pirelli mt-43 trials tire..DOT yes!

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  1. Bump Stop

    Bump Stop 2 Wheeled Drifter

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    I have never had a trails tire fail, even after I ripped all the center lugs off a dunlop comp trials, from cresting hills tapped out on my exc, It still had more traction than any knobbie on hard pack clay. a trails tire is the most economical all around tire for single track.
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  2. lamotovita

    lamotovita Ageing Adventurer

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    :lol3:rofl:rofl:lol3
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  3. Foot dragger

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    I agree,Im sure its possible to tear one but a majority of guys around here use em with no problems. Most of our trails arent 4th or 5th gear wide open slamming into rocks.
    Lots of 2nd and 3rd gear winding through big trees and granite,and most guys dont ride over heating heavy 4 strokes on these trails.

    You can always see where a guy on a 450 with a knobby went through,its one long ditch from his spinning even just off idle knobby.
    And of course you can hear him a mile away ripping through the forest,squids love loud 4 strokes.
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  4. Bump Stop

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    Yep, low impact tires, keeps the dirt on the ground where it belongs.
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  5. ADVCoop

    ADVCoop Been here awhile

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    I've used MT-43 trials tires on my last couple bikes (KDX then WR250R). I took it off the WRR because it raised the bike almost an inch. I have a used one here I was going to put on my XRL but it's too tall as it is haha.
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  6. milzispete

    milzispete who did what where?

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    I've found some awesome trails recently on my 690 enduro R but am struggling to get traction over rock gardens and real steep climbs with fist size loose rock. I've got pirelli FIM pro's on at the moment but they spin out and dump me on my ass. Has anyone tried MT43's on a 2.5" rim?
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  7. EsconDeasy

    EsconDeasy Ectomorph

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    I read every post and I'm surprised nobody has mentioned that a flat trials tire is unrideable.

    I flatted mine and couldn't even PUSH the bike, as it kept 'walking' to the side.

    Bring tubes :deal
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  8. milzispete

    milzispete who did what where?

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    Tubliss inners are the answer my friend. I run them on a KTM freeride 350. Have had a 1" slice through the front tyre (dunlop 803) and rode it home. They are the future :D
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  9. Foot dragger

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    Thats interesting,Ive ridden down a local sportbike road at full chat,over 75mph leaned way the heck over at times,knob on the ft,MT-43 on the back and all was well. I run 13/14 psi for this and lower in the dirt.
    No sense of tucking for me anyways.
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  10. Foot dragger

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    Yes indeed,Ive got Tubliss front and rear on my 09 200XCW,Dunlop Trials on the back and soft terrain Dunlop knob on the front,for the local decomposed granite trails this may be the ultimate settup. Very close to 0 wheelspin when climbing amazingly steep switchbacks,its a cheater thing.:D
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  11. NordieBoy

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    I've had to add 2 links to my chain to get the MT43 to fit and then the bigger diameter equates to 1 tooth smaller on the front to even keep the same ratio.

    Catch is a 13t front will chew the swingarm slider in no time :cry

    Love the tyre for almost all terrain.
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  12. crypto666

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    I saw even more people running this tire on everything from 250s to 525s at a recent trail ride. One of the guys at Pro Motion swears by them combined with a tubliss system. The one ye was running was 5 years old. Everyone I talked to raved about the better traction, less trenching, less side deflection in rocks, and just how smooth its.


    I think I am going to give it a shot.
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  13. Idle

    Idle Been here awhile

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    I think it's about the same diameter as a 90/90-21..

    And it will climb anything.

    [​IMG]
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  14. Idle

    Idle Been here awhile

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    Running it on a light 650, and getting great wear so far. Not even half worn and at about 500 miles. 50/50 riding at 8-16 psi, 75 mph max with the short gearing..
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  15. kenny61

    kenny61 TBI survivor and damn proud of it

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    I tried one of these and after a 300 mile trip found a bunch of knobs ripped off. all teh torn knobs were located in roughly the same quarter of the tire. Rockymountainatv.com took it back and sent me a new one under warranty. With just over 100 miles the same thing happened about 25% of the knobs torn off from about 1/4 of the tire tire pressure on the last one was 22psi. cant remember what the psi on the first one was but I know it was at least 22 and was most likely around 25-28psi. Reading the reviews I am very suprised by the the tire falling apart. Is it me or is there something wrong with the tires Im getting?

    The last tire use consitted of roughly a 120 mile round trip all street with a about 50 miles at about 70-75mph. I did notice the tire felt very warm when I stopped for gas at one point but air temps were in the high 90's and Im sure the black top was well over 100

    [​IMG]
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  16. 5 speed

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    For Sand you are best off sticking with a Michelin S12XC; its tops in Sand - I live in Florida so dont ask me how I know. If you had to have a DOT tire; the Metzler Six Days is pretty good.
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  17. lamotovita

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    You are very lucky that anyone warranteed that tire for you. The damage is likely due to overinflation. Pirelli's specs for that tire call for a
    "Min/Max PSI of 8-12".
    An MT43 is a poor choice for high speed street use anyway.
    The fact that the damage occurs in one segment of the tire suggests an out of balance, or out of round condition as well.
    If you're interested in other tire suggestions you'll need to post details of your bike and riding conditions.
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  18. kenny61

    kenny61 TBI survivor and damn proud of it

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    Side wall says max of 30 somwthing pounds
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    kenny61 TBI survivor and damn proud of it

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    Its also speed rated up to 90mph i believe
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  20. JTucker

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    That's interesting, I've run mine on the road for probably 20 miles at a time at high speeds with no ill effects. had it up to 90ish for a short time, that was with less than 10PSI.