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Old 05-06-2015, 01:04 PM   #1
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Time to order the DOT off-road tires…….which ones?

It's been a long time since I had to order tires for a lightweight dual sport but I just found the title for the EXC so…. it's time. A few years ago the killer combination up here in New England was the MT-21 front and Trackmaster rear. Well, I know Time Marches On so I was wondering if this is still considered a good combo for DOT legal off-road tires. Also, what would be a good, general purpose off road NON-DOT tire?

thanks guys, i know tire threads can suck.
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Old 05-06-2015, 03:07 PM   #2
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I'd recommend running non-DOT tires if you're not riding many, or any, miles on pavement. As for what tire; it's very subjective, and variable, depending upon trail conditions and riding style.


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Old 05-06-2015, 03:46 PM   #3
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Pirelli MT43 rear or MT16 or 18 rear.
Bridgestone MT59, IRC TR-8, Pirelli MT 16 or 18 front.
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Old 05-06-2015, 03:48 PM   #4
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The northeast woods standard has long been the mt16 rear and m59 front.
I've been riding and racing around here for a few years now. For dots, just get a set of 606's and live with it. If you don't really care about the man, I've been running a ve35 front and trials rear. I don't like the Pirelli mt43 dot trials rear, they delaminate quickly on the sidewalls. Anything else, Vee, Dunlop, Michelin, whatever is fine by me. What you lose in sandy cornering is made up on wear tenfold.
That's basically my tire schpeil. Only thing else I have to add is the Vee 140 tackee is the best woods tire I've ever ridden. Trials compound on a spaced out knob pattern. They ride amazing. They don't last long though.
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Old 05-06-2015, 03:54 PM   #5
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I like the Pirelli XCMH's. They are the old MT 18's and are DOT tires. They hold up pretty well, and work well off road.
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Old 05-06-2015, 06:47 PM   #6
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I'd recommend running non-DOT tires if you're not riding many, or any, miles on pavement. As for what tire; it's very subjective, and variable, depending upon trail conditions and riding style.


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I have a set of 2/3 worry out something-or-others on there now. I need some DOT tires to pass inspection and want to get something that is going to be totally serviceable in the dirt until they wear out as I have PLENTY of other things to spend money on.
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Old 05-06-2015, 06:54 PM   #7
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Very popular DOT combo is D606 rear & Pirelli MT21 front.

Non DOT combo MT16 rear & Bridgestone M59 front.



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Old 05-07-2015, 03:22 AM   #8
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Look at atraxx from Motorsport.com they are not advertised as dot legal but most are dot legal for non highway use just like Harbour freight trailer tires .Some are highway legal their enduro tires are fim legal so they have a shorter profile not my favorite works good just like a little taller knob.
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Old 05-07-2015, 03:33 AM   #9
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Old 05-07-2015, 03:46 AM   #10
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MT16 Rear isn't DOT
MT16 Front
MT21 Rear

Very affordable, capable and decent enough life
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Old 05-07-2015, 04:54 AM   #11
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For as much as I really like the MT16 rear, I can't stand the front. It always felt loose and unplanted, regardless of what air pressure I ran in it.
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Old 05-07-2015, 09:49 AM   #12
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Also take a good hard look at the Pirelli XCMH.
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Old 05-07-2015, 10:34 AM   #13
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I run a MT43 rear and a MT 21 front with Moose 3mm heavy duty tubes. One rim lock per wheel. I ride mostly single track rocks and dirt, very little pavement. I'm running a healthy 15 to 18 psi up front (no pinch flats) and 8-12 psi on the rear. Ive had success with this setup. I know its not the new hybrid trails knobbie setup but it works well. What pavement I have ridden on this combo seemed planted to me. I usually don't exceed 60 mph.
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Old 05-07-2015, 01:21 PM   #14
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Any of the moto-z dot tires have performed well for me ( tractionator enduro it )

http://www.brapoffroad.com/more-info-motoz-tires
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