This tire combo rocks
Pirelli MT21 Front Tire
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I put these on my DRZ400 ,on the rear, then went on a 210 mile trip with a very aggressive group of riders. In the rain half the day to boot. We did roads , dirt roads, single track, and some trails. I couldn't be happier the tire stuck when I need it to, it was very predictable and fairly quiet. I'm not sure I will get 1000 miles on them but we will see , I would rather replace then try to stretch it.
This design has withstood the test of time. The MT21 has been around for a while and I can see why. It offers good traction in a variety of terrains and it isn't terribly priced. Kudos to Pirelli.
I replaced a rear D606 with this tire. I found the off-road performance as good as the D606 in dry sand, hard pack and rocks. Not as good in mud.
On the street, the MT21 is far superior to the D606, which I found to be a dangerous tire, especially for cornering. The D606 will slide out suddenly with no warning with very little lean angle, but the MT21 lets you lean further, and loses grip only gradually, so you have a warning and a chance to correct.
The D606 wears slightly better than the MT21, but I'm up to 5,000 miles on the MT21.