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Dirt Bike Tires

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:

  • Soft
  • Intermediate
  • Hard
  • Sand
  • 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, or our Tire Information page 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:

  • Michelin
  • Dunlop
  • Bridgestone
  • Metzeler
  • Shinko
  • And many more!
  • 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.

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    • Sedona Rip-Saw R/T Radial Tire

      Sedona Rip-Saw R/T Radial Tire

      Mark in NY

      Great Tire

      I just put these on my Polaris Sportsman 800 so I don't have a lot of miles on them. But I can tell you that they have awesome traction and grip. I've put them through some tough stuff already and they've exceeded my expectations. I went up a size on tires from stock and it added 1.75" of clearance even though it was only 1" difference in tire size. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a good trail tire that can handle the mud too.

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    • Shinko R505 Hybrid Cheater Tire

      Shinko R505 Hybrid Cheater Tire

      Michael in PA

      Great Choice

      I race hare scrambles. Mud and rocks and the tire holds up very well while also gripping the terrain.

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    • Kenda Equilibrium Trials & Enduro Hybrid Tire

      Kenda Equilibrium Trials & Enduro Hybrid Tire

      Ezekial in ID


      Love the way it grips around corners. It’s great in the sand. I will definitely buy another

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    • Shinko 705 Front Dual Sport Motorcycle Tire

      Shinko 705 Front Dual Sport Motorcycle Tire

      Nathan in AL

      Great dualsport tire

      Like this tire alot. Twice the tread life of stock and very good handling. No humm on the highway. Best surface for this tire is hard pack dirt roads, asphalt , or gravel roads. Not that great in muddy/wet surfaces. Would def recommend.

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    • ITP Mud Lite XTR Radial Tire

      ITP Mud Lite XTR Radial Tire

      Glenn in TX

      I put them on my can am 800 xt had issues on front with tire rubbing the tire rods so had to put spacers 1"ers and all was good old tire size was 8-12-26 new was 9-12-26 on front rear was good but put spacers there too anyway to make it look right but I'm very satisfied with them they ride very good too can't rate tread life don't have that many miles on them

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    • ITP Mud Lite XL Tire

      ITP Mud Lite XL Tire

      Dana in IN


      These are awesome looking, awesome riding and aggressive. These are like hunting boots for my Polaris.

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