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Motoz Tractionator Adventure 90/90-21 Reviews

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  • 5
  

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.

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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Eric Hall

  • 5
  
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.

 

Installation was rather easy but I was running a brand new front rim from Woody's Wheel Works and hadn't lubed the dish at all and had to use quite a bit of air getting the bead to seat for the first time.  That's the all-natural rubber with it's fantastic traction ;)

 

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

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I did notice a bit of head shake near 65 mph but that's common with most front knobby tires and I was pleased to see that it went away after a few hundred miles.  I was immediately impressed with the off road traction.  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.

 

Dirt cornering gives you complete confidence.  Never at any point did the front wheel want to wash out on me like I've seen from so many 60/40 fronts.

 

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.

 

One small thing... I was over at Rottweiler Performance one day and was talking to one of their customers about this new tire and he noticed this type of chunking along the back side of most of the knobs..

 

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Jimmy Lewis had popped in for something and saw what we were talking about.  His opinion is that it has nothing to do with the tire but the rake of my particular bike (KTM 990 R).  He said something about how the angle of the tire hits the road in front of me is like a small skid as each knob touches the road surface.  Considering the traction and performance did not appear to suffer in any way, I saw it as something merely cosmetic; not something to be concerned about.

 

In terms of longevity, I can say that at about 3,300 miles as of this writing even the rear tire still has plenty of miles to go.  This front is doing VERY well and I'm even going to leave it on for an upcoming 2,000 mile trip to Copper Canyon.

 

And as for street performance, I find the front corners very well for a 21" 70/30 tire.  It doesn't rain much here in Southern California so I can't comment as to the wet pavement performance but riders should use caution pushing corners on any 70/30 tire.  There are a few other 21" fronts (60/40's) that are softer and may corner in the wet better but you'd be giving up quite a bit of that off-road traction.  Given my geography and riding preference, this is a tire that I'd be happy with up front.

 

Bottom line:  The best 70/30 21" front I've ever ridden.  This is a big boy tire for the tough stuff and not your everyday Starbucks rider.  Solid off road performance and longevity without the on-road skittishness.

 

Pro's:  Confident dirt cornering, long tread life

 

Con's:  None apart from the slight chunking off the rear of the knobs due to my bike's rake



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