Tire Choices for the off road oriented

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  1. mspenc45

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    Looking for the very best front tire for our XT250 as I get my wife back into riding after 20 years. The last thing I want is for her to wash out on the trail. We will not do much pavement at all, so I am not even really concerned about DOT rating. We'll be riding in the SW, so sand, rocks and gravel. Without a doubt, one of the most revered front tire for pure off road seems to be the Bridgestone M59, but I find very little info of anyone daring to try it on even a little pavement. Wondering if anyone here has any experience with it, or anther contender. I know the go to's like the Dunlop 606, but want something even more certain on the trail. FYI, the stock trail wings are terrible on the trail!
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  2. Yooper_Bob

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    Kenda trakmaster II is a good tire for the front. I have one on my daughter's XT250.

    Lots of good tires for the rear.

    One option is the new Tusk knobby from Rocky Mountain. I am running one on the rear of my 640 Adventure, and the thing is like a rototiller going down the trail.

    You could also run the matching Kenda on the rear...
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  3. GonzoMD

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    If you don’t care about DOT then I like Dunlop at81’s
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    If you do want one DOT option, the Pirelli Scorpion Rally (not STR) is a favorite among many DR650 riders. I have had a few and love them. They’re pretty aggressive for a road tire.
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  5. Whoscook

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    I really like the tusk from rmatvmc. They are beefy and priced right. There’s a running thread on this tire. I’ve bought front and rear. A dot knobby.
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  6. mspenc45

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    Great, thanks for the input. I pulled the trigger on the Tusk D-Sport for the rear, and the Bridgestone M59 for the front. I figure if I don't like the M59 on the front, I'll swap it to my old and trusted XR350 or XR400. I am also going with the Tubliss system as I found the set on Amazon for a a great deal. OMG, I just realized the front tire on the old 350 are like 20 years old!
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    Ordered the Tusk D-Sport for the rear and the Bridgestone M59 for the front, which may be to aggressive for any road use, but if so, I'll move it to my XR.
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  8. sieg

    sieg Wearing out tires......2 at a time, day after day. Supporter

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    Ohohoh :y0!That's easy there can only be one very best tire, so it's the one everyone uses because who would not run the best?
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    Great, thanks for the input. I pulled the trigger on the Tusk D-Sport for the rear, and the Bridgestone M59 for the front. I figure if I don't like the M59 on the front, I'll swap it to my old and trusted XR350 or XR400. I am also going with the Tubliss system as I found the set on Amazon for a a great deal. OMG, I just realized the front tire on the old 350 are like 20 years old!
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  10. 300man

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    Good choice on the M59 front.

    IMO stay far away from the Dunlap AT81 front tire. One of the worst front tires ever made. The AT81 rear tire is good
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  11. mspenc45

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    So true!
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