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Pirelli MT 43 Motorcycle Tire

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A new trend for singletrack off-road riding. Optimum performance on hard, wet and dry terrain; even indoor events. Reinforced bias-ply carcass reduces the deformation and maximizes the footprint on every type of terrain. Unique bead design provides special bead retention for low pressure use.

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Pirelli MT 43 Motorcycle Tire
 
4.4

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80%

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      5.0

      Pirelli MT 43

      By metro

      from Orange County, CA.

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          • Off-Road

          Comments about Pirelli MT 43 Motorcycle Tire:

          Installed on KTM 300 MXC. Installed with 2 rim locks and ran with 10 psi. Used for three day ride in northern California mountains. 300 miles included paved roads, Forestry roads, two track, single track, rocks, roots, fallen logs, water crossings, mud and dry loose rocky terrain. I was able to ride over difficult terrain with ease.

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          3.0

          Grip in the rocks but they are not round

          By Bill S

          from Between Mt. Rainier, Adams, St. Hellens

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          Pros

          • Control

          Cons

          • Add an inch to Seat Hgt
          • Can't ride flat
          • Difficult To Install
          • Not Round

          Best Uses

          • Off-Road

          Comments about Pirelli MT 43 Motorcycle Tire:

          I bought and installed a pair of these on both my WR250R and DRZ400S last summer. I had fallen in steep avalanche rock and cracked my tibia. Was looking for more control in loose rock.

          They were very hard to seat on the rims. I broke the bead and reseated them several times trying to get them to run true but the fronts would not. They zing and flex on pavement and aren't much fun to go down the road with.

          Another thing is the 4.00 back tire raises your seat almost an inch. My WR250 was already high and I had to adjust it down as much as I could.

          Also, keep at least 18 lbs in the back unless you have wheel locks. I spun mine on the back with 12 lbs, tore the tube, and walked home - they will not run flat like a Dunlop 606. I now run 18 in the back and 14 in the front.

          In summary, they did solve my problem riding steep downhills with lots of loose rock, but they have several negatives compared to a dual sport knobby.

          I should have just tried them on one bike. I will probably ride the summer with them and then go back to the Dunlop 606.

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          • DUAL SPORT

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great tire for my 2011 KTM 450 EXC

          By Ken W

          from So Cal

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          Staff Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Install
          • Good Cornering
          • Good Ride
          • Versatile

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            Best Uses

            • Off-Road

            Comments about Pirelli MT 43 Motorcycle Tire:

            Did the Malcolm Smith Baja ride out of Santa Veronica last weekend on the Pirelli MT 43 Motorcycle Tire. Loved it! It was a lot of tight single track (raining) and it was a breeze to cross trees, climb rocks... even in the very wet conditions.

            It cleared up in the afternoon and we did some 3rd, 4th and 5th gear two track. Again good grip at high speed. Wear after 2 days of riding was minimal (but I am not usully that hard on tires).

            For the 2011 KTM 450 EXC with 200 lbs of rider I give them two thumbs up.

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            • Competitive Rider
             
            4.0

            GREAT tire (for my needs!)

            By CO-or-bust

            from New Jersey

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                  Comments about Pirelli MT 43 Motorcycle Tire:

                  I have a new-to-me '09 Husqvarna TE610 bought for it's low end torque and Trail Riding prowess AND it's ability to get me and ALL my camping gear TO the Trails. This MT43 Trials tire was suggested by another TE610 owner. Replaced an MT21 knobby and it made a WORLD of difference riding from northern NJ to the CT/RI border --- just over 400 miles round trip --- then it RIPPED on the trails! NO limitations from this tire. Aired down to 12 lbs PSI and GREAT grip on rocks, roots, gravel, loose pine needles, etc! Did NOT miss the knobby AT ALL, but no REAL mud to speak of, so no report there. Mud would be it's one possible weaker spot, but I think it'd fair better than most might think... Key for me: Versatility. Road-worthy and VERY Trail-worthy. Bike was loaded down with a FULL Giant Loop Great Basin (ALL my camping, cooking, etc. gear), a duffel, and about 8 lbs of tools.

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                  • Q:

                    im wondering if this will work as a replacement tire on my montesa cota 315r .. i need a 18inch by 4 inch wide..and also a tubless tire, my rim is set up for that style and i cant seem to see were it states if this is or is not tubless type (tt) trials tire. thanks for your time! , cheers
                    Asked on 6/10/2012 by Anthony from Nova Scotia, CAN

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                      A:

                      Thanks for your question! This tire will work for you it does come is a size 4.00x18'' you can go tube/tubless on this model.

                      Answered on 6/12/2012 by Anonymous
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                    Is the mt43 DOT rated?
                    Asked on 2/8/2012 by Anonymous

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                      A:

                      Thanks for your question! Yes the MT 43 is DOT approved.

                      Answered on 2/8/2012 by Anonymous
                  • Q:

                    Is this tire considered a Class "C" dirt track tire? Is it AMA approved?
                    Asked on 8/20/2010 by BB from Minnesota

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                      A:

                      Thanks for your question! That information is not listed by the manufacturer. We know this is DOT approved..but we would not be able to confirm if the AMA approved this due to how we are not the AMA and dont have their approval or rule list.

                      Answered on 10/1/2010 by Anonymous
                  • Q:

                    What size Pirelli tubes do I need for the MT 43 tires?
                    Asked on 8/12/2010 by Anonymous

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                      A:

                      Thanks for your question! For assistance with ordering, please contact a sales rep at 888-339-3888.

                      Answered on 10/12/2010 by Anonymous
                  • Q:

                    What is the outer diameter of the 4.0x18 Pirelli MT43? It's a lot taller than my stock tire. This number will help me in selecting proper gearing.
                    Asked on 2/3/2010 by Wattman

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                      A:

                      Thanks for your question. Unfortunately we will not have this size specification available. We suggest checking with Pirelli directly.

                      Answered on 2/4/2010 by BHills
                    • A:

                      I am using this tire on my Super Sherpa KL250. Since this tire is much taller than stock, I had to use a chain with 104 links rather than the stock 102. The other alternative is a 12T front Sprocket.

                      Answered on 4/10/2010 by pethage
                  • Q:

                    xt 500 tires

                    I have just purchsed an 1978 xt 500 and need new front and rear tires
                    can you help?I want to stay with the same tread patten that they first came out with like the pirelli MT 43 can this be used as a road tire?
                    or is it a triails tire only?
                    or the other one i've seen is the cheng shin C186 moto
                    Asked on 12/14/2009 by killbill from new zealand

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                    Can the Pirelli MT43 be used with a tube?
                    Asked on 11/17/2009 by Gord83

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                      A:

                      Thanks for your question! With the Pirelli MT 43 Motorcycle Tire that your looking at this can be run with a tube that is correct.

                      Answered on 11/17/2009 by SalesDepartment
                  • Q:

                    Does the Perelli MT43 have a matching front tire?
                    Asked on 11/17/2009 by Gord83

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                  Tire Size 2.75-21, 4.00-18
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