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Having a good set of tires can make or break your ride. There are a few factors to take into consideration before ordering new dirt bike tires. Firstly, the terrain. Much like ATV/UTV tires, dirt bike tires are constructed to handle different types of riding. The terrains of dirt bike tires are:
Tires can be in any of these terrains specifically, or in a range, i.e. soft-intermediate. It’s important to pick the terrain of tire that corresponds with where you are riding. If you’re riding somewhere rocky or with lots of sharp, potential trail hazards, a hard terrain tire should be the go-to. Comprised of softer, more flexible rubber, this tire will flex around the debris on the trail and decrease your chances of popping a tire. On the flip side, any loose, soft, relatively-hazard-free terrain should be navigated with a softer terrain tire. The harder rubber gives bite and traction to keep your bike from slipping. As for riding in sand or the dunes, sand paddles are going to be the best option.
Another factor worth considering is the type of dirt bike tire—radial, or bias. The difference between the two comes down to the placement of ply cords. Radial tires are constructed with ply cords extending from bead-to-bead at a 90° angle. This makes them stiffer, but provides longer tread life. Bias tires are created with ply cords extending diagonally from bead to bead at 30-60° angles. This gives the tires better flexibility, which makes them more comfortable on those rocky or rough terrains, but also less durable than their radial counterparts.
When it comes to the size of your new dirt bike tires, it’s best to stick as close to stock as possible. There isn’t much room for height and width changes on a dirt bike, and committing to a drastic change could mean rubbing and damaging of other components. So check your owner’s manual, the sidewall of your tire, before investing in some new rubber.
If you’ve taken the time to decide what type of tire you need, or just want to browse to see what’s available, don’t worry. We stock top brands like:
With a large stock of brands and sizes in all terrains and constructions, look no further than our selection here at Rocky Mountain ATV/MC.
David in CA
I bought this tire for my daughters KTM 200 xc-w rear which is running the Tubliss system. The tire went flat after just 14 miles. I discovered a tear in the tire at the rear base of one of the knobs which rendered the tire useless for the Tubliss system. I contacted warranty and they sent my info to IRC who agreed to replace it. I have always had good luck with IRC tires and am very impressed with them standing behind their product.Read All Reviews
Steve in CA
4 stars because it does exactly what you expect it to do. I used to goof around with moto tires on my EXC 500 dual sport, Carcasses were too soft and knobbies too tall for road sections. Finally switched to a 606 front and it was good in the dirt and spectacular on the road sections and high speed gravel/fire road sections. Good stiff carcass, confidence inspiring on road. Certainly a compromise in the sand, but with the weight up front with my oversize tank and GPS, it is the best DS yet. Tested in Warner Valley/ Toquerville UT. St. George area.Read All Reviews