1986 XR600R rear tire recommendation

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  • Bob East

Posted November 23, 2005 - 05:15 PM



I just purchased a 1986 XR600R and the knobby on the back is a bit on the
threadbare side. Does anyone have a suggestion of a good durable replacement

  • bootlegger2

Posted November 23, 2005 - 05:29 PM


well nothing will last to long depending on the conditions you ride ,i will take just about any take off from a mx-er and run it, most of the used one i get people wont have but i like the price FREE. just keep looking around maybe the junk pile behind your local shop.

  • Bob East

Posted November 23, 2005 - 07:25 PM


Thanks for the suggestion of using a used tire but I plan to buy a new tire. The one on the back is serviceable but it is a bit worn in the center and I desire to have max traction when I take this beast out for my first ride on it. Since I'm an old guy, I want to start with easy stuff and work into the harder stuff at a later date. My purpose for purchasing this bike is to have a bike that I can use for hunting in the Washington north Cascade mountains. I'll need to get comfortable with this bruiser before I take it on our favorite ORV trail to hunt monster mule deer. The trail is not an easy trail to navigate due to a large number of switchbacks and some fairly steep terrain. There are a couple of places where one mistake will produce a rather long drop to the next point of contact with the earth...

Anyway, my shoulderblade is killing me so I have to close for now. I think
I pulled a muscle or a tendon during my first and last ride on a Honda Fat


  • don87xr600

Posted November 23, 2005 - 07:31 PM


choices are limited in the 17 inch rear tire. You should look at Dunlop D606, Kenda trackmaster II, Pirelli MT21, and the IRC V33.

  • StevePSD

Posted November 24, 2005 - 08:55 AM


I'll second the Kenda Trackmaster II....very durable, long lasting, inexpensive...plus it's DOT approved (if your bike is street-legal).

  • Bob East

Posted November 24, 2005 - 08:58 PM


Do you know of a vendor that stocks 17" tires of that type. So far, my
internet search has failed to find one. I did find a Dunlop 606 that was
130/90 - 17. The tire that's on it is a 4.6 - 17...I presume that the 130/90
would work since it's only about 1/2" wider traction surface. I presume
that the 130 is the width of the traction surface in millimeters and the
90 is the height in millimeters?

Bob East

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  • StevePSD

Posted November 25, 2005 - 02:14 PM


Rocky Mountain, Chaparral

130/90-17 is the right size - same as a 5.10-17.

  • Mantrasonica

Posted November 28, 2005 - 04:48 AM


Rocky Mountain, Chaparral

130/90-17 is the right size - same as a 5.10-17.

You can even go as big as a 5.30-17, but it may rub your chain guard a little. I'm running a Bridgstone M22 that is wearing exceptionally well and seems to be a decent hard terrain tire. It does not like sand that much though.

  • Toolmaker

Posted November 28, 2005 - 09:23 AM


I have the Pirelli mt 21 and it gives up way to soon for me, straight line traction is okay but any throttle in a turn , hold on . just my 2 cents

  • creeky

Posted November 28, 2005 - 11:51 AM


I used to run Cheng Shin C-760s on my '85 XR350, and a buddy used them on his '86 XR600, they are kind of heavy but wear well, provide great traction and I even ran one flat for 25 miles once with no tire damage....tube...., well it was kind of sticky.

  • pressurefreak

Posted November 28, 2005 - 03:47 PM


Ive been running a cheng shen 755 5.30x17 with no clearance problems on my 87 xr600. I weigh about 260lbs and It has held up surprisingly well. Its soft enough to climb rocks without blowing off lugs and seems to grip very well in a variety of terrain. I will have to dismount and reverse the tire but I think I can get one more season out of it. You are limited on what you can run with a 17. I was surprised how well the cheng holds up and its not expensive.

  • Bob East

Posted November 28, 2005 - 07:22 PM


Hi Guys,

Thank you for all the suggestions. I've found a mail order source for the
Kenda Trackmaster II and the Dunlop D606. I'm going to try the Dunlop
first and if I still have the bike when the tire wears out, I'll try the Kenda.

The area that I will be riding it most is a mix of rock and soil with a couple
of rocky outcroppings. The trail is a USFS ORV trail in a national forest.
It has a number of switch-backs that are fairly short radius but traction
enhancers made from concrete lattis squares have been placed at the
nastier corners and in some of the softer areas. So, I plan to get the
rear tire changed, get a bike trailer and get familiar with this big beast.
I'm an old guy (55 years old) so I'm not really interested in the speed.
I'm more interested in the handling and the comfort of a larger bike.
Once I get the trailer, I'll be using it for scouting the areas I plan to
hunt next year. It'll reduce the wear and tear on my big Dodge Cummins
Diesel Ram 2500 Quad-cab 4X4...

Bob East

  • Terrain Rider 4z

Posted November 29, 2005 - 03:41 PM


Stop! Buy the VE33 from rockymountainmc.com These tires are awesome for WA woods riding and are the best bang for the buck. I have used them on my old XT200, XR600, and my YZ426. You will not be sorry!

My 426 had a Trakmaster 2 when I got it and the tire was worthless in the woods. In addition, it was worn within 4 rides.

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