Dual sport motorcycling is as popular as ever, so the folks at Dunlop decided a while back that it needed to expand its tire line-up by adding a purpose-built trials tire that retained all the characteristics that off-road riders love about them (amazing traction), while also delivering a solid on-road performance (stability, confident braking & long wear). We said, "a while back" because Dunlop development cycles are a bit on the longer side. They set a pretty high bar for themselves to ensure that the end product lives up to what they claim, so if you're thinking to yourself, "It's about time!", there's a good reason why.
Dunlop K950 DOT legal trials tire
Dunlop K950 Highlights
Trials tires are popular among off-road riders who also enjoy a dose of pavement on their rides, and for that the street-legal K950 is ideal. The K950 delivers the kind of performance trials riders and off-road enthusiasts are looking for, with additional durability and on-road capability.
The K950 features bias-ply construction, and compounds and tread pattern designed to tackle tough single-track terrain and challenging conditions. In both wet and dry conditions, the K950 excels when the course or trail turns hard-packed, rocky, or littered with tree roots.
For dual sport riding, the K950 provides a smoother ride and longer wear than a traditional knobby tire on the street, while providing a high level of grip and bump-absorbing compliance in the dirt.
The Dunlop K950 is only available in a 4.00-18 (110/90) size and weighs just over 11.5lbs.
Made in Japan
Dunlop was kind enough to send a K950 our way for testing, so stay tuned for our full review late spring 2021. Hit us up in the comments section below if there is anything specific that you'd like us to consider in our testing. We'll do our best!
Contributing editor @2x1wheeler spoonin' on a Dunlop K950 for testing
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