KLR650 Tires. Talk to me.

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Wildabeast, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. Wildabeast

    Wildabeast Wide Open

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    I've wrapped my rims with two sets of TKC80's and hovered on the checkout button for a third set before deciding I'd swing over here.

    I could probably dig, and dig, and hunt around and find a million threads discussing tires, but I just want know straight up from you guys. What else have you run on yours?

    I ride mostly street. But then I'll get into situations where I am up to the pipe in water and roosting mud 50 ft in the air chasing buddies through the woods. The TKC80 has performed when I've needed it to in all of these situations.

    I have just about 5-6k on this current set and they are threadbare. Can't ride safely until new rubber arrives.

    So, I'm ready for suggestions.

    Thanks!
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  2. WildmanSam

    WildmanSam Adventurer

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    well it sounds like you should stick with a knobby then. better to have it when you need it i suppose... tkc80 or d606.

    have you run the dunlops before? friends that have run both say they are better than the continentals. i personally have only rode irc gp1s, which are a great 50/50 but will leave you spinning in mud, and d606's which are mediocre at best on pavement but outstanding off road. you probably wont get 5k out of them though.
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  3. Kommando

    Kommando Long timer

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    IRC TR8 Battle Rally front and Kenda K270 rear in a big size.

    The inexpensive K270 rear does over 10K miles for some people on 650 thumpers, and the rears are fairly aggressive in the larger sizes.

    The IRC TR8 looks like a D606 got it's shwerve on with a TKC80, and what popped out was less expensive than either. It can be flipped around to get even more miles out of it. Bike Bandit seems to have them for a decent price.
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  4. Bell driver

    Bell driver Been here awhile

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    Have you considered a second set of wheels?
    I'd do one with the TKC80, they're really good and the second one with a street or a mixed tyre, like the Metzeler Tourance.
    Have both sets equipped with brake discs and it's a 15 minutes swap.
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  5. trainman

    trainman Been here awhile

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    I was thinking more like a second bike then a second set of wheels and tires. I've ridden my KLR's off road (sand, rocks, deep water, etc.) with my riding buddies and I never considered it a nice day's ride. As much as I like the KLR, I try to ride it where I don't have to pick it up more that riding it. True though, tires are everything where you are riding at the time, just many times you have the wrong tire on the bike.

    John
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  6. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    I had the same conversation with myself, and decided a set of wheels with TCKs and another with Distanzas or similar would be great . . . .

    I then found out how proud many folks are of heir wheels . . . .you know, they hate to sell the family heirloom, but will make up for the shame by charging the world for em ;-}
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  7. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    I've been using Shinko 705's,the price is right,they last well,and go about anywhere I wanna go on the KLR.A friend I ride with used D606'S and those things bit well on everything,he was riding a XR600.I would like to try TKC's but the wear to price ratio seems out of whack.Im doing good with Shinko products.
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  8. Argus16

    Argus16 ThReAd KiLleR

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    +1 on that idea. I keep waiting until until my rims get damaged enough to warrant getting another set, then using the OEMs as my dirt TkC/D606 wheels.

    Gotta say the OEMs are pretty good rims though, spokes too.

    Anyway... the TKCs are the best tire but..only for the first 3500 km (2000 miles)
    After that they are no better than Kendas, Dunlops or Bridgestones IMO

    Dying to try the Heindeau's however. Lots of good reviews from other riders.
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  9. jrs1899

    jrs1899 Adventurer

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    I have Michelin Anakee II on mine and realy like them. I ride mostly street but have followed 250s in my dual sport club all over the NC mountains off road.
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  10. MrMac

    MrMac Been here awhile

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    D606's scared the sh*t out of me on the road. TKC's much better but just don't last long enough..

    Shinko 244's were OK but not up to snuff either on or off road.

    Tried Duro's. When new, they were great for street, marginal for dirt. But the front wore really odd and I was ready to junk them long before they were actually worn out.

    Got Kenda 270's now. Really good off-road but front is to square for the road. And slippery. Rear acceptable on road, but still not confidence inspiring.

    Sooo, my next trial will either be the Heindeau or possibly Shinko 705's, or maybe a mix of both!
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  11. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    705's MR Mac,give them a try.
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  12. SkiBumBrian

    SkiBumBrian DualSport Crazy !!

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    I am running 606's now, don't like 'em on the road and no better than T63's off road. T63's... half the price of 606's and for the type of dirt and terrain we have around here, a better tire. I don't concern myself much with wear ratios, T63's wear a bit faster because they are a softer compound, hence the better on road performance but at 125.00 a pair delivered to my door, I cant bitch.
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  13. Ockrocket

    Ockrocket Long timer

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    I'm running Mefo Explorers on my KLE500 [same wheels/suspension etc. as the KLR, but with a twin cylinder engine and six speed box :wink: and a pissy little 15 litre fuel tank :cry ].

    They are working very well and the rear tyre is going to last at least 15,000 km.

    On my Wee-Strom I'm running the Mitas E07 on the rear and a Mefo Explorer on the front [both tyre brands are very compatible with each other], the rear Mitas E07 is going to last about 25,000 km before it needs replacing.

    I ran M21 rear and D606 front on my [now sold] KLR, I did not like them on the tar at all, on the dirt was good but wear rates were only fair.

    When I wear out the tyres on the KLE I'm going with the Mitas E07 for the next set, although I would also happily put the Mefo Explorers back on again if the Mitas aren't in stock at the time.

    Both brands are substantially cheaper than the Hiedenau K60 here in Oz.

    The Dunlop D605's are good as well but I wore out the rear in around 5,000 km.
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  14. CallMeBoog

    CallMeBoog hi functioning idiom

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    Love my D606 tires. no problems for me on-road, and they are great off-road.
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  15. KickStart1

    KickStart1 Lurking,with intent

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    T-63's, works for me and my 06 Killer
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  16. Northwoods Yeti

    Northwoods Yeti Almost house broken

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    :stupid

    I run D606's no issues on pavement, gravel, sand or mud.
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  17. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    My friend who had them on his XR600 ran the 606's on the freeway and the woods just fine,his only shortfall on the freeway was he had bead locks,but the tires just wore like a knob does on the freeway,I say this cause I followed him all over on my DR350 with Kenda Big Blocks and my freeway time was scary,just my experience with the kenda .
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  18. securety10

    securety10 Stuck...

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    I've run through quite a few TKC80's on my 04. Think they are hard to beat. One of these days I may try out the Kenda K270 to see if the mileage really is that much better.

    My dad has a D606 on his 08 and I hate the thing. Howls worse on the road than my F-350 4x4 with off-road tires going down the interstate. I'm amazed one tire can make so much noise. Seems like it is wearing quick and the rear end gets squirly quick if you are on the rear brake hard. Does work decent off road, but I don't feel it holds much if anything over the TKC80 off-road and the TKC80 has much better on-road manners.
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  19. ScienceOfDirt

    ScienceOfDirt U-Boat Rider

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    For what is worth, I went with the two set of rims route. I have a mefo set, and a t-63 set. The mefo set is not as good in the mud as the tkc80 tires, and the back is a lot slipperier on wet pavement. They also aren't as good in the mud. I have about 1500 miles on them, and I really can't see any real wear. The t-63 set is really pretty good in the mud, but give a lot of vibrations on pavement, which I avoid with them if possible. They seem to be wearing quick, but they're cheap. If I had to use just one set of wheels, the tkc80 would be it. They cost about the same as the mefos now anyway. The KLR doesn't see a lot of miles now that it has stable mates, and I could easily get a few years out of them.
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