Rocky Mountain Dirt Bike Tires...

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by pfb, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    A "friend" of mine once got written up for 24 points on an XR500. He had non-DOT tires, but none of the points were for that detail.
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  2. not ned

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    Dunlop MX51 -

    I never thought a single tire change could make such a difference - amazing tire.
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  3. thump_co

    thump_co ..ouch

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    So do they cut your license up twice in that case?

    If he pleads out to half points they'll only cut it up once.
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  4. MrBob

    MrBob Out there

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    Stopped in at Epic today and got what seems like a good quote on a set of Kenda 270's for 50/50 riding. Their mechanic is also familiar with the carb setup on my XT so I'll be leaving the bike with them for a bit.
    I'm told that they expect to me moved to a new location near hwy. 52 and I-25 by the first week of April.
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  5. Blakebird

    Blakebird Solo Backwardo

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    I put the K270 on my XR400 that I rode to Copper Canyon from El Paso, it held up really well on that bike - but I chunked one pretty good on an XR650R so I haven't used them again.

    That same XR400, which was minimally street legal - was the only bike I've had the tires checked for DOT when I got pulled over. Despite the plate he was sure the bike was not street legal - but it was (barely), so I got pulled over.

    I was perusing this thread again - the TE needs tires before a trip to the desert in a few weeks.
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  6. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    I really like those tires on my KLR. The biggest complaint I have heard is related to noise.
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  7. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    "He" was able to plea down to a pair of fours. Something about the officer not being able to make a positive identification thru riding gear. :dunno
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  8. MrBob

    MrBob Out there

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    Stop by Epic and get a quote from them. It's a good shop and a local business.
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  9. thump_co

    thump_co ..ouch

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    Nice.. glad "he" got to hang on to the license. I have to go in next Tues to fight at speeding ticket I picked up on US-36 last month. I already have one on the record from a few years ago, trying to keep from getting my rates jacked with two. I've heard there's a good chance you can plea down with the prosecutor if you actually show up to fight it. :deal
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  10. Asatrur

    Asatrur KLR adv rider

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    I pulled the trigger on a pair of 244's and will let folks know what I think.
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  11. enduro-ince

    enduro-ince dirtslave

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    Thats worked for me...Three Times!! Once, the statey didn't show, twice they knocked it down to careless Mountain driving or something..
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  12. SugarDust

    SugarDust Kulia i ka nu'u

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    +1 they are! have always done us right. I am glad I caught this thread otherwise I might not have known they where going to move.
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  13. grub

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    you outlaw...









    :D
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  14. thump_co

    thump_co ..ouch

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    Good to hear... I'll get to find out this Tues. I'm sure they'll let me go just based on my rugged good looks.
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  15. grub

    grub Requires Supervision

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    Nope, I've tried that, even paired with my effervescent personality it still didn't work!!
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  16. _Jacket_

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    I spent some time reading this thread yesterday as my rear tire is on its way out. Later in the day, I started up my bike to let the engine run, charge the battery, etc. Just a few laps on the bike - nothing major. I live in a small neighborhood, so I popped out onto Arapahoe to cross over to a neighborhood on the other side of the street and extend my range. Not a minute later I'm getting pulled over by the local police - crap. Tshirt, running shoes and not much else on me. The guy was a real ass on many levels (which I'll skip the details on and move to the relevant info), but the first thing he checked, before asking me for my license, insurance, registration and commenting on my lack of eye wear and other gear deficiencies, was whether my tires were DOT approved. He looked them over for 30 seconds before concluding I was good. I guess it shouldn't be that surprising in Boulder County, but I thought it was interesting after having just read this thread and some of the debate about DOT vs. non-DOT.

    I've been running a Pirelli XCMH since mid-July. Pretty good traction in the dirt and rocks - better than my previous Bridgestone - and it felt stable up to 60 mph. But I've got around 800 miles/30 hours and it's basically done. That's probably 70/30 dirt/pavement (timewise), but mileage it's probably closer to even (20 miles to get to the trail). Good, heavy duty tire but won't last if you spend much time on the blacktop.
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  17. Olas

    Olas the darkness

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    So....What's everyone using nowadays?

    I desperately need new tires for the ATK and have been considering the Bridgestone M403/404 combo, maaaayybe a MT43 for the rear but I hated it last year on my XR when it rained for two days straight out at Taylor - so it's low on the list, or a Maxxis Desert combo. Anything else I should check out? I don't need DOT approval.
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  18. VxZeroKnots

    VxZeroKnots Long timer

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    The metzler 6 days extreme rear is awesome, I like that and the 403/404 combo a lot. I'll probably run a 403/6 days mix this season. I also hated the MT43 on my TE.
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  19. SHOREBILL

    SHOREBILL Some Guy

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    Maxxis desert it

    1- Not fun to mount.
    2- Not particularly sticky.
    3- Wear like iron.
    4- Super strong sidewalls.

    I do very little asphalt time and have had great luck with these on higher hp, heavier bikes 450, 525. Ok in the rocks, good to great every where else. I had them on a 300 and did not care for them, not enough weight, felt really vauge? Front doesn't work as well as the rear. Love them in the desert, go figure. Never have had a flat, no snake bites. On the heavier bikes, I can ride them pretty aggressively. Work great at speed.

    I bought, on whim, the Dunlop Geomax intermediate on sale for 120 a pair last year to throw on a new to me 250, 2stroke.

    4-5 years ago they were my go to tires, but they changed the compound, and although sticky they wore silly fast on the 450 (6-8 hrs a rear) I had at the time. I'm not sure if the hardened the compound or the 250 is light enough to let them last. They really handle well and are sticky enough that I can feel the difference when heeled over. Haven't tried them on a big bike again.

    I figure I might try a geomax on the front a maxxis on threar of the 525.

    Best of luck.
    Bill
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  20. GregsDRZ400

    GregsDRZ400 Back Road Explorer

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    I had the 270's on my DRZ 400S, worst trail tire ever. I am now using a Dunlop D606 front with a Michelin AC10 rear. It will climb trees and it is DOT as well. This combo seems to have lasted quite a lot of miles as well. I have tried a lot of different tires and this set-up is the best for my motorcycle.