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KTM Says “So Long, Bridgestone”

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
2010 KTM 150 XC First Ride
KTM is making a change in its stock tire selection. Early 2012 photos show Bridgestones but we sampled the 2012 bikes a couple weeks ago and they are equipped with Dunlops.
KTM has been using Bridgestone dirt bike tires for years as the stock tread for its wide array of off-road motorcycles. That will change with the Austrian brand making the switch to Dunlop dirt bike tires for its North American bikes starting in 2012. Intended to suit a wide variety of riders and aimed for all corners of the world, intermediate terrain treads are the standard for off-road motorcycles from the factory. Bridgestone offers the M404 intermediate rear tire and M403 intermediate front tire while Dunlop produces the MX51 Geomax intermediate rear tire and MX51 Geomax intermediate front tire.

We have quite a bit of time on each of these combinations and they are both great knobbies. KTM will be equipping its full line. Here’s a blub from the press release.

“Dunlop will supply Geomax MX51 tires to KTM for fitment on its line of motocross models the 250 SX-F, 350 SX-F and 450 SX-F as well as its off-road models, including the 150 XC, 250 XC, 300 XC, 250 XC-F and 350 XC-F; plus the XC-W models: 200 XC-W, 250 XC-W, 300 XC-W, 250 XCF-W, 350 XCF-W, 450 XC-W and 500 XC-W.”

As for the other major manufacturers, they are fairly evenly split on the popular full-size motocross machines. 

Kawasaki KX450F - Bridgestone M404/403 
Kawasaki KX250F - Bridgestone M404/403 

Suzuki RM-Z450 - Bridgestone M404/403 
Suzuki RM-Z250 - Bridgestone M404/403 

Honda CRF450R – Dunlop Geomax MX51 
Honda CRF250R – Dunlop Geomax MX51 

Yamaha YZ450F – Dunlop Geomax MX51 
Yamaha YZ250F - Bridgestone M404/403
Post Tags: KTM dirt bikes, Dunlop Geomax MX51 tires, Bridgestone dirt bike tires
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