XR650R Tire Size
Posted 20 May 2003 - 05:18 AM
Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Posted 20 May 2003 - 02:26 PM
Posted 20 May 2003 - 04:05 PM
Posted 20 May 2003 - 06:23 PM
Posted 20 May 2003 - 07:40 PM
I agree with Moredesert, the Michelin Baja is a great rear tyre. It seems to handle really well in loose surfaces and is not far from the quicker wearing Dunlops & Bridgestones on hardpack. I run mine on all types of surfaces and it seems to wear nearly aswell as an MT21 but with stacks more grip in the dirt. Depending on the length of your chain, and consequently the position of your wheel, you may find it rubs a little on the plastic shock protector. This can be solved by simply trimming the flap with a knife of some description, it is also a good idea to throw a bit of silicone on the heads of the screws that attach it so that they don't come loose and leave the shock shaft exposed to rocks and the like.
On the front I run either a Dunlop K490 or a Michelin Desert and both of these tyres are impressive in a range of situations.
Posted 21 May 2003 - 05:19 AM
Maxxis - Good.
Thump Father...we will have to have a tire changing party pretty soon. You bring the beer. I'll bring the tire irons!
Posted 21 May 2003 - 12:38 PM
I love the Michelin Desert in the front. Incredible bite and straight as an arrow. Following Johnny's lead, the Dunlop 606 is another front tire that we have had mixed success with-it sucks in the corners-ya litterally have to learn to slide both wheels at speed in the gravel, good on hard pack and rocks... Cant stand any other front tires. Either wont track straight at speed, bump up and down, or wash out in the corners.
The rear is another story: In BITD and SCORE race conditions Dunlop AT 739 rears last us about 300-350 miles. ED 78's about 250-300. The Pirelli 21's chunked after 250 miles. The S12's chunked within 100 miles. Dunlop 606's have been mixed with two shredding, but two others lasting 350-400+ miles. The Michelin Desert rear seems to be reliable to at least 450 miles-but the 140x80 will rub a bit unless the sub-frame is perfectly straight....!
Havent tried the Michelin Baja-but i imagine its similar.
For open desert racing my take is that the Michelins are an expensive fix, but habit forming...and are as noted DOT. Havent tried the Taiwan made ChienShing/Maxxis yet...amazing what a name change can do for a brand!
Tires. Ride em hard and they wont last long. Its only been a year, what was her name?
Posted 21 May 2003 - 03:01 PM
thanks in advance
Posted 21 May 2003 - 05:22 PM
The Dunlop 756's have a nice bite for the soft stuff. When I first put them on, I was amazed at the bite in the sand in corners and the roostability in the back - I was on top of the sand in no time. Unfortunately, hardpack tears them up and that is why I am trying the MAXXIS next time.
Posted 24 May 2003 - 10:28 AM
Well my riding partner is wearing a back 130 wide MT21 on his 650r. He has been telled by experienced guys that he could do up to 4000km on this tire without problems. We rode it in sand, mud, snow, logging roads, pavement...etc.
The tire is vey solid in all kind of intermediate to hard terrain. Throwing roost on my 426 all the time if I am too close. You will see, you will forget in few seconds that your bike is wearing that DOT tire (not a real knobby)because it offers a lot of traction and stability
We tried it in deep sand and we think the work of the MT21 is comparable to a hard-terrain non-dot knobby tire: more than acceptable performance and stable....
yes we have to say it and say it again: the tire makes the bike stable and is very very predictable on the 650r
The tire allows us to do sliding turns on hard terrain( you know like the guys on dirt tracks) very easily and at amazing speeds
In the snow: the 140 S12 is a lot better but who cares except those crazy guys from Quebec
We also have to say that the MT21 feels very safe on the road but a little bit noisy though. (Of course)
We haven't test extreme muddy conditions but until now, it has got the job done in this field also
Briefly, it is a very good tire for somebody who wants to get an aggressive tire for a street legal 650R... the only serious choice IMHO if you only have one rear rim...
Hope that helps!
Posted 26 May 2003 - 04:07 AM
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Edited by babuja, 15 September 2012 - 06:54 AM.