Looking for a good tire

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  • Stealth13

Posted March 05, 2012 - 01:50 PM


For on road and offroad use, I need something that will hold up to a lot of miles and still have good grip on the trails. Since its a dual sport bike.

What do you guys run on your street legal wrs and how many miles you get out of them ?

  • woods-rider

Posted March 05, 2012 - 01:55 PM


I have heard great things about the Perelli MT43 trials tire. No personal experience with it though. Looking to buy one in a few months when my current tire is sufficiently worn.

  • Stealth13

Posted March 05, 2012 - 02:06 PM


Did you hear about the mt43 in mud/slippery? It says not good at all in mud but otherwise an awesome tire

  • woods-rider

Posted March 05, 2012 - 02:07 PM


From what I have heard about trials tires in general is they they aren't the best in deep mud, but on wet rocks and roots etc. they can't be beat and the MT43 is DOT approved.

  • Stealth13

Posted March 05, 2012 - 02:14 PM


I have been eyeing the t63 tire. Lots of people are getting 5000 miles out of it and good performance. For 65 bucks not bad at all

  • n16ht5

Posted March 05, 2012 - 03:47 PM


  • lasts longer
  • grips like glue
  • smooth on the road
  • handles better on the road
  • doesnt tear up trails
go to 7:00, theres a few other spots. I was on my XR250, so it definitely was not the bike, and they are all better riders than I am


Edited by n16ht5, March 05, 2012 - 03:50 PM.

  • n16ht5

Posted March 05, 2012 - 03:55 PM


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  • GlennR

Posted March 16, 2012 - 06:41 AM


You said it has stiff sidewalls, how difficult are the MT-43's to mount? I tried the Dunlop 606 once and they were a PITA to mount, especially the front tire. I almost never got the valve stem in place. I switched to Kenda 270's which were a breeze to mount. I can't imagine the "fun" of trying to fix a tire on the trail.

Also, what sizes are you guys using? The yamaha book has them listed as 80/100-21 front, and 110/100-18 rear. But the catalogs/sites have sizes like 4.00 , 4.50. 5.10 I guess those are inch sizes.

Have any of you tried the IRC-110 ?

  • usdualsports

Posted March 16, 2012 - 06:49 AM


Check out MotoZ tires they offer a lot of tires that are DOT. They might be more Knobb's then what you want, but worth a shot.

  • Navaho6

Posted March 16, 2012 - 10:21 AM


If you need a DOT-approved soft-terrain combo, then I recommend a Kenda 760 Trackmaster rear and Pirelli XCMH front. These tires will take you anywhere offroad but will be a little rough on pavement in the corners. They will make some noise too. I run these in the Winter when I do more offroading.

If you want a smoother ride, then Shinko 244 (rear only), Pirelli MT21 or Dunlop 606. I like the Shinko rear with a Metzeler Karoo T front for a smooth ride. the Dunlop and Pirelli are a little more aggresive, don't wear as evenly, and are louder on the road.

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  • jcbikes

Posted March 17, 2012 - 06:01 AM


Kenda 270 for the rear. 5.10 size the best. I have been getting over 3,000 miles on them on my WR426. The front kendas were ok but have switched to dunlop d739 for now and like it.

  • Stealth13

Posted April 02, 2012 - 06:29 AM


Still loOking for tires thinking of going the 63 over that 43 trial tire because there is lots of mud and slippery places where I ride

  • n16ht5

Posted April 02, 2012 - 10:23 AM


When it gets really muddy I put a maxxis desert IT on. They wear like iron. I have searched and searched. I am down to three favorite tires..

Michelin X-11 trial - like super glue, not so great on road, but doable.

Pirelli MT43 - super awesome on street, good on trails, but not quite the glue. Still better than a knob on dry trails.

Maxxis Desert IT - I have run it flat all day, lasts on street a bit longer than D606, still grips well if you air way down

I was tempted to run a motoz but the guy who sells motoz by me said the Deserr IT will last longer on the street.

If you think a d606 is hard to mount, slather it up with boat loads of soapy water or wd40. Makes all the difference.

  • Stealth13

Posted April 04, 2012 - 02:00 PM


Think Im going to go with the 43 you guys recommended... Seems like it will be a good tire.

  • Stealth13

Posted April 05, 2012 - 07:28 AM


Is it good to run the mt43 front and rear? Going to order some Tires soon. Not sure what size to go with either

  • n16ht5

Posted April 05, 2012 - 10:14 PM


REAR - 4.00x18 Pirelli MT43
FRONT - 90/100x21

theres lots of good front tires. I like the Dunlop MX51/71 series. dont run a trials front

Edited by n16ht5, April 05, 2012 - 10:14 PM.

  • Stealth13

Posted April 05, 2012 - 10:15 PM


REAR - 4.00x18 Pirelli MT43
FRONT - 90/100x21

theres lots of good front tires. I like the Dunlop MX51/71 series. dont run a trials front

What's the negative with running the same tire front?

  • n16ht5

Posted April 05, 2012 - 11:24 PM


washes out too much, go full knob

  • johndeerekid

Posted April 06, 2012 - 06:43 AM


Kenda Trak Master II is what i would recommend for both front and rear. a buddy of mine has been using them for years on his enduro bike and he loves them, and he got me hooked on em. they are great on road because of the tread pattern they don't have alot of vibrations. and off road they are amazing. they hook up on everything. i cant really tell you how long they last but I've gotten a full season of riding on mine so far and the fronts still at 95% and the rears at about 90% tread. but i try to keep it off road -Wes

  • 07wr250

Posted April 06, 2012 - 06:49 AM


Check out MotoZ tires they offer a lot of tires that are DOT. They might be more Knobb's then what you want, but worth a shot.

This. I don't dual sport, but I run a Motoz Enduro I/T on my WR250f for woods riding. Its a good tire, and its DOT approved


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