Tusk DSport Tires

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by 61rover, Aug 29, 2019.

  1. 61rover

    61rover Been here awhile

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    Anyone seen or ridden these yet? They look interesting. Tusk.JPG
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  2. Snake Oiler

    Snake Oiler If the world didn't suck, we would all fall off

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    I was just checking them out. I seen the Tusk Recon(I believe they call it) which they came out with a while back and thought I might give it a spin in the desert later this year. But they aren't DOT like the Adventure tires are.
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  3. Glenn247

    Glenn247 Long timer Supporter

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    Yea, just got the email from RMATV about these today....the price seems reasonable....they made end up on my dual sport...I wonder how they will hold up to road miles...hopefully they have good longevity
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  4. Snake Oiler

    Snake Oiler If the world didn't suck, we would all fall off

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    In the intro video they show the miles clicking off and it's reading over 5000. I'm thinking it's miles, but could be kilometers
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  5. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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    Yep, very intriguing, and the price is right.

    Nice to see some competition for the D606.

    I'd love to know who makes them and where.
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  6. kAPTI

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    Just ordered a set for my KLR. Was going to order 606's but these were on the home page. I commute daily, and offroad weekends when I can. So I'll get a good longevity report on them.
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  7. boulet_boulet

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    They call them a 70/30 tire in response to YouTube comments, FWIW.

    Looks like a good, cost-effective tire. So far I have had good luck with my Tusk purchases, so I’m optimistic. I hope the current pricing ($59.88 for the 17” rear for future reference) isn’t a loss leader.
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  8. Snake Oiler

    Snake Oiler If the world didn't suck, we would all fall off

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    I'd really like to see a front off-road Recon.


    But I'm thinking since it sounds like RM played part in the design of the TUSK tires. They should know what's needed of the tires. Thinking they deserve a try.
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  9. AwDang

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    No options for the 19/17 crowd
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  10. dsmonstar

    dsmonstar Been here awhile

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    I ordered a set for a budget KLR I'm putting together. I'd be happy to report back when they show up. I'll mount them at home this week and maybe do a short weekend ride if I can squeeze out soon. 114 shipped, they can't be worse than the Kenda and Shinko tires I've been using on my other bikes.
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  11. dsmonstar

    dsmonstar Been here awhile

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    I'll get them mounted tonight.
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  12. Snake Oiler

    Snake Oiler If the world didn't suck, we would all fall off

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    Those look more aggressive than I thought they might. Would you mind sharing a few dimensions for me.?
    Primarily I'm interested in the front, simply because I like my K
    First I'd like a diameter once mounted. Then a depth of the lugs.

    In your opinion do the lugs feel soft and able to flex or twisted?

    Thanks in advance
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  13. dsmonstar

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    I'll finish the front tomorrow just got too tired. They feel pretty neutral on softness, can't carve a chunk with my finger nail but still flex. The lugs are super tall....they are way more aggressive in person then the pics show. I believe specs are 13mm front and 16mm rear but I can check for you. Unfortunately they are made in China, stamped right there on them....But they were 114 shipped for 2 tires so Duh. They spooned on fairly easy and have a nice bead. Only time will tell! 20190903_212500_HDR.jpg 20190903_221928.jpg
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    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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    *sniff* this is really making me miss the dearly departed Michelin T63.

    The T63 was my favorite KLR tire, knobby and sticky, grippy everywhere, yet cruelly and suddenly removed from the Michelin lineup last year. Bastards.

    Can't wait for the ride report on these todious tredz.
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  15. Snake Oiler

    Snake Oiler If the world didn't suck, we would all fall off

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    Looks tempting. Looking forward to a review. The easier spooning on making me feel the sidewalls aren't going to like low psi I prefer to run. But still could be worth a try after the review.

    If the front looks similar after mounting and the profile is on the taller side you'll probably see them on the 501 to test in the desert before long
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  16. makotosun

    makotosun Been here awhile

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    I just pulled the trigger on a set of these. Going on my 98 DR650SE. I’ll be trying them on a multi day ride in mid/late September with a mix of highway and off road. I’ll try to post up a review when I return.
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  17. dsmonstar

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    They are a 4ply and looks like 36psi max on the rear. When I say "easy to spoon" keep in mind that I mount all my tires by hand usually. Street and dirt, sometimes wheels and tires for my classic cars. They were nice and tight going on and have a double ridge on the bead. This being my first KLR, I did not realize the wheels lack a rim lock. Odd. I'll get the front mounted and measured for you today, hopefully it seats the bead as easily as the rear did. Nothing worse than inflating and deflating over and over to get her to POP.
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    Interesting that they are showing a KTM 690 in the video, but don't actually offer the 140/80 - 18 tire size that are spec'd for that bike.
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  19. dsmonstar

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    Looks like they fitted it with the 130 90 18...Same for my KLR in the 17, they only have the 130 90 17 instead of the OEM 80.
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  20. dietDrThunder

    dietDrThunder Why so serious, son? Supporter

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    Why is it unfortunate that they are made in China? Where were you expecting them to be made, and how would that have been better? Just curious.
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