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post #1 of 19 Old 04-26-2010, 07:01 AM Thread Starter
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Some Questions on Tires

It's time to replace my tires. Some questions:

--If I'm only replacing them because the tread's gone, is there any reason to replace the tubes, too?

--Which tires do you personally like for 80-90% street, 10-20% dirt, and why? I've been browsing some of the guides that are already out there, but would also like to get input from you guys. I'm leaning toward the Avon Distanzia, but hope I won't regret that if I find myself back on dirt trails for any reason.

--Is this an easy job to do yourself?
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post #2 of 19 Old 04-26-2010, 07:22 AM
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I replaced my stock with Continentalís Escape. They are 80 on 20 off. I really like them. The only off road I do is seasonal roads and I donít have any problems. Much better on roads, most noticeable cornering.

I canít remember for sure but I donít think I replace the tube. Itís probably a good idea to do so while you have it apart anyway and the tubs are the least expensive part.

I had a friend do it who has a tire machine. Iíve heard stories about how difficult it is, so I wouldnít even attempt it.
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My tires of choise are brigstone trail wing 41/42 , on road it's great but in the case of the rear tire if your using 120 and if you use your bike on long distances , above 60mph the tire will get so hot that you will see the bubber glued to the tarmac , great grip i'll say but it won't last long , i use 130 on mine and let me tell you that problem is gone , maybe i will loose that ''extra'' grip but the tire will last longer ; off road use is great tire .
The job os changing tires is doable but will have to put some efford on it , great way for practicing when you out there , far from home , alone and you got a hole in your tube ...
The tubes i usualy do small inspecion before putting the again , also if you've done some hardcore offroad with it i would exchange it for obvius reasons . I don't know about you guys but on my country is cheap so i prefere to get new one's

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It's time to replace my tires. Some questions:

--If I'm only replacing them because the tread's gone, is there any reason to replace the tubes, too?

I change mine every other tire change.

--Which tires do you personally like for 80-90% street, 10-20% dirt, and why? I've been browsing some of the guides that are already out there, but would also like to get input from you guys. I'm leaning toward the Avon Distanzia, but hope I won't regret that if I find myself back on dirt trails for any reason.

Completely depends on your riding conditions.. I've been way off road in mud on 90/10 tires, but I used to ride offroad a lot and had the experience to get out.. Some else might have had a problem running full offroad tires in the same stituation.. If you're only riding street w/ occasional 2 track fire roads or gravel, a 90/10 tire will be fine..

--Is this an easy job to do yourself?

Yes!! Buy the tools once, and you can pay for the tools within the first couple tires.. After that, you're paying for tires with money saved!! I typically take about 30-40 minutes to mount a tire.. I was just thinking about this, as my KLR needs two tires, my BMW R80 needs a new front, and my VFR needs two tires.. I'll be changing all of them this week..

Check out YouTube on dirtbike tire changing.. It's really not that hard and it saves a lot of money!! If nothing else, it forces you to become more familiar with your own motorcycle. That could be very valuable if you were to have an issue out in the middle of nowhere..
And no, my bold letters are not YELLING!! Just wanted to answer in your quote..
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I change my tubes every time I pinch them when swapping out tires. So I guess that's every tire change. HA!!

My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

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I change my tubes every time I pinch them when swapping out tires. So I guess that's every tire change. HA!!
I've been known to pinch a few myself..
Cross your fingers for me tonight.. Changing out front and rear on the KLR.
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Have about 500 miles on shinko 700s they have been through everything and handled it all better than I did. Pack up with mud but did ok in snow, gravel, rain, and dry. Gotta love Idaho 60 and sunny one minute snowing the next.
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I just bought a set of tires for my KLR. After much deliberating (agonizing actually!) I decided against the cool looking Mefo Explorerers and went for a set of Avon Gripsters. Though I like the tough go anywhere look of the Mefo's, reality is that I ride pavement and gravel roads so I would rather have a more street oriented tire. Heard lots of good things about the Gripsters and they say they last a long time. Think I made the right decision? Hopefully I did, and if not I can always switch to more aggressive tires next time. I also picked up some Motion Pro tire spoons and a bead buddy to make the changes go smoother.
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Most of my riding is on road like most but when I do venture off road I want a tire that will handle it well, not a street tread that I hope does well in the dirt. As soon as this set of Dunlops expire I have a set of TKC80's sitting in the garage ready to spoon on. This will be my first set of TKC's but I know a few that run them and they swear by them on and off road.

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I just bought a set of tires for my KLR. Heard lots of good things about the Gripsters and they say they last a long time. Think I made the right decision? Hopefully I did, and if not I can always switch to more aggressive tires next time. I also picked up some Motion Pro tire spoons and a bead buddy to make the changes go smoother.
I've got a set of Gripsters on one of my KLR's and I really like them - accept for the price. The rear will probably need replacing at the end of this year and it will have about 10,000 km. on it. Not as good as the Kenda 761 on the other bike that currently has 14,000 km on it.

Hope you picked up some spare tubes too. Where did you get the tires from?

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