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Tyre suggestions?

My KTM 400 hasn't been out of the shed in years but I'm looking to give it some TLC over the holidays to get it roadworthy again and perhaps join a club next year to get some rides on it.

The Pirelli MT21's I had on it still have tread but are way too old to be safe on the road anymore. What are people finding to be a good setup for conditions in SA? My riding opportunities have been so limited I don't even know if I should be looking at soft, intermediate or hard pack tyres. At my age and ability I'd be leaning towards budget/durability over outright performance.

I do have a second set of wheels for when the budget allows to get another set of tyres so one set could be purely for off road work and the other for some light adventure/exploring which would include some bitumen to get to the dirt.
Any suggestions on what others have found to be a good choice in any of those scenarios would be much appreciated.
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If you can be a bit more specific ie the environment which you ride
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Not sure yet where I'll be riding. One of the reasons the bike has been unused for so long is I didn't have any access to private property anymore for good dirt rides. Figure I'll have to join a club to do that, probably Gawler as I'm in the northern suburbs near Elizabeth. That's where I'd leave from for some light adventure rides out around One Tree Hill, Barossa and Gawler areas.
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Ive run Motoz mountain hybrid on both ends of my bike for tar, dirt roads and fire trails. Very happy with performance and tread life. If you do go this way get the 110/100x18 rear, the 120/100 is too big for our bike (single cyl trail bikes)
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If you're thinking a reliability trial might be in your future then buy tyres with DOT approval now to save hassles later. Michelin AC10 for the rear is acceptable, Pirelli have another option also.
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Thanks for the suggestions guys - especially about DOT legal tyres, even for the more aggressive dirt tyre set. Makes sense to have something that would be OK for an organised event, even if I'm "participating" rather than "racing".

Have seen Michelin AC10 mentioned in a few old posts I searched - are they intended for predominantly hard or soft terrain? What's the wear rate like?

What about the front tyre? My KTM is the first of the RFS series, which all of the reviews at the time criticised the poor steering geometry. Terry Hay and others suggested a different offset triple clamp fixed it, but my budget never stretched that far, and I still haven't found a secondhand set with 17mm offset. I know my technique is quite ordinary, but any extra grip I can get from a good front tyre choice would help a lot.
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