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Best Dirt Bike Tires: Enhanced All-Terrain Traction

Improve your dirt bike’s performance on the roads and on rough terrain

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PUBLISHED ON November 13, 2019

Your dirt bike or off-road motorcycle requires special tires for optimal performance. Dirt bike tires have a unique knobby design, which isn't typical with other types of motorcycle tires. Our buying guide will help you get the best tire for your bike so that you can enjoy kicking up dirt and mud when off-roading.

  • Best Overall
    Dunlop Geomax Intermediate/Hard Terrain Tire
    Dunlop Geomax Intermediate/Hard Terrain Tire
    Summary
    Summary
    A hard terrain tire with a unique block design for enhanced cornering power and slide control.
    Pros
    Pros
    Great traction. Shock-absorbent construction. Performs well on sand and soft terrain. It offers a smooth ride. Great handling and stability. Enhanced grip on rocky terrain.
    Cons
    Cons
    Noisy on the road. Wears quickly on hard terrain. Compatibility issues may come up with different bike models.
  • Best Overall
    Dunlop Geomax Intermediate/Hard Terrain Tire
    Dunlop Geomax Intermediate/Hard Terrain Tire
  • Best Value
    Kenda Dual/Enduro Tire
    Kenda Dual/Enduro Tire
    Summary
    Summary
    A rear bike tire with an aggressive knobby design for high-level grip on off-road conditions.
    Pros
    Pros
    Well-balanced. Offers smooth riding. Deep and spaced-out tread pattern enhances grip. Doesn’t clog with mud. Easily pushes through sand and wet terrain.
    Cons
    Cons
    Has a shorter tread life than other off-road tires. Compromised street performance.
  • Best Value
    Kenda Dual/Enduro Tire
    Kenda Dual/Enduro Tire
  • Honorable Mention
    Bridgestone M403 Motocross
    Bridgestone M403 Motocross
    Summary
    Summary
    Another budget-friendly dirt bike tire built for 50cc and 450cc bikes and capable of handling rocks, dirt, sand, mud, and more.
    Pros
    Pros
    The tire is designed for speed and power and features a large knobby tread design and a unique block pattern. It functions well in nearly any weather and is 14 inches in diameter.
    Cons
    Cons
    The tire may be louder on roads and streets. The tread may also wear faster if ridden on more difficult terrain.
  • Honorable Mention
    Bridgestone M403 Motocross
    Bridgestone M403 Motocross

    Your dirt bike or off-road motorcycle requires special tires for optimal performance. Dirt bike tires have a unique knobby design, which isn't typical with other types of motorcycle tires. Our buying guide will help you get the best tire for your bike so that you can enjoy kicking up dirt and mud when off-roading.

    Best Dirt Bike Tires Reviews & Recommendations 2020

    Best Overall

    The Dunlop MX52 Geomax Intermediate/Hard Terrain tire is built for difficult off-road terrain. Whether it’s rain, mud, or a slick surface, the tire’s robust knob tread design will get you through the toughest trails. 


    The unique block pattern makes it better at cornering and improves its handling and power. The tire has a wide amount of traction control, is built with great shock-absorbing power, and performs well on sand and soft terrain. The ride is smooth and comfortable as well. In addition, it looks great and measures 100 millimeters wide and 19 inches in diameter.


    However, you may find that the tire can be quite noisy if you take it on the road. The tread pattern may also wear quickly if you ride on harder terrain such as rocks. There have also been reports of compatibility issues with certain bike models.

    Best Value

    The Kenda K760 Dual/Enduro Rear Motorcycle Bias Tire is a beefy tire for your dirt bike adventures. It is very popular, and there are many reasons why. 


    First is the amazingly low price point. At that affordable price, you get a high-quality dirt bike tire with a thick knob thread and wide surface for smoother and more comfortable riding. One of the tire’s best features is just how well balanced it is. The deep tread pattern allows for a mightier enhanced grip on just about any surface. Mud and grass won’t clog up the knobs due to their size either. It virtually glides over sand, mud, and water without any issues.


