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Old 02-11-2013, 03:25 AM   #33061
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I ran Cheng Shin Barracudas on my KLX250 for close to a year and loved them on the street.

And they came in 21/18 sizes that fit perfectly.
Did you take notes on fuel economy??? Would be interesting to know the difference.

I changed the stock Deathwings to K270's but changed gearing to 14x49 so it was hard to conclude about the fuel economy.
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:34 AM   #33062
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Avon distanzias. Just don't get the 110 rear, a little skinny looking.
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:09 AM   #33063
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I've had good success with Shinko 705son my KLR for street duty. I'm sure they'd be great on the WR.
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:14 AM   #33064
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Today I broke down and bought a new wheelset to mount street tires on the WRR.. I'm not interested in changing the brake caliper mounts as in the "X" front wheel conversion. Way too much work. So.....I simply bought another set of R wheels and I'll spoon a set of street rubber on them to de-complicate the swap procedures.

Can anyone recommend a set of tires (21 in front)that are mostly street oriented? I had a set of Kenda 761's on my previous KLR, but they were low quality, not all that sticky, and the front cupped badly. I firmly believe there are better tires out there. Anyone cross this bridge before?

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These are rated 80/20 street/dirt. I'm using them to drive up to Alaska this summer, before changing to a more off road DOT set

Shinko 705's
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:50 AM   #33065
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Today I broke down and bought a new wheelset to mount street tires on the WRR.. I'm not interested in changing the brake caliper mounts as in the "X" front wheel conversion. Way too much work. So.....I simply bought another set of R wheels and I'll spoon a set of street rubber on them to de-complicate the swap procedures.

Can anyone recommend a set of tires (21 in front)that are mostly street oriented? I had a set of Kenda 761's on my previous KLR, but they were low quality, not all that sticky, and the front cupped badly. I firmly believe there are better tires out there. Anyone cross this bridge before?

Thanx!
Not sure if by "street rubber" you mean dual sport tires, or strictly road tires.

The OEM Trailwings are decent pavement and gravel road tires, long lasting, and I bet you can find a set of take-offs with almost no mileage, for very cheap.

If you don't like that idea, IRC-GP1 are good tires (at least on my DR650), and Shinko 705s are popular and look good.

If more road-oriented, this IRC GS-11 looks interesting:

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Old 02-11-2013, 06:01 AM   #33066
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A great tire for doing pavement and light dirt duty. Excellent tire in the rain, too.



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These are rated 80/20 street/dirt. I'm using them to drive up to Alaska this summer, before changing to a more off road DOT set

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Old 02-11-2013, 06:28 AM   #33067
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My fuel economy stayed about the same, it certainly rode smoother though. They are fairly cheap too but not at all dirt friendly.
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:49 AM   #33068
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Thanks for the replies everyone. Exactly what I was looking for.
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:50 AM   #33069
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A great tire for doing pavement and light dirt duty. Excellent tire in the rain, too.



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I use these on my KLR for street and easy dirt and they work great. I also have one on the front of my Super Tenere and 7.5K miles it still looks great.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:03 AM   #33070
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Someone recommended to me and I am going to try this year....Kenda 270's. They are cheap, so worth a try.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:08 AM   #33071
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i have 2 set's of 21/18's also as i wanted the same thing, easy swap & i can do all i need on the street rubbers then a quick swap out to go up north in the dirt on non-dot, soft compound dunlops for max traction off-road. i personally don't want a compromise tire in either situation which is exactly what dot knob's are by design. i want street tires on the street & dirt tires in the dirt, i am either commuting to work during the week or hitting the trails on the weekend so my riding is segmented perfectly for this. yes it's a bit pricey but i have been running this setup for 2 years now & i couldn't be happier and i am sure you will be too.

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Today I broke down and bought a new wheelset to mount street tires on the WRR.. I'm not interested in changing the brake caliper mounts as in the "X" front wheel conversion. Way too much work. So.....I simply bought another set of R wheels and I'll spoon a set of street rubber on them to de-complicate the swap procedures.

Can anyone recommend a set of tires (21 in front)that are mostly street oriented? I had a set of Kenda 761's on my previous KLR, but they were low quality, not all that sticky, and the front cupped badly. I firmly believe there are better tires out there. Anyone cross this bridge before?

Thanx!
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:09 AM   #33072
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Someone recommended to me and I am going to try this year....Kenda 270's. They are cheap, so worth a try.
Kind of squirmy in the corners.
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:39 AM   #33073
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Kind of squirmy in the corners.
Makes things interesting They were a squiring tire on my KLR. I adapted, but preferred the Duro
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:35 PM   #33074
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Someone recommended to me and I am going to try this year....Kenda 270's. They are cheap, so worth a try.
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Kind of squirmy in the corners.
Instead of the Kenda 270's look at the Shinko 244's. Almost exact copies in the middle tread, but much more substantial side lugs which makes them much more sure footed on the pavement. The middle lugs on the 244's are actually "bigger" too which again helps with stability on the road. They are also cheaper than the 270's usually. Sometimes the Shinko 244's are labeled as "Golden Boy" tires too.

I've ran the Kenda 270's before and I used to like them, but they are either a love or hate relationship. The biggest problem with them is that their side knobs are soft and flex when you get over on them on pavement, so this can make the tires seem squimry. It's definitely worse on larger bikes.

Since I have found the 244', I won't run the Kenda's again. They are almost direct copies of the Kenda 270's and are cheaper to buy, but they redesigned the side knobs to be more substantial and they don't flex like the 270's do. A win/win!! Their beefier knobs gives them a more sure footed feel when you get over on the side knobs in the twisties.

Here's a direct comparison of both tires. That is a Shinko 244 on the left and Kenda 270 on the right. You can see the larger side knobs which I cannot bend with my finger where I can on the Kenda's. You can also see the knobs just in a bit from the sides are also a bit larger on the Shinko's and go all the way to the edge every 2 knobs which gives you more stability there too.




A well worn Kenda 270 on the right and a new Shinko 244 replacement on the left


A close up of the side knobs. See those little bitty side knobs. That is what makes the kenda 270's so squirmy. They give & flex so easily.
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:35 PM   #33075
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Someone recommended to me and I am going to try this year....Kenda 270's. They are cheap, so worth a try.
I got the 270's I think they are fine, but then I don't rail corners on the WR and hear they can be squirmy (i've not noticed it). I actually liked the Sinko's 244 better which have a similar pattern and are even cheaper.
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