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TOPIC: Tires, tires, and more tires

Tires, tires, and more tires 13 May 2019 07:50 #1

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I'll be pulling the proverbial trigger on tires today but before I do, I thought I would solicit some expert advice from the members.

I'll be riding my DT360 mostly on the street. I'd like more trail, but the reality is that I live and work in the city. I'll be exploring the bad roads, alleys, and back routes all over. I do this by bicycle now, and there is plenty to check out. I'm looking forward to some urban enduro riding.

I do want to be able to hit a trail when I find one in my travels, but primary use case will be roads, often potholed and decaying.

If you have recommendations, I'm all ears. I'm not too worried about getting it wrong. I can change tires if I need to, and I am considering keeping a set of wheels shod in knobbies in case I go on a real dirt adventure.

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Tires, tires, and more tires 13 May 2019 07:53 #2

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I have Pirelli MT43 on my RT3. They do well on the street.

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Tires, tires, and more tires 13 May 2019 08:08 #3

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1971DT250 wrote: I have Pirelli MT43 on my RT3. They do well on the street.


Those look pretty vintage-y, too. Might be a good option.

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Tires, tires, and more tires 14 May 2019 19:05 #4

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I read a review for the Shinko 241 that was *good* - and they have slimmer rear sizes for my teeny Ht1.

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Tires, tires, and more tires 14 May 2019 19:14 #5

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clives wrote: I read a review for the Shinko 241 that was *good* - and they have slimmer rear sizes for my teeny Ht1.


Those look good as well, and the price is the lowest I’ve seen. I went for the Pirelli MT43 set though. I’m sure they’ll do just fine.

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Tires, tires, and more tires 17 May 2019 12:36 #6

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I don't know, I'm not a fan of trials tires for a street bike. By nature they are made to run very low pressures and are designed with soft sidewalls to maximize its footprint. You will have to experiment with tire pressures, so I would recommend exploring the highest pressures recommended, to avoid hitting your rim on the decayed, pot holed streets you are enjoying. As well, the higher pressures will allow the tire to run cooler which you will need with soft sidewalls as you approach the high speed rating of these tires, likely around only 90MPH. Trials tires aren't particularly good in the rain either.

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Tires, tires, and more tires 17 May 2019 13:47 #7

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MT43's aren't "real" trials tires... they are DOT legal and work well on and off road.

Malcolm Smith swears by the MT43 for a dual sport... they are said to out-perform real knobbies in almost all conditions except maybe deep mud.

The drawback is the the rear tire Is TALL. Probably raises the rear of the bike an inch over stock tires or DOT knobbies... That's the main reason I don't run the MT43's anymore... I like the lower seat height and they are a bit too much tire for a 175.

Great choice for a 250 or bigger Enduro!


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Tires, tires, and more tires 18 May 2019 08:10 #8

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MT 43 will be a good tire.... Run them all the time, not a great long wear tire for me, but I actually prefer it over my MT23 knobs sometimes. Usually run 2 rears to 1 front.

They my pick of the litter.

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