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Here's a question that gets posted a billion times. "What's the best tyre for... "

Here's a place to post a guide so members can review and reference. Simply copy and paste the template below and share your experiences with your hoops of choice.

Brand:

Model:

What Size Front / Rear:

Style (soft, inter, hard, sand / mud):

Dot Approved (yes / no):

Handle off road (rating out of 10):

Acceleration / Tracking:

Braking:

Cornering:

Price per tyre:

Wear & Tear (how are they wearing):

Cool Factor (1 - 10):

Comments:

This will be a great reference point for old and new members alike.

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Brand: Pirelli

Model: Scorpion Mid-Hard

What Size Front / Rear: 120/90 x 18 rear

Style (soft, inter, hard, sand / mud): Mid - Hard

Dot Approved (yes / no): Yes

Handle off road (rating out of 10)

Acceleration / Tracking: 7

Braking: 7

Cornering: 7.5

Price per tyre: $90 / $120

Wear & Tear (how are they wearing): Great wear, well over 1000kms

Cool Factor (1 - 10): 8

Comments:

This is a great all purpose tyre. They work well in all track conditions from loam to rock. The rear likes powersliding around corners yet holds a strong edge and great lean angle. Very predictable.

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Brand: Pirelli

Model: MT43 Trials

What Size Front / Rear: 4.00 x 18 rear

Style (soft, inter, hard, sand / mud): Mutli Block Trials

Dot Approved (yes / no): Yes

Handle off road (rating out of 10)

Acceleration / Tracking: 8

Braking: 5

Cornering: 6

Price per tyre: $120+

Wear & Tear (how are they wearing): For ever well over 2000kms

Cool Factor (1 - 10): 9.5

Comments:

Like all Trials tires this one grips like you know what to a blanket !!! Great in root, rutt and rock infested terrain. Aired down to around 8psi for the best results. The massive side walls make it hard to pinch flat. Huge lifespan. A top choice for riding the High Country.

Note: they do have shortfalls. Downhilling is not one of their strengths. You need to be able to exercise good rear brake control. Wet grass can be tricky and because of the square profile they can't sustain a massive lean angle and do let go without warning. Once you are aware of these things they can be quite fun to flick around.

You have to try one at some stage the grip in less than favourable conditions is amazing and who knows you may even become a convert !!!

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Brand: Maxxis

Model: Maxxcross S/M

What Size Front / Rear: 120/80 x 18 rear

Style (soft, inter, hard, sand / mud): Sand / Mud

Dot Approved (yes / no): No

Handle off road (rating out of 10):

Acceleration / Tracking: 9

Braking: 7

Cornering: 5

Price per tyre: $130

Wear & Tear (how are they wearing): Pretty well in sand

Cool Factor (1 - 10): 10

Comments:

This is one of the better sand tires I've ever used. It really bites in and gives you great drive. The multi paddle open design works a treat in soft conditions. It will handle small transport sections if you keep off the power and the speed down. It may be due to the silica rubber that it will handle limestone littered sand without chipping. They will step out on hard pack as the side bars are quite stiff along the sidewall.

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Brand: Mitas

Model: CO2 'Stone King'

What Size Front / Rear: 120/90 x 18 rear

Style (soft, inter, hard, sand / mud): Hard

Dot Approved (yes / no): Yes

Handle off road (rating out of 10):

Acceleration / Tracking: 6

Braking: 7

Cornering: 5

Price per tyre: $110+

Wear & Tear (how are they wearing): For Ever !!! Almost 3oookms they just won't die

Cool Factor (1 - 10): 7

Comments:

I bought one of these while looking for tyres to suit a 5day High Country ride a few years ago. They are a wide spaced big block tire and although they don't do anything perfect they will handle most terrains pretty well. Their main advantage is longevity. These tires last for ever !!! This comes at the cost of grip. Wet rocks and clay can be tricky.

A dis advantage would be the soft sidewalls relative to the outer tread. This can give an uneasy feeling like riding with a flat tire. As I use the Tubliss system this is less of an issue as they will handle being aired down to 8psi for maximum traction.

A tire better suited to big bore or Adv style riding yet can still be used on an Enduro bike if your looking for longevity.

