908 Front Tire

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by henryroten, Jun 13, 2013.

  1. henryroten

    henryroten Been here awhile

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    I couldn't find any threads on the topic but planning a trip to Cabo in the fall and was considering a 908 front tire? Anyone have any experience with it good or bad? Most of the trip will be on pavement but sandy roads/washouts etc. will always play a part in the trip.
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  2. BigNastybrp

    BigNastybrp Big Nasty

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    I dont know anyone using the 908 front I have not heard anything good about it. Most run mt21 or d606 I use the rally and will replace it with the same rally . B
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  3. BigNastybrp

    BigNastybrp Big Nasty

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  4. kaptinkaos

    kaptinkaos Just some nOOb

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    A 908 will be a not so stellar choice for a mostly paved trip. Go with a Michelin T63, Pirelli Scorpion, Karoo T or similar. 908's a way dirt oriented and wll be very squirrely on pavement, :)
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  5. John_L

    John_L Been here awhile

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    Have a 908 on a bike I bought recently, it sucks. T63 is waiting to be spooned on.
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  6. GJ990

    GJ990 Been here awhile

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    My bike came with the 908 as standard and it is less than ideal on pavement. It has gotten better after 2500 miles but it still produces head shake over 65 mph if you hit a pothole or tar snake. It has suspect grip in the wet also. But, if you ride carefully, it is tolerable. Off road it is very, very good though. For your trip of mostly pavement there are better options IMHO.
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  7. graveltooth

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    just took one off of my 990 and replaced it with a Heidenau Scout. The tire's just too aggressive for pavement and I experienced head shake above 65 too. Not good. :puke1

    I like the Scout for a 50-50 tire and a TKC if you have to have knobs.
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  8. Dan950ser

    Dan950ser Two Wheeled Addict

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    I'd run 606 if more dirt and tkc80 if more street. 908 front no bueno.
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  9. jon6.0

    jon6.0 Been here awhile

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    Same here. The 908 sucked on my 2013 990 so I put a T63 on. Does great on the pavement and great offroad.
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  10. Mikef5000

    Mikef5000 Long timer

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    How many miles are you guys getting out of a front D606, T63, and TKC80?

    I was planning on spooning on a set of K60's, but I really don't need the front to last 20k miles, I'd rather have a slightly more aggressive front that will wear out about the same time as the rear.
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  11. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    A T63 lasts me about 4K...
    and then I'm riding carcass.
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  12. Sporting Wood

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    T63 feels good.

    D908 front lasts longer but is squirrely on pavement IF its inflated too much. These are unique different animals. Its a really stiff sidewall and feels like total crap if you fill it up to 30+ like most people do. The key to this tire is to fill it up to only 22-25 lbs. or so. The thing will run with NO air, the sidewalls so stiff. I like it myself. Hell of a good Baja tire IMHO. You can't kill it. 908 rear has the tendency to fishtail a bit on the sand, but its another un-killable tire. Hooks up great too but can be a little scary on pavement once the things wore down a bit. Lower pressures work on it well too.
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  13. JRod152

    JRod152 will work for tires

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    ...that's my vote. I use it on the front almost exclusively. I alternate b/w the Pirelli Rally rear (much cheaper rear knobbie than 908... front and rear for less than 908 rear only) & a K60/Mefo. I am trying the Karoo 3 rear for the first time right now so jury is still out on it. I can/t say I like these compromise tires too much. I'd much rather have 2 wheel sets.

    The Rally front rails in the twisties for what it is, is decently stable 90mph & under, and has the stiff carcass I want for the dirt. I can get 5K miles out of it if I need to, but usually less.

    For a mostly road trip... find more off road! :D
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  14. jon6.0

    jon6.0 Been here awhile

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    You have the Karoo 3 on there now? The 140 or 150? How are you liking it?
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  15. JRod152

    JRod152 will work for tires

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    This is all on a 950se btw... Karoo 3 140. 95 bones shipped. Hard to beat if you ask me... had to try it! I have about 600 miles on it so far, so its too early to tell, but...

    It's quieter than the knobbie, of course. I like the block spacing much better than the K60 for offroad/gravel/sand. It sticks as well as I need for the lame roads around here, commuting, gravel, & the occasional clover-leaf on the highway.

    My hopes are 4K average out of a Pirelli Rally front which will mean 2ish rears, switching b/w the knobbie & Karoo 3 as necessary. Those who say the Rally and Karoo 3 rear are not the best of each world... I say show me a better option for under $100/ea. When there is a $60 - $100 difference on rear tires, that starts to add up. My 2 cents of course...

    I'll update on the Karoo 3 after some decent mileage and experience.

    Dont mean to hi-jack this front tire thread. Tire talk is a touchy subject.
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  16. Knobbiethrower

    Knobbiethrower ADV in ADK

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    908 good = offroad biased tire, offers great offroad traction with great flat protection, my personal choice for offroad riding on the big adv bikes.

    908 bad = onroad performance has been shared by many, it was not designed for high speed pavement use. The size of the knobbies, rubber compound and sidewall stiffness does not make this a confidence inspiring high speed on road choice. I do not ride my 990 ADV like a sport bike, so it really does not bother me.
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  17. KnightRider374

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    I had a dual sport setup with 908's for a trip through NV where services were few and far between. It will be very difficult to get a pinch flat since the sidewalks are so firm and the tire is extremely heavy. I also found it to be fairly expensive compared to other options. I stand a lot on my off road trips, even on gravel roads, and found myself getting a little squirrelly even with a Scott's dampener. They are durable tires so I won't say that I would never buy them again but my primary reason would be to avoid pinch flats while riding in the gnarliest of dry hard pack and rocky trails where you can't afford to be stranded.
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