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Old 07-08-2014, 10:02 AM   #1
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look another tire question klr650

ive searched so much and cant find a good answer...i found good and bad reviews or kendas, shinkos,dunlops,metzlers,etc

i ride a 07 klr650...it will see rain, cold, creek crossings,gravel...some mud and of course street...

everytime i thought i found a good tire, i read a comment that turned me off from them...

plus i dont really wanna pay 200 for a set of tires
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:05 AM   #2
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Buy some Shinko 705's and forget about reading forums for tire advice.
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:09 AM   #3
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Buy some Shinko 705's and forget about reading forums for tire advice.
those were my original choice
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Old 07-08-2014, 11:51 AM   #4
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705 are for the street, not for the Mark Twain forest. Kenda 270 back wears the best followed by a shinko 244. The kenda front is a little squirrelly on the road when leaned over, not terrible. My tire is the 270 on back, 244 on front or any other knob like a irc tr8, tkc 80, and kenda 270
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Old 07-08-2014, 04:43 PM   #5
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Shinko 244 rear. 4000-5500 miles. Bridgestone TW21 front. 12,000 miles on my KLR. Both work decent on the street and most anything you will be riding on the KLR in the Mark Twain forest.
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Old 07-08-2014, 07:18 PM   #6
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sorry.... the best ones cost more.... TKC, MT21 and a few more. D606 might get closer price wise. personally.... I buy what works best.... but then I'm old.... but maybe thats how I got to be old
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Old 07-09-2014, 03:02 PM   #7
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sorry.... the best ones cost more.... TKC, MT21 and a few more. D606 might get closer price wise. personally.... I buy what works best.... but then I'm old.... but maybe thats how I got to be old

i was gonna go with d606s as well....once again thos its a 50/50 shot on reviews on almost every tire

im tempted to buy a cheap set of shinkos....if they turn to be junk just go to the next price up until i find a good one haha

my bike has a dunlop k750 front and a duro rear....honestly i like how they feel...drug peg today actually..ran it in creeks mud etc...

im far from an unexperienced rider street wise...

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Old 07-09-2014, 07:25 PM   #8
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The Shinko 705 is a street tire. It won't meet any of your needs except street use. You might be able to get by with the Shinko on the rear wheel, but if you are going to ride gravel, creek crossings and mud, you should have a DOT Knobby on the front wheel at least.

For DOT knobby tires, I've used Conti TKC 80's, Pirelli MT21's, Bridgestone Trailwings and Michelin T63's. I have T63's on both ends of my little Yamaha dual sport, and a T63 on the front of my KTM 690 matched to a Michelin Desert in the back. I may go to something like a Mefo Super Explorer on the rear because I know they last longer and are adequate in mud and gravel. It is an expensive tire, though, but so is the Michelin Desert. They don't make a Michelin T63 big enough for my KTM rear hoop, or I'd try one of those.

T63's are around $65 from Motorcycle-Superstore.com. They have soft sidewalls so they are easy to spoon but require high air pressures to get the mileage out of them on tar. They seem pretty good to me in both mud and sand. They are much quieter on tar than any other knobby I have used. And they seem plenty grippy on tarmac. I don't really push them that hard on tar, though.
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Old 07-10-2014, 09:25 AM   #9
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i was gonna go with d606s as well....once again thos its a 50/50 shot on reviews on almost every tire

im tempted to buy a cheap set of shinkos....if they turn to be junk just go to the next price up until i find a good one haha

my bike has a dunlop k750 front and a duro rear....honestly i like how they feel...drug peg today actually..ran it in creeks mud etc...

im far from an unexperienced rider street wise...


If you do the stepping process, don't forget to try the Duro HF903/904. I've run them for 14 years now averaging 4000 miles a set. They do fine for me in dual sport (not hard core, but still work well in the mud and crap) and are incredible on-road when running with my supermoto buddies.
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Old 07-10-2014, 10:15 AM   #10
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ive searched so much and cant find a good answer...i found good and bad reviews or kendas, shinkos,dunlops,metzlers,etc

i ride a 07 klr650...it will see rain, cold, creek crossings,gravel...some mud and of course street...

everytime i thought i found a good tire, i read a comment that turned me off from them...

plus i dont really wanna pay 200 for a set of tires
17" Shinko 244 or T63 rear will take you almost anywhere that a KLR will go, and they still handle pavement nicely when scrubbed in. Either runs around $50-$70.

21" IRC TR8 front is aggressive enough for sand and mud, yet handles pavement nicely and costs around $50-$55.
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Old 07-10-2014, 01:02 PM   #11
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running Kenda K270's...

On my KLR and KTM, KLR I typically get 8k out of them, it's been my exclusive tire for several years now, how well it handles on and off road depends on what tire pressure you run, experiment to find what suits you best. Can't speak for how well they wear on the KTM, trying my first set now. I really like this tire for an all around tire. Keep expectations reasonable.
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Old 07-12-2014, 07:29 PM   #12
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Old 07-12-2014, 09:23 PM   #13
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You're overthinking this, it's a KLR.

Front: DOT knobby (MT-21 for instance)
Rear: something round and black
Ride until bald, try another
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Old 07-12-2014, 09:37 PM   #14
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You're overthinking this, it's a KLR.

Front: DOT knobby (MT-21 for instance)
Rear: something round and black
Ride until bald, try another
best response ever....just like i searched...is now happening...so many different brands and expeince...

i didnt get far but im just gonna get the cheap shinkos...try them worst case ill buy others...

i did have superb luck with shinko on another bike of mine
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Right now, I have an MT-21 on the front and a 5.10 Shinko 244 on the rear of my DR650.
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