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Old 03-11-2011, 09:51 AM   #1
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Better off-road tires for Multistrada?

Hi all,

I just got a Multistrada 1200 and while I'm not going to be giving up my dirt bike any time soon (!) I would like to find better tires for it.

It's got the Pirelli Scorpion Trail on it right now and I'd prefer something like the Mefo. Does anyone know what decent dual-sport tires I might be able to find? The front tire on the Multi is 120/70 17'' and the rear is 190/55 17''.

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Old 03-11-2011, 12:26 PM   #2
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I think your only two options in the stock tire sizes are the Pirelli's and Dunlop 616's. Changing sizes opens up the options but also has some drawbacks.
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Old 03-11-2011, 12:52 PM   #3
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I think this subject has been discussed a million times!
[By everyone who buys a bike with a 17" front tire]
There are very limited options in that size for a "dual sport" tire.
I don't think you can even get a Tourance can you?
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Old 03-11-2011, 01:17 PM   #4
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The problem is the rear..... I have worn through the stock set in less than 4k..... I love the stock Pirelli's but I would like to get better mileage out of a $300+ set of tires...



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Old 03-11-2011, 02:14 PM   #5
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some folks run rears as front (I know the 705 thread has several posts on this). Also, there was one I saw, maybe a Tourance or something that had an oversized 17" front, (check my post on the Ducati forums for a link, search for 19" wheel or something like that). I don't think you could clear the front fender though without mods...

The rear is tough, another search on the duc forum for "off-road" should get some pics of a Multi 1200 wiht a knobby rear. I don't know what it is though. Stock rim is 6" wide, so a 150 would be absolute minimum in my book, and thinking a 170 or bigger would be better....

The 705s appear to have some new sizes coming out, but still nothing for the rear in dual sport...

So far I have been happy with mine, but mostly road miles.

Also find the Multi 1200 thread on here, there is a bunch of pictures of Altrider stuff, although I don't recall black on black.

If I hadn;'t spent $1400 at the DMV (tags for the bike, sales tax etc) today, I was planning on ordering up black for my bike and some other stuff...
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Old 03-11-2011, 02:24 PM   #6
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Here ya go.

Link to the Multi-off road thread
http://www.ducati.ms/forums/44-multi...i-offroad.html

Apparently a Continental TKC 80 150/17


Also, need a set of these, (as soon as I can find someone selling them, I am definitely buying these)

http://www.ducati.ms/forums/44-multi...ur-1200-a.html

If the 150 works, these look like a nice rear, wonder if this was the tire that was that right size for the front that I referenced? I don't like it now, bias ply.

http://www.michelinmotorcycle.com/in...?event=anakee2
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Old 03-11-2011, 07:37 PM   #7
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You're going to have to decide whether you want a longer lasting tire, or better off road tire, because it sounds like you're asking for both and that doesn't exist. The Pilot road 2 or 3's will last a bit longer, but at the sacrifice of off-road ability. You can go down to a 180 rear and go with Avon Pro Extreme Rain tire, which does well off-road, but will wear out in less than half the mileage. Other than that, you'll have to drop down to a 160 rear. Then there are numerous options, but you'll be making significant sacrifices.

I actually switched to the Scorpion Trails that you want away from, because I thought it was by far the best tire near that size. Of course, I'm getting over 11,000 miles out of my current set.
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Old 03-11-2011, 08:17 PM   #8
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I've had good luck with Avon Distanzias on my Uly. I run the 160 on the rear which is 180 stock/5.5" rim. No problems with the 160, great for mild dirt/gravel and tough as nails. Rocks and gravel around here are mostly granite shards.

Got a good 6k on the rear & the front should go another 6k before replacing the set. Most of the miles were with full camping gear and Gobi cases which weighed 13# each.

These are SuperMoto tires and have excellent grip on pavement, too.
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Old 03-13-2011, 04:03 PM   #9
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I'm with snr'moment - Distanzia 160 works fine on my Uly. Great all road tire & really sticks to wet pavement as well. Not great in mud. About 5k out of a rear. The aforementioned PR2 is a GREAT pavement tire - got 14K mi out of a rear! - pretty good for a high torque Uly. The last option for more dirt is an MT60. As close to a knobby as you can get in our size - but alas! - about 3K mi on a rear, is all it has to give.
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Hi all,

I just got a Multistrada 1200 and while I'm not going to be giving up my dirt bike any time soon (!) I would like to find better tires for it.

It's got the Pirelli Scorpion Trail on it right now and I'd prefer something like the Mefo. Does anyone know what decent dual-sport tires I might be able to find? The front tire on the Multi is 120/70 17'' and the rear is 190/55 17''.

thanks!
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Not with a 190 section rear. The Dunlop d616 won't fit.

Also, if you put anything more aggressive - you'll shred it in no time with 150 hp on tap.

Stick with the Pirelli Scorpion Trails. Good tyres.

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Old 03-13-2011, 07:30 PM   #11
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I have put 4K on my stock Scorpions and they are toast.....
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Old 05-18-2011, 05:07 AM   #12
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Multi 1200

Yep - 4k and nearly to cords. Leaving in July for Trans Lab. I am going to try the Dunlop D616s. Unfortunately, they don't come in the same profile in a 190. And with the traction control my dealer believes that's important. However, the 180 has an OD within about 1/10 '' so I'm expecting that to be ok. The trip will be ~3k miles...about 1/3 on gravel...so I'm hoping to make it out and back on one set.

I have practically no experience on gravel/dirt. Can anyone answer the question of whether a given tire will wear faster or slower on dirt? (Thinking slower - better wear on dirt cus slower speeds, cooler temps, and less actuall abraison? But, I realize that may be wishful thinking!)
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Old 05-18-2011, 03:07 PM   #13
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doesn't really fit on a ms1200 but a shinko raven wears forever and has more tread than the average sport tire.
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:55 PM   #14
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190 section d616

Just mounted these tires and no problems with the 190 rear on the initial ride. Anyone out there that actually has this tire ? BTW, the Scorpion was a good tire but 4400 miles was unacceptable.
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:44 AM   #15
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Wow, some of you guys get crazy miles.....I have a 1st gen Multi S (2005), currently have PR 2s and will probably get 4500-5000 miles if lucky, on the rear. That has been the norm in the 24,000 something miles I have put on it.
No off-road, just pavement. Good luck in your search for something more dirt oriented for the 1200. I enjoy reading about the new 1200. Got to ride a 2010, but it just didn't do it for me like the air-oil cooled 1000. Some people think I am crazy though.
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