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Old 02-14-2014, 06:30 AM   #76
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I usually buy about 5 tires this time of year. I like Pirelli's and Conti TKC's.
Zuber, we haven't met yet - but could you say just a little about what you like about the Pirelli's (which ones?) and TKC's? I'm new to riding, have a KLR that for now I'll be riding mostly in fairly easy dirt/gravel (riding pavement getting there) and am trying to decide between MT21's, TKC's, Kenda Big Blocks (K784), Michelin T63's, and D606's.

KillerD and Limited Slip recommended the T63's because of good street performance, though they reminded me that opinions about tires are all over the board. LS also said my current Avon Gripsters would be fine, given what terrain I'm riding and my (low) skill level. Mostly I want to get set up for a 1000-mile or so trip this summer almost entirely on gravel and dirt.
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Old 02-14-2014, 07:09 AM   #77
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I like Pirelli's and Conti TKC's.
Zuber, I just ran across an ADV post from you from 8/12:

"The Conti TKC80's are the best full-knobby on the street. They are a little more expensive, but wear far longer than any other when inflated properly. They will stick on pavement like a dual sport tire, only starting to slide at the ragged edge.

"The next best are the Pirelli MT21's. Cheaper, good traction if you have them pumped up, when they let go it is very predictable. These will start to slide a little long before they let go completely."

Anything else you'd add as advice for me?
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Old 02-14-2014, 08:44 AM   #78
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Zuber, we haven't met yet - but could you say just a little about what you like about the Pirelli's (which ones?) and TKC's? I'm new to riding, have a KLR that for now I'll be riding mostly in fairly easy dirt/gravel (riding pavement getting there) and am trying to decide between MT21's, TKC's, Kenda Big Blocks (K784), Michelin T63's, and D606's.

KillerD and Limited Slip recommended the T63's because of good street performance, though they reminded me that opinions about tires are all over the board. LS also said my current Avon Gripsters would be fine, given what terrain I'm riding and my (low) skill level. Mostly I want to get set up for a 1000-mile or so trip this summer almost entirely on gravel and dirt.

I don't know that I would recommend the TKC rear for KLR's. Tires can wear drastically different from bike to bike, and from what I've read/experienced, the TKC does not play well with big bore singles. A friend and I rode the WABDR, both with TKC's. My Beemer used very little tread compared to his KLR, which basically destroyed the rear TKC in one trip. Afterwards he read on other KLR forums the same experiences. We are both using K60 scouts right now. I hate the rear and he loves it. go figure.
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Old 02-15-2014, 01:23 PM   #79
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Free high school welding class built steel plate wood stove spotted on side of road.

'Bout 5 miles up river from Corvallis, Peoria Road.

Still there as of Saturday 2.15.2014 - 1 pm.

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Old 02-15-2014, 07:13 PM   #80
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Old 02-15-2014, 07:25 PM   #81
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Old 02-16-2014, 11:02 AM   #82
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Zuber, I just ran across an ADV post from you from 8/12:

"The Conti TKC80's are the best full-knobby on the street. They are a little more expensive, but wear far longer than any other when inflated properly. They will stick on pavement like a dual sport tire, only starting to slide at the ragged edge.

"The next best are the Pirelli MT21's. Cheaper, good traction if you have them pumped up, when they let go it is very predictable. These will start to slide a little long before they let go completely."

Anything else you'd add as advice for me?
I'm up in Seattle. Just went to the M/C show, it was PACKED.

KLR's get great traction. I'd put a TKC on the front and any dualsport tire on the back. Good combo of wear and traction.
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Old 02-16-2014, 12:22 PM   #83
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Old 02-17-2014, 09:05 AM   #84
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Old 02-17-2014, 11:44 AM   #85
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Who's planning to come out tomorrow night?
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Old 02-17-2014, 12:42 PM   #86
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Who's planning to come out tomorrow night?
I'll be in as usual.
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Old 02-17-2014, 03:31 PM   #87
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Wow! Time again already? That week flew by fast.
I might drop in to collect from my wood stove delivery today.
Glad the dogs did not bust out at me.
Stove has three feet and is easy to walk it instead of lifting it.
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Old 02-17-2014, 03:42 PM   #88
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I'm up in Seattle. Just went to the M/C show, it was PACKED.

KLR's get great traction. I'd put a TKC on the front and any dualsport tire on the back. Good combo of wear and traction.
FWIW - I used the TKC on my KLR, was a great tire. Only drawback was the price. Running Shinko 244's now, and very happy with them. If was riding more aggressive off road, I'd switch the front to a D606 or MT-21 though.
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