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Why Z? 05-23-2014 10:55 AM

50/50 Tires
Can anyone recommend a good 50/50 or 60/40 (road/dirt) tire for my FSR450?

I am doing a bit more dual-sporting (road riding) while I cruise around to try to find the "good stuff" and commute to work (like a 4 mile ride).

Beautiful brand new set of Endurocross tires on bike right now - thinking I should get something more 50/50 oriented that won't get chewed up by the road.

-DURABILITY/LONGEVITY on road is far more important to me than performance in road-riding conditions.
-needs to be versatile; wide range of dirt/off-road conditions.
-DOT legal - A plus, but not a big deal where I live.

Road: Needs to be durable. Performance not as important.
Dirt/Offroad: Needs to perform well - (i.e., don't want tires to restrict where I can/cannot ride)

Also, what size/width/Aspect ratio for ea.? (obviously 18" Rear, 21" Front)

toadl 05-23-2014 04:51 PM

Bridgestone TW301/302 are often overlooked because of price, but they are quiet, have good grip, and last a long time on the street. Off road they do really well for a 50/50 tire. D606's are popular, but I think they are way over rated, loud and only average grip.

Why Z? 05-23-2014 05:44 PM

Cool... Will a 130 width fit (mine are 140)

I found the D606/605 but in a 130 width not a 140.. Is that okay?
(My stock tires are 140/80 r18 back, and 90/90 r21 fronts )
The TW looked nice but not as easy to find available..

Sorry I am sure is a noob question, just not sure if you have the same wiggle room w sizes like on a car

Also... Anyone used the Kenda BigBlocks?
Yay or nay?

bowhunter007 05-24-2014 05:38 AM

Width should be just fine. I had D606s on my DR 650, and a abused them to no end. I put over 1000 miles of on/off road per month for 4 consecutive months. After that, they really started to reflect that abuse with rapid wear. They hold the pavement Ok, except when rain riding. Just my experience.

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