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Offroad & Motocross Tire Guide

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Dirt Bike Tires

Looking for dirt bike tires? Rocky Mountain ATV/MC carries over 100 off-road tires for a variety of bikes and riding preferences. Use the filters on the left-hand side of the screen to narrow our selection down by terrain type, tire size, brand and price. You can also enter your motorcycle’s make, model and year at the top to specifically identify tires that will fit it.

Need additional help in finding the right tire? Check out our tips and info below. We want to make sure that you have everything you need to purchase the right tire for you.

Terrain Type

When it comes to buying dirt bike tires, the main thing you want to focus on is the terrain type you expect to ride on. Street motorcycles basically have to worry about one type of terrain: asphalt. Dirt bikes, on the other hand, are designed to traverse numerous types of terrain: rocky trails, forest paths, loamy soil, dirt roads, sand, mud, motocross tracks, slickrock and a lot more (and that’s not even counting if your bike is street legal and will also see asphalt).

There are three primary types of dirt bike tires: soft terrain, intermediate terrain and hard terrain. By choosing the one that best describes your type of riding, you can get a tire that will perform well for you.

The primary difference between these three types of tires is the tread pattern. Soft terrain tires have wider-spaced lugs. This allows the tread to penetrate soft soil, increasing the overall rubber contact but also allowing the tire to somewhat “scoop” the softer terrain. Hard terrain tires, on the other hand, must get as much rubber as possible to the terrain’s surface. For this reason, they typically have narrower-spaced lugs. As you might expect, intermediate terrain tires lie in-between.


So which type of tire should you choose? If you don’t already feel confident that you can match up a tire type to your type of riding, here are a few tips:

  • If you find yourself in sand, mud or looser soil, consider a soft terrain tire.
  • If you frequent the motocross track or ride trails with varying conditions, consider an intermediate terrain tire.
  • If you ride almost exclusively on packed soil or slickrock, consider a hard terrain tire.
  • If you tend to ride on a wide variety of terrain types and don’t focus on just one, consider an intermediate terrain tire.

Rubber Compound

The rubber compound is also very important. Soft rubber grips the terrain better, therefore providing superior traction. Hard rubber compounds aren’t as grippy, but they typically last a lot longer.

Specialty Tires

Of course, there are also specialty tires as well. If you ride exclusively in the sand, soft terrain tires are nice, but quality paddle tires are best. The difference is that while some sand tires (particularly paddle tires) work excellently in sand, they don’t always work well at all on other types of terrain. Soft terrain tires, on the other hand, work fine in the sand, but they also work well on other types of soft terrain as well.

Trials tires are a must for trials bikes, but they can also be used on traditional dirt bikes as well. If you ride exclusively on hard terrain, you might find that trials tires give you even better traction than standard hard terrain tires.

If your bike is street legal and you plan on riding on the road as well, make sure you pick up a set of DOT-approved tires.

Air Pressure

To make sure you get the longest life out of your tires as possible, use the correct tire pressure. Overinflated or underinflated tires will wear faster and can also be more prone to accidents. Check your owner’s manual for the correct psi.

Tire Size

Don’t forget to get the right size. Check your owner’s manual to find out the recommended tire size. All modern dirt bike tires utilize a three-number system to indicate size, such as this: 80/100x21.

  1. The first number (80) indicates the tire width, measured in millimeters.
  2. The second number (100) is the tire height from bead to centerline, expressed as the width/height aspect ratio.
  3. The third number is the rim diameter, measured in inches.

So a size of 80/100x21 is a tire designed for a 21-inch rim that is 80 mm wide and 80 mm tall (100% of the width).

Some sizes will also indicate ply construction. Radial tires include the letter R after the second number. While radial tires are common for street bikes, many dirt bike tires still use bias tires, which do not include a letter in the tire size. (If the tire size includes the letter B, that means it’s bias belted. You won’t see this ply construction on pure dirt tires, but you might see them on a few dual sport tires.)

Sometimes additional information is also included. A fourth number combined with a letter indicates the load and speed ratings. The number/letter combination is actually a code, so you’ll have to compare it to our load index and speed ratings charts.

Buy Dirt Bike Tires

We make it easy for you to find the right tire, and we always carry an extensive selection of dirt bike tires at low prices. With our emphasis on customer-centric programs and support, there’s no better solution than Rocky Mountain ATV/MC.

