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m.hardesty16 m.hardesty16
9/16/2017 4:03 AM

Is anybody aware of the best long lasting tire that still get good traction? Iv'e kinda singled it down to Pirelli, Maxxis and Michelin tires. I like Dunlops but they wear to quickly for what they cost. Does anyone also have input on Gibson Tires? They seem alright.

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mxwilly mxwilly
9/16/2017 4:25 AM

I've had good luck with Kenda tires. Had the same experience with Dunlop. Good tire but wore fast. I've heard good things about Gibson, but haven't tried them myself.

What sort of terrain are you riding?

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tempura tempura
9/16/2017 4:30 AM

Starcross 5 medium rear and soft front.

"Nothing happens until something moves"

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m.hardesty16 m.hardesty16
9/16/2017 4:30 AM
mxwilly wrote:

I've had good luck with ...more

East Coast motocross, its a lot of intermediate but I usually get hard pack tires anyway just because they seem to last longest and still provide pretty good traction.

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MX Dad #27 MX Dad #27
9/16/2017 4:43 AM

If you are competitive, and racing, good traction and long lasting is an oxymoron.

Better to remain silent and thought a fool, then to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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Indy mxer Indy mxer
9/16/2017 6:28 AM

Just bought a set of medium Starcross 5's for my Kawi 450.
My buddy loves his. And the Michelin's I've had in the past held up better than anything else. So I'm expecting the same with these.

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MSM MSM
9/16/2017 6:36 AM
tempura wrote:

Starcross 5 medium rear ...more

This. I bought a second hand bike that had this set up. I couldn't believe how long they lasted. Haven't bought anything else since.

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JWACK JWACK
9/16/2017 6:44 AM
MX Dad #27 wrote:

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I use a Michelin soft rear and a Dunlop front. The Michelin will outlast 3 Dunlop rears and work just as well IMO.. I do feel the Dunlop front is just a tad better and last almost as long as a Michelin front.
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steed 2.0 steed 2.0
9/16/2017 6:55 AM

Michelin's and enduro Metzeler next topic laughing wink

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Spooner Spooner
9/16/2017 7:28 AM
MX Dad #27 wrote:

If you are competitive, ...more

While normally I’d agree, the Michelin Starcross 5’s seem to buck that trend. They last an amazingly long time and have very good grip. I especially noticed the edge grip of the medium rear is probably the best I’ve seen.

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-MAVERICK- -MAVERICK-
9/16/2017 7:37 AM

Cheng Shin.

Always had luck with Michelin tires.

"Sorry Goose, but it's time to buzz the tower."

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smoothies862 smoothies862
9/16/2017 7:54 AM

another vote for Michelin starcross. very happy with mx traction and wear this year.

If I'm healthy enough to complain. I shouldn't be complaining.

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m.hardesty16 m.hardesty16
9/16/2017 8:06 AM
MX Dad #27 wrote:

If you are competitive, ...more

Long lasting > good traction

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hellion hellion
9/16/2017 9:24 AM

Starcross 5 medium works as good as the Dunlop mx3s, and lasts much longer. The dunlops always chunk it seems. The starcross 5 soft wore quickly for me, but I was using it in mixed terrain so I wasn't surprised.

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mattyhamz2 mattyhamz2
9/16/2017 9:28 AM

If you want long lasting, buy a Maxxis Desert IT. I've never seen a tire last longer. I've been told the traction isn't that good, but it will for sure last

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Manco Manco
9/16/2017 12:32 PM
mattyhamz2 wrote:

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This right here. The Maxxis Desert IT is by far one of the longest lasting tires out there. Compound is hard of course so as noted not always the best traction. Easy to run low air pressure though for additional traction as the sidewalls are so stiff. Only time I have ever noticed a real lack in traction really is on wet slippery rock though. In all fairness can't really complain about wet rock traction when discussing a hard compound desert tire all things considered. Its like complaining a soft compound wet/mud/rock tire wears out fast when ridden in the desert.

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mx617 mx617
9/16/2017 6:52 PM

I'm running the starcross 5! And I feel like they don't last as long as the 3 did. But still pretty decent.

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crc245 crc245
9/16/2017 7:26 PM

Another vote for the Desert IT's for longevity (though they're terrible on install and removal due to super stiff sidewalls) and also a vote for the Pirelli Extra-X's: https://www.pirelli.com/tyres/en-ww/motorcycle/all-tyres/sheet/scorpion-mx-extra-x

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Jay Cee Jay Cee
9/16/2017 7:38 PM

Starcross 5 (med).. Get around it.

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chump6784 chump6784
9/16/2017 7:59 PM

I've always had good luck with pirelli mx extras. Good grip and good life.

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scooter5002 scooter5002
9/16/2017 8:40 PM

Have a MX52 rear on my 450, only has 5 hours on it. However, it's used on blue groove and ripped watered, waiting to be blue groove, and the tire shows zero wear so far. Hooks like crazy in both, really happy with it.

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theycallmeebryan theycallmeebryan
9/16/2017 9:00 PM

I'm tired of seeing tire threads where people post vague time frames of how long tires last without any data or proof to back up their claims.

I currently run a Bridgestone Battlecross X40 (hard terrain) rear on my 450 here in SoCal. I used to exclusively run Dunlop MX3S's but was getting tired of changing tires every 10 hours because they wear so damn fast.

I run an hour meter on my bike and document every part change i do, so i know exactly how much time is on every part.

Here is my X40 rear after 21.1 hours of use (I literally just took this photo). Front of the bike is to the left.
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Here is my previous Dunlop MX3S rear that had 12.7 hours on it. Front of the bike would be to the right.Note how rounded off the leading edge (right) of the tire is.
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Here are more pics of my X40 rear. You can still see the center castle blocks.
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I will admit that the Dunlop MX3S has a little better grip when brand new, but its short lived because after a few hours the traction falls off a cliff. The Bridgestone has nearly the same traction and wears so much better in a much linear, predictable fashion. I have nearly double the use out of it and the blocks look better.

Dunlops are $173 for the pair for a 450.
Bridgestones are $155 for the pair for a 450.

I've seen the prices on the Bridgestones as long as $135 for a pair, and they last way longer.

That all having been said, I'll likely go with the X30 rear (intermediate terrain) for my next tire, which should last even longer.

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TbonesPop TbonesPop
9/16/2017 9:12 PM

Solid vote for Bridgestone Battlecross X40 for the rear, Battlecross X30 for the front for me. I can get +40 hours of hard riding in desert and hard pack tracks here in AZ on this set up. These are great tires. An X30 rear would work for east coast tracks I would expect. But Bridgestone Battlecross tires are a great value.

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quadzrulebro quadzrulebro
9/17/2017 6:36 AM

I'm another Bridgestone fan. I installed a set prior to my first race this year in March, and while I haven't kept track of the hours, I'm easily going to finish my racing season on the same set this year. No chunking, good, predictable traction on a variety of surfaces...I'm a very satisfied Bridgestone customer.

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SeaClassExpert SeaClassExpert
9/17/2017 7:58 AM

RIP the Bridgestone M403/M404 combo; greatest tires ever made.

If it can't be fixed with a hammer, it's an electrical problem.

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