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It can be challenging finding DOT approved tyres that perform well off road, people often ask "What is the best tyre for this application?", "Will this tyre fit the bike?" or "What tyre pressure should I use?"

I have mostly focused on more offroad biased tyres as they tend to be tricky to find in DOT.

To cut to the chase just go to the tyres/tires below. I will update from time to time, if you have a tyre to add to the list just pm me and I'll add it.

Tread Patterns


The purpose of the tread pattern is to do any of the following:

1) Displace enough material so that the rubber on the tyre can make contact with the surface underneath to provide traction, (eg hard surfaces with loose sand, loam or rocks)

2) Penetrate into the soil and rely on the cohesive strength of the soil (the soil is under shear loading) to propel the bike forward

3) Act as a paddle and drive enough sand/soil/mud backwards so the bike is propelled forward

4) Allow itself to self-clean when filling up with mud, clay or heavy soil

The optimum tread spacing depends on the surface type you ride on

Rubber Compounds


The rubber compound has a direct relationship to the grip of the tyre on hard packed surfaces (eg asphalt, concrete, rock, tree roots, hard packed trails or fire roads). In mud or sand the rubber compound has no effect on the traction of the tyre, as the tyre relies on either paddle action or the ability of the tread to penetrate the soft surface and bight in to propel the bike forward.

Softer compounds generally give higher levels of traction while harder compounds generally have lower levels of traction. Unfortunately softer compounds usually wear faster than harder compounds.

These statements are not always true it really depends on the formulation and physical properties of the rubber whether a rubber will be long wearing or not (not just the hardness).

Tyre Sizes


CRF250L stock tyre sizes

Front 3.00 - 21

Rear 120/80 - 18

CRF250M stock tyre sizes

Front 110/70 - 17 54S

Rear 130/70 - 17 62S

Below are a list of sizes that fit the CRF250L, some sizes are still yet to be confirmed.

The most common sizing you see on tyres is shown in this format XXX/YY - ZZ, XXX being the width of the tyre, YY is the sidewall height shown as a percentage of the width, and ZZ being the diameter.

There is quite a bit of confusion with tyre sizes, some of the tyres are measured at the widest part of the tyre, while other tyres are measured on the side wall of the tyre, giving a narrower measurement but not necessarily a narrower tyre, eg 80/100 - 21 is often wider than 90/90 - 21 and 110/100 - 18 is often just as wide as 120/90 - 18.

Front Tyre Sizes

2.75 - 21 (fits)

80/90 - 21 (fits)

3.00 - 21 (fits)

90/90 - 21 (fits)

80/100 - 21 (fits)

90/100 -21 (unconfirmed)

Rear Tyre Sizes

110/100 - 18 (fits)

120/80 - 18 (fits)

120/90 - 18 (fits)

4.00 -18 (fits)

4.50 -18 (fits)

130/90 - 18 (fits)

140/80 - 18 (fits)

Tubed or Tubless


The benefits of tubed,(without rim lock) are that it is simple, cheap, and easy to balance the wheel.

On the negative side, if you want to lower tyre pressures below 12 psi you are at risk of spinning the tyre on the rim and ripping the valve stem out of the tube = FLAT TYRE. Adding a rim lock to a tubed tyre prevent this, and allows you to go to lower pressures and get better traction however going to lower pressures (eg below 12 psi) increases your risk of pinch flats, most people use UHD tubes to prevent this but that adds quite a bit of extra weight to the wheel. The rim lock also unbalances the wheel which requires even more weight to balance it. Many people are happy using this

If you want to go Tubless, there are 2 options Tubliss or Moose.

Mooses are fool proof but they are expensive, can't be ridden on the highway, and don't last very long, they also don't have pressure adjustment.

Tubliss on the other hand aren't as fool proof as mooses but can be ridden on the highway, last almost indefinitely in comparison, and you have the beauty of pressure adjustment.

What is a good tyre for me?


This really comes down to personal experimentation, and trying different tyres as well as choosing appropriately, everything is a compromise so choose based on what is most important to you, off road or on-road traction or longevity,

Trail Riding Tyres (greater than 60% Dirt)


Dunlop

Dunlop D606

These tyres are famous, virtually every man and his dog has tried these tyres at one point in time. The front tyre gets mixed reviews but the rear is quite good.

My experience with these tyres is that the front tyre is a stiff bloody heavy bastard probably more suited to heavier bikes like the DR650 and the KLR650, the rear on the other hand seems quite good for what it is designed to do.

