DR650SE Index Topic #6- TIRES, TUBES & WHEELS

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Krusty ..., Nov 4, 2010.

  1. drsmiley

    drsmiley Been here awhile

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    Hey, what area of N. Ga. do you live in? I live in Atlanta, but go up to N. Ga. riding quite abit, we"ll have to get together and ride sometime. I have 2 sets of wheels and thinking about putting the 705's for street, I have d606 and TKC 80 on my other set. Steve
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  2. hmmwv15

    hmmwv15 young grasshopper

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    I'm actually closer to lawrenceville than I am north ga. I'm almost right off 316.

    I haven't had the chance to do any off roading, I just got my dr about a month ago. Hit me up next time you're heading out, I'd love to tag along. :thumb
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  3. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    That's what I did.
    Hardly ever use the knobbly set though :rofl
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  4. hmmwv15

    hmmwv15 young grasshopper

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    Took a run on the gravel road. At 40 mph, seat of the pants feel wan't much different than the d606's. I didn't drive too aggressively on either set. I did notice the front 705 tries to wash out on mulch with a thin layer of pine straw, while the 606 held firmly. Nothing will be as good offroad as a knobby, but these 705's seem like they don't mess around either. Honestly surprised. If they bite this well on gravel I'm sure they would be great on anything but mud. I predict that in mud they would fill up and become slick like most of the all terrain tires I had on my truck. I don't plan on doing any mud runs anyway.

    They definitely work for what I want them for. I'm impressed! :evil
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  5. justscoutin

    justscoutin Been here awhile

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    got any pics of them tires on the bike?
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  6. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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  7. hmmwv15

    hmmwv15 young grasshopper

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    I'll have to take some pictures when I get home, I'm about 400 miles away from my 650 right now...:cry

    I think the tires look great on the bike, and so does everyone at work.
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  8. Kommando

    Kommando Long timer

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    What tires would everybody recommend for high pavement mileage and soft sand? My used DR came with TW42s and they seem to work ok in sand, even at street pressure. I ride pretty sedately, exploring, more than racing at breakneck speeds. I don't know what kind of mileage I'll get out of the TW42s, but they look about 25% worn.

    I just ordered a Kenda K761 rear from Motorcycle Superstore to try for commuting, and it should be adequate for the sand here when I go off the pavement, but is there a better tire for a similar/better price?

    Also, stock sizes were 120/90-17 rear and 90/90-21 front IIRC, but I wanted to try a 130 rear for the sand. What are the widest tires that will fit on the DR and is a wider front or rear even recommended in soft sand?

    Anybody got tube preference and place to buy them? I'm thinking butyl rubber may not be for me, in case I have to patch flats.

    Thoughts and/or comments?
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  9. exoff-roadgoat

    exoff-roadgoat Will ride for food

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    I'm going to be replacing my Dunlops with Kendas in the near future and have been shopping for new tubes. Competition Accessories has off brand tubes that are half as much as the tubes from Dunlop, Pirelli, IRC ect. Are they that much better? I use my DR mainly for street. Which type rubber is easier to patch? Thanks...............never mind, my dealer has them for the same price. I try to keep him in business if I can.
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  10. hmmwv15

    hmmwv15 young grasshopper

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    Here's a quick shot of my 705's since we already have some good ones.

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  11. hmmwv15

    hmmwv15 young grasshopper

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    Just an update on the 705's, I finally had the chance to test them out on a horrible stretch of road. It was very muddy, about the consistency of "infant's fecal material" just thick enough to pack the tires full. Also very steep and plenty of washed out and rutted areas. I didn't even air my tires down (I was at 30 PSI). Somehow I managed to keep from dropping this fully loaded pig on the 8 (total) mile stretch of road I was on.

    I'm not saying that the tires did great, but they managed to provide enough traction for my particular situation. I expected them to be much worse! I think I'll stick with these tires for a while. Price is right, they suit my riding style perfectly, and I don't want to be in mud anyway! Just nice to know they can handle it if I need them to.
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  12. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    Yep. Snow, mud whatever...

    Airing down also helps though.
    I run 20f/18r on the DR off road and 14f/12r on the TT350.
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  13. OsoADV

    OsoADV Oso

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    Picked up a second set of wheels this weekend for a great deal, came with Metzler Tourances with <300 miles.

    Nice tires, looking forward to having two sets of wheels now, one for commuting and one for offroad play.

    What tire pressure is commonly used for those of you heavily loaded/2up riding?
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  14. sagedrifter

    sagedrifter Southern Explorer

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    I am pleasantly surprised how well the Shinko 700 front is doing. The rear 700 wears to fast for my needs but, the front does provide better bite on dirt roads. It goes very well with a rear 705. For the money and performance the 700/705 combo works very well for me.

    I have one 705 front left in the shop and after that one, I'll be sticking with the 700 on the front with the 705 on the rear. That way I get a little more stopping power on dirt and I can just change them both every 6,000 miles or so. The front 705's last forever, so on long trips I would still put one on. But, for my usual day rides and short 1,000 mile trips I prefer the Shinko Mullet. :D
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  15. hmmwv15

    hmmwv15 young grasshopper

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    I could have aired them down, but I currently have no way of airing back up on the fly. I'll be putting a nice off road tool kit together shortly since I FINALLY sold my 'effin cruiser! :D

    ...shinko mullet...



    ...nice :photog
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  16. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    That's an Emo. The Mullet is longer at the back.
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  17. sagedrifter

    sagedrifter Southern Explorer

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    Your right, so its actually a contrary mullet application of Shinko undesign... :freaky

    I'm just glad Shinko makes tires that work and don't require a bank loan. This economy sucks for me, 3 years ago I just ran TKC-80's. Man, I miss having enough money to burn on bikes and tires and gas without thinking about it much. The good old days... :D
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  18. Nessman

    Nessman Evangelical Atheist

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    I spooned on a new pair of Shinkos 705 tires this weekend to replace my DOT knobbies, it's a commuter bike...no dirt.

    Rode to work in the rain this morning and they were solid, I was a bit anxious about new tires on wet roads but no worries.

    Also replaced the PO-installed 14 tooth front sprocket with a stock 15 tooth, much better road bike now.

    :clap

    Edit to clarify 705 tires.
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  19. Bronco638

    Bronco638 Nobody Home

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    Shinko 705s?

    I've been commuting on a set of those all this year (on a Honda NX125). They're great all-around commuter tires. You should have no worries in the wet. However, the DR has a lot more HP than my NX. Use common sense. :D
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  20. basketcase

    basketcase lifelong reject fixer

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    Last year (2010) I read every tire post here and all over this site trying decide "which knob." By way of understatement the answer is very subjective... :lol3

    I ended up installing D606's and ran them 5,123 miles before changing them out this evening for a mixed bag of different knobs.

    I was kicking around a "go back with knobs or install Shinko 705's" debate and settled on knobs after realizing that about 90% of my dirt riding is sandy and muddy with lots of broken flat rock. So this morning I swung by a local dealership and bartered a deal on a Chen-Shin rear tire and a Pirelli for the front. I don't expect to get the same mileage out of the Chen-Shin or the Pirelli.

    The 606's were installed in July 2010 at Silver City, NM before I got on the CDT heading north. When they were removed this evening they had 5,123 miles on them. + or - 2,500 of that was on dirt and the rest on tar surfaces.
    The front was toast but the rear still had a little left.

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    I was able to finagle a price with the dealer that was competitive with ordering a set on line so I took the chance on different tires. I'll take photos again when those come off -- probably about two years from now! :thumb
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