Rear tire suggestions for So. Cal. deserts???
Posted January 08, 2002 - 04:42 PM
Seems like most care for the Dunlops (739, 752 or 606), some like the P12 pirelli's, and one vote for IRC (didn't know they still existed). Anyone care to chime in on what holds up in the rocks?? Yeah, I know, there's plenty of sand as well, but I'd rather error towards squirrelly in the sand than have the knobs chunk off. I had a Dunlop K490 or 495 (I forget...) that lasted about 30 minutes out at Boulder Road once... don't want to do that again!!! Anyway, I'm no racer, just looking for good all around hook-up and good wear characteristics. Thanks for your advice if you post.
Posted January 08, 2002 - 06:33 PM
Posted January 08, 2002 - 06:39 PM
Whatever. The 739 Desert A/T is very knob-chunk resistant and very puncture resistant. It is also very heavy.
Dunlop has a new model out, 773 or something, slated to replace the 755 front and rear. I'll try that one next if they make a 120mm. I’m just used to the extra traction the larger tires offer. I’ve been told a bike will track straighter with the 110 but I just notice better drive through deep sand with the bigger size. I replaced the stock 739 after only one ride with a 120mm A/T, which has identical tread, and noticed a huge difference in traction. The smaller tire would power slide easier and had noticeably less bite.
My last Pirelli was too small, too squirrelly and wore out too fast. I believe it was a MT 44. I do have that model up front and it is holding up well so far, though. Before that I bought about five 756 front tires in a row, right from when they first came out I think, and so far I think the Pirelli works as well. But I don’t think I’ve ever heard of anyone not liking the 756 up front.
For rear tires I buy Dunlop almost exclusively simply because I can always get a 120 size, most places seem to stock more of them for some reason. I usually go with a 756 but run the Desert A/T when I’m racing in rocky terrain.
Keep in mind also that there are two different sizing methods, I know a Pirelli size isn't equivalent (they are smaller) to a Dunlop. I can't remember if this applies to either Bridgestone or Michelin. Anyone?
Hope this helps.
Posted January 09, 2002 - 06:47 AM
The D739 AT is a blue groove to hard packed, while the D739 is shown as a hard-packed to hard/loose mix intermediate tire.
I believe you are referring to the Dunlop D606F ?
which is a new tire listed in the Dunlop tire guide as " street legal with emphasis on aggresive off-road riding "
By looking at the picture is resembles a normal knoby, and is shown as a " hard terrain " tire
Hopefully someone has tried this tire and can pass along their thoughts, because there isn't any tire holding up out here in our rock pile.
They only list a 120/90-18, 130/90-17 for rears, and 90/90-21 for the fronts for the D606
Also the D773 is listed as a sand/mud " soft" tire, you may want to double check if your going to ride in the west.
They are not listing any 695's at all.
Posted January 09, 2002 - 06:54 AM
Posted January 09, 2002 - 10:19 PM
Posted January 09, 2002 - 05:26 PM
Thanks for all your input guys.
Posted January 10, 2002 - 05:25 AM
It still has tread, 5/8".
It hooked up ok too.
The sidewalls are superstiff on these bad boys, so be somewhat prepared to bust a knuckle mounting them.
Posted January 10, 2002 - 06:01 AM
Posted January 10, 2002 - 06:05 AM
I would rather have to replace tires more often and have best traction... Well you asked me
Posted January 10, 2002 - 10:31 PM
Thanks for the input on those 606's, I almost ordered one, but wanted to hear from someone first.
Any feedback on these ?
One of the mags just did the WR426 test and mentioned to use this specific tire.
Posted January 10, 2002 - 12:55 PM