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Brand: Metzeler

Model: 6days Extreme KTM OEM Tire

What Size Front / Rear: 120/90 x 18 rear

Style (soft, inter, hard, sand / mud): Intermediate

Dot Approved (yes / no): Yes

Handle off road (rating out of 10):

Acceleration / Tracking: 4

Braking: 4

Cornering: 4

Price per tyre: N/A

Wear & Tear (how are they wearing): Really Bad lasted 250kms (no bullshit)

Cool Factor (1 - 10): 3

Comments:

I dont hate much in life yet this tyre pushed my buttons. Fitted as standard issue on the KTM I was trully disappointed with how this tyre lasted and performed. I pretty much wore it out on the first weekend I got my bike over 250kms of mixed terrain. I don't believe this is suited to the conditions here in Australia for general trail riding.

Would probably make a good race tyre or for soft loamy ground like a forrest. Soon as you add transport on the blacktop in the mix its all over. I've heard people say that the '6days' tyres you can buy are better than the OEM ones fitted. As I had such a negative impression on the first experience I wasn't willing to shed the reddies on another try.

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Brand: Michelin

Model: AC 10

What Size Front / Rear: 80/100 x 21 front

Style (soft, inter, hard, sand / mud): Intermediate

Dot Approved (yes / no): Yes

Handle off road (rating out of 10):

Acceleration / Tracking: 6

Braking: 4

Cornering: 3

Price per tyre: $70-$90

Wear & Tear (how are they wearing): Long Lasting

Cool Factor (1 - 10): 2

Comments:

If there's one thing you can say about the AC10 front tire is that it will make you crash !!! Although I've never been a fan of an 80/100 front (prefer 90/90) I bought a set as I needed Dot tires for a trial and left it to the last minute. On loose and rocky terrain they perform o.k though as soon as it gets hard and slick lookout !!!

I found I had zero confidence in the front as it would just washout mid corner and drive you into the ground if pushed. Once this has happened once of twice in a ride you really become a passenger. The rears are a lot better than the front though if your looking for Dot approved there's better options.

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Great effort mate!!

Come on peeps dont leave it all up to Motoz,

Share your some of your thoughts on tyres you have ran

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Brand: MX Retreads

Model: MX Front

What Size Front / Rear: 80/100 x 21 front

Style (soft, inter, hard, sand / mud): Mid / Hard

Dot Approved (yes / no): No

Handle off road (rating out of 10):

Acceleration / Tracking: 8

Braking: 7

Cornering: 7

Price per tyre: $50 - $70

Wear & Tear (how are they wearing): Really well

Cool Factor (1 - 10): 7

Comments:

I read about these online. All the reviews were positive and with sponsored racers on their books I found a local guy who stocked them. Being more of an over mold than a retread these are a solid tyre. The fronts hold up and track really well. I've found them to be good allround tyres in all conditions. The side knobs don't seem to tear off and they wear quite evenly. There were some slight molding alignment issues yet these are concentrated in the center and doesn't seem to effect performance.

Considering the price point and performance these are a great option for everyday riding.

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Brand: Michelin

Model: S12xc

What Size Front / Rear: 140/100-18

Style (soft, inter, hard, sand / mud): Soft (i think)

Dot Approved (yes / no): No

Handle off road (rating out of 10): 8

Acceleration / Tracking: 8

Braking: 7

Cornering: 7

Price per tyre: $65 O.S $120-130 (i assume) Local.

Wear & Tear (how are they wearing): I'm not really one to be worried about wear and tear but I'm fair impressed so far, didn't die at the bogies which other tyres have.

Cool Factor (1 - 10): 15, cause they are on my bike (i dont get this section)

Comments: They were recommended to me by a few people to try. I only have the rear, but love it, predictable, great traction, and best of all the tread blocks are staying pretty square edged unlike other tyres ive used that round off very quickly!!!

