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Old 03-13-2015, 10:48 AM   #1
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2014 KTM 500EXC Front Tire Recommendations?

Im currently in the market for a new front tire due to the stocker side knobs ripping off after 1500 miles. I ride Vegas Desert 80%dirt/20road the terrain consists of rocks, rocks, and more rocks, gravel, and sand... Ive got a MT43 as my rear which is pretty good.

Im currently looking at:

Pirelli MT 21

Maxxis Maxx Cross Desert IT

Pirelli SCORPION PRO ALL TERRAIN/ENDURO

Ive looked all over the web and those seem the best. The stocker(Maxxis Enduro) wasnt too bad. I need something that can do 80 on the freeway an hook up well in the above conditions....If it lasts all summer I'm happy...

Recommendations??

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Old 03-13-2015, 11:00 AM   #2
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Have ridden a 525 with the MT21 and the Maxxis Desert IT.
Do recommend the MT21. It's my favorite.
Do not recommend the Maxxis. It works for me on a 300, but something about the 525 makes it wander where it shouldn't. A lot.
Cannot comment on the Pirelli Scorpion All Pro
You didn't ask, but I do not recommend the D606 Front either.
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Old 03-13-2015, 11:07 AM   #3
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Old 03-13-2015, 11:13 AM   #4
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I think you will find the light weight of the 500 allows you to run a more dirt worthy dot knobbie than the 606 and MT21...which are good tires...especially for a 950SE or a 690....

Look at the XCMH....
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Old 03-13-2015, 11:17 AM   #5
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Dirtbike Magazine had good things to say about the Golden Tire - see review link below.

http://dirtbikemagazine.com/home-new...-tire-gt216-aa
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Old 03-13-2015, 11:53 AM   #6
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Washingol Sticky 90/100 21, about 50 bucks a tire, dot approved. The wider (90/100) gets up on top of the sand sooner and give good impact resistance. I use it on my 300 and 500, works great on both bikes. It'll slip a little when you're pushing it's limits hard but it's controlled and won't let loose all of a sudden like many other tires, MT21 & D606 specifically. We ride everything from Rocky Mtns to sandy Dez to Moab. It doesn't last as long as some tires but @ $50 I can afford to replace it more often and I prefer to do that than compromised handling.
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Old 03-13-2015, 12:42 PM   #7
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I have had good luck with the MT21 except in mud. My son had a Washougal Sticky and it seems to be a good tire. I have read lots of good reviews on the Pirelli Scorpion XCMH. I may try that next time.
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Old 03-14-2015, 08:47 AM   #8
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Hmmmm....

Thanks for the input!

Im really thinking about ordering the Pirelli XCMH

but I might also order a MT21 just to try it out...

I agree with nowwhat that I do want to run a dirt knobby.

Where are you guys buying your Washingol Sticky and Golden Tires? I didnt really find good prices.
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Old 03-14-2015, 08:50 AM   #9
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Hmmmm....

Thanks for the input!

Im really thinking about ordering the Pirelli XCMH

but I might also order a MT21 just to try it out...

I agree with nowwhat that I do want to run a dirt knobby.

Where are you guys buying your Washingol Sticky and Golden Tires? I didnt really find good prices.
I got my last pair at MCSuperstore for $52 ea so I bought 2 and got free shipping.
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Old 03-14-2015, 09:03 AM   #10
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I'd go with the Pirelli XCMH. I have used and liked that front tire in rocky/sandy desert conditions.
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Old 03-14-2015, 10:10 AM   #11
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The Golden Tyre 216AA FIM is the latest hot setup out here in the Mojave.
It is a 90/100-21 kind of reminds me of the old 3.25 Metzler we used to run "back in the day". Hard to find unless you mail order.
I talked to several pro riders at the Checkers National and they swear by these things. One guy had hoarded six of them, and I tried to buy one off him he refused to part with it.
I have one on now, it's world better than the stock Michelin on my 501s but not enough time on the bike to get a real evaluation.
It's DOT also if that matters to you.


Available here mail order:http://www.adventure-spec.com/defaul...ont-tyres.html

Zip Ty racing usually has them in stock, but there is some logjam with US imports so they are on backorder right now.

Just another option to look at.
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Old 03-15-2015, 11:52 AM   #12
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Whats the difference between the:

GoldenTyre GT 216 AA FIM 90 / 100 - 21 TT 57R Front

and

GoldenTyre GT 216 AA FIM DST 90 / 100 - 21 TT 57R Front

Im really interested in trying it out, all the reviews say its great!
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Old 03-15-2015, 12:06 PM   #13
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The DST is their "Rally" tire. I believe it is intended for the heavy Dakar bikes.
More plies/ stiffer sidewall. I imagine emphasis is placed on longevity and puncture resistance.

The one I got from Ty Davis is the FIM, thats what they all use.
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Old 03-16-2015, 01:44 AM   #14
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Thanks for the help guys!

I ordered the Golden tire...

Now I have to wait for my deployment to end to get back riding.....

I would have ordered the sticky but MC superstore was out and I almost bought the XCMH but said screw it go big or go home!
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Old 03-16-2015, 03:21 PM   #15
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Cool! Give us a ride report/impression. Once I get mine in the usual terrain I ride in I will be able to make a fair comparison.
Also let us know how the transaction went. Seems crazy to order a tire from NZ, doesn't it?
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