Natural rubber? Better. Synthetic rubber? Cheaper. Patched tubes?
Natural rubber? Better. Synthetic rubber? Cheaper. Patched tubes?
The Geomax MX12 is the replacement for the MX11 and provides next-level performance in a broader range of terrain.
The MX32 rear worked well on intermediate and hard surfaces, providing great lean-angle traction and when we wanted to break the rear end loose, it was controllable
The best tip is to get someone who knows how to do to do it for you
The highlight of the Hoosier tire was its straight-line traction. As we went up and down on tire pressure, our confidence in straight-line traction did not change.
On the MX33, Dunlop added tie bars to support the side knobs and a slightly more rigid carcass to produce a more consistent feel at steep lean angles
The downside of the previous MX3S was that the side knobs would crack when ridden on hard-pack, Dunlop developed the MX33 to improve both performance and durability
Maxxis wanted to build an alll-new motocross tire and, to that end, they hired Jeremy McGrath to develop it
The Hi Point M-16 Fatty front tire is the answer to Team Honda’s wishes from 40 years ago for a big 20-inch front tire, but Hi Point has finally made it as a 21-inch tire
Billed as an intermediate-terrain tire, the Tech 2 Pro had awesome straight-line traction
Metzeler makes a comeback in the world of dirt
Hi-Point has found a new and creative way to design a tubeless offroad tire—it consists of a tire and a tube, but not in that order
We liked the X40 in every condition we tried it in
Don’t let the name change throw you off
Front tires are personal choice—this is the racers’ choice
The current OEM favorite of the manufacturers
A 110/90-19 intermediate-terrain performance tire at an affordable price
The little company that did what the giants couldn’t
Searching in the strangest places for worthy fronts
WHAT IS IT? Pirelli’s idea with the original Extra tire was to sacrifice a degree of pure performance in specific conditions to gain consistency of performance across the board and, most important, to build a durable tire. The Extra X is a newly updated version. WHAT’S IT COST? $105.95 to $132.95, depending on size. CONTACT? www.us.pirelli.com or your local dealer. WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with Pirelli’s Extra X tires. (1) Front tread. The Extra X front tire has a new trea…
WHAT IS IT? The best set of Bridgestone motocross tires currently available…maybe the best set of intermediate tires of any brand. WHAT’S IT COST? $124.95 (110/90-19); $106.95 (80/100-21). CONTACT? www.bridgestone.com or your local dealer. WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with Bridgestone’s M403 front and M404 rear tires . (1) Sizes. The M403 front comes in an 80-width and a 90-width. Take our advice: unless you race on rock-hard dirt that is never watered and never ru…
WHAT IS IT? The MX71 is Dunlop’s new hard terrain tire, and the final model in Dunlop’s new Geomax line (which includes the MX31, MX51 and MX71). WHAT’S IT COST? $95.76 to $98.15 (mini sizes start at $45.00). CONTACT? www.dunlopmotorcyle.com or your local dealer. WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with Dunlop’s Geomax MX71 front tire. (1) Target. The MX71 is designed to…
WHAT IS IT? The tire that Dunlop designed to replace the D756. WHAT’S IT COST? $96.22 (110/90 front), $104.99 (100/90 rear), $109.57 (110/80 rear), $115.89 (120/80 rear). CONTACT? www.dunlopmotorcycle.com or your local dealer. WHAT’S IT DO? Dunlop took a chance on treading on thin ice with hardcore motocrossers. What did do to raise the ire of rank-and-file racers? They dropped the venerable Dunlop D756, 745 and 772 and replace them with the GeoMax MX51, MX71 and MX31. The last time a major company thre…
MXA PRODUCT TEST: RINALDI SUPERSIZE EXTREME TIRES WHAT IS IT? As the name implies, a Rinaldi Supersize Extreme tire is bigger than the typical tire found on a 450 four-stroke. With extra air volume and taller sidewalls, the Rinaldi Extremes are very absorbent and provide a large contact patch. WHAT’S IT COST? $85.95 (rear), $59.95 (front). CONTACT? (909) 608-0082 or your local dealer. WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with Brazilian-made Rinaldi Supersize Extreme tires….
0MXA PRODUCT TEST: MAXXIS SI RADIAL TIRES WHAT IS IT? –The Maxxis Radial SI is the first publicly available motocross tire to utilize radial technology. Normal motocross tires have layered plies of chord in the rubber that are laid diagonally. These are called bias ply tires. Radials have parallel ply chords that extend from bead to bead at roughly 90 degrees to the direction of travel. Theoretically, radial construction provides a larger contact patch and a more absorbent feel. On the other hand, bias…
MXA PRODUCT TEST: SEDONA MX887 IT TIRES WHAT IS IT? A new, Western Powersports exclusive, intermediate-to-hard terrain tire combination. WHAT’S IT COST? The price range is $42.95 to $76.95—www.wps-inc.com or (208) 376-8400. CONTACT? www.wps-inc.com or (208) 376-8400. WHAT’S IT DO? The Western Powersports (WPS) Sedona line began with ATV tires and, due to their success, WPS decided to expand into motorcycle tires. The Sedona MX887 IT is designed for intermediate-to-hard terrain, which i…
MXA PRODUCT TEST: PIRELLI EXTRA TIRES WHAT IS IT? It’s a new tire from Pirelli designed to be their bread-and-butter offroad tire. WHAT’S IT COST? $86.95 (front), $103.95 (110 rear), $90.95 (other). CONTACT? www.us.pirelli.com or your local dealer. WHAT’S IT DO? Pirelli’s line of off-road tires is straightforward and conveniently named for the terrain that each tire is designed to work best on. The line includes Soft, Mid-Soft, Mid-Hard and Hard. It may seem as if these tires wou…
MXA’S TIRE SHOOTOUT: IN SEARCH OF THE BEST INTERMEDIATE REAR TIRE Choosing the best rear tire is an extremely important part of race strategy. On a bike with only two wheels (and only one of them is driven), the rear tire accounts for a huge percentage of rotating mass, unsprung weight, energy transfer, impact absorption and landfill overflow. While factory sponsored guys can select a new fresh tire for every moto, condition and soil type, the average racer has to choose the best all-around…
MXA PRODUCT TEST: RINALDI RMX35 REAR TIRE WHAT IS IT? The latest in a long line of tires from Brazil. WHAT’S IT COST? $67 (rear), $54 (front)—(909) 608-0082. WHAT’S IT DO? We know that you’ve heard of Dunlop, Pirelli, Bridgestone, Maxxis, Kenda and Michelin. What about Rinaldi? Rinaldi is a Brazilian tire company that has been in the tire business since 1969. Now you might think that a Brazilian motocross tire is an oddity—not so. Goodyear, Continental, Pirelli, Metzeler, B…