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post #1 of 7 Old 02-17-2010, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Pirelli MT21 for street and some dirt ???

So I had my bike out today and while it was only a bit above freezing it's a wonderful ride, glad I bought it! Problem is the tires, maybe? It handles like a dirt bike, yeah I know, I know. I live in Longmont, CO and while I can see Long's peak at 10K altitude, it takes me 25 miles to get there on the most wonderful roads I've ever seen. My plan is to ride the twisties (like I do with the other street oriented bikes), and go on fire trails, off-road paths, etc. when we get up there. I'm not planning on doing total off-roading with the KLR. These tires seem to be a bit aggressive for someone who is going to probably ride 90% street, 10% trail. Any comments ??? They are brand new tires on the bike so if these don't work out, I'd be willing to trade.

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post #2 of 7 Old 02-17-2010, 08:44 PM
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MT21's are fantastic off road, and not bad on pavement, but don't get too attached to them because they won't be around long..
The front will wear really funky, with one lug going away fast, and the other looking like it's never leaving.
The rear just wears away quickly..
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Thanks, I guess for one season I can burn them off. Plus, riding around town they have that off-road street gred ;-)

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They will cup from riding too much road and you'll want to toss them at 3,500-4,000 miles.
They will hold the road no problem.
I ran those and the Maxxis 6006 in the rear. Not anyplace I couldn't take it. Dirt or road.

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Kenda K761 Front and Rear

I just put on a set of Kenda K761 Front and Rear. They are smooth as cream on the highway and not bad off road either. Also price is very friendly!
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Welcome EW!! I have a set of 761's to put on in the next month, too.
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Thanks for the Welcome!
I'm sure their are Pirelli and Metzler tires as good or better than the Kendas but I can buy 3 Kendas for the price of one Metzler and unlike my other rides I'm not going to ride the KLR over 100MPH.


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