Our Guide To Offroad Motorcycle Tires: Get Traction In The Diverse Terrains Of Central Oregon


Welcome to our offroad, moto and adventure tire guide for motorcycle enthusiasts in Bend and Central Oregon! Here we delve into the world of offroad motorcycle tires, spotlighting our top brands: Dunlop, Michelin, IRC, Maxxis, Goldentyre, Kenda, Pirelli, Shinko, and Motoz. Whether you ride a KTM, Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Gas Gas, Husqvarna, BMW or Triumph we have a tire selection for you. If we don’t have a tire to fit your ride it’s time to get yourself a motorcycle! 

This guide will help you choose the best tires for trail, motocross, dualsport and adventure riding in the diverse terrains of Oregon.


Choosing the Right Tire for Your Adventure: Selecting the right tire is crucial for optimizing performance, safety, and enjoyment. Here’s a summary of what each brand offers, highlighting our locals top picks tailored for the unique landscapes of Central Oregon. In no particular order here you go:

Dunlop: Known for their exceptional grip, the new Dunlop MX34 is a leader in the motocross world. This tire has no problem tearing up the MX track one weekend and flowing some high desert Central Oregon trails the next. The Dunlop 606 is an amazing choice as an 80/20 DOT rated knobby for our dual sport riders looking for solid tire wear without completely compromising offroad abilities. Dunlop also has a couple strong contenders in their adventure tire line up. The Dunlop Trailmax Mission is built for wear and more mellow pavement and gravel road adventuring along with their newest Trailmax Raid that’s designed to attack a tougher offroad terrain. You can’t go wrong choosing a Dunlop tire! https://www.dunlopmotorcycletires.com/

Michelin: Offering a balance of durability and performance, Michelin tires are ideal for varied terrains and have options for all types of off road, mx and adventure motorcycles. Offering their newest Michelin Starcross 6 lineup, these tires wear amazingly well and perform even better on trails and the track then their predecessors. Michelin is certainly one of our top picks for a do it all dirt bike tire. The Michelin Anakee Wild and the Anakee Adventure are popular choices for adventure motorcyclists around the world. We have to admit seeing a fresh Michelin tire set mounted up and ready to ride just gets us excited! https://www.michelinman.com/motorcycle/browse-tires/all-tires

IRC: With a focus on stability and control, IRC tires are excellent for technical terrains, giving riders confidence on challenging trails. The IRC M5B may be the best rear tire pick for an all around mixed use mountain single track to fast desert trail tire. The IRC VE33 and JX8 are two of the best gummy hard enduro terrain tire options on the market today. https://ircmoto.com/

Maxxis: Popular among Central Oregon motocross and offroad enthusiasts the Maxxis Desert IT provides superior traction and wear, essential for the sharp rocky and dry sandy conditions common in the Central Oregon riding areas such as China Hat, Cline and Four Corners OHV. They’ve been around a long time. Why fix something that ain’t broken? https://www.maxxis.com/us/tires/motorcycle/

Goldentyre: Renowned for their versatility, Golden offers tires that adapt well to both dry and wet conditions, making them a great all-rounder for Oregon riders. The front Fatty 90/100-21 GT216 paired with the 120/100-18 GT333 rear have become the absolute most popular tire in our area for our dualsport and trail riders. They seem to be built for our type of terrain in mind and a bonus, they’re DOT rated. You will not be dissapointed with this tire set up. If you want something for a heavier adventure bike like a KTM 690 or Husqvarna 701 the Golden GT723 is considered by many of our hard core locals as the best tire for performance and longevity! https://www.goldentyrewest.com/

Bridgestone: A name synonymous with quality and innovation in the tire industry, Bridgestone offers a range of offroad and adventure tire lines designed to tackle the diverse terrains of Central Oregon. From the popular M59 front tire for trails, the newest X31 tires for MX, or the Battleax AX41 and AT41 adventure tires they have more than proven themselves as one of the leaders and top quality tire companies around the world. https://www.bridgestone.com/products/motorcycle_tires/

