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Tire recommendations for a DRZ400S

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#1
I'm in the market for new tires and after much reading, I'm leaning to the Dunlop D606. I like the idea of the more aggressive tire tread instead of a 50/50 tire, but I just cant decide. To describe my riding, its a mixed bag: mild neighborhood outings on asphalt/concrete, rally rides on pavement/gravel and the occasional single track at places like Big Bend or Red River. I'm still open to the idea of buying the most aggressive 50/50 tire out there instead of the D606 however I just cant decide which tire that would be! Heidenau K60 Scout looks like an option.

Would appreciate the thoughts/recommendations from you DRZ owners or tire experts!
 
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Dallas
#2
I had a D606 on my DRZ400 right before I sold it. In fact, I switched it over to my Husqvarna FE501. Really good tire. Don't know how many miles I have on it, but holding up fairly well. I do run a Shinko 700 on the rear for my true dual sport 50/50 rides. I have 2 sets of wheels - as I did for my DRZ400. D606 rear/ Goldentyre Fatboy front for mostly off road (Like out at Red River) and Shinko 700 rear/TKC80 front for my more dual sport more pavement riding(like the dual sport rides we do around North Texas).
 
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#4
Should be able to score a set of wheels for <$500, including rotors and sprocket.

I could switch out wheels in 15 minutes flat - including finding and putting away tools.
 
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OldTLSDoug

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Yep for my S I have 2 sets of wheels. Knobbies (Shinko 546 with Tubliss inserts) that never go on pavement and Shinko 700's for the street and a little dirt. Love them both great for what I use them for.
 

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#6
I'm not the most experienced dual sport rider, but mine has a D606 on the back and an MT21 on the front. It's a combination that was recommend often, both on the web and by some of the more experienced riders I've ridden with. I've got a few hundred miles of mixed riding on them, and I've been pleased so far.
 
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Yep for my S I have 2 sets of wheels. Knobbies (Shinko 546 with Tubliss inserts) that never go on pavement and Shinko 700's for the street and a little dirt. Love them both great for what I use them for.
Interesting comment on the tubeless insert. So you can buy a tubeless tire for a DRZ if you get this insert? Please explain more! I thought I was limited to only tube tires.
 

OldTLSDoug

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#9
Tubliss has an inner tube inflated to 100 psi that basically locks the tire to the rim functioning as a seal and a rim lock. This makes the tire effectively tubeless. So you can run low pressures without fear of damaging the tube. Lots of information available. I love mine so far, not any issues. You do need to consider sidewall stiffness as you wouldn't want to deflate it enough to damage a rim on a rock.
 
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