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Old 07-24-2012, 09:12 AM   #1
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Question 950 Adventure Front Tire Question

I am finally getting around to installing a knobbie front tire on my '05 950 Adventure for the first time. Since the front fender has NOT been raised, is there a clearance issue with any particular brand of front knobbie?

Although I am sure that this topic has been beat to death, indulge me to ask one more question. Is there any general consensus on which front knobbie works best on the 950 Adventure on loose gravel & sandy road surfaces? (Not talking deep sand nor serious single-track riding).

Thank you kindly.
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Old 07-24-2012, 10:10 AM   #2
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Avoid aggressively spiked ice tires. I know of no front knobby with clearance issues...there might be some spiky sand tire that causes an issue but it is not likely you will be running those. Your bigger problem will be if you are riding in muddy areas...those low fenders like to fill up with mud and diminish the ability for wheels to turn.
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Old 07-24-2012, 02:13 PM   #3
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Avoid aggressively spiked ice tires. I know of no front knobby with clearance issues...there might be some spiky sand tire that causes an issue but it is not likely you will be running those. Your bigger problem will be if you are riding in muddy areas...those low fenders like to fill up with mud and diminish the ability for wheels to turn.
Thanks, Seth. Here on the high desert of central Oregon we don't even know what mud is.

Now I just have to decide on which tire.....
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Old 07-24-2012, 06:38 PM   #4
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I use the TKC, and find it to be very good offroad, and good on. I have 8K and its almost done. BTW I never air down when offroad. Will order another, w/ either Mefo or Hend rear.
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Old 07-24-2012, 06:52 PM   #5
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Thanks, Scott. The TKC is on my short list.
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Old 07-24-2012, 06:56 PM   #6
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I can show you lotsa mud in the high desert. I would be worried about tire clearance on gravel-dirt roads.
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Old 07-25-2012, 05:15 PM   #7
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I really like the Dunlop 606 or 908 front, they are pretty burly, I have experienced fewer pinch flats with these tires than any other. I usually get around around 3000K on them too, which is pretty good for these bikes.
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:18 PM   #8
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Michelin Desert or pirelli scorpion rallye. Both very similar in my book and have performed very well off road on my 950. I got over 8000 km on a desert front but it was totally shot before that - prolly 1500 km prior.
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Old 07-26-2012, 04:45 AM   #9
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I'm surprised no one suggested a Heidenau K60 front?
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Old 07-26-2012, 04:50 AM   #10
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You do not want to use this festering turd of a rim protector if you have a lot of rocks, the sidewall is as stiff as wet TP.
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Old 07-26-2012, 08:37 AM   #11
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You do not want to use this festering turd of a rim protector if you have a lot of rocks, the sidewall is as stiff as wet TP.
Ya, what he said..soft sidewalls are a No go on the 9x0
I am very happy with the MT 21 last longer than the 606 and also cost less. Im getting approx 3500 miles out of a front.
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Old 07-26-2012, 09:26 AM   #12
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I'm surprised no one suggested a Heidenau K60 front?
Probably because he said "knobby" which to me refers to something like an MT21, 606, or 908. Also, NOT a TKC, which is a 50/50 tire at best and not a true knobby compared to the above.

My preference is the Pirelli MT21 when we are talking about the 950.
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Old 07-26-2012, 10:24 PM   #13
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Been riding 606's for a few years, I have a 1000 miles on a MT21, I think I will stay with the MT21 its a good tire for the 950.
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:33 AM   #15
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Thank you, guys, for all the suggestions. Having used other Pirellis on other bike, I think that I will give the MT21 a chance. Thanks again.
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