Mefo Super Explorer

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by Beema Killa, Mar 28, 2013.

  1. slackmeyer

    slackmeyer Don't mean sheeit. .

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    They can be a bit hard to seat if you're running them tubeless, the tire isn't quite as good at sealing up as a real tubeless tire. But I've run them tubeless for many miles and they work fine- some of them seem to lose a psi every few days for their whole lives, some don't.
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  2. FakeName

    FakeName Wile E Coyote SuperGenius

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    Yeah, me too.
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  3. Scott Baja

    Scott Baja el semental rojo

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    Who is a resonably priced source for the rear Mefo SE? For what its worth, I like the TKC front. Great offroad, and last good.(I rarely air down, and usually run a couple pounds more)
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  4. rotarygirder

    rotarygirder Adventurer

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    I put a mefo rear and tkc front on my 990 in October. It's been about 7-8000 miles on the pair since that has included a big offroad trip when new (they were great) and a few offroad afternoons since worn (they do just fine) as well as superslabbing it across the country and on daily commuting. The front is now cupped pretty well, the rear has a minor flat strip in the middle, and the pair has gotten slightly wiggly if riding hard on pavement but I have no real complaints. I hated the on-road handling change from the stock scorpions when I first put them on but now I have no complaints, great combo.
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  5. The Griz

    The Griz Long timer

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    http://www.twistedthrottle.com/tire...-sport-150-70-18-lc8-950-990-adventure-others

    http://www.ktmtwins.com/mefo-rear-tire

    http://www.motostrano.com/MEFO-p/mefo.med23.htm?gclid=CM7djPLFubYCFaI-MgodoSEACg&click=2

    $180 is standard price. If you find one for $170 it's a steal. Cheers.:freaky
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  6. codys

    codys Lost in the Vizcaino

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    That's my combo for 50/50 and big miles. The tkc will cup but if you flip the tire or rotors it evens out a bit and will give you the mileage you might need.

    Give APEX motorsports a call in Colorado Springs. Reserve a set of tires (they price their tires very well) for when you arrive. Now you can burn up your current rubber and have fresh for your riding around here and the ride home. :deal

    I'm planning on heading your way this fall and will be shipping tires to a buddy up there. It's a little pain but very nice to have fresh rubber for the non highway portion of a ride.

    Cody
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  7. KTMSAM

    KTMSAM Been here awhile

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    Thanks everyone! If my current tires last that long, I will definitely do that. It would be awesome to save that 1,300 miles on the sweet tires. If you're ever going to be in the Duluth area, send me a message!
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  8. Beema Killa

    Beema Killa Beema Killa

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    I live in Canada. More than half of those km's are at temps at, just above,
    or below freezing. Harder rubber lasts longer. That's all.
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  9. what car??

    what car?? down the road

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    Give APEX motorsports a call in Colorado Springs.

    +1 for those guys.

    I bought my Mefo set up from them before leaving for Central America. Talk to Shelley, she'll help you out. Would buy them again from them, but I live in northern Colorado, not that that deters me from the trip south mind you :rofl.

    I've ran two sets of Mefo SE on my 990. First set I got 7800+ miles before changing second set over 9800 miles, changed each set with life left in them. I'll mount them up again!! Front tire of course cupped but nothing I would worry about. Would like to use a more aggressive tire for the front for greater off road handling, but you're not tearing it up off road loaded with full kit, at least I don't anyway. Mi dos centavos.
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  10. men8ifr

    men8ifr Been here awhile

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    I keep looking at these for my Morocco trips but went with a 908RR last time whick just about lasts OK if I take a road tyre to do the mileage through europe first.

    The thing that puts me off if not knowing how good it would be in sand.. it's got to be worse than the 908RR right... I don't want to get there to find out the tyre's no good and I can't ride in sand (that would exclude most of the good pistes).
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  11. groovyspuds

    groovyspuds Adventurer

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    Love the Mefo rear and currently running the TKC up front. TKC hooks up nice but sidewall is just too soft for me. I think I will switch to the Hiedi's. I used the Mefo up front on the KLR before and wasn't too happy so I think I will skip it on the 990.

    Just still hunting for that perfect front....the Mefo will stay on back - no doubt.
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  12. superhak31

    superhak31 Adventurer

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    Mefo rear with 8000 miles on it. 70/30 street/dirt. Its a bit chewed up but it's been a darn good tire:clap
    '06 950 adv
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  13. geometrician

    geometrician let's keep going...

