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Old 04-13-2013, 02:35 PM   #13636
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I have a question, I'm looking for tires recommendations, what do you guys recommend for a new-to-dirt rider on a DRZ, that's probably going to see 80/20-70/30 dirt/street?

I have heard a lot of good things about the Pirelli XCMH front with a TM II rear, except I've seen some reports that the TM will wear out in as little as 900-1,000 miles.

I've had recommendations for the K270 as a good dual sport tire, but not sure if that was front and rear, or just rear?

What about D606's? TKC80's? Michelin Deserts? I never realized how many DOT dirt tires there were out there. I thought street tires were bad.

I am thinking I am going to lean more toward a tires that's good in the dirt, because I'm not, and if I can trade some traction for longer life/better street manners in the long run then I will. I'm just looking for a place to start. I used to run Dunlops on mt SM and Michelin on my GSXR for the track, but it seems like no one really recommends those brands for DS riding.

Thank you for your input, and sorry to ask it here, but I figured since I'm in Tucson, and will be riding in Tucson, I should ask Tucson riders what works best for our area.
No doubt - Pirelli MT 43 in the rear - I have tried most of the others but for off road traction it is tops - doesn't look cool without the big knobs - but out performs the poser tires - and is DOT approved with a 90 MPH rating - I am getting about 2500 miles out of the tire.

The front - I run the Pirelli MT 21 - not that much of a fan but it works.
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Old 04-13-2013, 03:15 PM   #13637
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Heideneau K60

I wonder if the Heideneau (sp) K60 comes in your size. They wear like iron and get ok dirt traction.

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I have a question, I'm looking for tires recommendations, what do you guys recommend for a new-to-dirt rider on a DRZ, that's probably going to see 80/20-70/30 dirt/street?

I have heard a lot of good things about the Pirelli XCMH front with a TM II rear, except I've seen some reports that the TM will wear out in as little as 900-1,000 miles.

I've had recommendations for the K270 as a good dual sport tire, but not sure if that was front and rear, or just rear?

What about D606's? TKC80's? Michelin Deserts? I never realized how many DOT dirt tires there were out there. I thought street tires were bad.

I am thinking I am going to lean more toward a tires that's good in the dirt, because I'm not, and if I can trade some traction for longer life/better street manners in the long run then I will. I'm just looking for a place to start. I used to run Dunlops on mt SM and Michelin on my GSXR for the track, but it seems like no one really recommends those brands for DS riding.

Thank you for your input, and sorry to ask it here, but I figured since I'm in Tucson, and will be riding in Tucson, I should ask Tucson riders what works best for our area.
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Old 04-13-2013, 03:17 PM   #13638
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Classic....what?

Sheez Emo, where do you find this stuff?

Don't answer that. I am sure knowing would scar me for life.

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Old 04-13-2013, 03:54 PM   #13639
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Sheez Emo, where do you find this stuff?

Don't answer that. I am sure knowing would scar me for life.
I can't embed this one but it's a little more G rated.

http://www.todaysbigfail.com/view/20...-bottle-rocket

Don't know why these other guys are trying to discuss motorcycle tires.
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Old 04-13-2013, 08:53 PM   #13640
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My recommendation for tires would have to be the Maxxis Desert IT's. Wear like iron, good traction in the dirt, don't howl like the d606 rear. Just my .02
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Old 04-13-2013, 09:34 PM   #13641
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PLANNING TO RIDE THE CORONADO TRAIL, AKA HWY 191, AKA THE DEVIL'S ROPE. Leaving Phx at 0400 heading for Eagar riding US60 east through Salt River Canyon, Show Low and into Eagar by 1000 hopefully. Then it is on to the Rope and into Morenci. Then back through Safford and on to Mesa. Somewhere along the way I will likely camp Sunday night.
So...Anyone feel like riding some slab? Should be epic scenery! OOPS DATES ARE 03/14-03/15
It's gonna be chilly up high. I've ridden it at the end of May and in early June.

I don't think I'd want to go before May 15th.
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:02 AM   #13642
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Dual Sport tires

I have had really good luck with the Kenda 270 series. Really good life and OK on the street. Just put a new Shinko (Korean) 700 series tire on the rear, after 5000 miles on a Kenda 270. On a short ride it seems OK but time will tell. The prices are good compared to the Dunlops, etc. As to the Heidenhaur, on my son's Super T, it went away after 1300 miles 50/50 Big Bend dirt and back to Austin on the rural roads. He liked the traction but was not happy with the life, or the cost.
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:07 AM   #13643
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:14 AM   #13644
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Question Guzzi Stelvio

Any body in the area have any comments on the Guzzi Stelvio? Renaissance Motors on Speedway has a new one available that I am interested in, but have no experience with the model or for that matter the manufacturer. Thanks for any comments.
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Old 04-14-2013, 11:53 AM   #13645
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Old 04-14-2013, 12:18 PM   #13646
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My recommendation for tires would have to be the Maxxis Desert IT's. Wear like iron, good traction in the dirt, don't howl like the d606 rear. Just my .02
I'll check those out, they look good.

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I wonder if the Heideneau (sp) K60 comes in your size. They wear like iron and get ok dirt traction.
Doesn't look like it, plus they're pricey.

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No doubt - Pirelli MT 43 in the rear - I have tried most of the others but for off road traction it is tops - doesn't look cool without the big knobs - but out performs the poser tires - and is DOT approved with a 90 MPH rating - I am getting about 2500 miles out of the tire.

The front - I run the Pirelli MT 21 - not that much of a fan but it works.
That is a unique looking tire. I'll have to check it out, but I admit, I might need to get a little poser action going, I like the look of the giant knobbies!

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I have had really good luck with the Kenda 270 series. Really good life and OK on the street. Just put a new Shinko (Korean) 700 series tire on the rear, after 5000 miles on a Kenda 270. On a short ride it seems OK but time will tell. The prices are good compared to the Dunlops, etc. As to the Heidenhaur, on my son's Super T, it went away after 1300 miles 50/50 Big Bend dirt and back to Austin on the rural roads. He liked the traction but was not happy with the life, or the cost.
5,000? Wow, that a lot of miles out of a rear tire. I'll keep those in mind, it would be nice to get that kind of life out of a tire without sacrificing too much dirt ability.
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Old 04-18-2013, 12:01 PM   #13647
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So today is the 3rd Thursday of the month...is anybody going to the Red Garter? Last time I went nobody showed up. I'll still be bikeless but will at least be able to talk about the bike I just bought that is still in California

Anybody planning to go to the Overland Expo this year? I'm sure goodtimes will be there, anyone else. If I get my bike in time I'll try to make it.

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Old 04-18-2013, 01:16 PM   #13648
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Old 04-18-2013, 01:21 PM   #13649
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I went with the Trackmasters, we'll see how they do, if they suck it was only $150.

I went on a little 100 mile ride yesterday, from Continental Ranch area up to Sasco Mine and back, mostly dirt roads, with a little two track thrown in for good measure. Here are a couple pics:





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Old 04-18-2013, 06:11 PM   #13650
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Better late than never, just got home. Headed to RG NOW
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