Michelin AC-10 Enduro Tire (w/pics!)

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by tarmacter, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. tarmacter

    tarmacter Been here awhile

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    Looking to hear some feedback on these tires. I am considering putting a set on my X-Challenge. I have read some great reviews around the net, but want to get a little more dual sport specific.

    Any real world reviews from my fellow inmates would be great!

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  2. Max Kool

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    it's a road legal MX tire. Expect good offroad performance, but the wear, hmmm, depends on the terrain.

    I liked them on my DR650 if that matters.
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  3. wide

    wide Been here awhile

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    Wont last too well if your on Tarmac but a great tire and surprising how well it handles on road, but its noisy and lumpy. Off road however I find it an excellant tire
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  4. supamanaint

    supamanaint when in doubt - power out

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    Been using one on the front of my TTR600 for about 1200km (60% dirt) now and it still looks new. Bloody fantastic in the dirt :evil , squirmish on tar but like ice skating in the wet :eek1 (Faaarken scary).
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  5. rallydrz

    rallydrz Worst Case Scenario

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    Tried a rear on my DRZ for a rallymoto event, better in mud than the MT-21 I normally run, but slightly worse on hard pack/gravel and tarmac (just not quite as stable IMO).
    Lasted about the same as the Pirelli about 2000 miles or so.
    I went back to an MT-21.

    Just my $0.02.
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  6. tarmacter

    tarmacter Been here awhile

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    Great responses so far!

    Maxcool, have you ever ran one on you XC? I just wonder how it will hold up to the big bike torque.

    Rallydrz, how did the AC10 compare with the MT21 in the softer dirt/sandy conditions?

    Does anyone else have any fire-road experience?

    Thanks!
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  7. Skaife

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    Have you run a 120 on the rear of the XC yet?
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  8. badcooky

    badcooky I see dumb people!

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    They are a decent tyre but the front i reckon is too narrow for a big bore.
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  9. tarmacter

    tarmacter Been here awhile

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    +1...would love to get some feedback on this one.
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  10. Max Kool

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    That 120 is just as wide as most 130 tires. It's no problem.
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  11. tarmacter

    tarmacter Been here awhile

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    Alright, what about the front tire? It does look a little narrow...
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  12. Max Kool

    Max Kool Xtankteam™

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    Can you see that from a picture? I mean, there isn't much difference anyway between most 21" front tires. It will fit I'm sure.
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  13. tarmacter

    tarmacter Been here awhile

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    Great. I will mount a set for my POZO, CA ride this April. I'll post some pics and a review when I get back.
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  14. RyanE

    RyanE Rocket Surgeon

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    I've been running one of these on the back of my DR350 for about 3000km's. To be honest, I really haven't run the whole gambit of other tried and true dualsport tires like most members here have. I'm cheap and buy what's on sale. This tire in a 110/100/18 was reasonably priced and DOT approved so I got it. Offroad, it was a HUGE step up from the Chen Shin 858 that I bought my bike with. It is better than the Maxxis M6006 that I have on my other wheelset as well and seems to be lasting about the same. It has served me well in the loose and muddy conditions as well as the hardpacked ones. On the street, as others have said, it can be a bit scary in the wet. I've gotten used to it and ride accordingly. I haven't had a problems leaning it way over in the dry though. It feels predictable and really not all that squirmy to me. Could be because it's on a low-powered and relatively light bike. It does have a good howl to it on the highway, but at those speeds, my WR exhaust pretty much drowns it out:lol3. For the price I paid, I'd gladly get another one for mostly off-road use. As it is, mine has seen about 80% pavement use and is worn accordingly. Here's an attached pic of it during an 800km all pavement ride. I'm guessing I could get about 4500km out of it if I run it bald. It's also speed rated to 130kph if that matters to you (My little DR rarely goes that fast:huh)

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  15. rallydrz

    rallydrz Worst Case Scenario

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    No experience in sand, the AC10 might have been slightly better in the soft stuff, not a drastic difference though. I mostly ride high'ish speed FS roads...
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  16. Timeless

    Timeless Intermittent Excursionist

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    ac-10s are good tires, I had run them and got around 1500 miles on the rear. They actually stock pretty good on the road and off road hook up "ok" but not too great in soft stuff.

    The Front WILL make you crash, along with the kenda tracmaster front (dot tires)


    After much Searching, I now run Kenda 777F enduro Front, and Kenda Tracmaster 2 rear (both DOT), Bike Bandit.com. For rear off road tires, you wont be disipointed.

    The Ac-10s are fine for light duty off road, but you will find they just dont hold all that great when you get moving, or technical off road!
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  17. tarmacter

    tarmacter Been here awhile

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    Anyone else have issues with the AC-10 front?
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  18. cactusone

    cactusone n00b

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    Had the AC10 on the front of my DRZ400 it wasn't bad but it wasn't made for aggressive offroad riding in the loose stuff. A good 80/20 tire that lasts but the knobs did wear funny due to my low psi I used to make it stick better offroard. I have the Pirelli Scorpion Pro now and it is great but it will not last as long as the AC10 for sure but it is excellent when it comes to traction/handling and DOT approved.
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  19. bryantjt

    bryantjt Long timer

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    The rear was ok on my KLX250 but I didn't care for the front tire. I preferred the Kenda 776 and Trakmaster rear combo on all surfaces, and it was about $60 cheaper per set as well.
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  20. stevh0

    stevh0 Super Retard.

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    I ran dunlop D908E's now 907's? and dunlop d606's on my WR450. The 606's lasted about 4000km and the were bald. Started breaking lugs at the end.

    I switched to a 907 (dot) infront and a bridgestone m402 mx at the rear. so far ive done about 1300 on the rear and about 4000 on the front. The front wears down quickly if you wheelie alot. I find that when my front goes down at around 80mph from picking it up at about 15mph, you loose alot of rubber.

    The D606's are rated well by most dualsport riders. Ill recommend them for the rear. dont know them infront, but ill try them if im going for a more road orrientated setup.

    If you can get the AC10's cheap Ill go for that too. Most of us cant ride our tires to the limits anyways. (ive just started to slide my front on gravel)

    Good luck
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