headsup: MEFO Super Explorers

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Geek, May 18, 2010.

  1. DirtySantana

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    Since we are talking tires here and I plan on getting the MEFO for the rear. I currently have a 908 front for the 990 (AntiPaul set me up with them as a peace offering). How do the 908 work, on-road off road? Just wondering if i should use them once my current front tire runs out?
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  2. mountain eagle

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    Okay, I'd like to give these a shot............... Any good Denver source for these? Match front and rear is typical?
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  3. Greg@RME

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    I'm seriously considering trying these for the DR650 after chewing thru a rear 606, a front MT21 and a rear Kenda Trackmaster. I hate to admit it, but I do a lot of highway riding to get to & from the dirt and the knobbies just aren't lasting at all. I just mounted up the Trackmaster last week, did 800 miles this weekend and the tire's almost 1/2 gone. :eek1

    I'm very curious to hear how these do in the dirt, obviously they aren't a knobbie, but if they're half-decent in the dirt AND last some decent miles, I'm interested.
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  4. The Fist

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    imo, they are far more than half-decent. get 'em.
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  5. Geek

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    I was surprised how good they are in the dirt.
    I expected it to be "half way between" a 908 and a Scorpian. It's closer in capability to the 908.

    I think I might have found my "dual sport" tire for the rear... fingers crossed I can get more than 4K

    :lurk
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  6. Esteban

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    4000 miles from a rear !!! :eek1 Only if you ride like a petunia.

    I am lucky to get 1000 out of my rear 606 on either the RFS or LC4.
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  7. Geek

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    That's the point of this tire. I get around 1000 on a 606 as well.. but this is not 606 (thank goodness).

    I got 1700 out of a 908 on the 950.. I need to find a I tire I can nurse for 4k to Montana and back.
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  8. Greenflyfarmer

    Greenflyfarmer I'm better now.

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    I'll be in the Springs third week of June looking for a rear tire. Parts boy in Gunnison was very unreliable last year. If Apex is good and I can stop there, it's right on the way from VA and I won't have to tote a tire cross country. Good info.
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  9. mountain eagle

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    And for the front?
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  10. Geek

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    I went with another TKC 80.

    I like how predictable it is both on and off road though I dunno if I'm sold on the way it wears (though the wear is much better on pavement than any "real knobbie").
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  12. Tha Rick

    Tha Rick Shake and bake!

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    So I've been pretty happy with tha scorps on tha 950. Remember that it's a 500lb, 100+ H.P huge dirt bike...

    I've jumped it, got tha cracks in tha tank to prove a hard life, rode singletrack, a bunch of whoops, did 2 up over Kingston high route, all on scorps...Front rim looks like it came from a roadside taco stand in Baja, bashplate is bashed...etc...

    Is turning a KTM 9X0 into something wild kinda like turning a VW bug into a sand buggy tha thing to do?

    Just wondering, cuz seems like putting knobbies on a bike with a front fender that catches mud and halts progress more than Obama's change?

    When ridden hard, it stretches chains faster than Oprah's girdle....

    Tha brakes do a decent job until they're pushed, then they fade faster than Jessie James popularity....

    Tha weight and handling in difficult terrain is like training an elephant to do a trials course..

    Once, under close adult supervision and closed course circumstances, I was able to exceed tha speed limit and hang with sportbikes in tha canyons, but not dragging pegs like that superfast To??ler, cuz he schools those that need to be educated on tha road, on scorps...

    Don't get me wrong, I support tha mods to make it work for you..But I wonder why trying to make a 500lb bike work better with more knobbie tires...


    Mod's are good, Lifted my truck and put on '33's, worked GREAT...Studded snow tires on tha Diesel, etc...

    Show some Pic's of 'dunes, hillclimb's, etc...
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  13. Geek

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    Here is a good pic of the tread pattern:
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    Rick: I was on the mefo... graywolf on scorps. Guess who had waaaaaay more fun in the 1st) mud 2nd) deep gravel and 3rd) sand dunes?

    [​IMG]

    If I wanted a street bike I'd have bought a street bike.
    I bought a dual sport touring bike.
    :ricky

    Really though.. the MEFO is not a knobby.. it is like a really deep treaded scorpian. For me the Scorps don't make sense on the 950 when mefos can run 95% of their onroad capability but 300+% of the offroad capability? On my ride last weekend 800+miles of it was on dirt.. all of it made better by mefos.

    p.s. I don't have a mud-in-the-fender issue after my high fender "mod" - but Mark definitely did.. and that was on the dirt roads west of steamboat which turn to clay-crusted-slime when wet :eek1

    This is what the road surface was like:
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    p.p.s. You aren't kidding about Oprah's girdle.. I need a new chain already :patch

    p.p.p.s. get off tha lazy arse of yers and put tha high fender and some mefos on tha thing :D
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  14. kaia

    kaia team F5 ⌘R

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    i just put a new set of Mefo Explorers (not the Super Explorer, as my Dakar has stupid 17" rears) and although i didn't get much off-road riding (only about 10-15%) in while i had them on, the rear got 7k+ mi on it, and still could have probably gone another 1k. so... from a tarmac point of view, 7k. i'd love to hear how they wear when used more off-road.
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  15. Geek

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    I'll post up when they are toast.

    The first 1000 miles has been 80% offroad and 30% of that with the tire spinning :ricky
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  16. radiowazee

    radiowazee Golewahz???

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    Geek -- thanks for the report on the MEFO's ... I just bought a set based on the chatter in Orange Crush before seeing your thread. I was looking for more ability off road than the Scorp's were giving me; and I didn't want to go "as dirty" as the Dunlop setup many use. It sounds like the MEFO's might do the trick for me, can't wait to get some miles on 'em.

    Cheers,
    Howard
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  17. radiowazee

    radiowazee Golewahz???

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    First ride on the MEFO's; really nice!

    I got the Super Explorer front and rear from Twisted Throttle ($169 and $109 plus shipping). Pavement feel was very good, really good traction on the corners -- just a tad bit less stable on the pavement than the TKC-80s I had previously -- not that it stopped me from some nice 60+ MPH canyon carving and 75+ MPH on the straights! I suspect this has something to do with the knobbies; there are more, smaller ones on the MEFO -- the TKC has fewer knobs, big honkin ones.

    Dirt performance however, is really really nice -- much better traction than the TKC's imho. I didn't do anything crazy, just tooled around Tarryall, but the front gripped in just fine. They made the bike feel a lot more alive in the dirt; at least that was my perception! The tread pattern front and rear definitely works in the dirt better than the TKCs.

    I rode 35 PSI in both the front and rear all day; pavement and dirt. I'll fine tune my pressures over the next few rides.

    Only put about 250 miles on, nothing super aggressive yet as I'm still breaking them in (at least for the pavement). So far I'm pleased.

    Cheers,
    Howard

    Here's a cell phone shot of the rear overlooking Kenosha pass today.

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  18. quota

    quota Been here awhile

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    I was at Arrowhead Motorsports in Moab and he stocks the MEFO Super Explorer. The tire looked appealing. I understood that the Super Explorer only came in a rear size (18").

    I'm not finding anything different on the MEFO website. Can you verify that the front is a Super Explorer?
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  19. radiowazee

    radiowazee Golewahz???

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    You are correct, Super Explorer rear, Explorer front.

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  20. Geek

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    Was that you that we passed near Kenosha on Saturday? I waved... had Cheryl following behind me on her F650.

    I've over 2000 miles on my Super Explorer rear now (I'm still using TKC front). It's probably half gone. Still diggin' it as a true dual sport tire. :ricky
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