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Old 12-09-2012, 10:06 PM   #1
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What tire? Baja

Sorry for yet another tire thread, BUT, I'm driving myself a little batty trying to cipher out what would be the best tire for a leisurely tour of Baja's east and south on a DR650.

I'm not talking about trying to follow the Baja 1000, no serious off road, but want to be able to cruise the paved parts and feel stable and comfortable on the rough and dirty back roads.

I have not ridden south of San Felipe, so I don't really know how rough the roads are. If you have been there recently, I would love to hear what worked for you. Thanks.
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:29 AM   #2
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Why not just spoon on a set of 606s?
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:58 AM   #3
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Another option might be Continental TKC 80's...

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Old 12-10-2012, 09:39 AM   #4
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Good suggestions. The 606's would be perfect on the dirt, but on the pavement (probably half the trip) maybe not so much. As for the TKC 80's, estan muy caro.

I'm leaning toward the Kenda K761 as a possible dirt/slab (not too pricey) compromise. Whatcha think?
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:36 PM   #5
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kenda 270 worked good for me
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:42 PM   #6
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D606 is a good option

Maxxis Desert IT is also killer too, but not as road friendly. If i was doing a dirt only trip I think i'd have a Desert IT on the rear, and a Dunlop 742 up front.
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:11 PM   #7
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Heidenau Scout can get you some great mileage and be pretty comfy on some dirt.
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:30 PM   #8
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I haven't used it, but have some friends that like the Kenda K784 (their new adventure/dual sport tire).

I always use TKC's on my GS. On my Husaberg, I like the D606 on the rear and Pirelli XCMH on the front for dual sport.
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:20 PM   #9
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how about metzeler karoos,
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:49 PM   #10
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My experience is that a 606 is a great Baja tire on a 650. On something smaller, a Kenda Trackmaster was fine. The Maxxis Deserts hold up well and throw rocks extremely well the entire trip.

Last year, I did a solo trip, so I stuck with mild dirt and mostly road. I had a set of Sahara 3's on my G650X. They hook up well, but the front tire is very easily punctured and has ZERO sidewall strength when you get a flat. The rear tire is fine, I actually rode that same rear tire through Death Valley 2 weeks ago, going up through Butte Valley to Mengal Pass, down Goler Wash and ended up in Panamint springs.

For my trip to Baja next week, I'm going with 606's again. They aren't bad on the road, they work well in the dirt, and they have very good sidewall strength. Planning on doing more offroad and beach riding.

Take extra heavy duty tubes, and more front tubes than you think you'll need.

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Old 12-11-2012, 04:52 PM   #11
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Yeah they're expensive but they work well. Just did a trip on 1200GS's in October to Mike's, Gonzaga, Coco's, then up the Pacific side and Laguna Hanson. We had a good mix of highway and dirt/sand. When we dumped the bikes in the sand it wasn't because of the tires
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:55 PM   #12
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sure, Continental TKC 80's
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:03 PM   #13
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Best and cheapest

Shinko 244"s front and rear are about $100 a pair and last a loooong time. Will work perfectly in Baja (was there last weekend) and used them on my KLR and DR 650's
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Old 12-12-2012, 04:53 AM   #14
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I vote Michelin T 63. It is a good sand tire and nice on the highway too. Plus cheap. Air them up pretty high for the tar, though.
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:48 AM   #15
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I have a plated Honda xr650r.It likes rear tires and cups front tires if it sees too much pavement.1st set f&r where dunlop 606's.I liked the rear but not the front-I got both down to about %30 and replaced them with pirelli mt21 rear and xcmh front to prep the bike for 2011 LA-B-V dual sport event.I really liked that set ot tires.but either set would not make 1800-2000 miles of baja.The bike gets run on the highway then gets run on single track-no trucking the bike locally.Current set up is pirelli mt 21 front shinko 244 rear.I have about 800 miles on this setup and tires are wearing well.The front tire is not cupped from highway riding and the rear has about %50-%60 left.I think this will be my normal setup.Quiet and smooth on the road but able to handle rocky single track.I have my doubts about mud though.
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