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    Best Tires?

    It is time to replace the meats on my YZ 125. It's been a while since I have invested in tires, and I'm not sure what my best bets are, so I wanted to turn to those whom use different tires for their opinion. I live on the east coast, and ride trails (mud, dirt, tree roots, but some open spaces, and hard dirt) and am planning on trying my hand in the beginner MX classes this year. What do you all suggest (manufacturer and the model)? I am thinking an intermediate tire would be best? Which is the best wearing tire, and the best bang for my buck. Also, I would like to say that I like the "wide, meaty" look that some MX tires have. I thought all were the same, until I tried to save a little $$ and bought a Kenda tire. BIG mistake. The rear looks much thinner, not as meaty or as solid looking, even though the rep told me it would look the same. It also doesn't feel as solid. Not a big deal, but I thought I would throw that in there. Also, is it worth it to try to find some barely used meats from someone, or should I steer clear of that?

    Thanks in advance for any and all advice on this





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    No one has any feedback? I really need some tires soon, not too sure which are the best for my needs. ANY help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    I just tried the Maxxis IT for the rear. I have three rides on it. I ride sand, realy hard pack, and rocks. Two rides were dusty and dry. The other was slightly muddy turning into a realy sticky dirt mix. It hooked up realy well in the tacky stuff and decent in the mud. I realy not sure how I like the dry to much. It was pretty decent, but the rear end felt a little squirly. It was predictable though. For the 40 bucks I spend I think I'm gunna like it.

    Before that I was running a 756 in the rear. Hooks up in just about anything. It wore decent to.

    I'm still running the 739 in the front. It does pretty good for my conditions.




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    Hmmmm, I'm running a 756 and it does not hook up well at all. I wanna try the Maxxis M6001




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    I just put Dunlop 773's on the front and back. I only have 2 rides on them, but they hook up very good in all conditions (but I reide track only). But then again, I was running stock tires before (Dunlop 490/695) and those stink in my opinion, but they last forever. As far as wear goes, the rear tires knobs are starting to already turn back. So I doubt they will last long, but those things dig in great.



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    michelin s12 are my choice.they hook up well in all terrain




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    Here we go... Right now, on my bike in my riding conditions with my riding style (or lack of), the Metzler mc4 rear and pirelli mt44 front are simply the best. The mt44 front is a soft terrain tire which hooks up everywhere and wears very well. The mc4 rear is an intermediate, I think, and for me, combines the best traits of the michelin s12 rear and dunlop 756 rear. Which is to say it hooks up everywhere but slides predictably whether it's brand new or 1000 miles old. Wears pretty well too. Avoid the mc4 front though, it's crap. jmo .




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    I have found the MT44 to be an all around great front tire. Starting to lose some of the edges on the back on the knobs from braking in the rocks here in Missouri. 

    I've about 300 miles on it now & it still sticks like flypaper in almost every condition where there is some stick to be found. :thumb:



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    Wonderful feedback, my fellow dirtbikers! I will have to review this, as I am looking for the best of both worlds hookup, but ALSO the best wear factor. I haven't heard anything about the "thickness" of the tires though. When I bought the Kenda (another $40 rear tire), it did NOT have the same beefy look as the original rear that was on the YZ. Did you all find this on the replacements you all bought? For a standard YZ rim (from and rear, year 1997) what size tires should I be looking at to match the stock size? Where are the best prices to be found for tires? A lot of questions I know, but I have made the wrong decision before, and really don't want to go through it again. Thanks again for all the info!

    -Sterling




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    I have Michelin S-12s out back and M-12s in the front. They are really good in mud, sand and loam, but are a little sketchy on hardpack. I've put about 300 miles on them and they are wearing pretty well.

    My brother has the Maxxis IT on his bike and that thing will not wear out! He probably has about 600 miles on them and it looks like he has one ride on them!

    As far as sizing, I think 110/100/19 would be one size larger than the stock tire on a YZ125. A Michelin equivalent is 130/70/19.

    For good deals on tires and other dirtbike stuff, visit www.rockymountainmc.com Great prices and even better service.
    Last edited by MelloYello; 06-04-2003 at 08:28 PM.



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