Pirelli mt43

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  1. rangecon1976

    rangecon1976 Adventurer

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    Ok guys I wore out a Michelin t63 on the TAT from Ten. to Ok.. And it's time for a new rear tire I have been hearing a lot of praise for the DOT trials Pirellii mt43 and I am intrigued but curious how it will do on a xr650l with fully loaded saddlebags and gear plus a 250 lb rider? It just seems that with that much weight I need a tire that would require a little more psi, not the recommended 10-14 for the Pirelli .

    Lets here the opinions, and real world experiences!

    Thanks ahead of time,

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  2. bcliff

    bcliff Been here awhile

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    I'm on my 2nd MT43 and am a fan of the tire. I ride a KLX250S about 60/40 road to dirt. My bike is smaller and I'm lighter (185) but the tread life of my first tire was impressive at 2500 miles. The tire sticks to everything...gravel, sand, stumps, rocks, wet road, etc. It is ok in the shallow mud but does make me nervous in the deep thick stuff. I would say that is its biggest and only weakness.
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  3. JTucker

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    I've ran an IRC trials tire on my 650R, it lasted 2k miles, that's way longer than a tire usually lasts. I run an MT43 on my WR450 and it's holding up well.
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  4. DaymienRules

    DaymienRules Traffic target

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    I really like it. When the luggage is full and doing a highway stretch, I bump it up to 20-22psi with no adverse effects. The only thing odd I've noticed is that with a more square tread profile, I can kind of feel it roll over the tread block on pavement corners. I don''t see myself running any other tire for the foreseeable future.
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  5. 35xj

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    had them on my last several bikes. currently on my gncc race bike(ktm 250) and my dual sport(husaberg 450) awesome tire. works really well on almost anything, better in mud than everyone will tell you. Getting 2500 -3500 miles out of it on mixed terrain on my ds bikes. Im running mine at 4 PSI with tubliss setup.
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    I ran them on a 5000 mile roadtrip last fall and was happy with the performance of the rear. I lack an odometer but I suspect I get around 3500 miles on them. I replaced the rear at the halfway point in Moab and although looking a bit used it's still on the bike. I also run low 20's for highway use.

    The original is still on the front and has over 7K on it to date with plenty left to go. Putting a loaded giant loop coyote on the back of an xr4 makes the high speed gravel cornering a little unconventional at best so it's hard to say the tire was no good but this spring I'm going to try something different up front.

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  7. rangecon1976

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    Wow great info guys thats exactly what I was hoping to hear? I think i am sold, just on more quick question how many of you use a rim-lock?? I have read several reviews where people use them I am just curious if it is a requirement?? I know it is so you dont let your throttle happy hand destroy your tube, but if you run a higher psi such as 18 and up I wonder if it is still needed?/

    Thanks again
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  8. bcliff

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    No rim lock for me but that is more of a function of the low torque of my KLX250
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  9. mookybird

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    My xr4 had one on it when I bought it and it takes a bunch of lead to balance it, whether or not I need it I have no idea.
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  10. rangecon1976

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    Thanks bcliff and mookybird
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  11. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Does the MT43 perform well on paved twisty bits?:ear I like to rail the corners and good grip at full lean is a must for any dual sport tire for me. The square profile has me kind of :eek1.
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  12. Racer111v

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    I have one on my DRZ400 and it is not a sport tire. I use it on longer road trips to get to good off road. It is civilized on the pavement, smoother and quieter than a knobby. In New England it is great on the rooty, rocky, single track. I use a Bridgestone m59 knobby on the front. This makes for safe handling package at near speed limits, but no hero speeds. Definitely no hard lean angles.
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  13. rangecon1976

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    Hey racer111v thanks for the input, do you use a rim lock??
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  14. lamotovita

    lamotovita Ageing Adventurer

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    You need a rimlock. If you plan on keeping your pressure over 17psi you will negate the benefits of the Trials tire.
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    Dirtnadvil Been here awhile

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    I am interested in the MT43 as well. Are you guys running them in the front as well?
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    racer1735 Been here awhile

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    If you drop your pressure down below 15-17 psi, rim locks are almost a 'must'. If you use 'normal' pressures (18 psi or above), they won't be necessary and will become a PITA when you have to change your tire/tube'.

    I have an older XL600R...still a big pig-of-a-bike, but mainly ride on dirt. About a month ago I went with a Kenda Trakmaster II rear and a Pirelli Rallycross on the front. It really transformed the bike, especially in sandy stuff.
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  17. Racer111v

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    I do use rim locks (lite weight motion-pro) ,two in the rear, one in the front. I have always used locks from years of mx and off road. I can always ride home with both tires completely flat. The MT43 even at 25# is still good off and on road.
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    In the old days before rim locks we used sheet metal screws. I've got them on my WRR with MT43 front and rear and I run 12psi.

    Super traction with ZERO balance issues.
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