606's best for ds use? 650L


20 replies to this topic
  • gearloos

Posted October 07, 2007 - 02:57 PM

#1

I've read that a few of you like the 606's.
I just finished a 200 mile ride on my XRL, Lots of twisties, and 25 miles of desert at the mid point then tight twisties all the way home (and to the guy with the red interceptor... I'm the one on the dirt bike that left you like you were on a 10 speed with a flat tire when you came up and revved me and was generally anoying:prof: ) lol.
When I went to wash my bike I looked at my chicken strip and noticed... there isn't one so that got me thinking... I guess I was pushing the stock rubber all the way.
Question is, What tire do you guys recommend for 50/50 street/dirt ?
I'm also thinking maybe I'll just buy another set of rims and have street and dirt. That would cover it except the occasional day like today where I'll use the dirt setup and just take it easy on the turns getting there OR just use my truck.
It's just so dam fun in the turns too.

  • AtomicGeo

Posted October 07, 2007 - 04:10 PM

#2

I've read that a few of you like the 606's.
I just finished a 200 mile ride on my XRL, Lots of twisties, and 25 miles of desert at the mid point then tight twisties all the way home (and to the guy with the red interceptor... I'm the one on the dirt bike that left you like you were on a 10 speed with a flat tire when you came up and revved me and was generally anoying:prof: ) lol.
When I went to wash my bike I looked at my chicken strip and noticed... there isn't one so that got me thinking... I guess I was pushing the stock rubber all the way.
Question is, What tire do you guys recommend for 50/50 street/dirt ?
I'm also thinking maybe I'll just buy another set of rims and have street and dirt. That would cover it except the occasional day like today where I'll use the dirt setup and just take it easy on the turns getting there OR just use my truck.
It's just so dam fun in the turns too.


The D606's are very good 50/50 tires. I however, have gotten better wear life out of the Pirelli MT21s. They are also agressive 50/50 tires.

Geo

  • husky123

Posted October 07, 2007 - 05:16 PM

#3

MT21's are 90/10 ninety being offroad that is. Far from 50's IMO.

  • AtomicGeo

Posted October 07, 2007 - 05:22 PM

#4

MT21's are 90/10 ninety being offroad that is. Far from 50's IMO.


husky123,

Yeah, on second thought I would consider the MT21 more a offroad than I gave them before, but not as high 90/10, maybe more like 70/30.

Geo

  • Whiteman

Posted October 07, 2007 - 06:19 PM

#5

For a true 50/50 tire the TKC80's are pretty nice.

  • StPeteRider

Posted October 07, 2007 - 07:13 PM

#6

For a true 50/50 tire the TKC80's are pretty nice.


+1 on the TKC80's
I rode with a bunch of speedsters that had them, and I won't be buying anything else for DS use...

Having said all that, I can't complain about my Kendas either.

  • Denn10

Posted October 07, 2007 - 09:07 PM

#7

i have 606s and i would definitely NOT say there a good 50/50 tire. There a good tire but best i would rate them is 75/25 dirt/street.

  • jonr3

Posted October 08, 2007 - 06:45 AM

#8

I just put the D606s on the front and rear about 700 miles ago. Much better than the stock DeathWings! They handle well in the dirt but seem unstable on paved roads above 70 mph. They also seem to be wearing pretty quickly. Next time, I will probably try Mefo knobbies if I can find them.

  • GlobalWarmer

Posted October 08, 2007 - 07:07 AM

#9

I got 1k out of my 606's. 90% road. Stuck like glue in the twisties. Not so good in the dry loose singletrack but good over rocks when you let the air out.

  • ghrati ghoti

Posted October 08, 2007 - 07:08 AM

#10

Two sets of rims would be ideal. Real dirt tires make a hugh difference as do real road tires.

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  • martinfan30

Posted October 08, 2007 - 07:16 AM

#11

my next set will be mefos. my mt21's are very good too.

  • gearloos

Posted October 08, 2007 - 07:36 AM

#12

Ok, I'm looking into mt21, and the 606.

