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post #1 of 14 Old 01-06-2019, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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Street only tires

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So I'm going to be doing a lot of highway riding and commuting in the summer and for the entirety of next year with absolutely no dirt riding in the foreseeable future (heresy, I know). I've searched extensively for true street-only tires, but a lot of old threads on here end with people suggesting 80/20 tires. Is there a such thing as a true pavement-only tire for the KLR or do I have to settle for 80/20?
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post #2 of 14 Old 01-07-2019, 01:25 AM
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I think you'll find a few on this page: https://www.bikebandit.com/tires-tub...tires/t11yf41t

Consider, though, that you can buy a pair of Kenda K761 for $100, delivered, and they will last 9,000 miles. Well, only the rear will last 9000 miles. The front will last 2-3 times that. https://www.americanmototire.com/dua...le_semantics=1

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Yeah, I logged into Rocky Mountain ATV and searched based just on tire sizes that would fit the KLR and came up with street models in several brands.

Seriously though, what a good point Tom has about the cost and use. There's a 70/30 Shinko 705 rear for $62 there on RMATV. Honestly, just a personal opinion, but I've never really considered anything south of a 50/50 a dual sport tire; just a kool looking road tread pattern.

I think the biggest issue with the more aggressive side of dual sport tires on the road is stopping. Next is they can be sketcy on wet roads (say nothing of stopping on wet roads). Then the most aggressive are noisy (my D606s scream) and they wear faster. It's just a tire by tire consideration between 50/50 and 10/90 Dot Knobby.

From my real life experience, I'd buy a cheapo set of Shinko E804-805 ($72 and $87, with free ship at RMATV) cuz I know them fairly well. Good stopping, tore through the Tail of the Dragon on them many times. If wear life was more important (and money wasn't) I'd go with 50/50 K60 Scouts. Several years ago, a set of street tires barely got me to Whitehorse, Yukon from Tampa (4,000 miles), (adv, but not KLR). Had a set of Heidenau's installed at Yukon Yamaha and finished the trip...another 8,500 miles...with a third of the tread left.

Anyway, not trying to change or influence the op's mind here; just thought Tom had a good point there.

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It's hard to argue with the pricing on the K761. I was mostly interested in street tires for the reasons that Bill listed: stopping, traction while wet, durability, and road noise (probably the biggest factor for me). Looks like I'll probably be rolling with those. Thanks!
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I have ridden at least 5 sets of K761 on the pavement, off-road, in wet conditions, dry conditions, snow, sleet, wind, and hail, from well below freezing to well over 100*F. OK, I exaggerate a little bit. I don't recall riding in hail.

I have never found them lacking in stopping power, cornering ability, or wet performance. I find I need to replace the rear at about 9K miles though I suspect they would make it to 10K. The last front I replaced because I was ashamed; I think it would have made it to 27K with no issues.

The fact that you can buy a pair and have them delivered to your door for $100 versus $250 for a pair of street tires that won't work much better or last much longer has never entered into the equation.

OK, I exaggerate a little bit...

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By the way, if you do go with the K761 you must mount the front tire backward from the way it is marked.

The way it is marked defies the convention for front and rear V-patterned tires. If mounted according to the directional arrows on the front it will cup badly, wander, turn in poorly and generally suck ass as a tire.

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Tom, did you not have K761's on when you rode in the hail storm on Beartooth Pass, WY?

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Oh, that's right! I did.

That was fun.

We can add to the list their ability to do two-wheel drifts across steel plates, then.
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I posted a set of K761s on the for sale section, I'll let them go cheap plus shipping. They are used but very few miles on them, I ride as much off-pavement as possible so they will sit in my shed until I replace the bike which according to all signs will be a long time from now.
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@JStocks,

I don't see a post for some K761s. Perhaps the post didn't take; might want to have another go at it.

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