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Old 04-22-2013, 01:00 PM   #1
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dirt friendly tire selection

I'm used to pure offroad, and run desert non DOT knobbies. I can destroy a rear tire in 2 decent multi-day trips. I'm doing more adv style rides and want to consider a more DS type tire, with adequate dirt manners. (KTM rfs)

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Old 04-22-2013, 01:03 PM   #2
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Orange Crush is mostly LC8 guys.

RFS are in the Thumpers section.

On the 950/990, ADV tires of choice are most likely Heidenau K60, Mefo Explorer or D908RR
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:03 PM   #3
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Pirelli MT43 Trials tire. DOT approved and very durable. Very little compermise over a knobbie. Only rear tire I ever run on my 450EXC. I have a second set of wheels with knobbies that NEVER get used.
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:53 AM   #4
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On my DR350 the MT21's were Magic. (Pacific NW terrain)

But the DR did not ever see the freeway...

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Old 04-23-2013, 10:56 AM   #5
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Tire is for a Thumper: Moved to Thumpers

I personally have had the best luck with Dunlop D606's.

Good grip on street and dirt, able to take long stretches of high speed asphalt, load rating is more than enough for a thumper loaded with camping gear, last longer than most dual sport oriented tires.
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:11 AM   #6
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Perelli MT43 w/ tubliss. Run it as low as 10psi, superb traction, very little deflection from rocks. Last years so I'm told.

This will be my next setup.
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:55 PM   #7
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Tire is for a Thumper: Moved to Thumpers

I personally have had the best luck with Dunlop D606's.

Good grip on street and dirt, able to take long stretches of high speed asphalt, load rating is more than enough for a thumper loaded with camping gear, last longer than most dual sport oriented tires.
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Love them. Currently on my 08 KLR. scrape the pegs on the asphalt on the way to go rooster some mud & gravel.
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:36 PM   #8
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I'm used to pure offroad, and run desert non DOT knobbies. I can destroy a rear tire in 2 decent multi-day trips. I'm doing more adv style rides and want to consider a more DS type tire, with adequate dirt manners. (KTM rfs)

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If you're just doing weekend rides then lots of choices could work. I love my Trials rear tire on my WR250F, but I fear high speed pavement sections would toast it with the HP of your RFS KTM. In slow, Steep, rocky, technical riding, Trials tires rock ... and wear incredibly well too! (TWO SEASONS!)

If you were doing truly long rides, packed up with gear and including lots of high speed pavement in the run, I'd go with Crashmaster's "Mullet" combo idea: Knobby of choice up front with a hard wearing 50/50 on the rear. (Mefo, Heidenau).

Really depends of terrain, load, pace and length of your ride.
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:31 PM   #9
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I had Shinko SR241 trials tires front and rear on my last bike and loved them. The grip on the street is super bike impressive and they do great off road too.
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:33 PM   #10
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repeat thread?

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=881116
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:50 PM   #11
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Tires $.02

For a rear tire, I like the Mefo super explorer (way better than the regular explorer IMHO). They are very similar to the Hiedenau K60's which are also a good choice. The super explorers seem to wear longer for me than the K60's. Word on the street is some sizes of K60's wear longer than others. Also the K60 tread pattern varies according to the tire size. For the front, I like TKC 80 or D606: TKC lasts longer, but not as aggressive. Good luck with your search.

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Old 04-23-2013, 07:02 PM   #12
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I personally have had the best luck with Dunlop D606's.

Good grip on street and dirt, able to take long stretches of high speed asphalt,



Maxxis IT desert tires last longer and get better traction everywhere.

I have never done more than 20 miles at a time on pavement with a maxxis tire. I have been told that the 606 will last longer on pavement.
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:16 PM   #13
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Tire is for a Thumper: Moved to Thumpers

I personally have had the best luck with Dunlop D606's.

Good grip on street and dirt, able to take long stretches of high speed asphalt, load rating is more than enough for a thumper loaded with camping gear, last longer than most dual sport oriented tires.
For the dirtier end of the spectrum . For the paved end of the spectrum I like TKC80s.
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Old 04-24-2013, 04:42 AM   #14
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another vote for mt43. i have one on my rfs
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:43 AM   #15
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