Makes more sense to have a tread like this in the sand for sure.
Review per: https://adventuremotorcycle.com/gear...-desert-review
A 21/18 combo was selected for our CRF250L Rally Replica. The front was easy to install, while the thicker rear took a bit of patience and some muscle. Since these are DOT tires, we thought we’d test them on the road first, and as expected they caused lots of vibration and noise. On the highway, the whirring of the tires was so loud it drowned out the sound of the CRF’s engine. The bike felt squirrely during cornering, whether it be an off-ramp or at inner city stoplights. In the wet our 250L felt even more unstable.
Trail terrain on the east coast is often rocky, with lots of changing elevation. The Tractionator Desert HTs exceled off road, especially during technical, root infested hill climbs. Our heavy CRF, which used to feel like a street based dual-sport, now feels more like a proper trail bike. The 250L doesn’t put out a lot of power, so late braking is required to keep up with the rest of the flock. The Tractionators give a lot of feedback, inspiring confidence to be aggressive with the brakes and “backing it” into corners. They provide so much traction upon acceleration in the dirt, that a quick jab at the clutch is required to kick the rear out around corners.
Through mud, the front feels a bit washy, but the rear center scoop tread works like paddle to keep things moving. In a rock garden, both the front and rear felt quite bouncy, probably due to the harder tire compound, although the bike remained controllable. In gravel and sand the Tractionator’s are fantastic.
PROS CONS ▲ Excellent off-road performance ▼ Sketchy tarmac performance, especially when wet ▲ Better wear than trail knobbies ▼ Noisey and vibey on the road ▲ Deep tread design offers bite and longevity
We’ve only put about 800 miles on the Motoz tires and the wear seems to be moderate. They aren’t being shaved down as quickly as knobbies on tarmac, but they are wearing a bit faster than big block tires. As aggressive as we’ve been with the bike, we’re surprised that none of the knobs have chunked off.
DVMoto rates this tire an 85/15, designed primarily for off road use. Even though we can’t recommend riding on rainy roads with the Tractionator Desert HTs, they’re a great choice for someone who wants to retain the off-road performance of their enduro, but also pass a state safety inspection. MSRP: Front $78.99 | Rear $94.99–$107.99 PacificPowersports.com
Anonymous Monday, 18 September 2017
I have used these on the rear of an RXV550 and the knobs do chunk off and middle scoop tread you talk about does round down loosing its effectiveness. They are good when brand new but traction goes off with them. They may well be best suited to lower power bikes.
Funny, signed in as Anonymous but signed it Eric Hall. Huh!
Anonymous Saturday, 15 April 2017Try riding this in the desert! This tire is truly amazing and quite durable for the bigger bikes as well. Keith Billings rode his bone stock 990R at the Baja Rally on the Mitas E09 then switched to these Desert H/T's and he was astonished at how much better they were. I have only tried the front on my 990 and loved it. - Eric Hall, XLADV
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