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Old 05-04-2012, 11:40 AM   #1
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Would You Ride on This Tire?

Still new to riding, so still learning the hard way.



Above is the offending rear tire on a 07 KLR 650, its a Kenda K761. It came with the sale of the bike as a spare but it looked never used, but it could be older. I've put a good 600-800 miles on it since switching to it. I did not notice this split when I changed the tires. I noticed it when I started to have a slow leak, that I've now narrowed down to the valve stem area. There is no leak in the tube in the split area. (Hence why it is wet from checking for a leak). I don't think the split extends past the depth of the tread. (I THINK!) I will be riding 90% street. I am leaning toward getting a Michelin T63 to replace.

Question: Would you ride on this until a new tire came in the mail, or should I immediately park the bike and wait? If that's the case, I'll put the K270 I have on, but don't want to change tires twice in a week.

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Old 05-04-2012, 11:45 AM   #2
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I'd ride it from the driveway to the garage.

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Old 05-04-2012, 11:52 AM   #3
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I'd ride it from the driveway to the garage.

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I would push it myself.

The risk associated with a damaged tire, IMHO, are too great to take a single chance. That tire might last you another 5000 miles or it might last 1 mile and 87 feet (the 87 feet being the distance the bike covers on its side when the tire gives out). I would walk before I took that chance.

I am sure there will be folk on here who will tell you otherwise so you have to decide if it's them risking their neck if you follow their advice and keep using it.
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Old 05-04-2012, 11:55 AM   #4
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OP, what is your "self talk" telling you?





P.S. You already knew the answer, didn't you?
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Old 05-04-2012, 12:14 PM   #5
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...but don't want to change tires twice in a week.
Even my wife is calling you a sissy.
Change the tire twice or wait until the new one comes in and do it once.
Good luck.
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Old 05-04-2012, 12:31 PM   #6
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change the tire and get new valve stems

I like the horizontal ones
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Old 05-04-2012, 12:46 PM   #7
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Another vote for: "Change The Tire".
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Old 05-04-2012, 12:59 PM   #8
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And you get more practice changing tires...which is a good thing to get good at.
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:14 PM   #9
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Even though you own a KLR, that is not something to try to save money on. Get a new tire...
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Old 05-04-2012, 02:02 PM   #10
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My gut told me to not ride on it, which is why I asked the question. I'm actually surprised that everyone so far has said to changed it. Thanks for all the input and concern for my safety.

And apparently I do need the practice. The first time I changed it was a month ago (front and rear) and got both right the first time. Even dismounted the rear once to spin the wheel to get a little better balance.

So far today I've gone through two tubes, put holes in both of them somehow.

Heading to Cyclegear to get some new tubes. Probably going to pick up 8.
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Old 05-04-2012, 03:45 PM   #11
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So far today I've gone through two tubes, put holes in both of them somehow.
That's OK. You need the practice patching tubes anyway.
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Old 05-04-2012, 04:57 PM   #12
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ER vs new tire????? The most expensive KLR size tire installed is cheaper than the ER!!
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Old 05-04-2012, 05:21 PM   #13
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ER vs new tire????? The most expensive KLR size tire installed is cheaper than the ER!!
I was definitely planning on replacing it, but just wanted some insight until the new tire gets delivered. More a question of whether or not I would ride while waiting for it to show up.

But I got another tire on now, so still get to ride. Definitely learned a lot about how to pinch tubes with the tire irons. Thanks again for everyone's input!
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Old 05-05-2012, 02:26 PM   #14
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if you value your health at all toss that thing in the dumpster toot sweet
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Old 05-05-2012, 03:00 PM   #15
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Eh, you're probably fine. Probably. Has it gotten worse since you've been riding on it? But its your ass on the bike, not mine.

Personally I'd have ordered a new tire to get the damn K761 off of it, hated that tire.
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