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post #1 of 18 Old 10-25-2017, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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Wet conditions/MUD tires

Read a lot on here about tires but my application seems a bit different.

I ride very often but not a lot of long trips other than when I commute during the hot days of the year. Im in northwest PA and other than summer, I have to deal with a lot of mud. Sticky mud and clay. I probably try to ride through more muddy and rutted trails than most vstrom owners.

Also, muddy ruts that are hard to climb out of.

Based on my research I think the anakee wild would work as good as anything for the mud. I also considered the tkc80 and Shinko 804/805 tires. But I think the anakees look like they would do best in the mud. I was convinced the shinkos would be great but the rear looks like it has very little grip side to side.

If I only get a few thousand miles out of a tire I wont be mad if it grips good enough off road.

So for absolute best off road, wet muddy conditions, what would the best choice be?


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post #2 of 18 Old 10-25-2017, 11:22 PM
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Dunlop 606s.

They go exactly where they are pointed



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I have a dirt rider friend that has tried the "Wild". He went back to his normal TKC 80, said they hold up longer and are better in the dirt. He is a hard rider to keep up with too.

Personally, I would pick a different bike for mud.

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Mud sucks. Unless you are playing in it. Then it is pretty fun. However a 500lb bike in mud is a limited amount of fun, and mostly just sucks.

50/50 tires probably won't be aggressive enough in the mud.
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The rear 805 is great as a paddle tire in mud but it does like to slide a bit which can be fun or give you some skid marks. Other than darkside its the only rear I run anymore for the money. I'm getting about 5k out of mine and its 85% asphalt usage.
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I would never intentionally put a 500 pound bike in the mud without traction control. And a 500 pound bike with traction control and mild off pavement ability is way to expensive to let get beat to crap in the mud.

IMHO, it might be less expensive and certainly more fun to buy a second pre-owned bike more suitable to the mission.

But occasional moist dirt should not be a problem at all. Slick mud is too much for me on a Strom. Heck, dew covered grass growing in clay soil causes my bike to engage traction control. It has saved me from embarrassment in my own front yard several times.
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Shinko big blocks or Mitas E07.......but I agree this is overall the wrong machine for conditions like that with any tire.
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yup but if you are determined the 606s will do the job

big step up off pavement from the mitas - can't commment on the big block
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To all those telling me not to ride the bike in mud - yes I know. Its not a dirt bike. This is my only bike for now. I cant ride a dirt bike for my 100 mile commute that I use the bike for occasionally. Ive owned lots of other bikes and I love the strom. On most days I ride Ill see a few miles of pavement, a few miles of gravel, and then a mile or two of trail or field where I can run into a spot or two of mud. I dont want to run in mud all the time. It just happens. The bike gets used in all conditions and in the fall when the leaves are down they hide the mud sometimes. Im willing to live with tires that only last 3000 miles if they bite a bit better in the mud.

Also, do I NEED to raise the front fender to run a knobby front tire?


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"Also, do I NEED to raise the front fender to run a knobby front tire?"

Not if it's loose and sloppy, the heavy clay stuff that builds up yes.

TKC-80's were the best but I hated them on road, K60's were adequate on the clay based roads around here even when it was wet. Didn't have the grip the TKC-80's did in mud, but worked well enough and didn't give me the grief TKC-80's did on seal. Most of my riding was on seal, only about 10% dirt.
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