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Brand: Dunlop

Model: D606

What Size Front / Rear: 120/90 x 18

Style (soft, inter, hard, sand / mud): Duel Sport Desert

Dot Approved (yes / no): Yes

Handle off road (rating out of 10):

Acceleration / Tracking: 7.5

Braking: 7.5

Cornering: 7

Price per tyre: $130

Wear & Tear (how are they wearing): Great Wearing over 1500kms

Cool Factor (1 - 10): 7

Comments:

This is another tyre in the duel sport category. I really like these on the rear of the 300. With a long life and performance that seems to last well into the 80% worn level.

They really respond to aggresive riding. You can brake and power slide into and out of corners and they dig in and trench out.

Great in the rocks and on transport. A great allround summer tyre.

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Brand: Shinko

Model: 540 SM

What Size Front / Rear: 110/100 x 18

Style (soft, inter, hard, sand / mud): Sand / Mud

Dot Approved (yes / no): No

Handle off road (rating out of 10):

Acceleration / Tracking: 9

Braking: 8

Cornering: 8.5

Price per tyre: $125

Wear & Tear (how are they wearing): Two Big Desert Rides and a Robe run with minimal wear

Cool Factor (1 - 10): 9.5

Comments:

The Shinko is a super aggresive mud n sand tyre. The thing digs in like theres no tomorrow. The advantage of this design is the more open tread spacing which helps make this more adaptable than the Maxxis featured above. It won't squirm on the hard pack under power like the Maxxis so are a lot more well behaved. Unlike a lot of soft terrain tyres these come in a range of 18" sizes as opposed to 19" only.

Don't be put off by the name these are a quality tyre.

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Good work Dave.

I'd whack up one too for ya's, but all I've used for the last 18 months is Bridgey 404/403's and 204/203's. So my wittle brain can't compare with tyres I haven't used for ages.

I could very easily compare the differences between the Bridgeys and the MT42 trials tyres, but Dave has already done a good job on the trials Pirelli.

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Model: Bridgstone m404

What Size Front / Rear: 110/100/18

Style (soft, inter, hard, sand / mud): Most

Dot Approved (yes / no): N

Handle off road (rating out of 10): 8

Acceleration / Tracking: 8

Braking: 8

Cornering: 8

Price per tyre: 120

Wear & Tear (how are they wearing): Mud 10 rides, Hard 7, Rock 7, sand who knows.

Cool Factor (1 - 10): 8

Comments: No bull, good tyre and very trustworthy. Excellent cornering, predictable down hill braking.

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Model: Bridgy m604

What Size Front / Rear: R 110/100/18

Style (soft, inter, hard, sand / mud): HARD INTER SOFT

Dot Approved (yes / no): N

Handle off road (rating out of 10): 9

Acceleration / Tracking: 9

Braking: 7

Cornering: 9

Price per tyre: 130

Wear & Tear (how are they wearing): HARD 6, SOFT 9

Cool Factor (1 - 10): 6

Comments: RIDING THIS TYRE IS THE GOODS, VERY PREDICTABLE, EXCELLENT FOR POWER SLIDES, down hill braking lacks a little. Even in greasy hard wet clay this tyre can be ridden predictably. I ride this tyre at 10 psi.

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Model: Bridgy 204 rear

What Size Front / Rear: 110/100/18

Style (soft, inter, hard, sand / mud): all

Dot Approved (yes / no): n

Handle off road (rating out of 10): 8

Acceleration / Tracking: 9

Braking: 9

Cornering: 8

Price per tyre: 125

Wear & Tear (how are they wearing): I changed after 6 rides in

Cool Factor (1 - 10): 9

Comments: Short life but performance is there. Hard gravel is a little shady.

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Model: Bridgy 203 front

What Size Front / Rear: 90/100/21

Style (soft, inter, hard, sand / mud): soft inter

Dot Approved (yes / no): n

Handle off road (rating out of 10): 8

Acceleration / Tracking: 8

Braking: 8

Cornering: 8

Price per tyre: 115

Wear & Tear (how are they wearing): 12 rides

Cool Factor (1 - 10): 8

Comments: good tyre after first ride, I found it need about 12 psi to work well. this is my second most favourite front tyre

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Brand: Dunlop

Model:MX51

What Size Front / Rear: 110/100/18

Style (soft, inter, hard, sand / mud): INTER

Dot Approved (yes / no): NO

Handle off road (rating out of 10):8

Acceleration / Tracking: 8

Braking: 7

Cornering: 7

Price per tyre: $100-$130

Wear & Tear (how are they wearing): Wearing nicely. Had a couple of rides on them before bogies and they held up well. Got a few busted corners but no major chunks.

