WHAT IS IT? Dunlop’s Geomax AT81 front tire was
inspired by the much loved, but discontinued, D756
design. However, unlike the D756, the AT81 is made
specifically for offroad use. We loved the Dunlop 756,
and we never gave up hope that we would find a 756
replacement, which is why we decided to test Dunlop’s
WHAT’S IT COST? $125.99.
CONTACT? www.dunlopmotorcycle.com or your local
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that
stand out with the Dunlop Geomax AT81 front tire.
(1) Design. Dunlop should be kicking themselves for
discontinuing the D756. It was a versatile tire that many
people loved. With an eye toward their customers’
emotional ties, the all-new AT81 was inspired by the
D756 design but modernized for today’s demands. The
AT81 tire has lateral grooves in the shoulder knobs to
provide additional bite while adding flex and
impact-absorbing qualities. The construction also
includes two plies of nylon wrapped with a third ply of
polyester. Dunlop incorporated their proprietary “plush
pad design” in the areas between the center tread blocks
for enhanced compliance and a more comfortable ride.
( 2) Purpose. It is important to note that the Dunlop
Geomax AT81 is not a purpose-built motocross tire.
Dunlop designed it for the all-around conditions of
offroad riding. Additionally, our test AT81 was a 90/90
size, which is shorter and wider than the typical 100/80
motocross tire. The AT81’s crown is soft for impact
absorption on rocks and logs, while the sidewall is stiff to
keep the tire from folding over at low pressures.
( 3) Performance. In truth, the MXA wrecking crew
was on a fishing expedition with the AT81; we are always
on the lookout for good front tires, and sometimes the
best tires come from the strangest places. Since the AT81
was inspired by the D756, we hoped we would strike gold
with it. And we did! The AT81 front adapted well to a
wide variety of conditions and worked exceptionally well
in a few. It was at its best in intermediate terrain where
it had a very consistent feel. We especially liked it in deep
ruts, where the side knobs gripped the edges of the ruts
and tracked through them. We also liked the tire in hardpacked conditions, as it kept the front planted on blue-groove. In the desert-like conditions it was designed for,
it pushed a little on hardpack with loose dirt on top, but
even at its worst, it was predictable and consistent.
( 4) Tire pressure. Every MXA test rider selected 12
pounds as the magic number.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? No major complaints about
the AT81 front, but we shredded the AT81 rear
If you are looking for a great all-around front
tire, you would have a hard time doing better
than the Dunlop Geomax AT81. This is a very
good front tire, whether it be offroad or on a
DUNLOP GEOMAX AT81 FRONT TIRE
MXA TEAM TESTED