KLR650 Only Thread......

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by willys, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. rhlrdr

    rhlrdr Adventurer

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    I've got them on right now and I love them. They are not the longest lasting tire around but they are cheap and do everything that I need.

    They are a bit noisy on the road but IMO they do very well on the road considering they are a fairly knobby tire....
  2. DirtyRooster

    DirtyRooster Adventurer

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    I went ahead and ordered the pelican box for my ocean to ocean TAT trip. I'm thinking a set of engine guards might be a good idea, I've seen a few KLRs on here with them, anyone know the best place to buy that kind of thing??
  3. Forest Rooster

    Forest Rooster Blue Ridge Yamasaki

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    Happy Trails combo = nerf bars, hwy pegs and bash plate all for $300. I love mine.
  4. redog1

    redog1 KLR650-2009

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    I liked them, easiest tire I've ever mounted. Lasted 3000 miles (I haven't run any knobbie that lasted more than 3000 miles) dirt and pavement riding. Only reason I don't run them now is they don't last long enough. I now run kenda trackmaster II on my "primarily" dirt KLR and Kenda K270's on my "commutor"
  5. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    I have the happy trails stuff like was posted above.

    I kind of regret getting it. Dollar for dollar I think I should have just got the acerbis 6.6 gallon tank. Should protect the radiator just as good, lighter, and a bit more crash worthy. At least you know the stock stuff wont get damaged in the garage.


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  6. Forest Rooster

    Forest Rooster Blue Ridge Yamasaki

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    Works for me. Seems to be good quality. The nerf bars may not be as heavy-duty as some other brands, but the combo package is hard to beat on price.
  7. y0y02369

    y0y02369 Long timer

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    thanks for the reply... it's funny, what you said was EXACTLY what i was thinking just looking at it... so thanks for confirming!

    I do plan to ride off road, that's why i am getting ride of my cruiser :lol3 I honestly prefer the look of the pre-'07 too.
  8. y0y02369

    y0y02369 Long timer

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    So I do most of my riding on highways for commuting to and from school but i do enjoy off road as well... so would you guys advise having a tire for both or one for each, off and on road? I really like the look of some of the road tires, but don't want to look like an idiot getting stuck everywhere and not moving because of my tires not catching dirt... so what you guys think??

    thanks!
  9. XpressCS

    XpressCS Must. Have. Lumens..

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    ^Why not go for a dual sport tire?
  10. tommu56

    tommu56 Long timer

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    My vote Kenda 270's both ends
    It will have you covered on both dirt and asphalt.

    My rear has +6000 miles and has at least 3 more.
    Front 5000 but I should have flipped it at 3000 and it would have been better mileage.

    tom
  11. redog1

    redog1 KLR650-2009

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    Run the K270's almost exclusively at this point, tried a few different brands and settled on these for my style of riding. Dirt vs. street, just lower the air pressure for the dirt to 20-25lbs. works for me. 30-35lbs for the highway. :D consistantly 8-9000 miles.
  12. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    I put a set of shinko 244's on my girlfriends klr and like them. Theyre going on mine next.

    Very similar to the 270's mentioned above.

    Other people may feel different. I'm used to knobbies.

    IMO

    Road- good handling, quiet enough, tracks well. Not a sport bike tire but good enough.

    Gravel- as good as can be expected.

    Dirt- I'm not quite used to them. Its weird to me. They feel like a true dirt tire until they slip. Basically they hook up good, but if you get in a slippery section you're going to be spinning a lot. They don't dig in like a knobbie.

    Wet grass- umm... have someone ready with a camera. I manged to wreck in the yard the first time I rode it.

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  13. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fartografist

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    Shinko 705

    75 / 25 tires. Mostly blacktop, some gravel roads, couple atv trails, no single track

    This past summer my budget dictated that I would be shopping for another set of cheap, affordable rubber for my 2009 KLR 650. I ordered them from Motorcycle Superstore. I think the shipping was free.

    I ran them over 3,000 miles into the fall. I must say, they are wearing evenly, no cupping, cracking or chunking. They are confident on pavement, they are great on tar snakes and re-assuring in the rain. Like the stock Dunlop's that came on my KLR, I think these are a softer rubber compound, but if that means a great ride, quite tire experience that is safe, affordable and not scary in all conditions, than its a top choice for me, especially based on price, and these are typically available. I don't want to hear about tires like the Continentals that are never available and on back order my whole riding season. If money was no object, I would run Avon Gripsters. But on my current budget, I can get a pair of Shinko's for considerably less than just the back in a Gripster.

    They are considered from one source as being a 75-25 tire, which fits my riding style perfectly. About 25% gravel riding is my limit (seldom go very far off road alone) with the 540 pound weight of my bike trip-rigged. I do keep my tires aired down from what they say to run them at. Working great thus far with heavy loads!

    Probably going to be a 4,000 mile tire. Thanks for reading. Just one ole rider's humble opinion. I have run 4 different tire brands and must say these are quite reliable with no quirks for the money for my riding style and bike weight.


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    Front $49.00
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  14. dmottv

    dmottv Take the Long Way Home

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    Possibly the kick stand safety switch? I had the same thing happen in the middle of the Gaspe. I pulled the cover and disconnected the wiring and it worked fine after that. Just remember to put the kick stand up before you take off...:eek1
  15. ausfahrt

    ausfahrt mach schnell

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    ausfahrt mach schnell

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    I Like the hiway pegs.:thumb
  17. Aprilia

    Aprilia Long timer

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    I've been using Primary Drive components for years on many different bikes...love them. I'd suggest buying directly from Rockymountainatvmc.com as its their house brand and they do a lot to support the motorcycle community.
  18. Woodenveins

    Woodenveins Adventure Rider

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    Thanks and thanks for those links as well. Will soon have a couple of those heading my way.
  19. MSrider

    MSrider Rebel with a sixfiddy

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    Good post on side stand switch, it could also be the clutch safety switch. I disconnected the cable to the switch(kickstand) and left the wiring plugged in just to keep the spooge out of the connectors. Same end result.

    FWIW, I've seen them spitting O-rings @ 10k on KLRs. I have had great service life out of Japanese built Bikemaster O-ring chains installed on used factory KLR sprockets. I've got right at 40k on original sprockets with the BMOR chain installed at 18.5k . Still going strong and sprockets still look fine. IMO, you won't buy a better sprocket than OEM. I've seen Sunstar sprockets roll over in less than 15k on a KLR(not mine). YMMV.
  20. Stephen_m64

    Stephen_m64 n00b AdvRider

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    Thought i might derail the thread a little bit with a picture of my first ever bike purchase.

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    saw a decent deal on craigslist for a 1989 KLR650 with just 5K miles and quickly jumped on it. May not be the prettiest thing around but it sure is fun for a new rider. :D

    Only problems with it is it leaks slightly from the drain plug and needs a new chain+clutch cable. No idea if the dohickey has been done. but no money to tackle that yet... so just trying to figure out what i should do to her and in what order. :eek1