Cool Factor (1 - 10): 8

Comments: Have not ridden on a very wide range of tyres so my knowledge of tyres is very limited. I have heard plenty of good reports about the MX51 got front and MX31 rear il be testing soon. will put up report once ive ridden them to death.

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Great thread motoz..

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Model: pirelli mx extra rear

What Size Front / Rear: 120/100/18

Style (soft, inter, hard, sand / mud):

Dot Approved (yes / no): n

Handle off road (rating out of 10): 4

Acceleration / Tracking: 6

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Braking: 7

Cornering: 4

Price per tyre: 130

Wear & Tear (how are they wearing): Ive even tried burnouts on tarmac to try & wear it down so I can piss it off. lasts forever even on back of a 380

Cool Factor (1 - 10): 1

Comments: 5 rides so far and knobbies are still as high as mt everest, but very hard compound tyre and hard tall side wall. I would not recommend it. Much better tyres out there.

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Brand: Metzeler

Model: 6days Extreme KTM OEM Tire

What Size Front / Rear: 120/90 x 18 rear

Style (soft, inter, hard, sand / mud): Intermediate

Dot Approved (yes / no): Yes

Handle off road (rating out of 10):

Acceleration / Tracking: 4

Braking: 4

Cornering: 4

Price per tyre: N/A

Wear & Tear (how are they wearing): Really Bad lasted 250kms (no bullshit)

Cool Factor (1 - 10): 3

Comments:

I dont hate much in life yet this tyre pushed my buttons. Fitted as standard issue on the KTM I was trully disappointed with how this tyre lasted and performed. I pretty much wore it out on the first weekend I got my bike over 250kms of mixed terrain. I don't believe this is suited to the conditions here in Australia for general trail riding.

Would probably make a good race tyre or for soft loamy ground like a forrest. Soon as you add transport on the blacktop in the mix its all over. I've heard people say that the '6days' tyres you can buy are better than the OEM ones fitted. As I had such a negative impression on the first experience I wasn't willing to shed the reddies on another try.

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I'm no expert,but I found the front was ok..As for the rear..Well,lets just say I won't be getting another.

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Model: Dunlop 952 front

What Size Front / Rear:

Style (soft, inter, hard, sand / mud):

Dot Approved (yes / no): n

Handle off road (rating out of 10): 9

Acceleration / Tracking: 9

Braking: 8

Cornering:

Price per tyre: 115

Wear & Tear (how are they wearing): since feb and have been riding every sunday

Cool Factor (1 - 10):

Comments: Of all the front tyres this is the one I can get best lean angles on. The knobbies don't seem to round off too much as it wears down either. It is very predictable after about 1 good ride. I have had this tyre in sand, mud, hard, soft and performed excellent. I run tubliss with about 11 to 12 psi. On greasy clay though I dont rate it very high, but then again theres not much you can rate well on that stuff.

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Brand: Dunlop

Model:MX51

What Size Front / Rear: 110/100/18

Style (soft, inter, hard, sand / mud): INTER

Dot Approved (yes / no): NO

Handle off road (rating out of 10):8

Acceleration / Tracking: 8

Braking: 7

hello not at home right now i am away for the week but i think i have these on my bike they come on it new rmx450z 2010 model i dont think much of them going to replace soon i am new to all this can someone let me no a good alround tyre for me still learning to ride but getting there slowly lol and is wider the better on the back

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Lee

Cornering: 7

Price per tyre: $100-$130

Wear & Tear (how are they wearing): Wearing nicely. Had a couple of rides on them before bogies and they held up well. Got a few busted corners but no major chunks.

Cool Factor (1 - 10): 8

Comments: Have not ridden on a very wide range of tyres so my knowledge of tyres is very limited. I have heard plenty of good reports about the MX51 got front and MX31 rear il be testing soon. will put up report once ive ridden them to death.

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Great thread motoz..

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