Tire Eating 426

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  • tp3dxf

Posted March 29, 2002 - 09:55 PM


My 01WR426 is going thru it's rear tire like a pro athlete goes thru money. I have really ridden the bike for about 2 months and my stock 739 is almost ready for the can. My front 739 is still looking good. I guess my question is should this be expected. I ride all kinds of terrain from desert to snow lately. I was looking at the 756 Dunlop but I think I may wear out even quicker. Do bikes with the power of a 426 just go thru rear tires or can I get something that will work well in a wide variety of terrain and last for maybe 3 months? Or am I asking too much

  • gerry

Posted March 29, 2002 - 10:27 PM


I change the rear tyre on my WR 426 nearly every 3 to 4 times that I go out on it I normally cover about 25 miles of hard enduro riding each trip through tight forestry, roots, and lots of mud I find that to get good grip it needs changing sometimes I will turn the tyre but that only gives me about 1 more outing untill it needs a new one. I have tried cheap V rubber tyres and these are ok but last week I put a Mich on. My front tyre is much better I recently changed that at 950 miles.

  • mcarp

Posted March 31, 2002 - 03:50 AM


IMHO, Dunlops wear quickly.

If you're satisfied with the performance of the 739 you must ride a lot of hard terrain. Snow on a 739? Brave man! Try a Michelin H12 for hard (similar to the 739) or M12 for medium-like if you're looking for more traction now.

Michy's last a bit longer, again IMHO.

Try to keep the hard throttle to a min on rocks/hard pack they will last longer too

  • robswr426

Posted March 31, 2002 - 04:53 PM


i think dunlaps are junk . i burn them off pretty fast .the best one i have found so far for the desart is the michelin h12 . so far hooks up great and i'm not burning it off in the rocks

  • blackie

Posted April 01, 2002 - 04:32 AM


I've had good luck with the Dunlop 739 Desert A/T. The compound lasts longer then the Dunlop 739 even on slickrock and rocky trails. I've had mine on since last fall with only mild wear after around 150 - 200 miles. I picked it up at www.rockymountainmc.com.



Posted April 01, 2002 - 05:06 AM


I agree, the Dunlops wear faster, But I can't bring myself to chuck the 756's, On my ride they stick like glue in the damp wet trails and hook up in the medium terrain.

It also helps That I can buy a new one at the GNCC races for $50.00, instard of the $69.00 my dealer wants.

Bonzai :)

  • Idahoan

Posted April 02, 2002 - 11:11 PM


I'm sold on the Mich M12 front and rear. This past weekend I had the pleasure of riding in Canada at Lake Koocanusa and the terrain was a mixture of deep sand, snow, soft dirt, and deep mud. Both tires worked great. During the summer riding in N. Idaho involves a lot of rocky conditions and the M12 will not chunk and the last three sets in two years have worked very well for me.

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  • Ynahg

Posted April 02, 2002 - 11:35 PM


Without considering the type of tire, I also have noticed those thumpers eat tires (and chains). I think this is related to the high torque in comparison with a 2 smoke. You might say a 2 smoke rips more violently, but each time you touch the throttle on a thumper you have this huge amount of torque on the rear wheel, which eats chains and tires.

  • Dan_aguirre

Posted April 03, 2002 - 05:22 PM


Oxnard, try the IRC mb5 130/18, great tire!! lasts long, great traction, good for all terrian. "BUT" your buddy's will hate you cause you kick up alot of dirt/rocks. :)

  • Dan_from_HB

Posted April 04, 2002 - 07:22 PM


Front: D739 is average, D756 is great, but wears faster than 739.
Rear: D739F is not bad. I've used a D737 (junk) and Cheng Shin D755 (pretty good for a $35 tire).
I have not used any others on THIS bike, but I have heard from friends that the following tires are pretty good also:
Mich M12, H12, D756 rear, Dunlop K695AT (if you can still find one), and the IRC MB5 mentioned in an earlier post have all come highly recommended.
I ride So Cal desert and mountains. Mostly dry, sandy, rocky terrain with very little traction and very sharp rocks.

  • SoCalWR426

Posted April 04, 2002 - 07:38 PM


We both ride the same types of terrain. The 739 front sucks but is very durable, I had the same opinion about the 739 rear untill I put the 756 on the rear to match the awesome 756 front. Now I miss my 739 rear as it was very predictable were as the 756 rear does not transition well to the hard rocky slipery terrain we usually ride. What I would like is somthing thats a cross between the 739 and 756, the 756 is great in loose loamy and sand type rides. I think this time I will try the Dunlop K695. But if your interested mainly in long life, then the 739 is your best choice that still has some performance. IMHO


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  • Knobby

Posted April 04, 2002 - 09:10 PM


I've had great success with the Pirreli MT-18. It hooks up better than any Dunlop I've had on the bike and lasts better. Much less ($) than some of the other tires out there. I do moslty trail riding that can be anything from muddy and soft loam to hard and rocky. Been pretty good for all around.

  • fmf-wr

Posted April 05, 2002 - 09:42 PM


The best tire to use is a soft compound I bought a michelin s12 and i've done bout 200 miles on it and it's still like new

  • SFO

Posted April 06, 2002 - 12:39 PM


my 97mm big bore folds the knobs over on a S-12 but they hook great.
the 756 had a mediocre life span.
For desert I run a dunlop 606 rear and it is only 3/4 smoked after 1400 miles of wfo stuff.


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