Author Topic: Tires for off-road only - the way the bike is supposed to be ridden!  (Read 539 times)

Guymcfly

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So what's every1's fav rubber for the dirt? I've tried the following...And just my opinions here....


Dunlop d606 front makes a good plant pot stand. Rear lasts ok but squat grip.

Pirelli mt 18 rear only. Not bad. Not available anymore.

Dunlop 752 rear only. Again not bad...not great but an ok all around tire.

Mich desert. Tried both front and rear. Tough but little grip.

Kinds Parker dt. Tough for desert racing, swapped from the mich to these and found them tough and far grippier.

Mich ac10 only used these on the back on the exc, good grip but I chopped them out fast. Won't put them on the 690 as they'd be toast. Unless it's for a 24 hr enduro.

Metz mc5 good both back and front.

Bridgestone battle cross front. In a word, awesome! I have this on the front (again), and have a mich m-12 to try on the back.

I run tubliss as well to cut the unsprung lbs.

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What size Front did you run on the Bridgestone Battlecross?  I see they are avail 80/100 & 90/100.

I have run the Michelin M12 with decent results.  Just tried the MAXXIS MAXXCROSS EN M7314 - short knobs and hated this tire.

Looking at the MotoZ Tractionator Enduro I/T, but they are 90/100 front and 130/90 rears.  On paper they seem ever so slightly different in size - anyone have any input on these?
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So what's every1's fav rubber for the dirt? I've tried the following...And just my opinions here....


Dunlop d606 front makes a good plant pot stand. Rear lasts ok but squat grip.

Pirelli mt 18 rear only. Not bad. Not available anymore.

Dunlop 752 rear only. Again not bad...not great but an ok all around tire.

Mich desert. Tried both front and rear. Tough but little grip.

Kinds Parker dt. Tough for desert racing, swapped from the mich to these and found them tough and far grippier.

Mich ac10 only used these on the back on the exc, good grip but I chopped them out fast. Won't put them on the 690 as they'd be toast. Unless it's for a 24 hr enduro.

Metz mc5 good both back and front.

Bridgestone battle cross front. In a word, awesome! I have this on the front (again), and have a mich m-12 to try on the back.

I run tubliss as well to cut the unsprung lbs.
You are running Tubliss? I thought that system was not wide enough for the 690 rim widths? I have an 18 and 21 I could install on my dirt only wheels.

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The best all round tires are:
Bridgestone
ED77 80/100x21  80 mm wide, 80 mm high (100 x 100%)
ED78 120/100x18  120 mm wide, 120 mm high (120 x 100%)
They fit good with the Koubalink KTM8-1.  Does not hit the tank.
The front holds in loose gravel better that any tire I have had on any bike.
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Hello guys, I have just returned to the 690ER world after 2 years with a 990 ADV. I had been running MT21 on my first 690, then Scorpion Rally on the 990, and now Scorpion Rally with bibs (foam, no tube) on the 690. Great grip in most situations, no problems on the road at moderate speeds, and no more tubes and tools and pump to carry. I expect ~5000k front and ~2500k rear durability, as I was getting slightly less with the 990.

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MT21 up front and MotoZ mountain Hybrid on back. There’s 7-8 of us running that set up now. We averaged 800-1000 miles out of the MT21 rear and are getting close to 3,000 out of the MotoZ. We ride mostly tight 2 track with some single track throughn in. They clean very well in MO mud/clay. I also run the Tubliss system and love it.
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Aside from the short tread life issue, has anyone found a rear tire on the 690 they like better than the MT-21?
I do like the tire for 80-20 dirt-asphalt.  Hooks up good for me and is pretty easy to change. 

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Just over 150 road miles on the 690 now and heading to California in about six weeks. Going to take a new MT21 rear tire as a spare. For the price, and how in the past with my KXL650 I really appreciated good off-road traction, I'll stay with the MT21's for now.

Certainly open to alternatives.

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Has anyone tried the IRC M5B ?  I rode it down in Florida in the mud and sand 2 weekends ago on my KTM 300 and liked it alot.  Rode quiet a few pavement miles and was impressed with the modest wear.