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    Best Front Tire For Dirt/Gravel Roads?

    Here in Arizona, that's about all there is to ride on when riding on BLM land. Any suggestions on front tire choice that handles this type riding best? With gravel or loose rock, it's always a challenge! Thanks! RW

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    IRC GP-1 Trials is my favorite, visually it is a clone to the more widely recommended Shinko244.
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    Not as knobby as some like but gives a smooth sure ride on a variety of off road terrains. Tighter trials like pattern has less voids to let rocks pierce carcass and overlapping tread blocks give a stutter-free ride and continuity of grip while cornering. Knobbies may shed mud better but I didn't like the feel, especially cornering on hard surfaces.

    Others will disagree, this may become a spirited discussion.
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    I'm thinking of going to the Shinko 700 as it's the closest thing I can find to my Maxxis 6006 that is discontinued.
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    Shink700 looks interesting with big staggered tread blocks.
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    I just gravitated to the more trials oriented tire to match my trail bike riding style w/ occasional wet rock faces where tread flexibility is desirable. Shinko 700 does look like a good candidate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post
    Shink700 looks interesting with big staggered tread blocks.
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    I just gravitated to the more trials oriented tire to match my trail bike riding style w/ occasional wet rock faces where tread flexibility is desirable. Shinko 700 does look like a good candidate.
    I really like the big blocks of my Maxxis 6006 and this is as close as I could find. I think TWROG has this tire on his wife's bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenhtr View Post
    I really like the big blocks of my Maxxis 6006 and this is as close as I could find. I think TWROG has this tire on his wife's bike.
    I got em on both bikes now, I like em, wish they made them for the rear too. And shes my girlfriend...............you cant marry me off that easy
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    What's your preference? Handling at any cost? Tire life versus performance?

    The Dunlop 606 is a good tire for both on and off road. Mine didn't last real long but they are bi-directional so they can be re-mounted and extend the performance/life a little bit. I'm running a Pirelli MT 21 right now and it's still a little wishy/washy in loose gravel but still ten times more predictable than the death wing. Both handle quite well on pavement in my opinion.

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    Pirelli MT 21 th-17.jpeg...Dunlop 606th-18.jpeg
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    Here's some pictures of the MT21 on the bike.

    MT21 001.JPG

    MT21 003.JPG

    Just to give give you my perspective, it's kind of like owning a Vette. Where can you actually use it to it's full potential? Certainly not on public roads and highways. I have had the Duro Power grip and the MT21 into some hardy leans through tight corners on pavement. Do they grip like an Avon 3D Ultra? I wouldn't know. Where you can unleash the awesome power of the mighty TW200, off road, where there are no cops, then you can use them to their full extreme and intent.

    ...and they don't do too bad on dry pavement either.
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    I have experience using 3 of theses tires on the back of the WR.
    The IRC GP-1 Trials I found ok on hard pack and street, but slides out on gravel and will not shed mud. I hate this tire. It is the only tire I have ever been able to get a cut in the side wall and it has less then 400 km on it.
    The D606 has great traction every where, even on wet pavement and I found it lasted longer than the MT21.
    2001 TW200 sporting a MT43 up front. Duro has gone to a good home. 2015 VStrom XT, 1996 DT 200, Broken 2010 Xingue 400 XY. 2009 WR250r now shared with my son.

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