Dunlop invited the media out to Perris Raceway in southern California this week to show us their latest tire, the Geomax MX51, which is replacing the widely popular D756 MX tire. The track featured some deep, dark, chocolate cake-style soil due to the onslaught of rain California has been experiencing, so it was no surprise the tire performed quite well. But, we must say, after some additional riding elsewhere, the MX51 is truly a great-performing tire, and the front hooks up especially well.
We brought Mike Sleeter, KTM’s R&D test rider, to help us evaluate Dunlop’s new gripper, and after pounding out a ton of laps, he was pleased with the performance, but check out what Dunlop has to say about their new Geomax tire:
“The Geomax MX51, successor to the immensely popular D756 series, excels beyond the D756's legendary performance, and is destined to create a new legend of its own. The MX51 is designed to excel in intermediate terrain while also delivering excellent performance in both soft terrain as well as hard-pack conditions, plus added durability. The Geomax MX31 supplants the D773 and sets new performance benchmarks in soft terrain, especially in sandy and muddy conditions. Both tires are aimed squarely at riders who compete on the racetrack, as well as serious enthusiasts who want the ultimate performance from their tires.”
“The intermediate-terrain MX51 utilizes, our all-new and innovative Geomax Reinforced Pattern, a pattern that improves performance in every parameter—straight-line traction, cornering grip, handling, braking, bump absorption and durability—compared to the D756 series. A side-by-side comparison reveals a more open center-tread area for improved straight-line acceleration and more tread volume (greater land/sea ratio) in the shoulders for excellent cornering grip.
“Every tread block on the front tire features recessed biting edges, providing more traction and greater grip over a wide range of terrain conditions, especially in corners and ruts. The same recesses can be found on the shoulder blocks of the rear tire. The shoulder block knobs of both front and rear tires are placed in a unique pattern for better traction and grip in medium/medium-hard riding conditions. Each block base has a larger radius for increased strength and added durability, and performance is further enhanced by a "tie-bar" design that connects and reinforces the tread blocks to produce greater toughness and chunking resistance. Finally, the shallow recessed areas in the spaces between the tread blocks give the MX51 improved compliance for enhanced bump absorption and damping characteristics.”
The Geomax MX51 tire comes in a wide range of sizes and, as mentioned above, replaces the current D756 series.
Stay tuned for some video of Mike Sleeter putting the Geomax MX51 to the test.