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  • mangler

Posted March 08, 2005 - 09:09 AM


Hey all.

Got to wring out my 05 650L this weekend, and found out right away I need to get a more aggressive tread.

I will be riding 20% road and 80% light trails and being in the Midwest MUD! and some sand. The stock tires are just awful in any mud and sand. But I also need something stable on the road.

So my question is how does the terra-flex fit in the 05 650L? I've read people have problems with the fit, and it hits the mud guard? Is the Terra-flex decent and stable on the road?

I was thinking the Pirelli MT-21 in the front and Tera-flex in the rear? Or should I stick with just a set of the Pirelli MT-21 front and rear?

I am going to Florida for a couple weeks so I will be tearing it up in the sand at Croom come July :)

Thanks in advance!

  • XR650L_Dave

Posted March 08, 2005 - 09:27 AM


The Flex might hit the chain mud-guard, I took mine off before fitting the flex. I don't think the guard does much off-road.
The terrorflex is stable on the road, it just needs about 10 miles to scuff off the gooey stuff.
The Pirelli MT18HD is more aggressive than the MT21.


  • mangler

Posted March 08, 2005 - 09:50 AM


Thanks for the reply.

I have gone through tons of posts. Just can't seem to find a decent combo. I don't want to have remove stuff to get a new tire on like the tera-flex.

I just need to find a combo that can handle some road riding and still get good mud/sand traction. I don't ride extreme but still the stock tires were just horrible this last weekend on the trails.


  • justicedone

Posted March 08, 2005 - 12:51 PM


Dave has some awesome pics of his bike showing the flex fitted and compared to a stock sized tire.

I am soon to buy a new rear as well and that damn Terra looks insane. I am pretty sure I may go with that sucka just to throw some rocks about. Heres a link to buy one if you want a looksee...L8

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  • mangler

Posted March 08, 2005 - 01:38 PM


You are right they do look awesome!

Thats why I was looking into them, and saw so many great reviews about them.

I just don't know seems there is fitting problems with the 650L and I am not so excited about taking off the mud guard to get them to fit.

I think I may end up going with a pair of the MT21's front and rear. Seems might be the best on-road off-road combo i can find.

Anyone run the MT21s front and back that can provide some insight on handling both on and off road?

Thanks guys!


  • hurricane jonny

Posted March 08, 2005 - 02:49 PM


i have heard good things about the Kenda Trackmaster II 760. And they are cheap! :)

  • beachcruiser

Posted March 08, 2005 - 05:06 PM


I've been running the Terra Flex for over a year now. You can trim up the chain guard and it will clear with no problem. It has tremendous traction in mud even hard wet clay. But I will tell you DON"T THROTTLE ON HARD IN a TURN on PAVEMENT!!! This tire has twice the miles on it that the original wore out. You would think it would be noisy on the road but I still hear the front tire. The tire is larger in diameter so to get the correct ratio and clearance I dropped one tooth on front and added two on the rear. I will tell you that the chain has too have been worn/stretched some but I have over an inch clearance on the front mud guard.

  • XR650L_Dave

Posted March 08, 2005 - 06:25 PM


I have used the MT21 front-and-rear for awhile, and it is a good combo. The 120 MT21 rear is a bit small, the 130 is a better fit for the bike and is more aggressive.

If you do a lot of trail riding (and riding without a trail!) the side mudguard proves itself to be a liability.


  • mangler

Posted March 08, 2005 - 07:01 PM


Valuable input guys thanks alot!

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