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    I get 10,000+ per rear (150/80) Mefo Super Explorer- just keep the pressure from 36 to 42psi and they'll last- as per manufacturer.

    Mefo fronts cup/wear funny (quickly), thin in the sidewall

    TKC is good for offroad/mud but squares off fast on pavement (um, I corner hard & use my front brakes, a lot). Yeah, you can work around it most of the time but when panic stops are needed on pavement you're going to hate it- nevermind in the wet. They used to be cheap, but now they are premium priced. Not Recommended

    Heidenau K60 Scout front is the ticket- great in the wet, strong tire/sidewalls, pretty good grip in mud (compared to all but say a D606) and you can fly on dry pavement

    I have 2 (used) Pirellis Scorpion AT's in the tire rack, good rain tire for a lightweight dualsport but totally useless in the mud. Thin carcass as well. Think, "how to make your KLR handle on the street" but crap otherwise

    As for D908RR's, they cost $$$ now and don't last. I'd go for a paddle tire for (dedicated) sand use, or go for a Terex. 1,000~2,500miles for a knobbed 908 is just silly unless you a)live in the desert or b)are buying it for a race/rally- it's WAY more important that the front tire sticks than the rear, sand is all about spinning the rear & keeping the front in-line anyway.
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  14. Baggi'tard

    Baggi'tard Assventure rider

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    INTERESTING..
    I started at CO/UT trip on my KTM 640 on the 10th with a TKC 80 combo with 300 miles on them. By the third day the rear looked at least half worn, and we had 7 days of riding (about 200 per day) to go. There was no way I was making it back to the start with that rear. Considering the complete lack of service available in Utah, on the fourth day I got a new Mefo Super Explorer in 140/80-18 in Moab. I wanted to wait a few days to put it on when the TKC was really worn, but the shop was closing for a couple weeks the next day. I thought about draggin it along and changing ourselves, but when he only wanted $30 to change it, I went ahead and had it done.

    After 1200+ miles the Mefo seems to be barely showing any wear, and the combo with the front TKC worked perfectly fine for me.
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  15. groovyspuds

    groovyspuds Adventurer

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    Just watch that TKC up front, it's soft and it's easy to ping your rim. By the way, anybody got a spare front rim?
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  16. genghis9021

    genghis9021 Arak Connoisseur

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    +1

    It's annoying that the 19" TKC has so much stiffer a sidewall than the 21".

    I love the K60 rear but on front . . . Karoo2 with Tubliss until I put a Karoo3 on. 10,000miles on K60, 6500 on Karoo2.
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  17. Alleycatdad

    Alleycatdad Unbunch yer panties!

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    I'm really happy with the scorpion Rally in the front. It's definitely not a street tire but works better than you'd expect, and in the sand and rocks and nasties is far better than the TKC80, or stock scorpion.

    I've been very happy with this front in combo with the MEFO in the rear. Note that I have a slightly narrower front rim from woody's. With the MEFO I just pulled off I was running the 150 on the stock rear wheel but now I'm running a narrower rear as well, currently with a 908RR on it.

    Current plan for ongoing use is the Rally in the front and the 140 MEFO or K60 rear.

    My use is truly 50/50, or maybe 60% dirt, so if you just wanna rail the twisties, this may not be the best front for you.

    For dirt ONLY, in order of preference from my experience:

    Scorpion Rally
    T63
    TKC 80
    Stock Scorpion

    For paved twisties ONLY, in order of preference from my experience:

    Stock Scorp
    TKC80 - this tire does really surprisingly well on the pavement
    Scorpion Rally-ya wanna let this one wear in a little before you just toss it in...

    T63....distantly. Did NOT like this tire in the twisties.



    FWIW

    Steve
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  18. Altego

    Altego Been here awhile

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    I love the Mefo on the rear and I am also running the Pirreli rally on the front. The TKC is too soft and will allow your front rim to take a beating. How in the world are you guys getting so many miles out of your back tires? I have never gotten more than 4500 miles. Riding style differences I am sure :rofl
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  19. Chipper

    Chipper Been here awhile

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  20. KTMDAD

    KTMDAD Been here awhile

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    Installed a set this week chasing my sport bike friends around not the right tires.
    Weird front end vibration as well.
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