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post #1 of 23 Old 06-19-2011, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
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Stock 2009 Tires - Any Mileage Reports? Best Tubes for spares?

Hi Guys,

Does anyone know the replacement mileage for the stock rear tires?

My 09 KLR has 1800 miles on it. I have the stock Dunlop K750 Dual Sport tires. The rear (which has 1800 miles on it now) has about 1/8 to 3/16 of an inch of knobby left above the main rubber at the tires center.

My question is - will that rear tire get me another 1800 miles, for a 1800 mile loop run I'm planning from Washington, up through British Columbia and back, or do you guys think I should put some new shoes on this girl?

I'm going to be doing mainly pavement / hwy - with about 300 miles of dirt and gravel roads.

You guys have any spare tube preferences?

Thanks much!

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post #2 of 23 Old 06-20-2011, 08:18 AM
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Personally, I'd put some new tires on. If you choose to do so, don't put them on right before your trip. Give yourself some time/miles to make sure you like them and to note anything weird going on with the tire/tube or related to the installation.

Lots of choices for spare tubes. For some unknown and most likely pointless reason, I use UHD tubes in my tires. I carry a regular-style tube in case I have to change one roadside. The standard tubes are a lot less bulky and easier to work with, especially getting a new one in.

As far as brands, I have no recommendation. I would think any tube from a reputable manufacturer would do the trick for a spare or for running in your tire all the time.

I'm sure there are folks here who know a lot more about tires than I do and I may be wrong, but the remaining tread you describe on your stock Dunlops sounds a little scarce. If you have the means to do so, why not just put on new tires/tubes so you don't have to worry about it throughout your trip?

Standard Obligatory Quote: Original Source Unknown:

"90% of motorcycle flats occur in the last 10% of a tire's life."

Also, depending on when you got your '09, those tires could be at least two years old.
They say the age of a tire is just as important a consideration as tread depth when it comes to serviceability, but I'm not sure how "old" a tire has to be in order to be considered "compromised."

Enjoy your trip! Sounds like a fun one.



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I took delivery of my 2010 in early May. I now have just under 3k on the clock. I MAY get another 400 out of them. Change the tires out.
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Nearly 3800 miles on my '09' and have plans on replacing the rear tire the upcoming weekend. Can see the outlline of the original knobs but don't want to ride much more on it.
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Got 5500 on mine so far. My front is good for twice that, but the rear is gonna be done in another 500-1000. I run 28 psi in the rear and all mileage is road work.

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I carry 2 standard 21 inch tubes.You can put the 21 in the back tyre,change back to a 17 when you can.
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Thanks you guys! It sounds like I need to go with at least one new rear tire - ugh - now to choose which one - thinking about one rear avon gripster - or maybe front and rear avon gripster - but will do some more research a bit before I decide.

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Stock tires should be replaced at 0 miles.
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Stock tires should be replaced at 0 miles.
haha,,, your're funny dude...

don't hit me...

The Gripsters have a lot of haters out there, but I be loving mine.. They seem to work well on paved and unpaved roads. I've even been through a few large muddy sections and they made it through. I air them down plenty off pavement though. I've got about 4k miles on them right now and they are wearing nicely..

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4500 rear 6500 front.
I had tread left on both for another 500-1k but did not want to take a chance.
The extra rubber let me wait for real sales.
I decided to change the front early because I saw that the casing was starting to crack, now I'm waiting on word from Dunlop. These tires were about 2.5 years old, still in warranty. The casing should not be cracking at that age.
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