The great Dunlop D606 is a DOT approved desert/dual-sport activity knobby tire that is known to last long and is sufficient both for using extensively off on the tarmac, yet hostile enough for some severe off-road riding. We have tried both street and off-road and our experience has proven this to be true. We highly recommend this tire for desert/dual-sport enthusiasts.
Since the tire is a road approved tire even though it showcases a fairly intimidating knobby design, it boasts of its toughness that shows it can last for a longer time.
What we can say right from the beginning is that the D606 is tough. On our trip to Victoria, we used D606s on our bikes and we placed over 2000 scorching miles on our numerous D606’s. We checked our D606s after the 2000 miles of hot pavement, it still had plenty of knobbies left! – as fresh as the day it was born (or manufactured). Almost just 1/12th of an inch was shaved off our tires after a 31 hr strike of the initial 960 miles on the Tour of Idaho (a blend of solitary track, ATV path, dust roadway as well as hot pavement).
It was a week-long journey in Victoria in September that included dust in the Otways, sand in the Little Desert national forest as well as a reasonable little tar between. The D606 tire still looked as good as new when it was fresh off that 31 hr travel. Our only negative experience to the otherwise outstanding D606’s performance is its efficiency under hard and fast riding in hard-packed ground which, truthfully, was indeed a little terrifying! The exact same features that made the D606 long lasting on difficult surface areas was the same reason that made it questionable in high-speed, hard-packed dust roads.
The front tire, was still looking excellent, and can still surely benefit from an additional 3000 kms. The bike appears to deal wonderfully with the Dunlop D606s. It has actually been a great tire, it was perfect for every dollar spent on it. It was great on the dust (consisting of some sand), great on the pavement (knowing that it was a knobby), and also respectable when driving too (consisting of a damp Great Ocean Road). The only challenge that we faced was when we went through the hard packed sand. But it was excellent in everything else and so, it was hard to speak badly of the Dunlop D606 just for that one negative aspect. Well, we just hope that Dunlop will improve this tire on this aspect because it would be sad to ignore the other excellent features of the D606s.