Enduro riding 650r in mud

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  • Fordskin

Posted February 12, 2006 - 03:13 AM


Did an enduro ride today. 20klm loop through very tight trails opening up into long rutted hill climbes and through cane fields and so on. This was not a race just a ride day. The other bikes were mainly KTMs and WRs. I could not keep with elete riders but was very suprised with the 650r. When its dry this bike corners well and soaks up ruts without a problem. It will eat up most bikes for grunt but when it rains its a real dog. The weight turns it into a runaway train. I try to keep the momentem up to keep it tracking straight but it seems to have a mind of its own. I love this bike but if its raining next ride i'm staying home. :thumbsup:

  • frankstr

Posted February 12, 2006 - 06:21 AM


Granted things are slippier when muddy, But my XR handles well for me on tite trails and such when muddy......What are you using for tires...maybe thats the challange... :thumbsup:

  • Fordskin

Posted February 13, 2006 - 01:48 AM


You could be right about the tyres. The rear is shot and kept sliding at right angles. This is the rear tyre i have [standard] ICR 4.50-18 tr8 70p. I am a novice as far as tyres go, don't know what the tr8 70p means. Can someone point me to a tyre that is hard but still good on dirt and in mud? I'm not the type to be changing tyres before a ride day. I do a lot of road riding during the week aqnd need it to not wear out so quick.

  • TimBrp

Posted February 13, 2006 - 03:58 AM


Put a Pirelli MT-32 on the front of that bike and a Maxxis IT 120/100/18 on the rear. You'll be set.

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  • SaltyWalrus

Posted February 13, 2006 - 08:00 AM


For an occasional muddy section, the R is fine. When the world is saturated and the entire ride is a slime-fest, the BRP tires me out and beats me down. Momentum is the bikes strength in dry conditions, but causes problems changing direction (cornering) in slimy conditions.

  • weskc35k

Posted March 24, 2006 - 04:03 PM


Fordy for Aussie conditions you can't go past the IRC vulcanduro VE33 they last a long time and grip good as well.
On my cr500 i get 4 rides from a Dunlop 739 rear but with a VE33 i can get up to 28 rides they are a very tough tyre.
They are also cheap compared to other tyres being up to 20 bucks cheaper each end..


Posted March 28, 2006 - 06:25 AM


Welcome to the world of the tire eating piggy. Be prepared to spend your life savings on tires because these bikes go through them fast. :thumbsup:

  • TimBrp

Posted March 28, 2006 - 06:29 AM


Welcome to the world of the tire eating piggy. Be prepared to spend your life savings on tires because these bikes go through them fast. :thumbsup:

Ditto to that....

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