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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by thomas.tc.young, Feb 13, 2012.
anyone have any experience with these? they look alright but i'm liking the price even more.
In the google box:
michelin T63 site:advrider.com
You'll get a ton of hits. I've been very happy with them on an XT225 and a WR250R. Fixin to see how I like them on a DR650.
Used 'em on my old DRZ. Great price, good performance, good wear. They did pack up some in mud.
I liked them, but I am using more aggressive tires on my dual sports now, the T63s weren't aggressive enough for my riding. For a bike that sees some pavement and some dirt, they are good. I'd compare them to tires like TKCs and Dunlop 606s. I have transitioned to running AC10s, Scorpion PRo FIMs, and non-DOT stuff.
I can compare them to the TKC's. On the front, they wear better and have not gotten scallops the TKC's are known to develop. Compared side to side, the knobs are not as long and they do not go up as far on the side wall either. I think they have a harder rubber compound.
The end result is they are OK in the dirt, but not as good as a lot of others.
The rear is fine, just do not come in all the sizes a lot of bikes use. Biggest is a 130/80/17.
On pavement they work as well as the TKC.
I just had to edit this. I have also run the 606. About as off road capable as DOT will allow. Hooks up well in sand or mud, while the T 63 does not do well in that terrain. On pavement they want to follow road grooves. They wander as high speed (75mph) and I do not have much confidence in their cornering ability. A good dirt tire with OK pavement manners, if you don't push them.
I just put them on my xt600. cant really say anything about them, havent really ridden them enough to know.
so far they feel alot better than the deathwings that were on the bike. They do seem to be noiser than the deathwings.
I've only run the front but found it the equal of the 606. And if you need the stance/gearing they are smaller in diameter than the 606. They are the same diameter as the stock WR250R tires.
I'm running em on my DR650. they're decent tires, on the same level in my book as the TKC80's, although very noisy on the road. they like to hum.
offroad, they're not bad for light riding. I wouldnt want to get really aggressive on them.
Got them on my KLR now, about 3000mi. and there pretty well done, I have done the majority of miles on gravel and they have worked just great.
Just put another on my XRL650.
2 fronts and 3 rears on my KLR a I am very happy with them. Great in the sand as well.
I had them on my KLX, lasted quite a while. But where bad in CO. Too slippery, never felt like they were grabbing a hold of the trail. They were a little better, but not much, down in NM so I'm guessing the terrain you ride on really effects these tires.
I put a T-63 on my DRZe,it was a 130x18 and looked tiny on the rim,too small for the bike. Also once leaned over a ways and pitched into a corner theres no knobs on the side,they just slide out too easy. I ran one on my DR650 and it lasted well and worked good for casual fireroading.
This is what a new rear 130-width T63 looks like (on my old DRZ):
Definitely a dual sport tire, not a dirt tire. I would not hesitate to run them on a bike that is ridden on dirt roads and easy trails at a less aggressive pace. Certainly no worse than a TKC or some other popular dual sport tires!
My two rears lasted some 2500 miles each. Considering the large knobs, I was surprised at how well they rolled on the highway. No problem. never got a flat, either. Fine in the dirt. And for the price, they're a way better buy than TKC80s in my ex perience.
T. Do you use them up on the bow as well ? Is the front pattern aggressive enough for what we do ?
I went through a couple of sets on a KLR and really liked them. I thought they were a little better in gravel than TKC80. Mileage was about the same, but the T63 cost a lot less. They are a little bit noisy on the hwy. I think they are a really good dual sport tire.
If you are riding mostly on dirt then buy a dirt tire.
If you are riding mostly on hwy. then buy a hwy tire.
If you are really dual sporting they buy a dual sport tire.
Bought a set from Rocky Mtn ATV for my XR650L. Went with the 130 for the back. Fits/looks perfect.
Could you provide a link? I can't find the T63 on Rocky Mtn's website. Thanks
Oops, my apologies, It was MC SuperStore. Great price.:
I got the skid plate from the other guys.