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Tire recommendations for a DRZ400S

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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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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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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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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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I put Kenda K760 Track Master on mine. Works good in the dirt and smoother than I would have thought on pavement at 70-75 mph. DOT certified.
 
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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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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.
 

Dao

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On my 400 the d606 & mt21 combo typically wears down 2/3rds after 1200 miles of 90% dirt/10% pavement,

This is how much my D606 in rr wore down to @ 1200 miles & 40hrs...
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...there's still about another 200- 300 miles of life remaining.
I've ridden on this tire d/s'ing in ARK, OK, AL, & NM.

400's are easy on knobs.
and w/ my riding style, 130mm wide is overkill, so
The new d606 rr I just mounted is a 120/90-18 (vs. old 130/90-18... )
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Thanks. I did go with the D606-MT21 combo and like it so far. I purchased the rear 120/90-18 as well. They performed well on the Big Bend trip I just returned from.

So how is the MT21 wearing so far (assuming your not changing that yet).
 

Dao

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my front knobs only wore down about 40-50% @ 1200 miles, but each center knob wore unevenly front to back.
so i put a new front mt21 at the same time I got the 606 in the rr.
 
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