q Based on the West Coast, the Dirt Wheels crew spends most of their time on some of the gnarliest ATV and UTV terrain imaginable. Our rough, rocky desert terrain is prime for thoroughly testing anything and everything with four wheels and a motor. Even a few of our Baja racer companions don’t like tackling what our local trails have to offer. That being said, we know just where to go to test the market’s latest “rough terrain” treads. Recently, we prepped our 2011 Kawasaki Teryx 750 Sport with four of Sedona Tire & Wheel’s new extreme terrain Rip Saw tires.
THE RIP SAW RT
Sedona Tire & Wheel’s Rip Saw RTs are constructed of a tough six-ply compound and look similar to tires found on off-road racing trucks. Unfortunately, they’re as heavy as they look. We opted to go from the stock 26-inch on all four corners to 25×8-12 front and 25×10-12 rear Rip Saws. These fronts weigh in at 24 pounds, while the rears hit the scale at 27 pounds apiece. To go with the stock size, we would have added at least another 3 pounds per corner. Even with the shorter sizes, our Kawasaki still topped out at 50 mph.
We mounted our new Rip Saw treads on Sedona’s 12-inch high-grade aluminum Race Line wheels and bolted them to Kawasaki UTV’s 4/137-bolt pattern. These wheels have a machined finish with black accents, an integrated wheel cap, and are also available for Yamaha, Honda and Polaris ATVs and UTVs.
Sedona’s suggested price ranges from $96.94 for their 25×8-12 tires to $131.57 for the largest 26×11-14 treads. These are steep prices per tire, but we have found discounted prices on the web at www.rockymountainatvmc.com and at local shops. Our local shop, Rider’s Choice, quoted us at $89.95 for fronts (25x8x12), $98.95 for rears (25x10x12), and $80 each for the aluminum Race Line wheels.
The tread pattern of the Rip Saw is an impressive 1 1/8 inches deep. They cleaned up well and offered great traction and long-lasting wear in loose dirt, sand, whoops, tight and technical trails, hill climbs, and descents, as well as the rocky creek beds that we put them through.
Even on the rockiest of terrain, the tires don’t get chewed up as quickly as softer compound rubber. At 9 pounds of pressure per tire, we had trouble digging into soft dirt and sandy sections. We aired down to 7 pounds and traction improved. We took the same 7-pound air pressure back through the rocks, and they held up well.
While testing, we simulated a right front flat. Uh-oh! We didn’t have a tire repair kit handy, so we ran the flat over 15 miles back to camp. If this had been a stock tire, there would have been too many holes to count. The Rip Saw tread aired back up and had no visible cuts or a single leak. However, the black finish on the Race Line wheels had been badly rubbed off, and the rim on the wheels were dinged from rocks.
WORTH THE PRICE?