Looking at getting new tires. - Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum
2008+ KLR650 Wrenching & Mod Questions For repair, maintaining or modifying discussions related to the newly updated 2008 and beyond, Generation 2 KLR650 Motorcycle.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 21 Old 10-05-2012, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
Neutral
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Hampton, VA
Posts: 6
Looking at getting new tires.

Hello, first let me start by saying im new to the forum so if this is in the wrong area or is "one of those questions" i do apologize. anyways as the title says im looking at getting some new tires and im looking for pretty much 99% street use if anything else its going to be packed dirt or gravel and that will be very rare if ever. Im looking for something thats going to grip well on pavement.

Thanks in advance for any help =)
Jeeprogue is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 21 Old 10-05-2012, 05:06 PM
Pretty in Pink, dunno why
 
Tom Schmitz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Redondo Beach
Posts: 7,446
Garage
You pretty much can't go wrong with the Kenda K761.

For about $125 you can get them delivered to your door.

My experience with them is that the front will go almost 20K miles while the back will go almost 10K miles.

They are fine for fire roads and do well on the pavement. Not too bad in the wet.

T

Tom [email protected]

“Neither of the two people in the room paid any attention to the way I came in, although only one of them was dead.” -Philip Marlowe

“'Why' and 'How' are words so important they cannot be too often used.” -Napoleon Bonaparte


Sting like a butterfly.
Tom Schmitz is offline  
post #3 of 21 Old 10-05-2012, 05:35 PM
Moderator
 
klr4evr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Fort Sask , Alberta, Canada
Posts: 3,466
Garage
Send a message via Skype™ to klr4evr
Ditto. Lot's of talk about tires right now. Do a search of the forums but I'm a believer in the Kenda 761 too.

ANd welcome aboard.

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

"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "

<--- Please fill in the 'Location' on your personal profile page. User CP/Edit Your Details

This information makes it much easier for other members to answer/comment on your posts.
klr4evr is offline  
 
post #4 of 21 Old 10-05-2012, 10:34 PM
2nd Gear
 
ArcticKLR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: No. CA
Posts: 366
Welcome to the forum. Tom and KLR4evr give good advice. I differ in opinion slightly for my rear tire, still trying different fronts out. I ride about 90/10 street to dirt (occasional fire roads) and use a Shinko 705 as many have said the Kenda doesn't like getting wet...not my opinion as I have no experience with them, just research, but as I ride my bike year round except for the first rain I didn't want to take any chances. I have gotten ~6k miles out of my first but I changed it a little early as the wife and I were going on a long trip and I tend to be even more cautious and conscientious about safety when riding with her. The 705 if inflated to about 35 psi sticks to the road like glue wet or dry in my experience. Just my humble input. I have heard a lot of good things about the Kendas and they are slightly cheaper (about 10$ less than the 705s on site I buy from)

My recommendation, keep doing research,check every site you can (lots of sales at different times) and then you can truly make an informed decision. Good luck and hope you catch a nice rubber fish with the can of worms that will open up. ;-)
J/k this forum has the greatest group of riders out there who freely share differing opinions respectfully. Again, welcome!



Sent from my Motorcycle iPhone app
ArcticKLR is offline  
post #5 of 21 Old 10-06-2012, 02:17 AM
Banned
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Mid-Atlantic
Posts: 763
99/1?

Continental Trail Attacks fit that profile well; perhaps among others.
LoneRider is offline  
post #6 of 21 Old 10-06-2012, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
Neutral
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Hampton, VA
Posts: 6
I should have mentioned that i do have the kenda's currently, and i can tell you they do not like getting wet at all. im looking for something a little bit more sticky to the road.
Jeeprogue is offline  
post #7 of 21 Old 10-06-2012, 11:04 AM
Pretty in Pink, dunno why
 
Tom Schmitz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Redondo Beach
Posts: 7,446
Garage
While I've never had an issue in the wet with the K761, I understand there are reports that it is not the best performing tire in the wet.

If that is the case for you and if it is a large concern, then you need to be looking for a pure street tire with rain siping as opposed to the large gaps and grooves that a dual -purpose tire is going to have.

Lonerider mentions the Trail Attack, which probably is about as close to a pure street tire as one is likely to find in the dual sport sizes.

And, Continental claims it has superior wet performance and long life, so it must be true.

T

Tom [email protected]

“Neither of the two people in the room paid any attention to the way I came in, although only one of them was dead.” -Philip Marlowe

“'Why' and 'How' are words so important they cannot be too often used.” -Napoleon Bonaparte


Sting like a butterfly.
Tom Schmitz is offline  
post #8 of 21 Old 10-06-2012, 11:05 AM
Banned
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Mid-Atlantic
Posts: 763
Continental Trail Attacks perform exceptionally well in the wet on pavement, but . . . doubt anyone on this forum will buy 'em on that criterion . . . this premium tire commands a premium price.

Not a problem; each customer has his own value threshold addressing his own weighting of virtues. I share my experience and opinion, without taking responsibility for Continental's pricing policy!

------------------

EDIT: Above post typed before Tom Schmitz' excellent comment above.

Last edited by LoneRider; 10-06-2012 at 11:08 AM.
LoneRider is offline  
post #9 of 21 Old 10-06-2012, 11:15 AM
Lifetime Member
 
650Stew's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 2,480
I've only ever ridden on the 761's once and I didn't care for the way they handled at all... Could just be me though since lots of people seem to love 'em!

I do run Avon Gripsters right now (though they need replaced!) and I can say they are an excellent tire on the road. I've ridden in torrential downpours and never once had them slip. They also last a long time, though mine are flat in the middle from all our straight soulless roads here... Little pricey, but not bad compared to some of the higher end tires out there.

650Stew is offline  
post #10 of 21 Old 10-06-2012, 11:15 AM
Pretty in Pink, dunno why
 
Tom Schmitz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Redondo Beach
Posts: 7,446
Garage
LoneRider-

Do you have any experience with tire life on the Contis?

Though expensive, if they offer good tread life then they may not be as expensive as they seem.

T

Tom [email protected]

“Neither of the two people in the room paid any attention to the way I came in, although only one of them was dead.” -Philip Marlowe

“'Why' and 'How' are words so important they cannot be too often used.” -Napoleon Bonaparte


Sting like a butterfly.
Tom Schmitz is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tires XRoadRider 1987 to 2007 Wrenching & Mods 44 09-12-2015 07:14 AM
TR 91 tires Stinker Bike and Rider Gear 0 06-29-2011 04:55 PM
What tires to use? Wulfram KLR & Other Motorcycle Related Discussion 29 01-06-2011 07:48 PM
will these tires fit? TEXAS 650 1987 to 2007 Wrenching & Mods 5 06-15-2008 01:58 PM
Looking For Best Tires FLYWAY4444 Introductions 6 07-13-2007 10:22 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome