Tire Choices

hey guys, im riding a 07' yz450 and am looking for a set of new tires. i ride a couple tracks that start out loamy and get hard pack. and sometimes stay hard pack for a few rides. im thinking about getting the mx51 for the front and a dunlop 952 for the rear. has anyone used the new mx71 yet? i think that looks like it is for a really hard pack. i like the look of the 952 and peaple say it hooks up everywhere and wears good. any input would be appreciated. thanks

I don't know if the terrain in ND is similar to that here in Manitoba, but most of our stuff up here is hard-pack. For the last few years I've been running Dunlop D739's (HP tire), but this year I've switch things up a little. With the 739's I was getting 20 to 22 hours on 'em.

I had a Kenda Carlsbad that lasted 3 hours before it started chunking on me, seriously... 3 hours. I'll never buy another one. After that I put a Bridgesone M604 Int rear on and so far I've got 10 hours on it and it looks pretty good, I'll be surprised if it doesn't still have something left in another 10 hours.

I've got a Bridgestone M22 HP and a Michelin Hp4 in my basement, after I take the 604 off I'm going to put the Hp4 on as I'm curious to see how that tire will wear.

Sorry I can't offer any info on the 952, but I've heard guys recommend them before. I should mention that all I ride is MX.

ok thanks, the only reason i was looking at the 952 because the track is real loamy until some good lines get cut in. and another track is about half sand and half sandy clay that packs hard. im not a serious racer just ride for fun but still like to ride hard and have something that works good.

I ride the same conditions for the most part and after years of trying diferent combos, front and rear, the only thing I want to use from now on is The Michelin MH3 front and rear.:thumbsup:

I ride the same conditions for the most part and after years of trying diferent combos, front and rear, the only thing I want to use from now on is The Michelin MH3 front and rear.:lol:

Amen Brother! The MH3 front and rear are amazing hard pack tires.:thumbsup:

thanks for the input guys. but tonight when we rode it was really nice and tacky and not really hard at all. i know i can't have the best of both, but how will a hard pack tire do in the softer tackier stuff. im not looking for the perfect answer but just some help. and just being a rider, not racer, i think i would lean toward the hard pack just so it doesn't get rounded off right away. let me know what you think

That's pretty much exactly what I do, I run a hard-pack tire because 75-80% of what I ride is hard-pack with the remaining 20% being Int/soft/tacky conditions. I'm not interested in changing tires, from a hard-pack to a mud/soft tire when conditions change. I know that most of the time I'm going to be on a track that is mostly hard-pack with some soft sections, especially if we've had rain (tonnes of it lately).

If I were running tires designed for soft conditions I know that I'd be wearing them prematurely, so I sacrifice a little in the soft to gain a lot in the int/hard stuff and even more in tire longevity.

I had won a maxxis desert it at a race and tryed it,great tire in all conditions and lasted almost a year of riding,in utah it gets hard packed and rutted fast too!

thanks for the input guys. but tonight when we rode it was really nice and tacky and not really hard at all. i know i can't have the best of both, but how will a hard pack tire do in the softer tackier stuff. im not looking for the perfect answer but just some help. and just being a rider, not racer, i think i would lean toward the hard pack just so it doesn't get rounded off right away. let me know what you think

Like I said I ride the conditions you describe and the MH3 front and rear both work Awsome in soft loamy dirt, sticky/tacky rutted dirt, tacky hard packed clay, and dry dusty hard pack. It's the closest to having the best of both worlds I could ever imagine. and best of all the are super durable. They out last every other tire I've ever tried period! I'll never use anything else again.

Generally speaking, a soft terrain tire has a harder rubber compound and will retain it's edges longer but be prone to chunking as it wears. A hard terrain tire has a softer rubber compound and will round off faster but be less prone to chunking.

I have found the Dunlop MX-51's to be a very good all-around tire with respectable wear tendencies.

The MH3, for those conditions, is very very good. Many of my riding buds went to it a long time ago. Guess I was the last holdout. Only a Pirelli Scorpion Pro XT front ranks as high in my opinion.

I will put my vote in for the Bstone 604. Also the 404 is great to. Better than any Dunlop or Maxxis i've used to date. The 604 being my current tire and I WILL buy another.

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