Available in rear sizes:

120/90 - 18

130/90 - 18

Available in front sizes:

90/90 - 21

http://www.dunloptyres.com.au/dotCMS/TyreDetailAction?website=DUN&websegmentcode=MOTORCYCLE&websegmentcode2=7&mtpcode=80137&from=nPerPage

Dunlop D907

Only available in Australia

Available in rear sizes:

120/90 - 18

4.60 - 18

Available in front sizes:

90/90 - 21

http://www.dunloptyres.com.au/dotCMS/TyreDetailAction?website=DUN&websegmentcode=MOTORCYCLE&websegmentcode2=6&mtpcode=80138&from=nPerPage

Dunlop Geomax Enduro

Only available in Europe

Available in rear sizes:

120/90 - 18

140/80 - 18

Available in front sizes:

90/90 - 21

http://www.dunlopmotorcycle.eu/dunlop_euen/mc/tyres/off_road/Geomax_Enduro.jsp

Dunlop D603

Available in Europe and Australia

Available in rear sizes:

120/80 - 18 (Australia only)

120/90 - 18 (Australia only)

4.10 - 18 (Australia only)

4.60 - 18

Available in front sizes:

3.00 - 21

http://www.dunloptyres.com.au/dotCMS/TyreDetailAction?website=DUN&websegmentcode=MOTORCYCLE&websegmentcode2=7&mtpcode=80135&from=nPerPage

http://www.dunlopmotorcycle.eu/dunlop_euen/mc/tyres/on_off_road/D603.jsp

Dunlop D908RR Rally Raid

Designed for heavy high horsepower bikes, especially for desert riding/racing, for sustained high speed use on mixed terrain. Not so great in mud (ie the rear)

Not cheap.

Available in rear sizes:

130/90 - 18 (Europe)

140/80 - 18 (US)

Available in front sizes:

90/90 - 21

http://www.dunlopmotorcycle.eu/dunlop_euen/mc/tyres/off_road/D908RR.jsp

Michelin

Michelin AC10

Several members have tried these tyres and are happy with the results

Available in rear sizes:

100/100 - 18

110/100 - 18

110/90 - 18

120/90 - 18

Available in front sizes:

80/100 - 21

http://motorcycle.michelin.com.au/tyres/michelin-ac10

Michelin Enduro Comp IIIe

Available in rear sizes:

120/90 - 18 65R

140/80 - 18 70R

http://motorcycle.michelin.com.au/tyres/michelin-enduro-competition-iiie

Michelin Enduro Comp IV

Front tyre, same tread pattern as Michelin S12XC. Very good in soft terrain

Available in front sizes:

90/90 - 21 54R

http://motorcycle.michelin.com.au/tyres/michelin-enduro-competition-iv

Michelin Enduro Comp VI

New enduro tyre form Michelin.

Available in rear sizes:

140/80 - 18 70R

Available in front sizes:

Picture shown but no size given

http://motorcycle.michelin.com.au/tyres/michelin-enduro-competition-vi

Michelin Enduro Comp MS

Available in front sizes:

90/90 - 21 54R

http://motorcycle.michelin.com.au/tyres/michelin-enduro-competition-ms

MIchelin Desert Race

Available in rear sizes:

140/80 - 18 70R

Available in front sizes:

90/90 - 21 54R

http://motorcycle.michelin.com.au/tyres/michelin-desert-race

MIchelin Trial Light/X-light

Available in rear sizes:

120/100 - 18

Available in front sizes:

80/100 - 21

http://motorcycle.michelin.com.au/tyres/michelin-trial-light-x-light#desc

Michelin Trial Competition/X11

Available in rear sizes:

4.00 - 18

http://motorcycle.michelin.com.au/tyres/michelin-trial-competition-x11#desc

Michelin T63

Several members have used this tyre and are happy with it.

Available in rear sizes:

110/80 - 18 58S

120/80 - 18 62S

130/80 - 18 66S

Available in front sizes:

80/90 - 21 48S

90/90 - 21 54S

http://motorcycle.michelin.com.au/tyres/michelin-t63#desc

Pirelli

Pirelli Scorpion XCMH

Used by several members here with good results off road. Medium - Hard terrain tyre design

Available in rear sizes:

100/100 - 18

110/100 - 18

120/100 - 18

Available in front sizes:

80/100 - 21

http://www.pirelli.com/tyre/ww/en/motorcycle/sheet/scorpion_xc_mid_hard.html?url=%3Fsubtype%3Doff-road%26use%3D1

Pirelli Scorpion XCMS

Only the front tyre is DOT approved. Medium - Soft terrain tyre design.

Available in front sizes:

80/100 - 21

http://www.pirelli.com/tyre/ww/en/motorcycle/sheet/scorpion_xc_mid_soft.html?url=%3Fsubtype%3Doff-road%26use%3D1

Pirelli Scorpion Pro

Available in rear sizes:

120/90 - 18

140/80 - 18

Available in front sizes:

80/100 - 21

http://www.pirelli.com/tyre/ww/en/motorcycle/sheet/scorpion_pro_fim.html?url=%3Fsubtype%3Doff-road%26use%3D1

Pirelli MT43 Pro Trial

These tire have excellent traction for climbing steep terrain. Not so great in mud and people complain the sidewall on the rear tyre rolls when cornering.

