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post #1 of 8 Old 10-16-2006, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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D606's WOW!

I got my Dunlop D606's mounted this weekend. That rear, good GOD talk about a tough tire to mount. This things sidewall must have a peice of 1/2 steel plate in it. The front was easy.

I got every mile possible out of my old Kenda 270's. I didn't realize how badly squared off they were. Having a good round tire on the back changes the physics a lot! And to the better. I only rode about 30 miles, but I had a lot more cornering confidence. The other thing I noticed is that the bike is taller now that it has some knobs. Feels like a different machine. I didn't find that they hum as much as most people say they do, but my Kenda's front was so badly saw-toothed that it made a lot of noise by comparison.

So far I really like these tires. I only got in a short off road section and was kind of slow because of the added height. I am sure the added traction will prove quite nice. Anyway, this is only my second tire change on the KLR, but these are by far my favorite tires I have run!
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post #2 of 8 Old 10-16-2006, 10:34 AM
 
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Thanks for the report! I am close to having to replace my tires. I appreciate your comments!

Oh, BTW. My son is doing a composition for school. I was at work last night at the station and he called and said, "Dad, what's a Viking?" I gave him what I could remember, then quickly looked it up on Wiki to be sure I was close :roll:

Anyway, thought of you. Come to think of it, I should have had him email you for the true definition :wink:

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post #3 of 8 Old 10-16-2006, 11:14 AM
 
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Viking, I have found that the noise of the D606 varies from tire to tire. This second 606 I mounted isn't nearly as loud as the first one was. I also put a D606 on the front as well to replace the TKC80 or whatever it was and it doesn't really scream any louder than the former. I am quite happy with the D606 and will continue to use them unless I get an urge for street tires and I doubt I ever will. 8)
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post #4 of 8 Old 10-16-2006, 01:17 PM
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I find the ride on 606's to be harsh on pavement when the tire is at recommended air pressure. I have taken to keeping them slightly under pressure, and will accept that they won't get as many miles out of them. At speed on pavement, the noise and vibes weren't acceptable for me. At moderate speeds and all off-road riding, I am totally satisfied with the 606's.

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post #5 of 8 Old 10-16-2006, 01:43 PM
 
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I'm running a D606 rear.. like it offroad, and it looks great on the KLR, but screams like a banshee on my daily commute. I have found that I'm probably in the 95/5 group of riders, so I'll most likely swallow my pride and go with a much more street oriented tire next go-round. Been looking at the Scorpion S/T's as a good mileage/price compromise. I may have to sneak up on my KLR though... or maybe blindfold her while I slip on her new shoes... :wink:
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post #6 of 8 Old 10-16-2006, 02:55 PM
 
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I'm running a D606 rear.. like it offroad, and it looks great on the KLR, but screams like a banshee on my daily commute. I have found that I'm probably in the 95/5 group of riders, so I'll most likely swallow my pride and go with a much more street oriented tire next go-round. Been looking at the Scorpion S/T's as a good mileage/price compromise. I may have to sneak up on my KLR though... or maybe blindfold her while I slip on her new shoes... :wink:
LOL! My KLR certainly looks tame with the Anakee/Duro combo on it. I just moved and unpacked the spare 606s, I'm thinking they gotta go back on. I'll find some mud to justify it.

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post #7 of 8 Old 10-17-2006, 07:42 PM
 
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I'm running a D606 rear.. like it offroad, and it looks great on the KLR, but screams like a banshee on my daily commute. I have found that I'm probably in the 95/5 group of riders, so I'll most likely swallow my pride and go with a much more street oriented tire next go-round. Been looking at the Scorpion S/T's as a good mileage/price compromise. I may have to sneak up on my KLR though... or maybe blindfold her while I slip on her new shoes... :wink:
LOL! My KLR certainly looks tame with the Anakee/Duro combo on it. I just moved and unpacked the spare 606s, I'm thinking they gotta go back on. I'll find some mud to justify it.

TW
I love the D606's and have about 2800 miles on them with plenty to go. But don't kid yourself.....like Tumbleweed says.............they are quite noisy on the pavement. I'm finding out though, my killer loves the dirt best and always heads in that direction
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post #8 of 8 Old 10-18-2006, 08:02 AM
 
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Good to hear. I might try these next go round.

My Kendaa were soooo easy to mount. My Duro rear was similar to what your 606 was. Damn they have a tough sidewall on them
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