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    DP owners,

    Which road tires would you recommend for a CRF250L?

    The main use would be occasional commuting and riding around town.

    Not intending to convert to a motard.

    Any advice appreciated.
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    Dunlop D604 for 90% street 10% dirt, Good street tire, good in the wet, ok off-road in the dry, useless in mud.
    Dunlop D605 for 50% street 50% dirt. Good on the street, good on dirt, good on mud and ok in the wet.
    Dunlop D603 for 20% street 80% dirt. Great off-road tire that is bearable on-road.

    I like the Dunlop tires, because of the compounds. They grip much better than one might expect on pavement,
    and are tough enough to last a reasonable amount of time off-road. With D605`s on the WR250 it could fly through
    the twisties while still being a lot of fun off road. When pushed real hard though, the side wall will give, which feels weird
    but the tire does not let go, so you can ride around it.
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    Thanks for the feedback Jav. Great to hear you like them as they're in my short list. Good to know they last well and have good grip in the wet.

    I will keep the IRC GP-21/22 stock tires for off road riding. Mine have only some 1200km on them and still in decent shape.

    The other road tires in my list are:

    - Michelin SIRAC
    - Bridgestone Battlewing 201 (front) / 202 (rear)
    - IRC GP-210
    - Metzeler Enduro 1 (front) / Enduro 3 Sahara (rear)

    Any experience / comments on these?
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    I've mounted Pirelli MT21 on my front & rear on a Kawasaki Super Sherpa and it was excellent on tarmacs despite being a more aggressive tire.
    Think its a 80% off 20% road tire.

    The compound used was slightly soft & sticky and maybe explains the better grip. Holds well on wet tarmacs as well.
    Handling off road was also great and very acceptable, but honestly I don't know what's the benchmark for a fantastic off road tire.
    Guess you have to try them all.

    I've already sold the Kawasaki, but that tire was about 30-40% worn after 1500kms of riding on tarmac and trails.
    Am thinking of mounting the Pirellis MT21 again on my WR250R but also looking for other options just like you now.

    Best,

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    Thanks idkfa. The MT21 look really nice. I'll keep them in mind for a 80off/20on tire. For now I'm more leaning more toward a 80on/20off or 90on/10off tire with the longest mileage I get hope to get.

    I looked into Pirelli as well, but I read somewhere they didn't have the exact right size for my bike on the front (3.00-21 51P), and in fact they say on the website they don't have a tire for the CRF.



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    Do you think you will go off the streets at all? Because if not, I think there is no point getting any tire that is less than 90% road biased.

    I changed to an MT21 front (90/90) and back and it doesn't feel like I have any less grip than the stock IRC tire on tarmac, but it's a lot better in the dirt. I would think though that it wears much faster than a pure on-road tire when riding on road.

    3.00 means 80/100, so a 90/90 has basically the same outer diameter (and it fits the front rim).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lemon View Post
    Do you think you will go off the streets at all? Because if not, I think there is no point getting any tire that is less than 90% road biased.
    No, cause I will keep the keep the stock IRC for off the streets, so I am looking for 80% ~ 90% road tire, hence the list a couple

    Quote Originally Posted by Lemon View Post
    I changed to an MT21 front (90/90) and back and it doesn't feel like I have any less grip than the stock IRC tire on tarmac, but it's a lot better in the dirt. I would think though that it wears much faster than a pure on-road tire when riding on road.

    3.00 means 80/100, so a 90/90 has basically the same outer diameter (and it fits the front rim).
    Good to know a 90/90 will fit, thanks. I'll broaden the search for more alternatives.
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    Dunno if they make your wheel sizes but the new metzeler Karoo 3 is getting strong reviews at ADV. 50:50 tire or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gkanai View Post
    Dunno if they make your wheel sizes but the new metzeler Karoo 3 is getting strong reviews at ADV. 50:50 tire or so.
    I read some nice reviews on the Metzeler Karoo 3s and the Heidenau Scout k60, but they don't make my wheel size unfortunately.
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    rider2371,

    I have a pair of slightly used 20off/80road Dunlop D604F (Front & Rear) tires that I mounted on my SuperSherpa before I had the MT21s.
    It's just collecting dust and I'll be more than happy to give them to you if you are keen.

    I'm permanently mounting off road tires on my Wrr and have no need for them anymore.

    Cheers,

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    Front Size: 21/2.75
    Rear: 18/4.10

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    idkfa, thanks for the offer. The sizes are different I'm afraid. Mine are 3.00 21 front and 120/80 18 rear. Thanks anyway.
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    I'm no expert on tires, but they should both fit in terms of size. The CRF front rim is 21 x 1.6 and the rear is 18 x 2.15, if I am not mistaken (can't be bothered to go outside right this moment and check, sorry), and both tire sizes should work on those rims, as far as I know. But if my math is correct they would be narrower than stock tires.

    Maybe ask your local dealer about those tire sizes, what he thinks?

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