Available in rear sizes:

4.00 - 18

Available in front sizes:

2.75 - 21

http://www.pirelli.com/tyre/ww/en/motorcycle/sheet/mt_43_pro_trial.html?url=%3Fsubtype%3Doff-road%26use%3D1

Pirelli Scorpion Rally

Available in rear sizes:

120/100 - 18

140/80 - 18

Available in front sizes:

90/90 - 21

http://www.pirelli.com/tyre/ww/en/motorcycle/sheet/scorpion_rally.html?url=%3Fsubtype%3Doff-road%26use%3D1

Pirelli MT21

A few members have used this tyre and are happy with it.

My experience with it was not so good on wet clay, the tread depth is not adequate on the front to really dig in and hold, as a consequence the front washed out many times. More suited to dry conditions in my experience.

Available in rear sizes:

110/80 - 18

120/80 - 18

120/90 - 18

130/90 - 18

140/80 - 18

Available in front sizes:

80/90 - 21

90/90 - 21

http://www.pirelli.com/tyre/ww/en/motorcycle/sheet/mt_21_rallycross.html?url=%3Fsubtype%3Doff-road%26use%3D1

Maxxis

Maxxis Maxcross EN

Original tyre of KTM EXC range

Available in rear sizes:

120/90 - 18 65R

140/80 - 18 70R

Available in front sizes:

90/90 - 21 54R

http://www.maxxis.com/catalog/tire-166-113-maxxcross-en

Golden Tyre

GT216AA

Front tyre to match GT216X rear

Available in front sizes:

80/100 - 21

90/90 - 21

http://goldentyre.com.au/shop/4578925370/GT-216AA-FRONT/6471844

GT216V

Very similar to GT216AA tread pattern

Available in front sizes:

80/100 - 21

http://goldentyre.com.au/shop/4578925370/GT-216V-FRONT/6486146

GT213N

Available in front sizes:

80/100 - 21

http://goldentyre.com.au/shop/4578925370/GT-213N-FRONT-80-100-21/6484748

GT216X

This is the tyre that Graham Jarvis uses for extreme enduro events

This tyre is an absolute secret weapon. Very soft sticky compound. Will climb anything.

Uncertain of durability. Need to confirm fitment on the bike.

Available in rear sizes:

140/80 - 18

http://goldentyre.com.au/shop/4578925370/GT-216X-REAR-140-80-18/6740355

GT523

Nice aggressive tread pattern.

DOT approved but manufacturer does not recommend using on the highway (according to labelling on tyre)

Available in rear sizes:

110/100 - 18

http://goldentyre.com.au/shop/4578925370/GT-523-ROCKY-REAR/6746444

Kenda

Kenda K760 Trakmaster II

Available in rear sizes:

100/100 - 18 (Part number K3173)

110/100 - 18 (Part number K3174)

120/100 - 18 (Part number K3175)

Available in front sizes:

80/100 - 21 (Part number K3185)

http://www.kenda.com.au/products/category/GCMTVMGQ

Kenda K775 Washougal

Available in rear sizes:

110/100 - 18 (Part number K3850)

120/100 - 18 (Part number K3855)

Available in front sizes:

80/100 - 21 (Part number K3880S)

http://www.kenda.com.au/products/category/AORLKWAP

http://www.kenda.com.au/products/category/XWBEWNLE

Kenda K772 Parker DT

Available in rear sizes:

120/100 - 18

http://www.kenda.com.au/products/category/FBURBUOM

Kenda K774 Budds Creek

Available in front sizes:

80/100 - 21 (Part number K3780)

90/100 - 21 (Part number K3785)

http://www.kenda.com.au/products/category/QOKSBEEF

IRC

IRC TR8

Genuine tyre fitted to XR650R (Australia)

Similar tread pattern to the D606 rear. Gnath is a fan of these as well as others.

Hard to beat for the price.

