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Old 10-14-2014, 03:14 PM   #1
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Tires: Dunlop versus Michelin

Yeah, I know, it's like starting another oil thread........

I'll need some new tires for my Climber. While I would love to put a new set of Michelins on, I'm having a hard time coming to grips with the cost; ~$275. I can get a set of D803 Dunlops from Rocky Mtn ATV for ~$155.

Any feedback on that decision?

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Old 10-14-2014, 04:11 PM   #2
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And the dunlops will last twice as long and wont have as many flats unless you are doing some serious competing and with a 93 climber my two cents is dunlop
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Old 10-14-2014, 04:12 PM   #3
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ive got 2 or three mich lite rears new bike takeoffs if anybody is interested
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Old 10-14-2014, 04:14 PM   #4
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My 2 cents worth...

My 4RT has Dunlops my wifes Gas Gas 125 has Michelin's I find performance almost the same for an amateur to intermediate level rider.

On that note... Save some $ is what I will be doing when I replace my wife's or mine again. I might reconsider if I get to The advanced class.

Hope that helps.
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Old 10-14-2014, 04:18 PM   #5
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It's an old bike with a new rider. Tires don't matter, other than to have something that's not 10 years old on. If you can score some slightly used whatever for cheap go for it. I buy Dunlops, use Michelins if they come with the bike. Don't forget IRC, but I would not buy the Pirelli trials tire...great for an enduro bike, not so great as a real trials tire.
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Old 10-14-2014, 05:56 PM   #6
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Dunlops keep a bead, Michelin don`t. I ran Michelins until the tubeless came along. Run those Pirelli`s till you learn to ride it or it breaks. My vintage Fantic that I plan on winning with this weekend has about an eighteen year old tire on it. Will not make a difference if your weight and throttle is correct. Proper technique is what trials is all about.
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Old 10-14-2014, 07:08 PM   #7
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I mostly agree with the previous posts. I run the cheaper Dunlop D803's on my vintage bikes, and I'm perfectly happy with them. But I run Michelins on my modern bike, and I'm perfectly happy with them too. Since trials is mostly mental, I say buy whichever makes you feel the best, and don't look back.
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Old 10-14-2014, 07:41 PM   #8
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I've been happy with my IRC's. I think starting out the condition of the tire (new) is probably way more important than the type.
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Old 10-14-2014, 08:21 PM   #9
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It`s time for a new rear on my son`s bike. Ever since the D803 came out, I quit buying Irc`s. But as you said, new is new! Gonna make Roswell Larry?
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Old 10-15-2014, 08:04 AM   #10
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Thanks for all of the thoughts/replies.
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ive got 2 or three mich lite rears new bike takeoffs if anybody is interested
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It's an old bike with a new rider. Tires don't matter, other than to have something that's not 10 years old on. If you can score some slightly used whatever for cheap go for it. I buy Dunlops, use Michelins if they come with the bike. Don't forget IRC, but I would not buy the Pirelli trials tire...great for an enduro bike, not so great as a real trials tire.
I had not forgotten about IRC but I wasn't sure if they were worth the time/consideration. I did have IRC Trials Winners on my '86 Reflex but that was quite a while ago. It doesn't look like I'm going to make it out to Pearl City this weekend. So, I figured I could discard the ancient Michelin (rear) and get something new for next season.
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Dunlops keep a bead, Michelin don`t. I ran Michelins until the tubeless came along. Run those Pirelli`s till you learn to ride it or it breaks. My vintage Fantic that I plan on winning with this weekend has about an eighteen year old tire on it. Will not make a difference if your weight and throttle is correct. Proper technique is what trials is all about.
Yeah, I know it's more about me than the equipment. And, I know that even though the Climber has a Dunlop(front) with a Michelin(rear), that's of no real consequence. Perhaps I'll see what the IRC tires run. At any rate, it looks like they won't be needed until March of next year.
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Old 10-15-2014, 11:32 AM   #11
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It`s time for a new rear on my son`s bike. Ever since the D803 came out, I quit buying Irc`s. But as you said, new is new! Gonna make Roswell Larry?
Roswell i looking bleak, I promised I would work at the hockey shop on Sat, and my honeydo's built up during fiesta. I need to simplify my life
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Old 10-15-2014, 01:12 PM   #12
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And, Dunlop wins the price war! The IRC tires are about $25 more, per set.
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Old 10-15-2014, 05:28 PM   #13
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And, Dunlop wins the price war! The IRC tires are about $25 more, per set.
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If money was no object, I would go for the mich. I know the Dunlop performed well as I had one on my 300 ktm. I did notice the knobs were looking like they were going to crack off, but honestly never saw any adverse affects in performance. Besides that, one of my clubs champs just bought one for his bike, so they can't be all that bad!
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Old 10-15-2014, 06:57 PM   #14
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I just put a new Michelin X 11 on the back of my 4RT. The Dunlop that the po had installed tore some knobs[or what ever you call them on a trials tire] almost off. I am not good enough to tell the difference no how.

Also I don't like having different brands on a bike.
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Old 10-15-2014, 08:50 PM   #15
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I had not forgotten about IRC but I wasn't sure if they were worth the time/consideration. I did have IRC Trials Winners on my '86 Reflex but that was quite a while ago. It doesn't look like I'm going to make it out to Pearl City this weekend. So, I figured I could discard the ancient Michelin (rear) and get something new for next season.
I seem to be in the minority in our club about this, but I love the IRC's especially for mostly rock terrain. They seem to have a firmer sidewall than the Dunlop and definitely the Michelin and can run lower pressures on rock without damaging rims or pinch flats in the front. And they last well. YRMV.
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