    Unfortunately, you may notice the tire has a shorter tread life than other off-road dirt bike tires. It also may not handle well when it comes to asphalt. There have been complaints that the tires get bogged down on the road.

    Best Premium

    The name Pirelli is synonymous with racing. These Pirelli Scorpion MX32 Extra X dirt bike tires are built for one thing, and that’s speed and power. 


    As a premium-grade dirt bike tire, it is robust and performs at its best when it is flying down off-road courses or trails. It is ruggedly built and looks amazing. Best of all, the tire is built with V-shaped blocks for improved braking, and it’s wider than most other brands, enhancing its stopping power and performance. It can take quite a punishment on the track, rides well, and installs quickly and easily. It also comes with a Pirelli keychain, but that’s just for fun.


    As you may have guessed, Pirelli is an expensive brand that makes pricey tires. For a set of two, you will spend a bit more than another brand. There have also been reports of the keychain not shipping with the tire.

    Most Durable

    The Michelin MH3 Starcross dirt bike tire is more than just a standard rubber oval for your off-road bike. The large 19-inch tire (other sizes are available, too) is mighty, strong, and features a big knobby tread pattern, which gives it better traction on both dry and hard-packed terrains, such as dirt paths or muddy trails.


    The wide central knobs provide an increased drive and pull the dirt bike over rocks, stumps, and other debris that may get in the way. The tire is tough, durable, and highly dependable for racers, cruisers, or those who just want to get out and enjoy the day. It measures 70 millimeters wide and 19 inches in diameter.


    While the tire is by no means expensive, it is set at a high price, at least when compared to a few of our other choices. The tread may also not last that long if you ride more aggressively or ride on difficult trails more often.

    Honorable Mention

    The Bridgestone M403 Motocross dirt bike tire is a great off-road and exploration tire. It is designed with a large knobby tread pattern built to ride over rocks, dirt, sand, and any other difficult terrain you may encounter.


    It’s functional with 50cc bikes all the way up to 450cc machines. The price is rather affordable for a premium dirt bike tire. Since it is built for speed, the tire corners well under pressure and remains flexible no matter how hard you push it. It performs great in the rain, snow, or any other type of inclement weather.


    However, you may notice some increased noise while riding on certain terrain. Another not-so-great thing is that the tire may not last that long. Some reports have had it buckling around 4,000 miles, but it isn’t clear what terrain it was ridden on.

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    Best Dirt Bike Tires Reviews & Recommendations 2020

    Best Overall
    Dunlop Geomax Intermediate/Hard Terrain Tire

    The Dunlop MX52 Geomax Intermediate/Hard Terrain tire is built for difficult off-road terrain. Whether it’s rain, mud, or a slick surface, the tire’s robust knob tread design will get you through the toughest trails. 


    The unique block pattern makes it better at cornering and improves its handling and power. The tire has a wide amount of traction control, is built with great shock-absorbing power, and performs well on sand and soft terrain. The ride is smooth and comfortable as well. In addition, it looks great and measures 100 millimeters wide and 19 inches in diameter.


    However, you may find that the tire can be quite noisy if you take it on the road. The tread pattern may also wear quickly if you ride on harder terrain such as rocks. There have also been reports of compatibility issues with certain bike models.

    Best Value
    Kenda Dual/Enduro Tire

    The Kenda K760 Dual/Enduro Rear Motorcycle Bias Tire is a beefy tire for your dirt bike adventures. It is very popular, and there are many reasons why. 


    First is the amazingly low price point. At that affordable price, you get a high-quality dirt bike tire with a thick knob thread and wide surface for smoother and more comfortable riding. One of the tire’s best features is just how well balanced it is. The deep tread pattern allows for a mightier enhanced grip on just about any surface. Mud and grass won’t clog up the knobs due to their size either. It virtually glides over sand, mud, and water without any issues.


    Unfortunately, you may notice the tire has a shorter tread life than other off-road dirt bike tires. It also may not handle well when it comes to asphalt. There have been complaints that the tires get bogged down on the road.

    Best Premium
    Pirelli Scorpion Dirt Bike Tire

    The name Pirelli is synonymous with racing. These Pirelli Scorpion MX32 Extra X dirt bike tires are built for one thing, and that’s speed and power. 


