rear tire choices

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  • yamW400R

Posted March 22, 2004 - 09:24 AM


what is the best rear tire for sandy,mud,moss,with little hard pack which tire do you guys thinks works best?110-100-18 can i run a bigger size also?riding a wr400

  • CraZcanucK

Posted March 22, 2004 - 10:49 AM


I run the Michelin M-12 for Sand/Dirt. They have the S-12 series witch is their Soft terrain tire, that has taller knobs for the soft stuff (up to 140/80/18 i think). The michelins are noted for good wear and durability. I think I have a 120/80/18 on my WR450, the M-12 is the most versatile. The michelin sizes are measure metric style, therfore only measuring the carcass width, not including the knobs.

  • ckulzer

Posted March 22, 2004 - 11:11 AM


The M-12 is a great choice. I could not believe the difference it made compared to stock Dunlops.

It was like getting a new bike all over again.

Ride fast - take chances

  • KentuckyWR

Posted March 22, 2004 - 11:34 AM


Get an IRC VE-33 5.10 x 18
It is an awesome tire for the conditions you described!
Hooks up in a great way in all terrain and wears well.
Goes anywhere in mud!!!

  • Indy_WR450

Posted March 22, 2004 - 12:22 PM


Sand, Moss and Mud! : Ride what all the eastern racers like Michelin S12 cant be beat IMO. 140/80 rear is actually a 120 and works great with the WR power. :)

  • oldbones

Posted March 22, 2004 - 01:51 PM


S-12. It's the bee's knees for sure. I tried the M-12, and it was ok, but wore out FAST. The 140 S-12 hooks up in all conditions I have encountered, and lasts like I wouldn't have expected. I have 230 miles of racing and probably twice that of trail riding on my current S-12, and it's still in good shape. I'll probably get another two months out of it. :)

  • endurodog

Posted March 22, 2004 - 01:55 PM


I really like the Dunlop 756, but looks like I'm the odd man out.

  • FTD

Posted March 22, 2004 - 02:34 PM


I ran the s-12 rear for a while. I went to the Bridgestone 402 rear and it will rip you arms off. MUCHO traction!

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  • kirkw

Posted March 22, 2004 - 03:02 PM


Had good luck with Dunlop 737 AT, (not a stock 737) Great results with a IRC VE-33 on both wear and traction. Replaced it with a 756. Initial wear on the 756 was more than I liked, but seems to be holding pat and a nice tire.

  • yamW400R

Posted March 22, 2004 - 04:09 PM


can i run a s-12 at 140-80-18 with out any rubbing?

  • Guest_Guest_*

Posted March 22, 2004 - 04:22 PM


can i run a s-12 at 140-80-18 with out any rubbing?

I run one on my 99 WR, the best tire around for this bike. I tried the M-12, it lasted about 100 miles before the traction went to heck, the S-12 has over 400 hard miles and sticks like glue :) plenty of room, no rubbing at all

  • KiwiThumper

Posted March 22, 2004 - 04:23 PM


Yes, provided you dont have a new chain and have it as short as possible, ie. have the adjusters wound all the way in.

  • DirtDobber

Posted March 22, 2004 - 07:36 PM


I'm running a IRC 140/80-18 M5B Rear and having excellent results with it! I haven't found a better tire yet for mud and sand. Fills up the swingarm cavity nicely, but still with plenty of clearance.

  • Hamish

Posted March 22, 2004 - 10:17 PM


I just put a VeeRubber Sport on the rear of my WR. For the price, I figured it was worth a try. It's great in the soft stuff, but sucks on hard ground due to the fact that it only has a centre knob every second knob, if u know what I mean.


  • rekless

Posted March 23, 2004 - 05:19 PM


I have been running the S-12's on front and rear and have been extremely happy. They seem to stick like glue in almost all conditions. They wear really well too. Rekless :)

  • Treebark

Posted March 23, 2004 - 08:53 PM


I've used a Maxxis M6001 that hooked up real nice on my older bike. Since I've bought my 04wr450 which has a dunlop 739 on it I'm not really impressed with traction although the wear is holding up. Will put a Maxxis on it as soon as the dunlop wears out.

  • w_ahhh450

Posted March 23, 2004 - 11:45 PM


I'm runnin' an s12 rear on my 450 in similar conditions and have found OK but next time I'll look at puting on a Michelin AC 10.Anyone tried the new AC10 yet? I've got a Michelin Enduro comp front and don't have confidence in it in slippery hard pack e.g greasy moss trails.


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