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Old 09-29-2012, 07:05 AM   #1
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Michelin T- 63 how are they working

How are the t-63 working for you guys. I need a new front to replace my scorp..
I have a mefo SE on the rear and thought that might be a good combo for the 990.
I spend alot of time on the slab.

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Old 09-29-2012, 09:02 AM   #2
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I tried the T-63 and took it off. It was slightly better for me in the dirt than the TKC-80, but leaned over on the slab it was unpredictable and uncomfortable. If you compare them, the TKC has about 4x the side knob area so it makes sense.

For my uses and terrain, the TKC is a better choice.

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Old 09-29-2012, 02:33 PM   #3
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T63 front

I like them on my SE. Theres better tires for more street. I'm not trying to drag my pegs on the street so they work good enough for me. The knobs don't wear as funny as 606 or MT21 on the street. I can get them real cheap.So i'm happy
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:30 PM   #4
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I had the opposite experience from alleycatdad. I could push the T63 very hard on the street, as in going on a sportbike ride on twisty WI backroads, while keeping up with R1's and Ducatis. The TKC80, with it's taller knobs, will squirm and walk a bit at the same pace.
Plus, the T63's are cheaper!
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:52 AM   #5
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I ran a set of T63s on a 1100 on/off road ride in Mexico last year. I snowed on us in the mountains for the first 200 miles, so wet and a little slimy; they worked better than I anticipated. Further south, it was hot with lots of deep sand. As long as you kept moving, the rear worked OK. The front was fine in all conditions.

The only flaw was that the rear started to rip at the base of each knob. It didn't rip through the carcass but I really had to be careful for the last 300 miles as not to destroy the tire.

Bottom line; I don't think the rear holds up well on a 950/990 due to the HP and wheel spin. My buddy has a set on his KLR and they worked really well so I'd say on a lighter lower HP bike, no problem. I don't know how they would do on a street-going ocean liner GS 1200.
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:36 PM   #6
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... I need a new front to replace my scorp..
I have a mefo SE on the rear ...
I spend alot of time on the slab...
The T63 fronts have too Flimsy of Sidewalls for a big bike.
The TKC has short tread depth & also thin sidewalls.
The stock (SE) front Metzeler Karoo TRAVELER knobbie has outlasted ANY front tire I've found for true 50/50 dual sporting.

I love the REAR Mefo Super Explorer

High air pressures is the key to longevity & less likely flats on big bikes
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:00 PM   #7
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The stock (SE) front Metzeler Karoo TRAVELER knobbie has outlasted ANY front tire I've found for true 50/50 dual sporting.
You're serious? I think I got 1000 miles out of the stock front and fewer out of the rear. It was great on the street though.
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:23 PM   #8
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The Expen$ive Karoo "traveler" Front - NOT the regular cheaper Karoo front.
All rear karoo rears is DOO DOO IMHO.
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:29 PM   #9
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The Expen$ive Karoo "traveler" Front - NOT the regular cheaper Karoo front.
All rear karoo rears is DOO DOO IMHO.
Ahh... . Ok.
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:36 PM   #10
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Karoo 2 (not Brown Dog's 'T') and K60 Mefo/Hidenau

I got 6500 miles out of a Karoo 2 (with a Tubliss insert) on a ride from Beyneu, Kazakhstan to Ulaan Bator, Mongolia. There was alot of bad tarmac and a helluva lot more dirt/sand/gravel.

The Karoo 2 is CHEAP, like the T63. The Tubliss extended life, in my experience, another 2000 miles.

The Karoo (T) on my Husky TE630 is fantastic on street and I chase sport bikes into every corner I can.

It's hard to add to the K60's reputation. On this run, 12,000 miles and I'm still a long way from the wear bars. That's on a 2.5" rear rim with a 140/80.
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:12 PM   #11
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The question was

How you like a T63 front. That is if you have ran one. Not what your favorite tires are
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:22 PM   #12
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I've got one on the Adv now and it's been good...haven't had a chance to run a lot of dirt lately, got about 3k on the tire and it looks good. Very little cupping and good tread left. It feels way better on and off road than the Mefo Explorer it replaced.

Keep the PSI up!
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:13 PM   #13
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I like the T63 on a Husky 630, etc. The ADV is a little heavy. PSI has to be kept up. The sidewalls are not stiff, just like the 21" TKC (the 19" TKC is relatively stiff).

The Michelin Desert, which the T63 is based is not cheap but is great on the ADV, on front.
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Old 10-02-2012, 02:48 PM   #14
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I guess I will just have to try it myself as there are so many
opinions. I think the scorps have very soft sidewalls so I don't
know if thats a problem. After having a rear flat on the stock
scorp it was a breeze to change by the side of the road but the new
Mefo has a stiff sidewall and probably be a bitch.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:01 PM   #15
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The soft sidewall will be especially noticeable (!) when you flat . . . ever moreso on a heavy bike.
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