Best DOT approved knobby pirelli, dunlop?

21 replies to this topic
  • xdirtbikerx

Posted May 31, 2005 - 02:57 PM


Anyone have any feedback on the best dot approved knobby for a xr650? the Pirelli mt18 looks pretty good and i would think it would be the best, but the dunlop d606 looks not to bad either.
Second question would be the size. stock rear is a 110/100/18. and the front is 80/100/21. would a larger tire both front and rear yield any handeling benefits? appriciate anyone with experience with either of these questions i would really appriciate some feedback. thanks, mike.

  • MudPa

Posted May 31, 2005 - 03:00 PM


I had pirelli MT21's on my '79 XT 500. Best dot tire I ever rode on.

  • jws

Posted May 31, 2005 - 05:32 PM


I had pirelli MT21's Best dot tire I ever rode on.

Me too - I liked them better than the 606 :)

  • xdirtbikerx

Posted June 01, 2005 - 08:06 AM


thanks for the replys, think i will go with the pirelli. the mt18 looks like a motocross tire, dont know how they got a dot rating for that tire. good for the dual sport riders. thanks, mike.

  • XR650L_Dave

Posted June 01, 2005 - 08:36 AM


What, no vote for the terrorflex?

Not always the best mannered, but no doubt the traction king!


  • jlpskydive

Posted June 01, 2005 - 08:42 AM


What no votes for the Kenda TrackmasterII??? Good all around and cheap as dirt.


Posted June 01, 2005 - 04:29 PM


I have run the 606, mt21, Teraflex and the kenda trakmaster II. No doubt in my opinion, the flex and kenda win. Although the Flex is more impressive to showoff.

  • Xr650LMartin

Posted June 01, 2005 - 05:26 PM


I'm very happy with my kenda Trakmaster!! :) :D but NOISY on the street!!! :)

  • zackm58941

Posted June 01, 2005 - 08:03 PM


I run MT21's on my 650l and have had them on since the first week I had the bike. I now have almost 1,900 miles and the rear tire is still great and front is like new. I did more street riding this year too, pretty happy with them. Go for the 140 rear tire!


  • CAM2R

Posted June 01, 2005 - 09:48 PM


I've got a stack of tires to review as rides permit - now I just need some more wheels to mount 'em all up...

From Left to right: Dunlop 755F = 80/100-21 (off HWY) -- Dunlop 756 = 110/100-18 (off HWY) -- Michelin Enduro Competition IV = 90/90-21 DOT -- Michelin Baja 140/80-18 DOT --Avon Distenzia 90/90-21 DOT -- Avon Distenzia 120/80-18 DOT
My goal was aggessive dirt with a DOT and Aggressive street DOT - I'm not shooting for any middle ground with these choices that's why I want another set of wheels to keep swap times down to minutes. The Dunlops are what I run in the dirt right now.

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and the closer look at the Enduro Comp - remember this is a DOT tire - looks like an S-12 in a harder compound.

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  • SaltyWalrus

Posted June 02, 2005 - 03:38 AM


I like the Kenda's for a DOT dirt tire. Only complaint is lack of traction on rocks. Must be the harder compound used for "some" street duribility. But if I have to climb a large, smooth rock ledge, I treat it like ice. That is what it feels like with the Trackmaster II. Other than that, I like the tire. It is loud on the road.

  • xdirtbikerx

Posted June 07, 2005 - 10:48 AM


That enduro comp is one mean looking tire. if that is dot rated i might try it out.

  • xdirtbikerx

Posted June 09, 2005 - 10:39 AM


After all this i end up with a dunlop 606, go figuer. well this weekend i will try it out at sunfair dry lake. i'll let you know how it worked.

  • justicedone

Posted June 09, 2005 - 10:58 AM


I am mad in love with my raises the bikes height which sorta sucks for us 6ft or lower peeps, but it works like a monster off road and hooks fine for the street as well.

  • skyriver

Posted June 09, 2005 - 11:32 AM


What? Didn't hear that. Sorry, ears are still ringing from my Trakmasters on the pavement. Ha!

  • GIANTac1

Posted June 09, 2005 - 07:13 PM


Hey skyriver,
Where are you located at in wa.? I will be beck up there(Seattle area) in september.

  • Max Power

Posted June 09, 2005 - 07:45 PM


What? Didn't hear that. Sorry, ears are still ringing from my Trakmasters on the pavement. Ha!


I love my Trackmaster. :)

  • skyriver

Posted June 09, 2005 - 08:39 PM


I'm in the big city of Covington. Not sure if you're familiar with it.... It's between Kent and Maple Valley. I just got back on 2 wheels after a break that was WAY too long. Haven't broke the pig or myself yet, but already have a few guys that are good ridin buddies. Give me a shout when/if you're up here and we can take you out. This is all on the condition you're not a nutjob. lol!

  • GIANTac1

Posted June 09, 2005 - 09:07 PM


Im a nut job, sorry dude...... Still wanna go riding? Yup, Ill be up there in mid september. I wouldnt mind packing some fishing poles around either. You like hookin into some salmon/trout?

  • bierfasser

Posted June 09, 2005 - 09:10 PM


best DOT approved, i didnt know there was such a thing. kenda has a good one though, so i have heard anyway. theirs is the K270

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