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 Best "50/50" tires in your experience for our WR250R

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Von551




PostSubject: Best "50/50" tires in your experience for our WR250R   Tue Oct 18, 2016 1:13 pm

I have a new wrr that I bought in the spring. Right away I switched out the stock tires to D606's. I haven't been overly impressed with them like I expected to be from all the rave reviews on the net. They are at 2000 miles and already need to be changed. The front wore really unevenly, cupped really bad, I'm guessing from braking on street. My last ride was 150 miles all road and the tires, mostly front, were vibrating so bad I had to adjust my suspension softer and don't want to ride with these tires again.

I ride more street than dirt, so I don't want another 90% dirt tire. I still have my stock tires, so I'm going to toss them back on again. But I'm still considering my options for a more dirt-worthy 50/50 tire in case I don't like these and want to switch them right soon. I've been looking at tires like the Mefo Explorer, Mitas E07, Motoz Extreme Hybrid and Heidenau K60 Scout to give you an idea of what I'm considering. I'm looking for more of an adv or trials tread pattern, so it's better on the road, but still decent on dirt. I usually hit dirt roads, forest roads, and the occasional desert trip as far as my offroading goes, nothing crazy. I had some Kenda K270's on my last bike and those were the worst and scariest dual sport tires ever, felt like I hit ice anytime I touched the dirt, I stay away from any tire that resembles the K270 tread pattern. I am in SoCal, so mostly desert terrain is hit when offroad, even the forest roads out here are dirt and rock, very little 'foresty' roads with mud/roots/etc.

So basically I'm looking for:
-good road handing and quiet-ish
-long wear, 5k+ would be nice
-reliable brand/model with no chunking or other abnormal wearing or deteriation
-matching front/rear, seems like some tires only come in a rear like Motoz Extreme Hybrid
-ability to handle dirt/gravel/forest roads without feeling like I'm on ice
-affordable, unless there isn't a 'cheap' option for my standards, I realize you get what you pay for and if a tire lasts 5-10k and offers great performance, then it's worth spending $100+ to me, I only ride about 3k a year.

Thanks!
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eram310




PostSubject: Re: Best "50/50" tires in your experience for our WR250R   Tue Oct 18, 2016 3:25 pm

The stock tires are exactly what you are looking for.
Good on pavement and good on dirt as long as it's not muddy.


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PostSubject: Re: Best "50/50" tires in your experience for our WR250R   Wed Oct 19, 2016 4:05 pm

I gotta disagree with eram. I found the stock tires ok for the road at best. They are fine on dry pavement and dry dirt, but if it gets wet (road or dirt) they suck. Also the front wear pattern was horrible on mine (too much road use I guess).

I have since switched to the heidenau K60s. I get about 10k km from the rear. The front will last ages. I changed my last front after almost 30k km mostly because I don't like having an old tire. there was still about 30% or so of thread on the front! no weird wear pattern either (but some squaring off, which is inevitable doing a lot of commuting with few corners). I think the tire is designed with a lot heavier bikes in mind, with more weight on the front, so that's why the front lasts ages dunno

For the dirt I also found them an improvement compared to the stock deathwings. they do really well in rocky stuff. As is to be expected with the thread pattern, you should avoid deep mud, and be careful on wet grass. Any other terrain is no problem. I do get some instability at high speed riding in small/medium gravel roads (speeds of 90+ km/h). Keep the speed below that and they feel solid (although maybe playing around with the pressure could cure the high speed gravel problem).

