Pirelli MT 43 Trials Rear Tire

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Pirelli MT 43 Trials Rear Tire

A kind of word-of-mouth success story, the Pirelli MT 43 has slowly become one of the most sought after tire for dual sport and single track riding. Able to grip where knobbies break loose, the MT 43 is unparalleled over rocks, roots and up steep climbs. Add in the fact that the MT 43 is fully street legal and still works in the mud and sand and this becomes a win-win for the hardcore enduro rider.
  • A tire for use on trials bikes but also suitable for road use
  • Great performance on hard, wet and dry terrain or indoor events
  • Reinforced bias-ply carcass reduces deformation and maximizes footprint on every type of terrain
  • Unique tread pattern geometry, complementing the tire structure and its application
  • DOT Approved

View the MotorcycleUSA.com review of the Pirelli MT 43 Trials Tire here: Pirelli MT 43 Pro Trials Tire Review
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new rear tire

Very nice choice for a all-around rear. Used in sand and snow and am very pleased. Made my dual sport a different bike.

don - January 26, 2017

(royal city, WA)

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MT43 rear on CRF230f

Absolutely great match bike and tire. The bad first - not great in deep sand or mud. There i got left way back by the guys with knobies. Because of the taller profile it does not leave too much space in front and it gets clogged with sticky mud easy. Not designed for sharp lean angles The rest - Awesome. My bike is not a torque monster and i don't like to roost behind. I always aim for max traction and transferring all the horse powers to the ground. My buddies ride KTMs, HUSKYs and HUSSABERGs. We ride nasty rocky single track with step-ups, loose rock and rock fields. Because of my set-up , they learned to respect my little bike. This tire sticks to the trail like a bubble gum to your pants. About longevity -great. My buddies changed their tires. I am not even half way through.

slavy - January 26, 2017

(Phx, AZ)

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GREAT TIRE-BUT NOT FOR MUD

MT43 is a great tire. I have used it on a KTM 250 EXC 2T, 380 EXC 2T and 520 EXC 4T. Hooks up very well in the riding conditions we have here in Colorado. Excellent on rocky, technical terrain as well as dirt single track. Rode the tire In Moab on Slick Rock and it performed great as well as Rabbit Valley Grand Junction technical single track. Does not shed mud so probably would not recommend for wet conditions or parts of the country that receive lots of rain. Tread wear is very good and DOT rated. Thinner tire with narrower footprint however do not notice increased wheel spin. Overall great tire highly recommend.

Nick - December 7, 2016

(Littleton, CO)

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Trials tire

I use this on my dual sport and is the best tire. I ride with a lot of guys who use knobbies only, and it blows their mind when in traverse areas they struggle to find traction. Works great everywhere, including sand. It does struggle in thick clay mud, though. Just wish I could get more mileage out of it. 600 miles is about all I can get, but it never chunks.

David - April 23, 2016

(Reno, NV)

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No Surprises

2nd time for me with this tire, so no surprises. Narrower than most knobbies, and taller too, so the bigger circumference changes the gearing somewhat. The side wall has a step/shoulder at the rim to help prevent pinch flats, but that makes mounting a little more difficult. The only way it could be better is if it mounted itself and lasted for 10k miles.

Kenstone - November 23, 2015

(Boysee, ID)

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Can't Wait To Go Back

I have had two sets MT-43's on my KTM dual sport before I upgraded to a newer KTM 500 EXC. I was an intermediate rider when I first switched to them. The tires hook up so well that it impacted my riding confidence and ability. Knobbies came with my new bike, so I have to ride them until they are worn out. But I can't wait to put the MT-43 back on my new ride. I used a DOT approved front knobbie such as the Dunlop D606 on the front. The combo works well but I never tried the MT-43 front tire.

Ron - November 20, 2015

(Oceanside, CA)

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MT43

After seeing numerous riders run them at dual sports rides and raving about the traction I decided to take the plunge and get one. Running about 8-12psi offroad, I’ve found the MT43 to be outstanding over rocks, roots, hardpack, gravel and surprisingly even sandy conditions. Most types of mud are no problem but when it gets greasy the MT43 packs up and spins. And while traction when climbing is great, going down is far less confidence inspiring. The MT43 definitely demands some finesse with the brakes when tackling steep downhills. With around 500 miles of mostly dirt riding, the wear is what I expected and has plenty of life left. Paired with the Pirelli XCMH on the front.

Alex - May 21, 2014

(Medford, OR)

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A tire for every seat

Bought this after all the hype. I think there are tires that excel best with certain conditions. That is why there are so many compounds, tread patterns, ect. As a Dual Sport tire, this tire is very good for those who wander off into the more difficult terrain. I ride a 07 KTM 450EXC. If I were to choose a single rear tire for my type of riding, it would be the Pirelli XCMS front and rear.

Jerry - May 18, 2014

(Redmond, OR)

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Love it.

scott - December 16, 2013

(half moon bay, CA)

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A great tire for rocks & roots

I bought it for great traction on rocky trails and that's exactly what it does. I use it with a Tech Tube foam insert. Buy two 23' long tire spoons http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/2/9/203/28467/ITEM/BikeMaster-Heavy-Duty-Tire-Iron.aspx and one of these http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/2/9/203/4449/ITEM/Motion-Pro-16-Tire-Tool.aspx and 3-4 vice grips and you can install it pretty easily with the foam insert.

Frank - July 26, 2013

(York, PA)

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B rider

This tire does not work like a knobbie tire. It does not tear up the trail, it wont slip on wet surfaces, except deep mud. It will however last three to four times longer than a knobbie and has better traction for dual sport rides that take you on the asphalt. As a rule if you hot dog you will not like this tire. But give it a try!

Kevin - July 24, 2013

(Elverta, CA)

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Pirelli MT43

In short, outstanding value for a trails tire; I have used this tire on my Dual Sport and now have one mounted on my KTM XC-W 250 for summer conditions and it is outstanding.

Steve - July 23, 2013

(Auburn, CA)

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I think I just drank the Cool Aid

I've only had this tire mounted for a couple of weeks, but I'm beginning to believe the hype. I mounted this tire and tried to hate it. It looks like it belongs on a garden tractor. I've thrown everything I can think of at this tire and I have to say I'm impressed. Deep mud performance is as expected (keep momentum), but otherwise I have been stunned by the traction. UHD tube, two rim locks, and 8 psi keeps you moving forward.

Shawn - June 25, 2013

(Buckhannon, WV)

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Pirelli MT-43 Rear Trials Tire

I love it!!! Great tire for the snotty, rooty, rocky Northwest Terrain. Last one lasted me over 3 years and I ride every weekend. If you're a ham-fisted rider that likes to slide in and out of corners this tire isn't for you. But if you like hooking up in the roots, rocks, and slimy mud found in the Pacific Northwest then look no further.

William - June 19, 2013

(Anacortes, WA)

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MT43

I had this tire on another bike a few years ago and went back to using a knobby on my new bike because that's what it had. I decided to try it on the new bike and it immediately reminded me of why I loved it. The traction on most surfaces I ride in New England are no match for this tire and it really is amazing at how it makes the whole bike more plush and controllable in the rocks and roots.

Tom - June 12, 2013

(Merrimack, NH)