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Old 03-25-2009, 11:51 PM   #1
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Michelin AC-10 Enduro Tire (w/pics!)

Looking to hear some feedback on these tires. I am considering putting a set on my X-Challenge. I have read some great reviews around the net, but want to get a little more dual sport specific.

Any real world reviews from my fellow inmates would be great!



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Old 03-26-2009, 03:09 AM   #2
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it's a road legal MX tire. Expect good offroad performance, but the wear, hmmm, depends on the terrain.

I liked them on my DR650 if that matters.

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Old 03-26-2009, 04:38 AM   #3
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Wont last too well if your on Tarmac but a great tire and surprising how well it handles on road, but its noisy and lumpy. Off road however I find it an excellant tire
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Old 03-26-2009, 04:43 AM   #4
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Been using one on the front of my TTR600 for about 1200km (60% dirt) now and it still looks new. Bloody fantastic in the dirt , squirmish on tar but like ice skating in the wet (Faaarken scary).
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Old 03-26-2009, 08:03 AM   #5
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Tried a rear on my DRZ for a rallymoto event, better in mud than the MT-21 I normally run, but slightly worse on hard pack/gravel and tarmac (just not quite as stable IMO).
Lasted about the same as the Pirelli about 2000 miles or so.
I went back to an MT-21.

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Old 03-26-2009, 08:43 AM   #6
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Great responses so far!

Maxcool, have you ever ran one on you XC? I just wonder how it will hold up to the big bike torque.

Rallydrz, how did the AC10 compare with the MT21 in the softer dirt/sandy conditions?

Does anyone else have any fire-road experience?

Thanks!
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Old 03-26-2009, 08:54 AM   #7
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Have you run a 120 on the rear of the XC yet?
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Old 03-26-2009, 08:57 AM   #8
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They are a decent tyre but the front i reckon is too narrow for a big bore.
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Old 03-26-2009, 09:15 AM   #9
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Have you run a 120 on the rear of the XC yet?
+1...would love to get some feedback on this one.
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Old 03-26-2009, 09:30 AM   #10
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That 120 is just as wide as most 130 tires. It's no problem.
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Old 03-26-2009, 09:49 AM   #11
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That 120 is just as wide as most 130 tires. It's no problem.
Alright, what about the front tire? It does look a little narrow...
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Old 03-26-2009, 09:53 AM   #12
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Can you see that from a picture? I mean, there isn't much difference anyway between most 21" front tires. It will fit I'm sure.
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Old 03-26-2009, 11:02 AM   #13
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Can you see that from a picture? I mean, there isn't much difference anyway between most 21" front tires. It will fit I'm sure.
Great. I will mount a set for my POZO, CA ride this April. I'll post some pics and a review when I get back.
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Old 03-27-2009, 12:27 AM   #14
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I've been running one of these on the back of my DR350 for about 3000km's. To be honest, I really haven't run the whole gambit of other tried and true dualsport tires like most members here have. I'm cheap and buy what's on sale. This tire in a 110/100/18 was reasonably priced and DOT approved so I got it. Offroad, it was a HUGE step up from the Chen Shin 858 that I bought my bike with. It is better than the Maxxis M6006 that I have on my other wheelset as well and seems to be lasting about the same. It has served me well in the loose and muddy conditions as well as the hardpacked ones. On the street, as others have said, it can be a bit scary in the wet. I've gotten used to it and ride accordingly. I haven't had a problems leaning it way over in the dry though. It feels predictable and really not all that squirmy to me. Could be because it's on a low-powered and relatively light bike. It does have a good howl to it on the highway, but at those speeds, my WR exhaust pretty much drowns it out. For the price I paid, I'd gladly get another one for mostly off-road use. As it is, mine has seen about 80% pavement use and is worn accordingly. Here's an attached pic of it during an 800km all pavement ride. I'm guessing I could get about 4500km out of it if I run it bald. It's also speed rated to 130kph if that matters to you (My little DR rarely goes that fast)
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Rallydrz, how did the AC10 compare with the MT21 in the softer dirt/sandy conditions?

Does anyone else have any fire-road experience?

Thanks!
No experience in sand, the AC10 might have been slightly better in the soft stuff, not a drastic difference though. I mostly ride high'ish speed FS roads...
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