Yet Another Tire Thread (YATT)


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  • Phuzzy McPhuzzface

Posted October 24, 2005 - 07:41 AM

#1

OK, sorry about starting yet another tire thread, but I used the search and did not find much info on a question I have, so bear with me... :banghead:

With many seeming to get moist, warm, and runny over the Tera-Flex, what is the consensus on a decent front tire to run with such a large-carcassed rear?

Looking for input on a "do-all" setup (street/trail/mud/sand/hardpack/rock), and
am interested in the TF rear, possibly, and looking for a good balance for the front.

Also, any input on other brands/models appreciated, too.

(I have Kenda TM's on the 250R, they seem OK so far. Looking to add meat to the 650.)

  • XR650L_Dave

Posted October 24, 2005 - 09:03 AM

#2

MT21 front is good if you run more on the harder surfaces, MT18HD if you're more on the soft.

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  • cheff

Posted October 24, 2005 - 12:34 PM

#3

OK, sorry about starting yet another tire thread, but I used the search and did not find much info on a question I have, so bear with me... :banghead:

With many seeming to get moist, warm, and runny over the Tera-Flex, what is the consensus on a decent front tire to run with such a large-carcassed rear?

Looking for input on a "do-all" setup (street/trail/mud/sand/hardpack/rock), and
am interested in the TF rear, possibly, and looking for a good balance for the front.

Also, any input on other brands/models appreciated, too.

(I have Kenda TM's on the 250R, they seem OK so far. Looking to add meat to the 650.)


I have tried the D606, Michelin Baja and desert, and a Pirelli mt21 I think. And none made a good combo for the TF rear. I love the tire, but it has way to much grip and washed out every front I have tried with it. Of course I have not tried non DOT fronts yet, there should be one that will match the TF for dirt riding at least.

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  • knuklehead

Posted October 24, 2005 - 04:41 PM

#4

I've all ways thought a 20" would be good to try,so much fatter,ran them on a cr'250 and cr450f with good results, all tho no DOT tire's in a 20"

  • Rover31

Posted October 24, 2005 - 05:24 PM

#5

I have tried the D606, Michelin Baja and desert, and a Pirelli mt21 I think. And none made a good combo for the TF rear. I love the tire, but it has way to much grip and washed out every front I have tried with it. Of course I have not tried non DOT fronts yet, there should be one that will match the TF for dirt riding at least.

I have have the dreaded front "washing out on me also, unfortunately it is not a prob. of the tires being miss matched as this is an inherent trait of this bike. I have ridden several bikes with the same tires as on my L on the same surface and don't find the others to be as front heavy. I also have done some serious mods to the susp. which have helped a lot but don't cure!
Travis

  • Phuzzy McPhuzzface

Posted October 24, 2005 - 05:41 PM

#6

I have have the dreaded front "washing out on me also, unfortunately it is not a prob. of the tires being miss matched as this is an inherent trait of this bike. I have ridden several bikes with the same tires as on my L on the same surface and don't find the others to be as front heavy. I also have done some serious mods to the susp. which have helped a lot but don't cure!
Travis


Perhaps the 650L's tendency to wash out the front end is just a function of its relatively heavy weight; an inertia thing...once it's going in a certain direction, the excess weight tends to retain that direction vs changing direction. The tire's contact patch, especially on the front is pretty small for the weight of the bike.

I am betting you are right on with this being an inherent trait.

But I can deal with this tendency....am just looking for a decent match for the front rim if a Tera-Flex was on the rear. Or a good front/rear combo for trail and some street.

  • hill5150

Posted October 24, 2005 - 05:52 PM

#7

I have the Maxxis HT 120/100/18 in the rear and am putting the MAXXIS HT on the front this week. The Maxxis is great, I had the D- 606 initially, crap....... too soft, only installed it to get through the DMV. Rockymountainatv.com is great for pricing fast shipping too. :banghead:





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