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post #1 of 9 Old 10-21-2011, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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90% pavement tire recommendations?

I'm currently riding an '07 DRZ 400 SM but am on the verge of buying a new KLR, 2011 or 2012. Thing is, I spent the past 7 months in Moab, UT, riding most of the great trails out there on my DRZ with off-road tires. Now, we're back in AZ and I anticipate doing a lot more pavement, probably primarily, at least for a while. So, my question is: If you would be riding primarily pavement on a KLR, what would be the best and safest tire for pavement riding, city streets and highway? I want more "contact patch" on the pavement than off-road tires provide...... Also, since I've never owned a KLR before, I'd like any thoughts you may be willing to share re: riding the KLR on pavement/highways. Cruising speeds, seat mods. etc. Thanks to all in advance. Ride safe!
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Kenda K761 is my choice.

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I like the Gripster. IF you are really going to be 90% road. Great tire. I'd get rid of the big front fender if you haven't, too.




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I'm liking the shinco's 705's. The kenda's 761 really bad on wet roads.
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That DRZ is going to be getting parked for awhile if you get a KLR, unless you've got alot of money dumped into the Z making it a lot of fun. Z's are great bikes but the tranny ratio's in them suck. The KLR will eat up the road miles much easier than the Z. You'll probably end up wanting to put dirt wheels and tires on the Z or sell it and get a KLX250 or WR250. Lighter bikes, tranny ratios in them are great, so they do better on the tough stuff (Moab) and don't wear you out as bad cruising down the road. Then you'll have your new KLR for everything else.
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I second Lockjaw's reccomendation of the Gripster. Fantastic tire for mostly street riding and exhibits very neutral handling characteristics. It also performs well in rain and on wet roads (Lol, tested extensively!) Little pricey but they last a long time!

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I'm liking the shinco's 705's. The kenda's 761 really bad on wet roads.
I've heard that a lot yet never had issues with it. When it's wet you shouldn't over drive the tire.

I've got the Gripster on my second bike and they are great tires too.

I'm also running the Shinko 705's right now. Another good tire but I don;t thnk it will give the wear that the Kenda did.

Depends on your budget.

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Your'e going to find lots of different opinions on tires wherever you go looking.

I can only comment on what I've run. I loved my Gripsters. I've had them on a few KLR's. I just put 7k miles on a set this past year, and I could probably have gotten andother 500 to 1000 miles if I really pushed them to baldness. They were great on and off pavement. I might not be getting as much mileage out of them as some others. I think it might be due to living in the city and all the hard stop and go riding I do here in SF.




I just switched to the Shinko 705's because they have received some great reviews on line (and a few not so great). What sold me was seeing them on other bikes on rides I've been on and talking to guys who run them and love them. They are super cheap too! So far they are just as good as my Gripsters on pavement, and I've already seen how capable they are in the dirt.


As far as freeway handling goes, I can't comment on the 2nd generation KLR's but the one thing that made freeway and windy riding better for me was the fork brace. I tried thee different fenders before going back to stock.

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I'm on my second tire on the rear third if you count O.E . Which is garbage!

The best yet for the slab only has been my current Conti-trail attack.

This summer rode from Michigan to Deals Gap(dragon tail) and back. It felt fine but the Bridgestone trailwing on the front gave me some butt pucker acouple times. Did the parkway 2100 miles round trip not a concern about the rear tire. Fact still on and should be able to ride till snow when I park it maybe longer.

By the way I'm looking for another set of rims for dirt tires.

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