G650X Tyre choices?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by SteveRed, Nov 26, 2007.

  1. SteveRed

    SteveRed Adventure Moto

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    What are people running on their GX's? I know Dunlop do a 908 (140-80-18) for the rear, but I thought someone was running a 606 or 605? How would these fit?

    Cheers
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  2. Sonymalc

    Sonymalc I'm Just Here

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    . plan on putting a 606 on my rear.
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  3. Firefight911

    Firefight911 Long timer

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    Just got the call that my TKC-80's were in. I hope to pick them up tomorrow and get them installed as soon as possible.

    Pics to follow!:thumb
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  4. Olas

    Olas the darkness

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    I have tkc80s on my country. I like 'em :wink:
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  5. Steady

    Steady Flogster

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    D 606 Dunlop on the rear and a Maxxis Maxcross IT on the front. Very happy.
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  6. Max Kool

    Max Kool Xtankteam™

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    Michelin Baja's front and rear. My wondertires.

    When aired down they give plenty grip in muddy slimey stuff, and at 10psi they are stable enough for long stretches on hard surfaces. And they don't feel squirrely at high speeds.
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  7. SteveRed

    SteveRed Adventure Moto

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    What size Steady? Cause the Dunlop importer here in OZ, who is a client of mine, says that they don't do a 606 in a 140x18 !?
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  8. shardzero

    shardzero I have a bike.....

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    Mt-21's are joy offroad and chore onroad.
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  9. smithy1

    smithy1 been here a while

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    Ditto. Put on Baja's +rim locks and love them. I usually try to run at least 18psi, an attempt at keeping the rims straight.
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  10. Steady

    Steady Flogster

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    SteveRed, Dunlop 606 130x18.

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    If you insist on the 140 try the D908RR. In fact I may just try that tyre next time round myself.

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  11. toofast4uu

    toofast4uu adventurer

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    I'm presently running a MAXXIS MAXXCROSS IT Rear and I couldn't be happier. Keep in mind that I ride 85% dirt/sand and 15% street...

    I've had great luck with Maxxis tires. Kenda tires wear very well too, however I didn't like their feel on street.

    My bike came with a set of Michelin Dual Sport DOT knobbys...The rear lasted 800 miles...I still have the front on (2000 miles)...
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  12. GSL

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    Rear D606 130/90 x 18

    Front MT21 stock size

    Love this setup for trails!
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  13. Redbull Addict

    Redbull Addict I need another one...

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    Any reason the guys that are running the 606 in the rear are not using them up front?
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  14. GSL

    GSL Team Big Wheel

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    I don't like the way the front 606 wears. The knobs tend to cup really bad and makes any kind of highway riding on it a bit nervous and unpredictable (not that this bike sees much, if any, highway time). I guess my choice is just habit from previous dualsports.
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  15. SteveRed

    SteveRed Adventure Moto

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    I might have a look at the Maxxis! Thanks guys :freaky
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  16. Venture

    Venture Been here awhile

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    I am picking up my Xch tomorrow and I am already looking for knobbies for her...

    I am new to this scene - I have a 12GS and XR400.... on the GS I've been running Tourances [edit: meant to say TKC-80s], which I think are more road oriented then dirt.... but they also last about 3000-4000 miles on the 12GS. And the XR - well, she get's trailered around....

    What are some options for a good dual-sport/off-road tire with a reasonable life on asphalt. I was reading on here about the D606 rear and MT21 front... what about the D906 Rally Race? How do these Dunlops compare to the Tourances for road life? How many miles should I expect from them on asphalt?

    Thanks
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  17. Some Dude

    Some Dude what attitude problem???

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    Doood, you should be getting 8-10k miles or sometimes more out of tourances, try airing them up once in a while, lol. Comparing any of the aforementioned tires to the tourance is like comparing a Jeep to a Cadillac. Just about any tire offered in a 12/18" tire combo will perform better offroad then the Metz Tourance. The G650XCh's come with Metzler Sahara's which are a 60/40 on/off tire compared to the Tourance at a 85/15. Metzler Karoo2's would be the next step to a 30/70 and the tires you listed above are street legal knobbies along the lines of 10/90 on/off road. You'll have a hard time getting anything more then 1000-1500 miles out of a rear knobbie of any sort, front may last 3000 miles, but wont be much fun offroad with rounded edges after 1500 miles or so of use.
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  18. intheways

    intheways Been here awhile

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    Dumlop D606's and be done with it!
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  19. shardzero

    shardzero I have a bike.....

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    MT-21's
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  20. bxr140

    bxr140 Flame Bait

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    I get ~5k out of a rear IRC GP1 tire on a KLR. The lugs are pretty deep and soft for a "street tire", but don't have the chunkuing problems of the slightly cheaper Kendas that clone the GP1, and still let me lean WAY over with confidence.

    Dirt-worthyness is probably over by about 3500 miles (on my KLR at least, most of that from commuting on the slab), but at $102 a set delivered, they're fantastic for a true 50/50 tire that can take you from the OHV park to the superslab, and all the peg scraping twisties and high speed fire roads that you can find inbetween.

    Here's where I get my tires:
    http://www.americanmototire.com/
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