Motoz Tractionator Adventure 150/70-18

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Eric Hall

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I am pleased that XLADV has been chosen as one of the first to review this tire.  I first saw these tires at the KTM Rally in Crested Butte, CO in September of this past year (2015) at the booth of Pacific Powersports (pacificpowersports.info), their US distributor.  At first glance I was stunned!  They looked so chunky and aggressive, really unlike any tire I've ever seen.

This one image I posted on Instagram and later Facebook and here at XLADV went incredibly VIRAL!

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Here's a short video showing a few angles

And some context is appropriate here...  I ride a 2011 KTM 990 Adventure and a bit over half of my miles are from dirt.  My typical trip is something like about 450 miles round trip of highway with about 400-600 miles of dirt.  I'm not a Starbucks rider and I don't typically ride two-up.

My inaugural trip on these tires was in early November to Death Valley.

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I was immediately impressed with the off road traction.  This 990 rear wheel spins with little effort but I was noticing how much more grab there was than before.  We did a KILLER 170 mile loop out to Furnace Creek, down West Side road and then up Warm Springs through Butte Valley and then down through Mengel pass and Goler wash then back up Panamint Valley to Panamint Springs.  This was easily some of the toughest terrain I'd ever ridden on a big bike but these Tractionator Adventure tires handled it all with ease.  Zero chunking as well.

The next major test (perhaps an understatement) was riding the famed LA-Barstow-to-Vegas in late November.  I rode the 100 miles to the starting line in Palmdale and then the next two days of mostly dirt (not the adventure bike course but the dual sport course) which some years can approach 500 miles.  Checking my REVER app showed I rode about 362 miles over the two days and then of course the 263 miles of highway home.  This is really as tough as it gets.  Miles and miles of DEEP sand, steep rocky climbs, some fun single track are typical.

Again, showing nearly no wear yet after LAB2V

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I can tell the biggest question in your mind right now is "okay Eric enough about the traction, how about longevity?"   I had gotten about 2,600 miles off a rear TKC-80 (150/70-18) so that was my benchmark.  I'm proud to say I'm at about 3,300 miles now and it's still going strong!  So strong that I'm leaving for a 2,000 mile Copper Canyon trip shortly and plan to simply leave them on.  My guess is it will be done around 5,000 miles

After 3,300 miles

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Because I'm not the canyon-carver type of rider and since it rarely rains here in Southern California, I'm not really able to comment all that thoroughly on the street performance.  They do hold just fine in twisty canyons on dry roads which I think is a testament to their all natural rubber construction.  They still give you that pavement confidence you get from a TKC-80 and aren't skittish like the harder compound tires one might see in a plastic Heidenau or even the mid-level hardness of a Mitas E09 Dakar.

That is in essence what one gets from an all natural rubber construction; traction and longevity with even traction sustained when worn down.
 

Bottom line:  Considering their longevity AND traction, easily the best adventure bike tire I've ever run.  One doesn't have to trade one (longevity) for the other (traction).

Pro's:  Aggressive off-road traction good for rocks, deep soft sand as well as mud.  Longevity rivaling some of the plastic tires.
Con's:  May be hard to find for a while as distribution builds; harder given the high interest in this tire

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dances_with_trees

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I recently had a opportunity to test a set of the Motoz Tractionator Adventure tires on my KTM 990 Adventure. The first thing I noticed about the tires was their aggressive tread pattern for dirt usage while still maintaining a overall rounded profile for smooth cornering on those sections of pavement between the dirt.

After thoroughly inspecting/admiring the tires it was time to mount them up at home in the garage. Overall the mounting went as hassle-free as any other tire I've mounted by hand and that's a plus. One thing I noticed was the tires did not have a discernible mark to line up with the valve stem during mounting for balancing purposes. This is minor as the tires exhibited no issues once mounted. Maybe the Motoz crew can give us some insight into their markings or include a mark on future production runs.

After getting the wheels/tires back on the bike it was time for a test ride. First up pavement, right from the start, following a initial scrub in period, the tires worked great on pavement! I tend to push my bike in the corners regardless of the tire pattern's intended use and the Motoz Tractionator Adventure completely hooked up and took all of the abuse I could dish out. Riding solo or two-up, didn't matter, these tires kept asking for more. I did have one situation where I thought the tires made more road noise than others that I've used but, I now attribute that to that particular section of road and not the tire. Next up was seeing if the tires worked as well in the dirt. I was definitely not disappointed with their off pavement performance. I live along the Colorado Front Range where we have a lot of loose decomposed granite and the tires had no problem what so ever gripping in our less than optimal conditions. The times when I was really playing around with the bike and getting it squirrelly, the tires were very predictable when I was able to get them to spin up.

Despite all of the miles I've racked up on the Motoz Tractionator Adventure's they seem to be wearing quite well. I've very anxious to see how their longevity compares with other tires I've used on the 990.

Other tires used: Pirelli Scorpions, Maxxis Big Blocks, and Mefo Explorers.

Pros: Excellent traction both on and off pavement. Impressive wear performance, great price.

Cons: A lack of sidewall markings for home installation/balancing. Availability however, if they don't have them already slavensracing.com should have them in stock shortly and they ship worldwide.

Would I buy another set of Motoz Tractionator Adventure's...DEFINITELY!

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Stellar Tire!

The balance between dirt traction, street manners and potential mileage is a constant struggle. I'd love to tell you "how long" these Adventure tires will last... but as can be seen in the image above... at 3k miles they are just getting broken in! Serious. The worn tire has 3k miles on it and it is sitting next to a brand new tire. This has NEVER before happened on my KTM.

To date... My GoTo tire has been the MotoZ Tractionator Desert HT on my KTM 950R Super Enduro. It was by far the best tire I have ever run on the SE and it lasts me upwards of 4k miles. The Desert HT Nails It in the dirt, sticks on the pavement, but is loud and does have some knobbie squirm which is to be expected. (See 2nd Image)

When I got word that this new Adventure version was being released... I just had to get a set. 3k miles in and I must say that I am presently surprised at what this tire brings to the table.

It is quiet: Much like a traditional street tire it is quite despite the large voids between the massive lugs unlike the Desert HT which hums down the highway.

It is smooth: The slow speed vibration felt on most all knobbies when coming to a stop is not present with these tires.

Street Traction: I have ridden +/- 30 days in the rain on this set of tires. Most commute miles on freeway and city streets. Even on wet pavement, these tires allow me to lift the front end and the rear tire is tough to get to brake loose during hard acceleration and during quick stops.

Dirt & Mud Traction: This set of tires handles very well off-road. I prefer the Desert HT for deep loose gravel and MUD, but all other off-road situations there was no compromise.

The new MotoZ Adventure Tire looks, rides and acts as if a deck of tire were shuffled... TKC80, Karoo 3, K60, 908RR and a 2CT. The result is a quiet, long lasting very off road capable tire. FINALLY!

Thank you MotoZ for being the fist to bring us a tire that meets my Road need, Dirt needs WITH Longevity. Your rocked it on this one and I will continue to run these into the ground.

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