This is a product review, which I don't normally do. Every once in a while a product comes along that makes you scratch your head and wonder why is that so cheap. We, as consumers, know that you get what you pay for but you still think, it might just work for me. Such was the case with a line of motorcycle tires known as Artrax. The tires are cheap, ... real cheap and Randall and I had been talking about them for some time. The KTM 525's that we both ride put out mid to upper 50's on the horsepower so no tire is going to last very long. But could these tires could get close to the same mileage as a Dunlop or Bridgestone?
I ordered the ARTRAX SE3 REAR TIRE and mounted it in mid September. The knobby pattern looked good, the knobs were a bit short, but it is an intermediate compound, this tire might actually work after all. My first ride on it wasn't good and I was ready to peel it off. It didn't hook up as well as my old worn out Bridgestone that I had just pulled off to put this tire on. I played with air pressure over the next 2 rides and got it to work slightly better with lower pressure. Not great, just better. I now have 5 rides on it and it is junk. There is a little under 1/8" of knob left and I only have 483 miles on it! I can get 1000 - 1200 miles out of a Dunlop or Bridgestone, and you will have better control over the bike with one of them on as well.
Below is a picture taken this afternoon after I washed my bike from yesterday's ride. As you can see it is basically a racing slick after less than 500 miles. Stay away form these tires, spend the extra $25 - $30 on a good tire that you know.