Kenda: Kenda tires are known for their balance of performance and affordability, suitable for riders who enjoy exploring diverse terrains without breaking the bank. The Kenda K270 is one of the best 50/50 DOT rated dual sport tires for budget minded riders that don’t want to compromise safety. https://powersports.kendatire.com/en-us/

Pirelli: With a focus on high performance, Pirelli tires are designed for aggressive riding, perfect for the more adventurous and experienced riders yet trusted by all levels of riders. The Pirelli MT21 has become a popular choice for dualsport riders that want something a bit more aggressive than the Dunlop 606 yet still keep the DOT rating. Pirelli’s Scorpion tire lineup give riders a choice for any tire need they have. https://www.pirelli.com/tires/en-us/motorcycle/homepage

Shinko: Offering a range of budget friendly options, Shinko tires are ideal for casual riders and beginners in offroad motorcycling yet can handle experienced adventurists rolling on the throttle. From the Shinko 705 and 805 adventure tires to the gummy hard enduro 525 and 520DC they have an excellent cost friendly tire for everyone! https://shinkotireusa.com/

Motoz Adventure: Specifically designed for adventure bikes, these tires provide excellent stability and durability for long distance rides across Oregon’s varied landscapes. Whether you’re exploring the Oregon (BDR) Backcountry Discovery Route or adventuring across the U.S. following the (TAT) Transamerica Trail, Motoz has a tire for you. From more aggressive options like the Motoz Rallz and Adventure tires to the more road friendly yet offroad capable Motoz GPS these tires have you covered. Go Motoz, go adventure! https://pacificpowersports.com/ https://motoz.com.au/

Mitas Tires: The newest addition to our adventure tire selection. Mitas has so many great dual purpose adventure tires how do you choose the one that fits your riding style? Whether you’re looking for a rally tire like the Enduro Trail XT serving impressive performance taking you through rough muddy rocky trails while allowing amazing feedback pushing miles of pavement or the Enduro Adventure purpose built for a more mellow touring experience with mileage and quiet road noise in mind you will not be disappointed choosing a Mitas tire to ride this season. https://www.mitas-tires.com/en-us/products/motorcycle-tires

Factors to Consider When Choosing Tires:


Local Insights: As a leading Bend, Oregon based offroad motorcycle shop, we’ve tested various tires in our unique landscapes with the help of local riders like you. Over the 18 years we’ve been mounting tires for our moto community we have gained a vast knowledge about tires that work well in our area and are here to help guide you through arguably the most important decision you will make regarding upgrades to your motorcycle. 

Conclusion: Choosing the right offroad motorcycle tire is essential for any rider in Central Oregon. With brands like Dunlop, Michelin, Motoz, Goldentyre and many others we offer a range of options for every riding style and terrain, so you can be sure you will find the perfect tire for your next motocross, offroad, dualsport or adventure motorcycle ride.

Visit Us for More: Looking for more personalized advice on motorcycle tires? Visit our store in Bend, Oregon, where we will help you make the best choice for your offroad adventures.


Now we need to get back to the shop and mount some tires! Hope this quick read helped guide you through your motorcycle tire decision.

Stacks of motorcycle tires

4 thoughts on “Our Guide To Offroad Motorcycle Tires: Get Traction In The Diverse Terrains Of Central Oregon

    • Brandon Owner says:

      Cline OHV is a very rocky area. If you’re running tubes the lowest I’d recommend running is 12 psi. It’s best to maintain a higher pressure to minimize pinch flats, so up to 15 psi would not hurt.
      Or consider running a Nitro Mousse or Mr. Wolf Mousse Balls. Let us know how it goes!

    • Brandon Owner says:

      Ha! Nice catch. While we wish we had some sort of super secret tire mounting trick using scissors, most likely they were riding around with me for some other arts and crafts purpose and ended up getting set on the wheel as I aired up the tire.

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