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Dual Sport Tires

When it’s time to pick up a new set of dual sport tires, count on Rocky Mountain ATV/MC to be your source. We carry dozens of fantastic options from major brands like Dunlop, Michelin, Heidenau, Bridgestone, Avon and many others.

In the motorcycle world, dual sport tires are unique because they have to accommodate so many different styles of riding. As such, there is significant variation among the different options, so it’s essential to pick up a set that best matches your riding preferences. Do you mostly ride on pavement? Do you mostly ride off-road? Or is it about 50/50?

There are three primary components of any dual sport motorcycle tire: longevity, street performance and off-road grip. However, because there are inherent tradeoffs between these different components, you can’t have the best of all three. A tire that can hook up really well in loose dirt simply won’t be able to work as well on the highway. Knobby tires wear out quickly on the street, and they can also be loud or uncomfortable. Meanwhile, street-oriented tires with a limited tread pattern might work great on the road, but they’re going to have difficulty getting enough traction in looser terrain. Some tires use a soft rubber compound that approaches the strengths of both street and dirt, but they wear out quite quickly as a result of the soft rubber. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide what tradeoffs you need to make to get a tire that best meets what you’re looking for.

Of course, it’s easy to think of dual sport riding in simplified terms of how much pavement you ride compared to off-road, but this doesn’t really give the full story. While pavement is pretty consistent all around (as far as tire requirements go), off-road terrain varies considerably, so it’s also important to assess the types of off-road environments you expect to ride in. Even if your off-road endeavors will be only a small part of your overall riding, if you expect to find yourself in mud or sand at those times, you’re still going to need a tire with an aggressive tread pattern. However, if your off-road excursions are primarily limited to mild dirt roads, you can stick with something a little more street-oriented and a little less knobby.

Keep an eye out for the tread pattern when searching for a dual sport tire. Ask yourself what your tires will be displacing: soil, gravel, sand or something else? Tread depth and spacing will determine what your tires can displace (and how much). The layout of the tread pattern is also very important. Some tires include paddle-type features for loose terrain. Others are more crisscross in order to accommodate rockier environments. Many tires maximize the contact area to improve street handling while still providing large enough gaps to handle different types of off-road situations. No tread pattern is ideal for every rider.

Fortunately, many of these tires have accumulated customer reviews that can provide further details into their performance. The reviews come from real-world feedback and can offer you invaluable insight that can take away some of the guesswork. Make sure to utilize them. (And be sure to come back after you’ve tested your new tires to provide your own wisdom for others to benefit from.)

One word of caution: If you are primarily a dirt rider and don’t spend as much time on the street, you might be tempted to use dirt bike tires instead of dual sport tires. If your motorcycle is going to be on the street in the slightest, it is imperative that you have DOT-approved tires. For one thing, it’s illegal to run tires that aren’t DOT approved on the street. But it can also have important liability repercussions that can affect your insurance payouts (should they ever be necessary). When it comes to dual sport bikes, don’t risk tires that aren’t DOT approved. It isn’t worth it.

Here’s a final word of advice when you’re on your dual sport motorcycle: If you find yourself on terrain that isn’t suited for your tires, simply slow down and take it easy. No tire can perfectly handle every type of terrain. But you’ll be able to get through most unideal situations by just slowing things down. Sure, you might not be able to go quite as fast as your buddy’s more adequately equipped machine, but as least you won’t find yourself laying the bike down.

Take a moment now to assess your riding needs, and then browse our selection. Pick up a new set of tires today, and get back out on your next dual sport adventure!

Latest Dual Sport Dual Sport Motorcycle Tires - All Reviews – You could win up to $500 for reviewing products!

  • Dunlop Geomax AT81 Tire

    Dunlop Geomax AT81 Tire

    Bryson in ID

    Not the best tire

    It seemed to deflect off of rocks a lot and had horrible braking. When braking the tire didn't want to stop the bike. It was a weird sensation and now that I've switched back to the Michelin S12 I don't have any of the problems.

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  • Kenda K760 Trakmaster II Tire

    Kenda K760 Trakmaster II Tire

    Darren in ID

    Ok

    Worth it to buy more name brand tires. Fit and wear on these is not up to par.

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  • Shinko 705 Rear Dual Sport Motorcycle Tire

    Shinko 705 Rear Dual Sport Motorcycle Tire

    Forrest in PA

    shinko 705 rear on klr650

    I have used these tires both rear & fronts with great results, I do mostly road riding with a few dirt or gravel roads , I average between 5000-6000 miles on rear tire & maybe a bit more on the front, depending on the length of my ride when its getting low on tread. When you consider the price of these at R M its hard to spend more money on expensive tires & probably not get any better wear.

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  • Motoz Mountain Hybrid

    Motoz Mountain Hybrid

    Rob in Tennessee

    Don't run at 0 psi for long

    I run a tubliss system and was under the mistaken impression that I could run 0 psi in this tire. First the good: At 0 psi this tire is absolutely amazing. I ride nothing but steep, wet, muddy rocks and this tire is perfect for that application. I was unable to find a line that I could not take. I purposely stopped on steep slippery rock gardens just to see if a zero run up line could be taken. Every time I was able to start and immediately transition into a standing position and carry my momentum. Now the bad: At 0 psi in those conditions I only made it 50 miles before the rim had sliced a hole in the side wall about 6" long. I would absolutely recommend this tire, but I would say that 5 psi is probably the minimum.

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  • Shinko 705 Front Dual Sport Motorcycle Tire

    Shinko 705 Front Dual Sport Motorcycle Tire

    Patrick in MI

    Good tire!

    I bought my motorcycle with these on it. I do mostly pavement on my bike. but its handles well on gravel. Does great in the rain.. seems like it rains every trip I take. I put over 8k miles on the one the bike came with and I am only changing it because I want fresh shoes for my next trip which is over 6k miles. Not sure how many miles the other owner put. Great tire for the price.

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  • Avon Trailrider Dual Sport Rear Motorcycle Tire

    Avon Trailrider Dual Sport Rear Motorcycle Tire

    Aad in Netherlands

    The best tyres I've had yet

    I use my Bonnie a fair bit off road and these are the best tyres I've had yet. Long lasting and yet good on road as well. Not as noisy as Metzeler Karoo 3 or Michekin Anakee 3, better handling than Metzeler Tourance. Makes the K60 Scout obsolete.

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