Michellin Baja vs. Dunlop D606 vs. Perelli MT21
Posted April 06, 2004 - 12:57 PM
Posted April 06, 2004 - 02:17 PM
Posted April 06, 2004 - 04:16 PM
I have Maxxis M6006's on my XL650. The back hooks up better and the front worse than the MT21's on my 350. But it could be the difference in bikes since the XT350 has a pretty skimpy rear tire and the 650 has some serious weight.
Posted April 06, 2004 - 04:48 PM
I may look at tha Baja this next time changing rubber which will be soon and leave me with summer conditions, next fall if I dont like the baja then I will get another yet wider Kenda trackmaster II - I know it works for me in the dirt and I have 600 miles on mine its starting to show wear so I would guess its a 1000 mile tire, but its cheap like 45 bucks
Posted April 06, 2004 - 09:57 PM
The MT21/Kenda is the clear winner if you want a more dirt tire. But for a true dualsport tire, it's between the 606 and Baja. If you look at the Baja and 606 side by side the Baja has a more aggressive knobby spacing. The Baja and 606 feel about the same and wear about the same. But, you get an advantage in the dirt with the Baja due to knobby spacing. I ran a non D.O.T. tire on the street for a while, it was downright scary. especially in hard braking, it broke loose easily. There is no perfect tire, yet. Like Dualsport bikes, they're a compromise.
Posted April 07, 2004 - 06:51 AM
next fall if I dont like the baja then I will get another yet wider Kenda trackmaster II - I know it works for me in the dirt and I have 600 miles on mine its starting to show wear so I would guess its a 1000 mile tire, but its cheap like 45 bucks
I've seen the Kendas and they look like they would be a good dirt tire like you say, I also recall thinking that the knobbies were a little skimpy for the road and that I thought they would wear out in a short time. How would you say the kenda lasts on the road? Is that 600 mi. road miles or your total miles on the tire?
Posted April 29, 2004 - 02:22 PM
Posted May 26, 2004 - 09:16 AM
Posted May 26, 2004 - 12:30 PM
Posted May 26, 2004 - 03:09 PM
Posted May 30, 2004 - 02:08 AM
Posted May 31, 2004 - 07:04 AM
These three seem to be the favorites here and I've heard that they all work well in the dirt, but how long can they be run on the pavement before they become slicks?
I've put over 1K miles on a D606 rear and it's has about 75% of the tread left. 50/50 dirt/street riding, too. Very, VERY impressed with this tire. I've ridden some gnarly granite rocks, hard pack, loose powder, sand, you name it. It works well in all conditions out here in the So Cal & Mex deserts & mountain terrains.
I run 17-19 psi. The sidewalls are as stiff as a morning "salute," if you know what I mean. The only drawback is that it doesn't come in a 130/90-18 size which would be ideal for the heavy DP bikes. I'm running an MT-18 Heavy Duty up front that has sidewalls as stiff as the D606. It's a great combo for most all terrain, except for loose gravel and extended rides in soft sand.
It looks like this tire will go another 1.5K miles easily. 2.5K - 3K for ANY rear tire is impressive, especially if you ride off-road.
Posted June 01, 2004 - 12:25 PM
Posted June 01, 2004 - 04:28 PM
For mostly dirt, the Kenda Trakmaster II rear is a great tire. It does wear on the street. I have only read one positive review on the front tire, most reviewers hate the front tire. For that reason, I ran a MT18. This combo is DOT approved and the tread pattern looks like Dunlop 756's.
Heavier bikes are going to put more wear on a tire.
Road use is going to toast most knobbies in a short time.
Buy according to what you need. The Baja is sounding good for more street use.
Posted June 02, 2004 - 02:58 PM
Posted June 02, 2004 - 11:59 PM
I've used it on big granite outcroppings and rust-colored jagged outcroppings and broken robot-head rocks.
Posted June 04, 2004 - 05:29 AM