Tires

I have a 07 Xr650l. I want to take off the street tires and put on dirt tires. What size tires do I need. Front and Back.

best to look at the size right off the tires that are on it. I dont know off the top of my head except front is 21" and rear is 18". 13 and on a L WOW?????

must be a big boy!

must be a big boy!

its my uncles bike but he doesnt know the size of the tire and i dont either.

Consider some dunlop 606's, or other similar tire, so you can keep it DOT legal just in case you take it back on the street sometime. I just put a set on my xr and they are a great 50/50 tire. They wear well and they hook up great off road- my testing has been kind of limited so far but no complaints yet.

Perrelli makes a great off road tire that is street legal. I believe it is called the MT-21

Perrelli makes a great off road tire that is street legal. I believe it is called the MT-21

That's what was on my bike when I bought it. They wore out quick but worked great off road.

i use pirellis mt21's and they are great street legal knobbies.

90/90-21 front

130/90-18 rear

these i feel are the perfect size.

I'm looking to replace my stock tires as well and I'm having a hard time deciding on a tire too. I do the vast majority of my riding on-road...I'd say 95/5, so obviously it would be smart to focus on a road-friendly tire. Problem is, the vast majority of off-road riding I do is on sandy trails, where the stock tires, and I'm guessing most if not all road-friendly tires, are not good at all. When I do go out, I need to at least somewhat keep up with my friends on their trail bikes, so it has to be a consideration.

I'd actually like to get 2 sets, but the thought of swapping tires out is less than appealing.

mefo explorers.

The story behind the MT-21's is back in the late 80's early 90's California required that the tires used in the desert series out there be DOT approved because parts of the races went onto public streets. Perrelli had already been making these tires so they took them to the DOT for their stamp of approval. They got it and that was that.

The front tires last about 4000 miles the rear only about 2000 miles if you ride them on the street. They are a great off-road tire that is street legal. They aren't all that great on the street. They will slide on wet roads. I have always considered the price of the tires part of owning this type of bike. I don't register my XR650L anymore so now I can go with less expensive Non-DOT tires.

+1 on mefo explorers

90/90-21 fronts

120/80-18 rears

(although the 130's also work on the rear)

nice on the road with good mileages and good off-road

Arrowhead Motorsports usually has them

I'm running 90-90-21's and 140-80-18's Pirelli Scorpion eXTra. Excellent in the mud and on loose rocks

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that place looks killer! that uk? any fishing in that lake?

that place looks killer! that uk? any fishing in that lake?

That picture was taken a couple of weeks ago in an excellent dirt bike playground that we in the U.K. call Wales. As for the fishing??? dunno mate I'm an arch enemy of fisherman... I canoe

Consider some dunlop 606's, or other similar tire, so you can keep it DOT legal just in case you take it back on the street sometime. I just put a set on my xr and they are a great 50/50 tire. They wear well and they hook up great off road- my testing has been kind of limited so far but no complaints yet.

actually dunlop 606s are 80/20 dirt/street tire

Why all the recommendations on DOT rubber?? he's 13, does it matter? by the time he's old enough to be liscensed & plated, he'll have gone through many dirt tires. Unless his uncle plans on riding it legally on the street. Then just disregard my question LOL

actually dunlop 606s are 80/20 dirt/street tire

Agreed. I've been using them about 50/50, I should have clarified that. If I get close to 2K out of them, i'll be happy.

Why all the recommendations on DOT rubber?? he's 13, does it matter? by the time he's old enough to be liscensed & plated, he'll have gone through many dirt tires. Unless his uncle plans on riding it legally on the street. Then just disregard my question LOL

Wow. I didn't notice that. lol I guess it was his name, TheBoss, that implied some kind of authoritative figure.

What kind of tire pressure do you run when you are on the road with the street legal knobbies?

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