every-other knob tread wear pattern as pictured on the previous page. It was otherwise unremarkable and I don't get why they're so popular. I too reverse-rotated it to get the last life out of it, but was happy to toss it in favor of the next set.

The next and current set are Michelin T63. I was underwhelmed by the look of these (maybe because of the stock rear size), but they have far exceeded my expectations. They wear well and evenly, are quiet for knobby, give decent traction in the dirt. They don't grip as well as the D606 in the dirt but they let go in a very predictable manner, making "power slides" possible. They are a great 50/50 tire, which is exactly what I need.

I toy with the idea of mounting at least a rear MT43 (DOT Trials tread). It would no doubt be awesome in the dirt, but I do plenty of street and highway riding, where I'm afraid it would be less awesome. Also, I believe the stock size tire handles best in terms of weight and chassis geometry. I can still easily live with the slightly larger D606,. but the MT43 is pushing it.

My next set will probably be D606 front and rear. I ride a lot of hard (surface) and rocky terrain and am comforted by stiff tirewall carcass. Besides, I really like the knobby look, and if we're being honest, looks are the most important criteria. Seriously though, I wouldn't hesitate to get another set of T63 if I could bear to do the same thing twice in a row.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:41 PM   #33298
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I would not call the D606 a 90/10 tire. I'd call it a large knobbie 50/50 DS tire. Read more of the thread..many many people love the mileage they get out of the D606.

That was my conclusion as well. I ordered a set today.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:47 PM   #33299
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Good to know. Would it be crazy for me to run a d606 up front and a d605 in the back? The one in the rear is brand new almost so I'm not going to take it off, but I still have the original front on there which is almost dead.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:48 PM   #33300
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Hey guys, I found what might be a rockin' deal on a 2008 wr250r. Are there any major differences between the 2008-2012 models? I read there haven't been any real changes suspension or engine wise, but wanted to know from some owners in case I haven't found all the info. Thanks for the help.
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