01/03/2018 at 9:14 pm #73381
I am a new full member of Rally Moto having been a forum member last year. Asked a couple of questions before and got great help, hints and tips. Have finally taken the plunge and have enetered my first ARTC event later this year. First rally for me will be Ryedale in July.
I have only been riding off road for about 1 year and really wanting to progress into rally and navigation rally. I have a KTM exc f 250 Six Days which I will be using to start with. So far just been using the tyres that came on the bike when I got it.
Wondering if anyone could suggest a decent set of tyres to go for suitable for the ATRC and possibly a couple of hare and hound type events. Also will be going to dawn to dusk this year. Completed it last year and used tubes and thankfully managed not to puncture. Would you recommend a change to mouses also? Or stick with the tubes?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Mark02/03/2018 at 9:20 pm #73387
An E marked rear tyre like a Maxxis IT and a fim front like a metzeler 6 days extreme with some mousses, if you do use tubes keep the pressures on the high side to help avoid pinch punctures.
Good luck.03/03/2018 at 1:18 pm #73390
If you still have the original tyres on your KTM then they will almost certainly be Maxxis, no problem with them I’ve raced on them for most of the last 7 years. Maxxis Maxxcross IT on the rear and SI on the front.
Pirelli Scorpion XC Mid Hard are also good, a bit more suited to harder conditions than mud.
The new Michelin Enduro tyres are also getting very good reviews.
05/03/2018 at 7:49 pm #73450
Hi, I run Maxxis SI rear tyre as I find the IT too skittish, the IT feels too much like it’s made from a hard plastic for my liking. The SI grips well, is a good all round E rated tyre, but won’t Last as long as the IT. I guess it comes down to personal preference and longevity required from your tyres. On the front I tend to run a Metzeler 6 day or a Pirelli scorpion pro. If you want a front tyre that lasts really well the Michelin Comp MS is the one.
I am going to try one of the Metzeler MC 360 E rated rear tyres soon, has anyone given them a go ? I will start with the softer one first.
Lastly, mooses all day long,( Michelin last the longest if you keep them lubed and out of the tyre if you don’t ride over the winter ). I haven’t used a tube for 10 years or more. If you travel all over the country at great expense then I can’t see any sense in risking a puncture. I did give the tubeliss system a try but got a split in the sidewall….game over. I’ve seen lots of dnf’s From tubeliss so won’t risk them again. Hope that helps, mike.06/03/2018 at 12:21 pm #73452
I would echo Mike’s comments regarding Michelin mousses but would also recommend WinX mousses. I have a pair that were first fitted in February 2015, the rear did 5 days of the Tuareg Rally, the front all 7 days, have done the Tour of Portugal twice, the Hafren Rally and the Ryedale Rally and loads of trail riding in between and are still in very good shape, three years on.
The key is regular lubing using good quality lube, I usually use Michelin lube but recently have been experimenting with Floplast silicon lube designed for push fit plumbing, available in nice big 800g tubs from Screwfix Direct for £8, Doesn’t last as long as the Michelin stuff but pretty damn good.
06/03/2018 at 12:57 pm #73455
That’s excellent help. Thank you very very much. I guess that I’ll be switching to mouses from now on out!
Also thank you for the tyre options. Will be looking at something grippy and not too skittish. So thinking if that means a little shorter life in the tyre then I’ll be ok with that if it means better grip.
I’m sure more wee questions will begin to crop up and hopefully a bit of experience this season will Eco out too! Looking forward to it. Thanks again.
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