pirelli mt-43 trials tire..DOT yes!

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  1. bradrh

    bradrh Been here awhile

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    I asked pirelli about tire pressure on the highway & this is their response (I mentioned the chunking on the highway) :

  2. kenny61

    kenny61 TBI survivor and damn proud of it

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    Interesting. Thanks for the info
  3. kjclark7

    kjclark7 Long timer

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    well over 200 plus miles ridden up at hancock this past weekend with the mt43 proved to be a good choice. even with all the mud up there, the mt43 did great, especially on all the long uphills! now don't get me wrong, the mt43 is no knobby in the sloppy mud but its very doable with that tire.
  4. Bora20

    Bora20 Been here awhile

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    I have used this tire for the past 3500 km through gnarly 1st gear single track, the slick rock of Moab, and last weekend on the slab for 40 minutes at 145km/h. It has about 1/4 left in it, but I swapped it for a new one.

    I did turn it around after 1500 in Moab, which it was put on new for, just to get a new edge.

    I run 10 psi every where. I do not air up or air down as it is a waste of time to me. It was actually run at 2 psi the other day to take it to the dealer, about 4 blocks away. Bike hooked up like velcro with 3rd gear wheelies down my street from roll on. Looked a bit flat when parked though. Heavy duty tubes take care of holding air honours.

    I also run a Rekluse Z-Start Pro with no clutch lever and a left hand rear brake. It is very smooth on the tire most of the time or can bit hard and make it squirm.

    The tires cost $80 brand new, I can handle a bit of wear for that price. This is an amazing tire!
  5. Tripndrag

    Tripndrag Tripndrag

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    I put one of these on over the winter and love it so far. I have used the Dunlop D803 in the past and they wear out pretty fast. I also tried trials tires front and rear and the front was just to soft in the mountains. Popped a tube and have never had a front flat "knock on wood" until then so I went back to a knob on the front.

    I picked up this KTM to be street legal so I don't have to haul my bike out to ride. It is also really fun to be able to jump on and run to the store or just ride around town. I couldn't get my XR650 street legal where I live and there was a bunch of troubles with people getting their plates revoked that did manage to get their XR legal. The 20-30 mile ride on the street to get to the riding is pretty hard on the tires. I am very pleased so far with this pirelli mt-43 tire! I have been running about 16 psi all the time and it has been great. I have done a few 120 mile loops with about 40 miles of road on the way home and I think it is going to last a long time based on other tires I have ridden on the same loop. A couple times it was 106 degrees and no issues.

    I air down sometimes but where I ride there are really bad rocks and roots so if I air down I have to go a lot slower so it doesn't pound the rims and I would rather just not worry about it. I like that the tire is DOT legal as well. My choice for knobs are the Metzeler Unicross those are also DOT legal. I got really good mileage out of the unicross tire and it is a pretty good knob not to much $. Once you ride a trials tire though it is hard to go back to the knobs. At least if you do a lot of nasty mountain type riding.
  6. Auto-X Fil

    Auto-X Fil Been here awhile

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    Auto-X Fil Been here awhile

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    Update: I have 1200 miles on this tire. Plenty of wide-open (~60-70mph) pavement, along with a decent bit of 35-50mph pavement, much of which is abrasive tar-and-chip. Hours-wise I have a lot of riding from dirt roads all the way down to rough single-track and find-your-own-adventure stuff through the woods, but the miles are predominantly (80%+) on blacktop.

    I run 6-8psi off-road, and 12-18psi on the road. The center lugs are about half-worn, the sides are maybe 20% used up. I'll easily get another 1k miles, maybe as much as 3k total. That's a lot for me.
  8. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    If they did a version that was normal diameter, I'd be happier.
  9. Idle

    Idle Been here awhile

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    Me too, I thought I had enough clearance but it burned a hole in my mudflap. I had to run a longer chain to make it clear.
  10. duanew1

    duanew1 In my Pajama pants

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  11. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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  12. duanew1

    duanew1 In my Pajama pants

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    I have not felt them side by side but individually at different times. I would say tha they are comperable. They both feel like chewing gum compared to normal tires.
  13. bradrh

    bradrh Been here awhile

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    how many miles are you getting out of the SR 241?
  14. duanew1

    duanew1 In my Pajama pants

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    Unfortunately I have not been riding enough to wear out my first one. I would bet that I could get about 3000 miles out of it though, but it would be well worn then. It does see a lot of pavement.
  15. bradrh

    bradrh Been here awhile

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    I got 4000 out of mine and I could have gotten more, but I was fixing a flat anyway.

    Does anybody run these tubeless? I mean normal tubeless, not with the nuetech tubliss kit. I assume there is some min pressure where you'd start to break the bead.
  16. Auto-X Fil

    Auto-X Fil Been here awhile

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    I thought they were tube-type... they are not, they are tubeless. My bad.
  17. bradrh

    bradrh Been here awhile

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    Check your sidewall. Mine says tubeless.
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    Auto-X Fil Been here awhile

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    Yep, my mistake. I spooned a new one on this weekend and saw the big "TUBELESS" on it, so I figured I'd better come back here and correct that...
  19. lamotovita

    lamotovita Ageing Adventurer

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    Are you guys talking about a Shinko, or are you back to the Pirelli?

    Pirelli's minimum pressure rating for the MT43 is 8psi. I had one burp out it's air at about 3psi once. I don't use them tubeless anymore.
  20. bradrh

    bradrh Been here awhile

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    Pirelli. 3psi? Did the y hold at 8?