    As a premium-grade dirt bike tire, it is robust and performs at its best when it is flying down off-road courses or trails. It is ruggedly built and looks amazing. Best of all, the tire is built with V-shaped blocks for improved braking, and it’s wider than most other brands, enhancing its stopping power and performance. It can take quite a punishment on the track, rides well, and installs quickly and easily. It also comes with a Pirelli keychain, but that’s just for fun.


    As you may have guessed, Pirelli is an expensive brand that makes pricey tires. For a set of two, you will spend a bit more than another brand. There have also been reports of the keychain not shipping with the tire.

    Most Durable
    Michelin MH3 Starcross

    The Michelin MH3 Starcross dirt bike tire is more than just a standard rubber oval for your off-road bike. The large 19-inch tire (other sizes are available, too) is mighty, strong, and features a big knobby tread pattern, which gives it better traction on both dry and hard-packed terrains, such as dirt paths or muddy trails.


    The wide central knobs provide an increased drive and pull the dirt bike over rocks, stumps, and other debris that may get in the way. The tire is tough, durable, and highly dependable for racers, cruisers, or those who just want to get out and enjoy the day. It measures 70 millimeters wide and 19 inches in diameter.


    While the tire is by no means expensive, it is set at a high price, at least when compared to a few of our other choices. The tread may also not last that long if you ride more aggressively or ride on difficult trails more often.

    Honorable Mention
    Bridgestone Motocross

    The Bridgestone M403 Motocross dirt bike tire is a great off-road and exploration tire. It is designed with a large knobby tread pattern built to ride over rocks, dirt, sand, and any other difficult terrain you may encounter.


    It’s functional with 50cc bikes all the way up to 450cc machines. The price is rather affordable for a premium dirt bike tire. Since it is built for speed, the tire corners well under pressure and remains flexible no matter how hard you push it. It performs great in the rain, snow, or any other type of inclement weather.


    However, you may notice some increased noise while riding on certain terrain. Another not-so-great thing is that the tire may not last that long. Some reports have had it buckling around 4,000 miles, but it isn’t clear what terrain it was ridden on.

    Tips

    • Do not subject your new tires to abrupt maximum power, leaning, or hard cornering. You may end up damaging them. Be gentle on the road and also give yourself some time to get a feel for the tires. 
    • You should get the same tire model for your front and rear wheel. Also, be sure to align them to improve your handling, stability, performance, and safety on the road. 
    • Always maintain the recommended tire pressure (often indicated on the tire sidewall). You risk damaging your wheels if you ride with low tire pressure.
    • Regularly inspect your tires for any cuts or tears that may cause air leakage. Also, remember to secure the nuts on the wheel.

    FAQs

    Q: What are DOT approved dirt bike tires?

    A: Department of Transport (DOT) approved tires are street legal and can be used on public roads. They have a less knobby design but still maintain significant traction on pavement. Knobby off-road tires wear faster on pavements and are therefore unsafe. Confirm that the tire is DOT approved if you will be using your dirt bike on daily road commutes. 

    Q: What do the numbers on bike tires mean?

    A: Bicycle tires have a cluster of numbers on the sidewall. For instance, a tire may have a number like “M 500 60/100-21 40P 1912” running along the sidewall. M 500 is the model number, 60/100-21 is the tire size (rim diameter), 40P is the load and speed rating, and 1912 means that the tire was manufactured in the 19th week of 2012.

    Q: How often should you replace your dirt bike tires?

    A: Dirt bike tires can last for about four years from their manufacturing date. After that, the tire should be replaced since it's at the end of its useful life. You should also check for signs of a worn or damaged tire such as missing knobs, cracks, excessively worn-out treads, vibration, and excessive road noise. 

    Final Thoughts

    Our top pick is the Dunlop Geomax Intermediate. It’s dependable on tough terrain thanks to its tread spacing, which allows for better maneuverability.

    If you are looking for a cheaper tire for your mid-sized dirt bike, consider the ProTrax Soft Intermediate Terrain Tire.