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    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.

  • #2
    If you can be a bit more specific ie the environment which you ride
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    • #3
      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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      • #4
        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)
        Last edited by Oldscool; 07-12-2018, 11:36 AM.
        Im just an athlete trapped in a fat body.

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        • #5
          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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          • #6
            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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            • #7
              I've got a KTM exc 400 2000 model that i do a fair bit of High Country rides on & love it, i know when i first got it, it was harsh & had bad headshake, i had the forks & shock revalved by SPMX in Vic & i had no problems keeping up with some 2018 Husqvarna 501 on the last 2 rides.
              I have put a 453 kit in it which makes it really easy & fun to ride i'm only about 5'5" & 75kgs so i run the forks with the second line @ the top of the top yoke, i have also installed XTRIG PHDS system on the top yoke which i think helps a fair bit, i always have other riders saying the bike can't be that old because it handles & goes so well.
              I'm glad i never sold it because for me it the perfect High Country bike !
              2000 ktm 400 exc
              2015 Sherco 300i 6 day
              1986 Honda TLR 250 trials bike x 2

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              • #8
                Saw a good deal on Motoz Tractionator Enduro front and rear set in either soft or hard terrain.
                Anyone tried these around SA riding areas? What did you think? All the blurb for all the tyre brands says they're the best thing since sliced bread so keen to hear some real world preferences.

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                • #9
                  I ran the tractionator enduro soft front tyre once. Performance off road was fine, but I used it for tar and dirt......wore quicker than I wanted. This isn't the fault of the tyre, wrong tyre for my purpose. Hence my swap to the hybrid.

                  As a general rule if unsure of terrain you'll be riding, fit a soft to soft/intermediate front matched with hard to hard /intermediate rear.

                  You've said the Tractionators are a good price so probably best to fit them and assesss them for your purpose. If worst comes to worst it'll be the front you'll want to swap rather than the rear. At least you'll then have some experience of what terrain and riding you'll be doing.

                  As a side note do you intend to
                  1) compete off road
                  2) ride hard core off road
                  3) ride relaxed fire trail, dirt road with a smattering of tar to link it all together?
                  Im just an athlete trapped in a fat body.

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                  • #10
                    Thanks Oldscool, more good advice. I expect most of my riding will be no. 3, exploring dirt roads and tracks with some bitumen. I hope to have some proper dirt rides too (no. 1, but without being a serious competitor), and realise the 2 types of riding will probably need different tyres. When I can afford it I could get an alternate set for my second set of wheels (with a Cush hub). Just looking to benefit from others' experiences as I can't afford to take a gamble on something that turns out to be not fit for my purpose.

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                    • #11
                      Shopped around at a few places and ended up getting a pair of Dunlop D606's from Keith at Total Motorcycles - very patient helping me decide what would suit my needs.
                      Will give these a go over the summer for some exploring, then see about some more dirt specific tyres when I join a club next autumn. Keith mentioned the Michelin AC10 rear was very popular, but wasn't sure what front to pair with it as some tyre models have been discontinued.
                      What's the go for adventure/exploring - is everyone using tubes or do they go for the expense of tubliss? Or is that just the go for completely off road? I know mousses wouldn't suit adv stuff.

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                      • #12
                        I've used tubliss for off-road riding and was happy with them. They're not maintenance free though and require frequent pressure checks. I reckon checking / reinflating the inner tube to 100psi on the road or at a servo would be problematic. Their main benefit is you can run really low pressure to improve traction when riding in extreme off-road conditions at low speed, not really a requirement when adventure or even just trail riding.
                        I'd suggest good quality, heavy duty tubes lubed up with talcum powder is your best trail or adventure setup.
                        Im just an athlete trapped in a fat body.

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                        • #13
                          tubliss hold their pressure well when using Vinidex pipe grease (irrigation O ring lube) during the tyre fitting process.

                          Hold pressure for 2 months as oppose to 2wks with soapy water.

                          Beautiful stuff.
                          It pumps one way and then it pumps the other...
                          you have to know what you're doing with these machines and wear gloves
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                          • #14
                            KTMarke, you canít go wrong with a set of new Dunlop D606ís from Keith, I find they are good for most S.A. conditions, even in deep mallee sand.
                            2009 KTM 690 R^roost
                            "Thats A Sweet Noise You Got There Man, I Had You Picked Clear Across The Mallee"
                            2006 KTM 625SXC.
                            2005 Honda XR400R.
                            1998 Yamaha DT200.
                            1981 Maico 490.
                            1979 Honda CR125R Elsinore.
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