Available in rear sizes:

4.00 - 18

4.50 - 18

Available in front sizes:

3.00 - 21

http://www.irc-tire.com/mce/

IRC BR99

More aggressive off road pattern than TR8

Available in rear sizes:

120/90 - 18

140/80 - 18

Available in front sizes:

90/90 - 21

http://www.irc-tire.com/mce/

Bridgestone

Bridgestone ED663/ED668

Available in rear sizes:

120/90 - 18 65R

140/80 - 18 70R

Available in front sizes:

90/90 - 21 54R

http://www.bridgestone.com/products/motorcycle_tires/products/gritty/index.html#anc01

Bridgestone ED661/ED660

Available in rear sizes:

120/90 - 18 65R

140/80 - 18 70R

Available in front sizes:

90/90 - 21 54R

http://www.bridgestone.com/products/motorcycle_tires/products/gritty/index.html#anc01

Bridgestone ED03/ED04

Available in rear sizes:

120/90 - 18 65P

4.10 - 18 59P

4.60 - 18 63P

Available in front sizes:

2.75 - 21 45P

3.00 - 21 51P

80/100 - 21 51P

http://www.bridgestone.com/products/motorcycle_tires/products/gritty/index.html#anc01

Metzeler

Metzeler Unicross

Many people prefer this tyre over Dunlop D606.

This could be my next tyre.

Available in rear sizes:

120/90 - 18

Available in front sizes:

90/90 - 21

http://www.metzeler.com/site/com/products/tyres-catalogue/Unicross.html

Metzeler MCE 6 Days Extreme

Available in rear sizes:

110/80 - 18

120/90 - 18

130/90 - 18

140/80 - 18

Available in front sizes:

80/90 - 21

90/90 - 21

90/100 - 21

http://www.metzeler.com/site/com/products/tyres-catalogue/Me-6daysextrem.html

Motoz

Tractionator Desert HT

Available in rear sizes:

110/100 - 18 64M

130/90 - 18 69M

140/80 - 18 70M

Available in front sizes:

90/100 - 21 57M

http://www.motoz.com.au/shop_prods.asp?CatID=166

Tractionator Enduro I/T

Available in rear sizes:

110/100 - 18 64R

120/90 - 18 65R

130/90 - 18 69R

140/80 - 18 70R

Available in front sizes:

80/100 - 21 51R

90/90 - 21 54R

http://www.motoz.com.au/shop_prods.asp?CatID=167

Tractionator Enduro S/T

Available in rear sizes:

110/100 - 18 65M

120/90 - 18 65R

130/90 - 18 69M

140/80 - 18 70R

Available in front sizes:

80/100 - 21 51M

90/90 - 21 54R

http://www.motoz.com.au/shop_prods.asp?CatID=173

Mitas

Many of the Mitas tyres come in 3 different rubber compounds:

Red Stripe is Hard

Yellow Stripe is Intermediate

Green Stripe is Soft/Sticky

C-02 Stone King

Available in rear sizes:

110/100 - 18

120/90 - 18

C-16/C-17 Stone Eater

Available in rear sizes:

110/100 - 18

120/90 - 18

130/90 - 18

140/80 - 18

Available in front sizes:

80/100 - 21

90/90 - 21

C-18/C-19 Eagle

Available in rear sizes:

110/100 - 18

120/90 - 18

Available in front sizes:

80/100 - 21

90/90 - 21

C-20/C-21 Stone King MX

Available in rear sizes:

110/100 - 18

120/90 - 18

Available in front sizes:

80/100 - 21

90/90 - 21

EF-05/EF-06

Available in rear sizes:

120/80 - 18

140/80 - 18

Available in front sizes:

90/90 - 21

EF-07/EF-08

In the green stripe this is a serious climbing weapon

Available in rear sizes:

110/80 - 18

120/90 - 18

130/90 - 18

140/80 - 18

Available in front sizes:

90/90 - 21

http://www.mx1canada.com/mitas-ef-07-majestic-enduro-rear-tire.html

http://www.motorcycletyres.net.au/tyres/motocross/index.html

50/50 Tyres


(Coming soon)

Road Biased Tyres that fit the stock CRF250L rims


Dunlop

D604

Available in rear sizes:

120/80 - 18

Available in front sizes:

3.00 - 21

http://www.dunloptyr...6&from=nPerPage

Kenda

K761

Available in rear sizes:

110/80 - 18

120/80 - 18

130/80- 18

Available in front sizes:

90/90 - 21

http://www.kenda.com...tegory/CKRCAMVQ

Pirelli

Pirelli MT60

Available in rear sizes:

110/80 - 18

120/80 - 18

Available in front sizes:

80/90 - 21

90/90 - 21

http://www.pirelli.c...=off-road&use=1

Pirelli MT90

Available in rear sizes:

110/80 - 18

120/80 - 18

140/80 - 18

150/70R - 18

4.10 - 18

Available in front sizes:

80/90 - 21

90/90 - 21

2.75 - 21

http://www.pirelli.c...=off-road&use=1

Michelin

Michelin Sirac

Available in rear sizes:

110/80 - 18

120/80 - 18

4.10 - 18

4.60 - 18

Available in front sizes:

80/90 - 21

90/90 - 21

3.00 - 21

http://motorcycle.mi...elin-sirac#desc

Edited by Positron007
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