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I'm curious if Thumper Talk has a thread evaluating dual sport tires.

I just found this one for the KLR650 that should be relevant for the XR650 as well:

http://www.standoutnet.com/extras/mike/motorcycles/klr650/tires/

Usually tire discussions don't even cover half a dozen different ones, so it's hard to determine if the exact one that I need is on the list or not. The above discussion covers 28 tires, although a few don't say much (and a few say way too much).

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What percent are you riding on/off?
Mostly street, but trying to get more dirt riding in. I currently have IRC GP-110 tires and am totally happy with how they work on the street. They're okay in the dirt, but not in mud, and I tend to slide into ruts when going up hills. Other than that I'm happy with them.
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so 80% on 20% off. you will be hard pressed to find a tire that will perform in the mud unless you start looking at a 80%off/20%on tire like a MT21 or D606. the IRC GP1 performs only slightly better than the IRC GP tire. Meztler make a DOT 6 days extreme tire that performs fairly good both on and off road. however once you pass the 50%on/50%off tire line you can expect poor wet pavement performance and maybe 2000 miles on a rear tire 2500 on a front tire. my buddy has a set of kenda trailmaster 2 tires on his drz650 he has problems on the really muddy trails, i think he is going to buy another set because it was a good compromise for him. I on the other hand run non-DOT knobbies on my duel sport bike but it ride it 90%off/10%on.

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I have run the TKC80's front and rear, and they are a great dual sport tire. Very predictable on pavement (actually dragged a foot peg turning hard), and good offroad on anything but deep sand, or gumbo mud. If I didn't ride in loose deep sand as much as I do I would still be running them. They also last a long time, I had over 5000 miles on my rear and still had half of the tread. Front had 7000 when I changed it and it was 3/4 tread.

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so 80% on 20% off. you will be hard pressed to find a tire that will perform in the mud unless you start looking at a 80%off/20%on tire like a MT21 or D606. the IRC GP1 performs only slightly better than the IRC GP tire. Meztler make a DOT 6 days extreme tire that performs fairly good both on and off road. however once you pass the 50%on/50%off tire line you can expect poor wet pavement performance and maybe 2000 miles on a rear tire 2500 on a front tire. my buddy has a set of kenda trailmaster 2 tires on his drz650 he has problems on the really muddy trails, i think he is going to buy another set because it was a good compromise for him. I on the other hand run non-DOT knobbies on my duel sport bike but it ride it 90%off/10%on.

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well said! dude 90%off/10%on that is the goal!­čĹŹ

I would run the non-dot but if you get in a wreck the insurance will not pay out. I just ran the 6 day extreme rear tire it was gone fast. I like the 6 day on the front:thumbsup:I did'nt like the 606 but that was the best so far. anyone try this one Michelin ac-10 $59.00 and dot. time to call tt and get it 110% Low Price Guarantee and try it out

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Yea, that tire above doesn't look like it would last long at all on the street.

Looks good for off road though. You can get a good idea on how well the tire will perform just by looking at it - look at how much space is between the knobs.

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also want to mention there are two DOT tires I can recommend

on the front, the pirelli scorpion pro is awesome (and does highway speeds on the road just fine too) - its road manners are a tad funky when brand new, so just take it offroad and scuff it up, dirt, puddles, etc - I like this one so much, I won't even bother trying another tire up front - it's aggressive and competent on just about any surface

on the rear, I like the mt21 a lot because it hooks up offroad and has great road manners - the road wear is faster than I'd like but keeping it offroad more will obviously make it last much longer - I might try a 606 next just for comparison since I'm curious as to whether it performs better offroad or not

without rim locks I've aired both of these pirellis down to the low-mid teens on the xrl - so long as you're riding dirt and not big rocks, they should be fine at lower psi

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Yea, that tire above doesn't look like it would last long at all on the street.

Looks good for off road though. You can get a good idea on how well the tire will perform just by looking at it - look at how much space is between the knobs.

well I will check in to that i ordered it:smirk:

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