  • redwoody

Posted October 08, 2007 - 02:59 PM

#13

Ok, I'm looking into mt21, and the 606.



I put 606's on my 400lb KLR 650 back in February. took the bike 1700 plus miles through Baja and am still running them. I bet my bike weighed 650 to 700lbs with me and gear on it (I weigh 200) while in Baja. We were mostly on dirt/rock roads. As many of you may know, the roads in Baja are rough and rocky. VERY ROUGH. I was very impressed with the durability and longevity of the 606 tyres. I now have close to 2500 miles on them and they are still going. I do think they are a bit hard and don't provide the traction of a softer tyre (duh) but it's worth it. Since the XR is lighter and has more power, they will likely not last as long. We were doing 75 to 80 on the pavement. the bike got a little squirly at the high speeds but I believe it was due to the heavy load on the rear of the bike. cornering on pavement was not an issue. (dirt was an issue but it's a KLR afterall!) just my 2 cents....
:confused:

  • gearloos

Posted October 08, 2007 - 06:00 PM

#14

OK I priced the 606 at 59.95 and 62.95 .
The mt21 is 62.07. So price isn't an issue.
http://www.ridenow.c...etail/D606.aspx

Any problems with a 130/90/18 fitting?
Or a 140 even? if possible.
I'm looking for better off road as I know by going bigger I'll baloon it out a bit and the contact patch will suffer. Unless the on road will REALLY suffer.
Don't need to slide the turns anymore on the street.:confused:

  • goblin127

Posted October 08, 2007 - 06:05 PM

#15

Another nod for the tkc 80"s. They really hold on the road,but they look like they should not.

  • martinfan30

Posted October 08, 2007 - 07:24 PM

#16

OK I priced the 606 at 59.95 and 62.95 .
The mt21 is 62.07. So price isn't an issue.
http://www.ridenow.c...etail/D606.aspx

Any problems with a 130/90/18 fitting?
Or a 140 even? if possible.
I'm looking for better off road as I know by going bigger I'll baloon it out a bit and the contact patch will suffer. Unless the on road will REALLY suffer.
Don't need to slide the turns anymore on the street.:confused:


i run the 130 mt21 on mine. i had to remove the upper chain guide though. its a big tire and works great offroad, just dont expect too much onroad as far as wear. i've heard of guy's running 140's, it is a stretch though.

  • jonr3

Posted October 08, 2007 - 07:31 PM

#17

OK I priced the 606 at 59.95 and 62.95 .
The mt21 is 62.07. So price isn't an issue.
http://www.ridenow.c...etail/D606.aspx

Any problems with a 130/90/18 fitting?
Or a 140 even? if possible.
I'm looking for better off road as I know by going bigger I'll baloon it out a bit and the contact patch will suffer. Unless the on road will REALLY suffer.
Don't need to slide the turns anymore on the street.:confused:


I run the 130 D606 on mine with room left to spare...
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  • gearloos

Posted October 08, 2007 - 07:45 PM

#18

Awesome.
Thanks for the replies, I couldn't build this bike without everyones help on this board...
Many thanks...130 it is...

  • Denn10

Posted October 08, 2007 - 09:05 PM

#19

I got 1k out of my 606's. 90% road. Stuck like glue in the twisties. Not so good in the dry loose singletrack but good over rocks when you let the air out.


My rear has over 1300 ALL street on it right now and i still have prolly 3/8 inch tread left im figuring ill get at least 1600 or 1700 and i do ride about 50/50 intown/freeway. I dont baby it from stops either i try to pull the wheels and take off quickly. I have taken on a nice ride in the mountains and i will say my buddies with streetbikes were like *** hes staying with us no problem in twisties AND on knobbies. Just FYI

  • Twowheelin

Posted October 10, 2007 - 07:39 PM

#20

I have 606's what do you have to do let the air out they bounce over every thing ? And when riding over rocky stuff it feels like the wheel bearings are bad.. like im sliding back and forth we checked everything its got to be them tires... what do ya THINK?????





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