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post #1 of 9 Old 10-18-2006, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
 
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Duro HF 904

I just wanted to clear up my recent comments on my Duro 904. I haven't been happy with it. I crashed with less than 400 miles on the thing in CA and since arriving in VA, the bike just hasn't felt that good to me. Partly due to the crash and me being off the bike due to the move for several months.

But I found the culprit. Low air pressure. I normally check my presure very regularily but with my garage in chaos, I have been squeezing the tire to check it's health and thought I had a "feel" for it. NOT! LOL, I have been riding at 20psi front and rear, instead of my usual 30 or so. They felt fine really but not confidence inspiring on the loose sand that has been covering the roads due to construction.

I aired up to 30 front and rear and the Duro worked great today at speed and low speed manuvering on pavement. the squirm is gone. I didn't mark when I put the Duro on and thus can't figure mileage very well, other than a guestimate, but with aprox 1K miles on it, it's doing fine, just need to keep an eye on the pressure and make sure I don't have a slow leak.

Just wanted to post up accurate info for you all.

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post #2 of 9 Old 10-19-2006, 08:22 AM
 
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I had good luck with the Duro's. The front cupped a fair amount but I remember reading that this is caused by over inflating. Seems to be a hit or miss thing with them. Id try 26 in the front and see what you think.
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post #3 of 9 Old 10-19-2006, 08:25 AM Thread Starter
 
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I had good luck with the Duro's. The front cupped a fair amount but I remember reading that this is caused by over inflating. Seems to be a hit or miss thing with them. Id try 26 in the front and see what you think.
Just have the duro in the Rear, squeezing the mileage out of my Anakee front still. Doing fine at some 7 or 8K miles.
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post #4 of 9 Old 10-24-2006, 02:47 PM
 
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I have the Duro's on front and rear... I like them... Had them on for about 1,000 miles now... There is always some talk about what a BAD tire it is and how "squirley" they feel...But I have not had any problems with mine at all.
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post #5 of 9 Old 10-25-2006, 07:31 PM
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I've gone through 3 or 4 sets of them and I'm pretty satisfied - for the price. As mentioned before, the front cups badly, but I'm pretty hard on the front brake usually. I seem to get decent mileage out of them and they do handle well on pavement. I'm trying a set of Maxxis tires right now but I'll probably go back to the Duros.

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post #6 of 9 Old 10-25-2006, 08:59 PM
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Has anyone ever found a front tire that doesn't cup bad? I run mefos front and rear.The front cups bad,but not any different than most. What kind of milage are you getting out of the front?

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post #7 of 9 Old 10-26-2006, 10:41 AM
 
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I am running a Duro HF904 in the rear and an IRC GP-110 (mounted backwards) on the front.

On the street, aired at 32 psi front and 36 psi rear) the bike ride smooth, quiet and handles quite well.

Off road, there are better tires! However on gravel, aired to about 20 pounds, you can ride and feel pretty solid!
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post #8 of 9 Old 11-03-2006, 08:12 AM
 
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Has anyone ever found a front tire that doesn't cup bad? I run mefos front and rear.The front cups bad,but not any different than most. What kind of milage are you getting out of the front?

What pressure are you running on the street ? Just replaced my 606's with Mefos this week. 606's had 4,300 on them with quite a bit of tread left. No trace of cupping on the front. Ran 26 psi front and rear.
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post #9 of 9 Old 11-12-2006, 06:33 PM
 
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Has anyone ever found a front tire that doesn't cup bad? I run mefos front and rear.The front cups bad,but not any different than most. What kind of milage are you getting out of the front?
The Cheng Shin C858 is my favorite front tire, it does not cup. Everything else I've tried cups including TKC80, Mefo 99, Kings 966. The C858 front and the Kenda K270 rear is a great combo for 50/50 riding IMHO.
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