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Old 11-26-2011, 04:03 PM   #31
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Just don't ride in the rain. Oh, wait, Bigger bike I like Tourances, Little Bike Gripsters. Both suck on dirt but love rain.
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Old 11-26-2011, 05:18 PM   #32
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I like the Dunlop 616. Sticks well in rain and is kinda cheap.
Rode my Sprint ST to AK on some D616s. They did great in the HEAVY rain I encountered in the Yukon. And I got at least 6500 out of the rear. The front was still in great shape when I sold the bike the next spring.
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Old 11-26-2011, 11:48 PM   #33
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$150 for the front and almost $200 for the back
Got these at a good discount but the mere 3000 miles I get out of the rear still make it a costly tire. I am also looking for a dual sport tire in a 160/60R17 that can last a few winter seasons... so far couldn't find anything that was not Supermoto rated.
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Old 11-27-2011, 01:38 AM   #34
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Shinko 705's hook as good as any tire I've ever run
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Old 11-27-2011, 02:00 AM   #35
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Shinko 705's hook as good as any tire I've ever run
Since we're the only FFs up in the middle of the night, Wib.....

Cheers !!..........I'll raise my glass to ya !!
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Old 11-27-2011, 02:02 AM   #36
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Old 11-27-2011, 02:06 AM   #37
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Old 11-27-2011, 01:46 PM   #38
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I like the TKC 80s on my KLR 650 in the rain. 40 mile commute pretty much everyday unless I have to pick up something on the way home.
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Old 11-29-2011, 08:51 AM   #39
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I like the TKC 80s on my KLR 650 in the rain. 40 mile commute pretty much everyday unless I have to pick up something on the way home.
Glad you said that as that's what I'm running also on my KLR. I'm a chickenshit on wet pavement and have been thinking about rain tires, but don't want to give up the chance to jump down a dirt road if it looks interesting. So far they've held me in the corners.
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:34 AM   #40
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How long do TKC's last on a KLR?

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Old 11-29-2011, 02:58 PM   #41
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Glad you said that as that's what I'm running also on my KLR. I'm a chickenshit on wet pavement and have been thinking about rain tires, but don't want to give up the chance to jump down a dirt road if it looks interesting. So far they've held me in the corners.

If you want to see what a TKC will do in the wet, go ride on a rainy day with Peterman sometime
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Old 11-29-2011, 08:19 PM   #42
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practice and testing,,lots of testing.

if you don't push it until it fails,,how will you ever know what the fail point is?
And therefore,,the trust factor. Some tires I trust a lot,,some, a lot less.

In the rain on a heavy dual sport bike,(12GS) I hated Tourances,,great on mileage, and dry, pucker factor on wet roads too high,did someone drop a pound of butter in that last turn !,,but I found I could sacrice a bit of mileage, and gain a ton of confidence on wet roads with Anakees.
Speeds diminish running knobbys, but in the rain or dry,,I prefer TKC's to any other for railing corners. D606's are cheaper,work a bit better in the dirt, clean themselves better in mud,,back off the speeds on wet pavement. MT21's suck for wear, and are flat scary on wet. I'll only buy them again if it's a giveaway price.
I'm running a gripster on the rear of my KLR now as a test, and it does really well in the corners, so far really good wear,, and seems to do pretty well in the wet,,but the rain is just starting ain't it? We'll see. Got Gripsters front and rear on the airhead GS,,they ride nice and smooth, do a good job on the highway, good in gravel, tho I would prefer a TKC on the front for many miles of gravel.
Kendas make nice bright fires,,that's about it for use in my experience,,didn't I just put that tire on new last week?
So,,on the KLR,,I'll run D606's front and rear to save a bit of money, and ride slower than if I had, for example, TKC's front and rear, or a combo of knob and DS tire.
I think one of the best tires I ever pushed in the rain was the Bridgestone BT2o4xjbt,,what the heck ever it was,, on the 1150 RT. A smooth highway tire,,but I have considered putting a set on the KLR for that Motard effect,,then go play in the rain! There is no good all around tire, but TKC's come close if you don't mind the hum and the wear factor. The ones made in the old country work better than the Korean made ones, but you don't see them as often anymore.
Why the hell am I typing in a frikken tire thread,,what the hell is wrong with me,,,need more whiskey,,,,
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:10 PM   #43
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It was pretty damn wet here yesterday. Not pouring, but evrything was sufficiently wet. Just for the hell of it, i tried to spin the rear up every time I left from a stop sign on my way home. No hole shots, just hard throttle off the line and hard 1-2 shifts. Never spun and lifted the front just as if it was dry. For the record, its an 1100GS with TKC's.
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:34 PM   #44
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It was pretty damn wet here yesterday. Not pouring, but evrything was sufficiently wet. Just for the hell of it, i tried to spin the rear up every time I left from a stop sign on my way home. No hole shots, just hard throttle off the line and hard 1-2 shifts. Never spun and lifted the front just as if it was dry. For the record, its an 1100GS with TKC's.
Do that on your way to work tomorrow and you'll be changing your tire at lunchtime.

TKC's lasted about 3k miles on my airhead GS.

Maybe they hold up better in the 150-17 sizes?

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Old 11-29-2011, 09:57 PM   #45
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I get between 6-8 out of a TKC rear. If I flip the front, it'll last through 2 rears, but it shakes like a http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEWg5...eature=related
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