Michelin T63 Dual Sport Front Tire
I only have about 500 miles of mainly tarmac with some dirt and gravel thrown in on my T63's on my DR650.
The tire grips pavement very well and turns in nicely. I expect it to wear very well as the "hairs" are still on the tire at 500 miles. I only rated tread life good because I don't have enough miles on it yet.
It is quiet if that matters to you.
Dirt traction has been good.
I would like the tread to come up the sidewall better, the tire to be wider, and to have deeper tread. It wanders more that expected on gravel.
With those cons it still performs well off road.
I may try a TKC up front next but it would have to perform quite better to be worth nearly twice the cost.
June 24, 2013
Excellent tire for the price point
I have run a set of these on my KLR 650, about 3000 miles and they were spent. Of those 3000 miles at least 1500 were fully loaded for camping weekends so that certainly plays into tire life.
On road traction was very predictable for a knobby tire, wet traction was fine, I usually dial it back a bit when wet so I have never had a tire that dissatisfied me in the wet.
Off road grip is very good and surprisingly remained so through the life of the tire.
Front tire did scallop badly due to my heavy handed front braking.
All in all great bang for the buck knobby that will probably be my go to knobby for the KLR
October 1, 2012
Aggressive Dual Sport Tire
The T63 replaced an extremely worn Kenda 278. On-road the tire behaves as it should. While you are not going to be dragging your knee through the corners, the tire has very good traction and is very stable with no surprises. While I have not had it in the rain yet, I have had it out immediately afterward while the roads were still wet. Again the tire was very stable and predictable. Off-road the tire delivers excellent traction as well. Once aired down a little the tire works much better over it's performance at street pressures.
The T-63 is a very streetable aggressive dual sport tire. If you do more street riding than dirt but still want the bike to perform when you get to the dirt, this tire should definitely be on you list for consideration.
June 18, 2012
Great Tire - Great Price for XR650R
Just did two days desert riding and no complaints. Much less expensive than the D606 and the tread pattern looks very similar. Not sure on how long it's going to last but will report back then. A great rear tire for Dual Sport services.
April 2, 2012
Pleasent surprise on-road, awesome off road.
Put a t63 front and rear tire on my F650GS Dakar and took it out to Big Bend for some dual sport riding. Prior, I'd used the Anakee set up.
The t63s performed well on road and the bike handled exceptionally well on road. It makes some noise as you'd expect with a knobby tire, but stability, wear, handling, and traction were all superb.
Off road on the rocky, sandy desert 4x4 roads the tires provided awesome grip even at high (38) pressure. At lowers psi (20) they were great.
Having put a handful of hundred miles on them, the knobs are intact and don't show any separation, even after being run 70-75 for sustained periods of time.
Tread life looks to be good based on the miles and riding I've done. Originally i had planned to put the more street oriented anakees back on when i returned from the desert, but I've left the T63s equipped.
Bonus- they look sweet. And at their price (plus they are often on sale) It's insane to not pick up a set or 4.
Highly recommend. Great tire. Easy to swap on and off. Nice tread, good look, promising durability.
February 2, 2012