I haven't tried other 50/50 tires as I am happy with the K60s so cannot compare. Have had them on now since I removed the stock ones. Maybe someone here has tried more options and can compare better. But the K60 is certainly a good 50/50 tire (as long as you stay away from mud Very happy )
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CRFan1




PostSubject: Re: Best "50/50" tires in your experience for our WR250R   Thu Oct 20, 2016 8:28 am

Mitas E-07 's would be a great tire for your needs and they will last forever on a WR. I used them on my Tiger 800 and I was very impressed by them in all aspects.
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PostSubject: Re: Best "50/50" tires in your experience for our WR250R   Thu Oct 20, 2016 9:51 am

I liked the TR8's a whole lot better than the stock tires. The front wore really well. Not a sand use tire, but it worked in the terrain around here pretty well. The rear wore evenly, but I can see it being about a 3000 mile tire if ridden sanely. It's actually very good for dirt traction. The front would have gone a whole lot longer I'm pretty sure. I swapped to Kenda Parker DT's for more of an offroad bias. Surprisingly, they do quite well on the street, but they are definitely an aggressive DOT tire. I can't see them lasting on pavement very well.
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Jens Eskildsen




PostSubject: Re: Best "50/50" tires in your experience for our WR250R   Thu Oct 20, 2016 1:41 pm

I run full knobbies for 50/50. Love them in the dirt, and they're fine on the street. No specifik brand, but pretty sure I have michelin S12 XC spooned on right now.
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Von551




PostSubject: Re: Best "50/50" tires in your experience for our WR250R   Fri Oct 21, 2016 5:29 pm

CRFan1 wrote:
Mitas E-07 's would be a great tire for your needs and they will last forever on a WR.  I used them on my Tiger 800 and I was very impressed by them in all aspects.

I think you're right, they seem to get better reviews than the K60's for traction, but get less mileage. Think I might have to step up to these if the stockies prove terrible or just when they wear out. Revzilla has chosen it as a top tire a few years in a row, so that give the E-07 a lot of credibility too https://youtu.be/-pfpgMW-JhY. Thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: Best "50/50" tires in your experience for our WR250R   Sun Oct 23, 2016 2:28 am

after chewing up 3 sets of Pirelli MT21 on the street I bought a set of used wheels w/rotors for 300 bucks and a set of Kenda K761 Dual Sport tires. Now my knobbies are fresh every time I do some aggressive dirt riding. takes less then ten min to change them.

for the price of two sets of Knobbies I have a extra set of wheels for the street




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Jens Eskildsen




PostSubject: Re: Best "50/50" tires in your experience for our WR250R   Sun Oct 23, 2016 2:56 am

Wow, good deal. thumb
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CRFan1




PostSubject: Re: Best "50/50" tires in your experience for our WR250R   Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:08 am

Von551 wrote:
CRFan1 wrote:
Mitas E-07 's would be a great tire for your needs and they will last forever on a WR.  I used them on my Tiger 800 and I was very impressed by them in all aspects.

I think you're right, they seem to get better reviews than the K60's for traction, but get less mileage. Think I might have to step up to these if the stockies prove terrible or just when they wear out. Revzilla has chosen it as a top tire a few years in a row, so that give the E-07 a lot of credibility too https://youtu.be/-pfpgMW-JhY. Thanks!

You are welcome! As an aside, my good friend has them on his Tenere and they are still good after 12K miles and a trip to Alaska, hehe. He was a die hard Heidenau K60 guy but now he loves the E-07's because they get better traction all around.
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Von551




PostSubject: Re: Best "50/50" tires in your experience for our WR250R   Tue Nov 08, 2016 1:31 am

So far so good on the stock Trailwing tires. I've done a few hundred miles on them and they seem as capable as the Dunlop 606 tires... as long as I air them down 5psi. At full psi they seem a little sketchy on loose dirt, but aired down that goes away.
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PostSubject: Re: Best "50/50" tires in your experience for our WR250R   Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:17 am

The trailwings which came straight from the factory did a pretty ok job for my recently finished trip. Rode on motorway at full throttle, turned off and went on gravel roads. Went on twisties super moto style. They did it all astonishingly well.

That said, keep the pressure rather at the lower limit. Worked well for me.

Definately no recommendation for rough terrain though.

/rapete
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magmano




PostSubject: Re: Best "50/50" tires in your experience for our WR250R   Thu Jan 05, 2017 2:50 pm

I am also considering the same tires! which ones did you go for? cheers
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