Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Los Angeles, CA
I can't offer you any constructive advice unfortunately, so I'll offer some trivia: If you do get the 705 and decide to install it yourself, be ready for a tough tire. Be absolutely sure as you near the end of the process (i.e., when pushing the last of the tire lip onto the rim) that you have pressed those portions of the tire lip already on the rim, "down" off the rim edge as far as possible into the center well (where the spokes tie into the ring). It needs to be "unseated" in order to get the last little bit onto the rim, since it's a real biznatch to get on due to these tires being designed for both tubeless and tubed applications (they're tight).
Wanting to ensure I have at least some experience with replacing tires before finding myself stranded somewhere remote and unable to fix a flat, I opted to put the 705s on the beast myself this past weekend. Needless to say it was a learning experience, perhaps one that will save me a lot of exasperation some day when the sun is hot and the thorns are plentiful, however most definitely one that caused plenty of the same on an otherwise lovely Sunday afternoon.
2017 KLR in black