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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!

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  • Kenda K760 Trakmaster II Rear Tire

    Kenda K760 Trakmaster II Rear Tire

    william in CA

    I can count on it to be there when I need it.

    This tire hooks up great and it handles excellent while in a 70mph drift you can really feel it hanging on .

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  • Shinko 705 Front Dual Sport Motorcycle Tire

    Shinko 705 Front Dual Sport Motorcycle Tire

    none in CA



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  • Motoz Tractionator Adventure MK2 Front Motorcycle Tire

    Motoz Tractionator Adventure MK2 Front Motorcycle Tire

    Michael in TX

    Well this tire is great at dirt, the highway it is ...

    337 mile review Motoz Tractionator MK2 front paired with Mitas 09 Dakar Rear. About 150 of the miles were on Tarmac and twisties in the Austin Hill Country near Hidden Falls Adventure Park. The other 150 or so were in some very very gnarly rocky single track. Preface: I did bottom out the bike, went down twice, and added a lot of character to my bash plate. SWMotech crash bars did great despite my right side bar now being 3/4" closer to the bike now. (Will get more pics). Street Impression: Having freshly come off a 804/805 set the bike had a new unstable squirmy quality to it. The MKII is great even up to 90 mph assuming you do not turn. When you hit the twisties it has a Kenda 270 feel rife with knob flex. The E09 on the other hand other than being slightly louder and more rough than the 805 is not a drastic change. The E09 does have a bit of a habit of tripping the ABS a bit more. Howl levels are better than expected. Dirt: The conditions were hard packed rocky nasty terrain. Bash plate had an ample workout... That being said at street pressure of 31 front 36 rear it was a lot like skating around. The bike went pretty much where it chose and I found myself a bit lost a few times on what they call the 3 to 5 diamond trails made for 4x4's... At street pressure the tires were largely useless up or downhill, in turns, and well pretty much anywhere where rubber needed to be underneath. Aired down to 25 / 28 (not going lower due to worry about pinch flats) The tires performed marginally better. Without ample momentum there was a fair bit of backing back down a hill. The MKII handled somewhat well but the bike largely slid down the off camber sections going pretty much where it wanted. ***Update 1500 mile check in**** the tire hasn't settled down handling wise and has a bubbly melty quality to the knobs. In loamy dirt however it handles great.

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  • Michelin AC10 Dual Sport Tire

    Michelin AC10 Dual Sport Tire

    Paul in AZ


    So far so good after one ride, feels good on the road and hooks up on the dirt. Best of all it's cheaper here at Rocky Mountain.

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  • Motoz Xtreme Hybrid Tire

    Motoz Xtreme Hybrid Tire

    JERRY in CA

    Motoz Extreme Hybrid

    I ran this on my WR250R with the Tubliss system. Great tire for extremely mixed riding conditions in the Mojave Desert. After 700+ hard miles very little wear. Works great below 10 psi. The one downside is the weight of the tire, it is noticeably heavier than any of the other tires I've run.

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  • Pirelli MT16 Garacross Intermediate Terrain

    Pirelli MT16 Garacross Intermediate Terrain

    Paul in NY

    Great tire!

    Love this rear tire! It is probably the best all around tire for the northeast.

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