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If you look at the graphic supplied by Dunlop about their range of tires, it begs the question about what the criteria is that makes it more street and/or dirt oriented?



I've had D606 tires on my KLR on a twisty road scraping the pegs. Certainly without the margin of if, say, I'd been running a dual compound street tire but for all but the most demanding street application, the grip is there. Sure I'd probably push a Dunlop Roadsmart tire a bit harder with a little more margin but is that extra bit of traction really enough to color in that many more "street" blocks on that chart.

They made a lot of the long tire life of the Traiimax Mission tire and that makes a lot of sense for considering it more street capable. Riders on ADV bikes want to know if the tire they put on the bike for the trip to Alaska is going to finish the trip AND give good grip when off down gravel and muddy roads.

So my conclusion from running 50:50 tires for a lot of street miles is that they perform really well on the street for almost all types of riding but for two things: noise and vibration. So if I'm looking for a more street oriented tire on my ADV bikes, that's going to be a big consideration. Otherwise, I'd just throw on another set of Michelin Wilds and call it good. They last a long time, give great performance on and off the road; but, they're noisy and cause a lot of vibration.

Hence my problem with the Dunlop marketing on this Trailmax Mission tire - they don't say anything about the comparative noise and vibration of these tires vs. the competitors. If these tires are noisy, I think they have to take away some number of the street boxes they colored in on the chart. Maybe that's what they did vs. the Roadsmart? I guess we'll have to wait until some early adopter on here decides to try them and give us some feedback. If I can wait long enough for the tires to be available, that might be me.
 

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OK..I ordered a set. I'm heading to Alaska next year and I want to try them for awhile before I go. I'll just swap out and save the new Trailsmart tires I currently have on.
I haven't ridden much in the dirt since I was a kid in the 60's so any review I give won't be worth much.
 

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Lets wait for Ricks opinion or someone here who will try out the tires.
How much are they for?
 

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https://www.motorcycle.com/products/dunlop-trailmax-mission-tire-review-first-ride


There's a remark in this road test article that they produce no discernible noise. I'm not sure I believe that but this tire is looking better and better to me for a TKC 80 replacement as my ride goes more street oriented on this bike.[/QUOTE

Not telling you anything new here Graybeard, but most road oriented tires are quiter and after reading the review it sounds like it's more 70/30 tire.
 

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https://www.motorcycle.com/products/dunlop-trailmax-mission-tire-review-first-ride


There's a remark in this road test article that they produce no discernible noise. I'm not sure I believe that but this tire is looking better and better to me for a TKC 80 replacement as my ride goes more street oriented on this bike.[/QUOTE

Not telling you anything new here Graybeard, but most road oriented tires are quiter and after reading the review it sounds like it's more 70/30 tire.
Agreed, which is what I'm looking for they way I'll be using the bike over the winter and into next year. I've been having too much fun taking my WR250R off into the woods lately so the 70/30 tires are calling me for the GS.
 

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I just got an email from Rocky Mountain saying the tires are back ordered till next month. I paid $155. for the front and $202. for the rear.
 

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I've had them on my bike for abut 500 miles now. Normally I run street tires so dealing with the thicker rubber is a big change. The back tread is 1/2 inch thick. I had the pressure a bit low at first and the bike felt like the tires were under inflated. At the correct pressure they feel a lot better. On the street the grip is impressive when I'm pushing them but I am still a bit leery of pushing them too hard. It's just me being careful with tires I've never had before. I don't hear any noise from them at any speed. I have not had them on the dirt yet. They will stay on the bike until May and and then decide weather I'll switch back to the Trailsmart tires for the trip up to Alaska. I plan to stage a set of Mission tires in Fairbanks for the Dalton Highway and back home. I just don't trust one set of tires to do the entire 10k. However, my buddy is going with one set of Motoz Tractionator tires for the entire trip on his GSA. I will update this thread when I have more.
 

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So I went ahead and purchased these from BikerBandit ( $ 355 total ) and received them today. Quite the tread on them, also quite stiff, should be interesting mounting them. Hoping they fit the bill for what I was looking for as far as wear and noise. The reviews I'm starting to see have these more of a 70/30 tire which is fine with me, we'll see how they work out and report back..
 
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