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what's the best rear tire for me?

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My last tire was the one that came with the bike. I ride hard terrain, mud and on the highway but most of the time off road. What company should i choose what brand and who has the best prices? Thanks for any info.
 

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If you want a long lasting versatile tire that performs well, get a Michelin M12. It is not DOT approved but I've used it on dual sport bikes and it holds up much better than most. Due to Michelin's odd sizing, add 20 mm to the width you normally use.
 
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I have been using the Bridgestone ED-12 on my bikes and found they have held up better than anything else I have used. Both bikes are street legal and they do see quite a bit of pavement. I also ride in a lot of nasty rocks.

Hope this helps ya!
Brenda

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Why wouldn't you want a DOT tire? Just because it says DOT on the side doesn't mean they are street tires that won't work in the dirt. They are build to a higher standard to achieve the rating....and because of that, won't fall apart on the pavement. You can still have an awesome dirt tire that happens to be DOT legal.

My husband uses a D606 on his 605 4 stroke and it is a DOT tire also. Holds up better than anything else he has put on that bike!

Brenda
 

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Brenda - many of us have dual sported for years on non-DOT knobbies and never had one fall apart.

IMO, DOT approved tires are not necessarily better built than non-DOT tires. A DOT approval just means the manufacturer submitted the tire for testing, and it passed. Just because a manfacturer does not submit a tire for testing does not mean it would not pass.

Even the DOT approved knobbies should be handled with care on the street, and some will wear out just as fast as 'dirt only' tires. The M12 is the longest lasting knobbie I've ever used by far, and served me very well on dual sport rides.
 
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I hate some company's, Some one told me Michelin is crap and the m12 will never fit a kdx. they said get a dunlop739 or bridgestone m40 or pirelli mt21. Im so confused. If you people still think the M 12 is the best which size should i get?

120/90-18

130/80-18 120/80-19 130/70-90
 
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i think michelan is good. I dont have a vert powerful bike but my friend has a 1999 Yz 250 and he uses micnalen. He exparemented with some others but none seem to compare to michalen
 
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130/80-18 is what I'm running in a S-12.

I would buy the same thing again.

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I have used several Michelin M12 and S12's and they hook up great. The S12 (my favorite) hooks up great in wet conditions. The M12 is good on dry terrain. as far as size, I use a 140 on my KDX. It sticks to the trail like glue. The bigger tire want slow you down like some may lead you to believe. If your spinning wheels your moving slow.
 

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110/100-18 Dunlop 752, wanna race?

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Go with the 110 if you go with a Dunlop. Michelin tires are sized different than Dunlop.

By this, I mean that they have a shorter sidewall and due to this you need to go to a larger width to equal the size of a Dunlop.

Dunlop 110/100-18 = Michelin 130/80-18

I don't know why this is, but this is the info that I have always been given.

I currently have a worn (not real bad, but starting to show a lot of age=miles) 110/100-18 Dunlop 752. I've run them for years, but have never been happy with the wear.

The Woman's Forum moderator's husband was a member of our enduro club. He rides a KTM300 and the Michelin S-12 on his bike is what sold me on the tire. Dave and Lori ride all the time, competitively, and after over a year of harescrambles, and tons of play riding, the S-12 was still sharp and barely worn.

I'm not telling you that you should have a S-12. There's a lot of great tires out there, by a lot of companys.

As long as you follow the manufactures recommendations about the terrain you're riding, I don't think you can get burned.

Good luck and let us know what you picked, and how you like it!!! It'll be a new tire, so it will always be great..

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Originally posted by paul:
I ride hard terrain, mud and on the highway but most of the time off road.
You have picked from one end of the range to the other. If you pick a M-12, you will loose out on traction in mud and sand, if you take the S-12, you will loose out on hardpack.

About half the riders I know, who race every weekend that they can (enduro/harescrambes) ride with S-12's and only S-12's. Nothing to do with sponsership, or anything other than they like the tire.

It's $55. Buy whatever you want and try it. If it doesn't work as well as you would like, buy something else next time....

It's not a life and death decision.



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