Is it redundant to say GoldenTyre tires? I sure don’t know, but that is what they are and we can get them here now. Probably most famous as being the tire sponsor of Graham Jarvis, the Italian tire company has set up shop and is headed by former women’s motocross champion Stefy Bau.
My first opportunity to try these tires was a couple of months ago at Romaniacs. I shelled out a couple euros for a new set of the FIM GT216 soft terrain treads. I was not setting out with the idea doing a tire test, so I did not give them much thought. But after a couple of days riding, I realized that the tires worked very well for the conditions in Romania. I particularly liked the front. It had good traction and feel. It never gave me a moments worry.
GoldenTyre’s Graham Jarvis
If you recall my blog from Romania, I lost a rear mousse early on day two and rode much of the day with a tire that was basically flat. That evening the KTM factory mechanics fixed me up with a new mousse. When installing the mousse, I did a close inspection of the tire and bead to make sure it had not suffered any damage. I had held up to the day’s abuse without any problems.
At the end of four days riding I was pleasantly surprised to see that neither tire showed much wear. For my Romaniacs experience, they did the job perfectly. Admittedly, the terrain and circumstances were not terribly abusive, it was like a big awesome trail ride. Nevertheless, I came away happy with the performance.
A couple of weeks later I was invited out to the US introduction for GoldenTyre. I got a chance to ride the new super secret GT216X, the Graham Jarvis special. This is a tire that has been developed specifically for extreme enduro and Endurocross use. It is so soft that it might make a trials tire look hard! It definately is not intended for general use. But for the rigors of Endurocross it might be just the ticket.
It is cool that a small company like GoldenTyre can make such specialized tires. They have another one too. While it is a little off topic for us, if you happen to own a Ducati Paso, you will want to hear this. They make the special 16″ front for the Paso that is no longer available anywhere else in the world! They also offer everything from flattrack to supermoto rubber.
The crew was short of tires for testing, but I managed to snag a GT216 front that I am currently running on the 450. So keep an eye out for a long term durability report on that one. The company website is still under construction, but you can follow GT on their FaceBook page for the time being.