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Yo. Wondering what tires can be recommended for racing in superstition I’m taking my time finding the right ones. Must be DOT approved. Race is over 100 miles. For my Ktm 450 exc 03 with lectron carb. Thank you for your time. 

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I have been looking for something a little more up to date. Thanks. Will keep searching. I found the tractionator rear I/t to my liking looking for solid front. 

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7 hours ago, Socalktm13 said:

I have been looking for something a little more up to date. 

if something is well designed for its application,   IT IS DATELESS...   

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33 minutes ago, Socalktm13 said:

Isn’t that kinda like saying they should never make a new dirt bike? 🧐

No.

If Kenda, Motoz, etc... were making hands down better DOT tires Dunlop and Pirelli would have updated the 606 and MT-21 respectively.  The 606 rear was originally built specifically to race the 1000, so yeah, if you are going to be racing in Superstition and you want DOT, that tire should be on the very short list to use (the front sucks IMO).

And as with ANY tire, what works for one person is absolute garbage for the next even on the same bike and terrain.  Trackmasters are loved by many; I may have not used a worse tire in my life until I tried a set of the Sedona SR-208s a month ago. 

There are trade offs with every single tire made when comparing it to another.  So you have a nearly 20 year old KTM with an even older carb design: How do you ride?  What is your skill level?  Do you steer with the rear or the front?  How do you balance your weight when riding?  Do you prefer a stiff sidewall?  Do you worry more about chunking a tire's center knobs or is the bane of your existence only getting 2 rides out of a front tire before you start to tear the side knobs?  Is braking or acceleration performance more important?  Do you require a uni-directional tire so you can flip it with the same pattern and use it longer or is an asymmetrical design okay with you?  Do you value tire life more than traction?  Do you care if the tire weighs a lot, or do you want something lighter that has a good balance to it?  Do you run heavy tubes, or do you want to run lighter tubes and need a stiff carcass that will help prevent pinch flats?

I have bounced around on all kinds of DOT knobs over the years, and if dry dirt performance is the most important aspect for me at the time a Michelin Desert Race front paired with a D606 rear is my go to.  If you want to throw water in the mix, I am pretty partial these days to a GoldenTyre GT-216AA in the 90/90 size (a Chubby, not a Fatty) however it is a pretty soft sidewall and as long as I am not racing I am okay with it.  If I need more mileage out of the rear while still being 90% dirt, then I use the Michelin Desert Race rear.  Speaking of which, hey Michelin, where is the Desert Race Baja rear tire you were having guys use on the 2020 Dakar last January?  You idiots at Michelin should not have discontinued the the Baja tires in the mid 90s.  Those were the best.

I have tried the Metzelers, Pirellis, most of the Kendas: I do really like the Parker DT front, it is a close second in dry performance to the front Desert race for me, but not the rear.

Asking what tire is best is no different than asking what oil to use.

And really, you should not have posted this in Pro.  You should have at least put it in the general discussion thread at the very top of the forum, or better in the California thread to get guys that ride out there regular to chime in.  Pro isn't a spot for most to hang out in.

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Thank you for your input. I’m going to reply in different messages. So for the first bit I did state I’m using a lectron carb which I thought is something that gives news found life to the bike. And good to know about the posting thing I just wanted to get a professionals opinion on what they do. Bit of a tangent but what do you think is too heavy for rear tire to weigh for what I am doing? I am using heavy duty moose tubes. 

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I just started this year but I love riding I grew up riding bicycle all the time and raced bmx when I was a little guy just pumping these legs non stop. I live in San Diego and run a lot so I hope that my endurance will prove a point in my riding. I turn using both front and shifting weight to the sides or front back of the bike basically for the rear to move around as well as using the power band to move where I want to. Legs as well.. I try to use all of my body all around the bike to get the leverage that I need. My skill level I’d say is very much beginner I can’t hold up a wheelie yet but I have gone and done some hardcore enduro stuff lots of falling but I put myself out there. I’ve done some hill climbing nothing too crazy just want to keep building confidence and not die. Lol 

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This was my first time I purchased the guy at the shop recommended for me. Can’t really complain about this rear other than the middle nobs are ate up. I just want to make sure nothing is going to be holding me back from being in the front of the pack and my bike is happy. 😁

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I think I’m getting to far ahead of myself. Lol I do want to do my best in the race and I do want the tire to hold up on street if possible. Would be nice to learn from you guys and find a good solid set up. 

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I find the bike has great acceleration feels like rocket ship and braking with the rear is something I need to work on when I first started riding I felt sketchy like the rear was going to slip out but I need to keep practicing and getting used to it with whatever new tire I get. 

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Start racing,  you will find what works best, for you.

I can think of 5 tires people recommend as "best" and I wont touch them with a 10 foot pole. You will build way more confidence  from your own trials.

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Ended up ordering front and rear motoz tractionator enduro I/t. I like the design durability and reviews I read. Wasn’t sure if the weight would be too much but seeing that the 606 is heavier it helped me make my decision. Let you guys in on what I think about them out in the desert. Thank you for all of your input it is appreciated. 

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