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Old 11-04-2012, 03:39 PM   #1
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Wink Using one off-road tyre is worst than none?

If I put a metzeller karoo on the rear wheel and keep the bridgestone on the front, am I doing something stupid?
A friend of mine said yes. What do you think folks?
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:47 PM   #2
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I've ridden a Dual sport with a knobby on the rear and a "street" tire on the front. Hated it. If I have to have less traction on one end, I'd rather it be the front. BUT, I'd never run a knobby/street tire mix. It's the worst of both worlds.
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:50 PM   #3
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If your going to mix, put a knobby on the front. I've been happy with a 606 on the front and a Heidenau on the rear.

A street tire on the front and a knob on the rear is going to be unhappy. At least off road. Maybe it's the way to go on road.


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Old 11-04-2012, 04:20 PM   #4
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I often run a knob on the front and a DS tire on the rear. I don't ride hard onroad. I push my comfort zone on dirt instead. This combo works better than DS tires front and rear, IMO. DOT knobs on both ends would be fine if you ride like I do (easy onroad, push it on dirt), but you'll wear out most rear knobs FAST onroad.

Riding easy onroad, I don't worry about traction. In the dirt, the back end tends to break loose first, but the front is pretty planted/controllable, which is as it should be.
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:51 PM   #5
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I run a Knob on the front and 80/20 on the rear and it works well. It keeps the front more stable on the dirt and wears at about the same rate as the rear. Running a straight knobby on the rear is great but only lasts about 2k (that's a weeks riding).

This way the rear slips about a bit on the dirt but the bike still handles well, kind of a point and shoot sort of thing
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:23 PM   #6
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Hah! I haven't rode it yet but I have the opposite going on. A120/70/17 Avon rain front and a 120/60?/18 d606 on the rear is what my bike has on it currently. I was going to ride it like that just to see how it works. I think it might be fun. I plan on hitting my usual parking lot circuits to test it out.

Switching from dirt to supermoto and that's as far as I got today. Need to switch exhaust cand before the 160/60/17 will fit without rubbing.
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:59 PM   #7
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If I put a metzeller karoo on the rear wheel and keep the bridgestone on the front, am I doing something stupid?
A friend of mine said yes. What do you think folks?

Would you rather loose the front or the back in the dirt?
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:14 AM   #8
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I had a Pirelli scorpion front and a Mefo se back, it wasn't too bad, ideally should have been the other way. The Pirelli had lot of tread left so it stayed on.
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Old 11-05-2012, 02:45 AM   #9
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Not using a tire makes it difficult to get into trouble, so maybe.
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Old 11-05-2012, 03:10 AM   #10
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I meant to say "If I have to have less traction on one end, I'd rather it be the REAR."

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I've ridden a Dual sport with a knobby on the rear and a "street" tire on the front. Hated it. If I have to have less traction on one end, I'd rather it be the front. BUT, I'd never run a knobby/street tire mix. It's the worst of both worlds.
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Old 11-05-2012, 03:04 PM   #11
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I had good luck with a 50/50 rear and 80/20 front in slick mud on the Dempster (in Alaska). It let me go fast as long as I didn't need to change direction.
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:38 PM   #12
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I will stick with my Mefo Explorers and have the best of both worlds.
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:25 PM   #13
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Doing anything off-road, the front is more important. Let the air down on a street tire on the rear and you're OK.

Put the dual-sport/off-road tire on the front.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:38 PM   #14
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Would you rather loose the front or the back in the dirt?
Definitely don't want to lose the front. That's called a low side. It's hard on the paint and gets your riding gear dirty.


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