Would You Ride on This Tire?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by dirtysouthjacket, May 4, 2012.

  1. dirtysouthjacket

    dirtysouthjacket Been here awhile

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    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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  2. fishwich

    fishwich El Borbah

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    I'd ride it from the driveway to the garage.

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  3. moggi1964

    moggi1964 Tiger Keeper

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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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  4. Laconic

    Laconic Anodyne

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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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  5. BeeMaa

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    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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  6. urbanXJ

    urbanXJ Long timer

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    change the tire and get new valve stems

    I like the horizontal ones
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  7. Flashmo

    Flashmo Whatever...

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    Another vote for: "Change The Tire".
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  8. sparkymcgee

    sparkymcgee Been here awhile

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    And you get more practice changing tires...which is a good thing to get good at.
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  9. FatChance

    FatChance Road Captain

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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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  10. dirtysouthjacket

    dirtysouthjacket Been here awhile

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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. :puke1

    Heading to Cyclegear to get some new tubes. Probably going to pick up 8.
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  11. Flashmo

    Flashmo Whatever...

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    That's OK. You need the practice patching tubes anyway.
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  12. Balootraveler

    Balootraveler Been here awhile

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    ER vs new tire????? The most expensive KLR size tire installed is cheaper than the ER!!
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  13. dirtysouthjacket

    dirtysouthjacket Been here awhile

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    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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  14. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander Ride Far - Ride Fast

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    if you value your health at all toss that thing in the dumpster toot sweet :deal
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  15. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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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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  16. nwdub

    nwdub Banned

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    yeah I wouldn't have a problem with it. keep it inflated and don't put too much load on it and you should be fine.

    keep the speed under 55mph though
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  17. PaigeIGGY

    PaigeIGGY I heart MILFs

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  18. dirtysouthjacket

    dirtysouthjacket Been here awhile

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    Wow, thanks for the link. I had just watched some Youtube videos, but this went into much more detail. Thanks! Going to change the front today, so this will come in handy.
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  19. Kommando

    Kommando Long timer

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    I'd have gotten a tire grooving iron and seen how deep it went. The K761 has a LOT of rubber in the center that can be cut away. If it went into the carcass at all, I'd have pitched it. If it only went down to the carcass though, I'd have grooved that tire and gotten another 5K miles out of it. The K761 is a versatile tire, but it really needs deeper grooves in the center for max mileage, and wider grooves near the edges for soft terrain.
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  20. ibafran

    ibafran villagidiot

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    THIS is pretty good advice from my pov. Rather than groove it to see how deep the split is, I would stick a butter knife in there or a small scale/ruler to see how deep it is. If it doesn't go down to the cords (best estimate is good enough) spooge some rubber cement in there to keep out the dirt and ride it. Or take it off and keep it for an emergency spare. You could hole it at the split with an awl for measurement's sake when it is off the bike and repair it with sticky string and rubber cement. I would ride it unless I could pry open the split enough to see a whole bunch of broken cord. Even then, the tire will probably stay together. It takes a lot of damage to get a tire carcass to fail. YMMV
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