Browse our selection now, and pick out your next set of tires today!

Latest Dirt Bike Dirt Bike Tires - All Reviews – You could win up to $500 for reviewing products!

  • Kenda K760 Trakmaster II Rear Tire

    Kenda K760 Trakmaster II Rear Tire

    Gary in CT

    Seems like a nice tire for the money

    I purchased this tire for my 2006 CRF 450x because it is DOT rated and I am trying to get my bike registered for street riding in CT. I am only giving a 4 star because I just mounted it and have only ridden on it a few times. I can't comment on tread life, dirt traction, or street traction since I really have no hours on it yet.

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  • Shinko 244 Series Dual Sport Universal Tire

    Shinko 244 Series Dual Sport Universal Tire

    Ryan in AZ

    Amazing tire for a great price

    To start, I ride in Arizona on a KLR 650. I ride probably 50/50 hard gravel to pavement. My riding style is aggressive, well as aggressive as one can be on a KLR. I have had 2 rears and I am still on my front. I consistently get 2000 miles out of a rear, NOTHING more, my front has 5000 and counting. Probably plan to change it at 6000 miles. On the front it was 2000 dirt, 3000 pavement. For dirt trails and gravel roads, I recommend these over the Shinko 805. They have much better grip in braking and overall traction.

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  • Dunlop MX11 Geomax Sand/Mud Tire

    Dunlop MX11 Geomax Sand/Mud Tire



    Great little tire. Has worn very little since i purchased it but still soft enough to ride in rocks and hard pack without chunking. It hooks up well.

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  • Shinko E-805 Rear Dual Sport Motorcycle Tire

    Shinko E-805 Rear Dual Sport Motorcycle Tire

    Mitch in IA

    Best DS or ADV tire for the money

    As noted in the title, the 804/805 is the best all-around DS or ADV 40/60 or even 50/50 tire for the money. I have run them on a KLR and on my Africa Twin. Read the reviews and watch the videos. Everyone agrees, the 804/805 is a great performer, and especially for the money. I have run better tires, but not better tires for the money. Even the "better tires" are only better in one clear way, which is longevity. The only minor shortcoming is the lack of lateral stability, but it is not severe. The layout of the tread blocks is such that the tire plows hard straight ahead but isn't quite as stable as others. As one video reviewer said, I will happily sacrifice a little stability for the churning power that keeps your momentum. Some will bash Shinko as a B brand or a knock-off company. That is nonsense. The 804/805 is not a knock off of the TKC80. The tread pattern is obviously different. Yes, you can pay a lot more, and I have. Brands like Mitas, Heidenau, or Motoz are all excellent.....but one more time....Shinko is the best bang for the buck.

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  • Motoz Tractionator Desert H/T

    Motoz Tractionator Desert H/T

    Sam in CO

    Bad ass tire

    Awsome traction on dirt , handles good in the twsties, has good grip on dry black top , howls a bit and follows ruts like old school mud tires do on Jeeps

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  • Shinko MX216 Series Tire

    Shinko MX216 Series Tire

    Richard in CA

    Shinko MX216, all around perfect enduro tire.

    I’ve had the chance to put a half dozen hours on this tire and I think I found my almost perfect front tire. I ride a lot of single track in the forest as well as some desert riding, no track. This tire has always hooked up even in the loosest of terrain with amazing front wheel braking. It seems to float nicely in the sand and here is why it didn’t get 5 stars. I run a 80/100-21 and when compared to my Dunlop MX32 It is narrow in the cross section as well as overall widths. Maybe that’s why it cuts so well in the dirt? It also seems to absorb small to medium loose rocks, sticks and climbs roots very well, even when wet. Not sure but I wish it was a full sized 80/100 so with the low investment, (great price), I will buy another and may go to the fatty 90/100-21, or 90/90-21.The mounted Dunlop was: carcass width 3.15, overall width 3.7, the Shinko mounted is carcass width 2.9, overall width 3.6. My unmounted MX52 is also visibly wider. Nice looking tire which is always important lol but price is definitely a reason to try one of these MX216 tires. This tire also seems to take a beating on rocks with very little initial tread wear, time will tell on how long it will last so 4 stars on wear but it could be 5.

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