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post #1 of 12 Old 07-14-2008, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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New Dunlop D606 Tires Shredding Already???

OK, so I'm searching all over and trying to find out what the speed rating for the Dunlop D606's is. I'm riding only on the road at the moment, but they're getting stress fractures and splitting around the base of the knobs where it connects to the main tire body. They came on a bike I just bought...were brand new; I've only put about 1,500-2,000 miles on them. I did get the bike up around 85 mph one time while trying to outrun a SUPER nasty thunder and lighting storm that was mixed with hale (Got head of it thankfully), so I'm not sure if that contributed to it. The size is 130/90 - 17, but the only other thing it says is "68R". From what I can find online it means these are radial tires, but I have no idea if there is a max speed limit to them. Any one have any advice on this? I just want to make sure I didn't kill these tires prematurely or have them dissintegrate as I ride along. What are some good recommendations for a on/off-road tire that can handle highway speeds? I like knobbies, but would consider a "hybrid" tread if it makes more sense.
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post #2 of 12 Old 07-14-2008, 01:39 PM
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Doesn't surprise me that those Dunlops would get ragged out by doing a lot of street riding. I don't care what the company or anyone else claims, knobbies aren't for street riding. Aired down for dirt riding they would have a better contact patch, but on road at appropriate pressures you end up putting a lot of stress on the knobs because of the huge gaps in between them which means only one set of knobs at a time is doing most of the work.

Check out the link for more reviews about the 606's. Extremely mixed.

Some people ride way more off road then on road where knobs might make sense, but the other way around and knobs just won't last.
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post #3 of 12 Old 07-14-2008, 02:12 PM
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The 606's really seem to have that problem if most of your riding is on the highway. They really are for more dirt than anything else. Their longevity is short lived too when ridden on blacktop. I gotta really stress MEFO's for a good all around 50/50 tire. I don't do enough off road stuff, so I tend to stay with more road type tires. Avon Gripsters, Distanzia's and currently Pirelli Scorpion S/T's.
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post #4 of 12 Old 07-16-2008, 08:16 PM
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It's all about the air pressure. I would typically get 5,000 miles on a rear 606 on my KLR..I don't ride slow..85-100 is common for me. I ran mine at 35 PSI on the street with never a problem.

I get similar mileage out of the 606's on my TE610 with considerably more horsepower. Again 35 PSI on pavement.
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post #5 of 12 Old 10-15-2011, 01:10 AM
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Hey group - what tires is everyone running after stocks run out?

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post #6 of 12 Old 10-15-2011, 07:55 AM
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Yeah, you gotta pump those 606's up when you're on the street. I run mine at 35/36 and no stress fractures.
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post #7 of 12 Old 10-15-2011, 09:03 AM
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85-100 is common for me
On a KLR with knobbies. Wowzer! Miles or Kilometers?
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post #8 of 12 Old 10-15-2011, 01:07 PM
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post #9 of 12 Old 10-16-2011, 11:42 AM
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Thanks - I'll have to give them a try. The rear is getting close to replace.
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post #10 of 12 Old 10-16-2011, 12:33 PM
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Originally Posted by PHBiker View Post
Hey PHBiker, what psi's do you run your Mefos at? I mostly commute on pavement and ride gravel roads. I keep mine at 34R and 32F and they do and feel okay. Rear is wearing faster than anticipated, probably because of all the gravel.

Max on them is 41. Just curious what pressures others run their Mefos at.

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