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post #1 of 12 Old 06-01-2015, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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New guy in search of tires

Hello people,

I recently got my first bike, a 2008 model and am pretty excited! The former owner ran Trailmax TR91s and they are pretty beat. Time for a new set.

I live in Mountain Home, Idaho (on the AF base). I'm considering something middle of the road. I do some mild off roading with my jeep and ATVs so definitely want to be able to do that with the bike. Hunting and camping are in the mix too. I'll be on the road a bit also as it'll be my primary ride to and from work so I don't want something too aggressive.

I'm considering the IRC GP-1s.

Any suggestions or opinions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Brent

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post #2 of 12 Old 06-01-2015, 10:05 PM
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You will gets lots of opinions on this but there is only 1 right answer, OK 2 right answers. Shinko 705 or Shinko 244.
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Lol, I was gonna say 244's as well. Cheap, last fairly long and good 50/50 use.

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I got about 5,000 miles out of my set of Shinko 244s. Good tires, in my opinion.

They were only about $85 for both the front and rear tires from Rocky Mountain ATVMC online - and that company is good for shipping them out quickly!

This time around, I'm giving the Shinko 804 (front) and Shinko 805 (rear) setup a try. So far, I like they way they feel.

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post #5 of 12 Old 06-02-2015, 09:02 AM
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I didn't have good luck with my Kenda K-270 front tire. Made the bike hop like a bunny. (Tried 2 different tires, but both did same thing on road.)
Finally put a Mitas E-07 on front and no more hopping. About a thousand miles so far, and wearing smooth, and seems to be ok on gravel roads.
No problem on pavement either.

When my Duro HF-904, on back, wears out, I'll try a Mitas on back.
The Duro has over 7,000 miles currently. Still ok, on dirt, for a while.
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Depending on how many miles you put on your bike a year, you may just want to select a good 50/50 tire in your price range and go with it.

I do caution you to do some research as some tires are tough to ride on (riding on marbles sensation, e.g.). For example, the 244 is still a good tire off road, but really catches grooved pavement/asphalt. And it's inexpensive.

The other side of the spectrum are the Heidi's, Karoo's, TKC70's, Mefo's and T63's. All fine tires.

I've had 8 different tire models on my bikes and all have their strong points. It's been my experience that the Shinko's and Kenda's are great tires.

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I didn't have good luck with my Kenda K-270 front tire. Made the bike hop like a bunny. (Tried 2 different tires, but both did same thing on road.)
Finally put a Mitas E-07 on front and no more hopping. About a thousand miles so far, and wearing smooth, and seems to be ok on gravel roads.
No problem on pavement either.

When my Duro HF-904, on back, wears out, I'll try a Mitas on back.
The Duro has over 7,000 miles currently. Still ok, on dirt, for a while.
Wearing smooth!
My experience with the 270's is different. I have over 5000 miles on them, and will be replacing the rear in a couple months. They've been great on and off road, even if a little noisy. I went with the 3.25 front for a little more contact patch. I recently returned from an 1100 mile trip, and these tires did great. I rode in rain, dry roads, gravel, and mud. Great 50/50 tire! I've got a pair of Shinko 705's to try next. Would get the 270's again, but the 705's were free.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I've been out of pocket for a few months. Anyway, I decided to go with the Shinko 700s. I ordered them last week, hopefully I'll get them on this Tuesday. I'll let you know how they do.
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post #9 of 12 Old 09-07-2015, 08:38 AM
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Hello all , new to the sire and new to the world of the KLR rally enjoying the ride so far .Ill sart off by saying that i have a brand new 2015 KLR i have as of now 2600 miles on it. Im also looking for some advice on tires i dont like the stock Dunlops that came on the bike!! id say that about 75% of my riding will be on road. One friend suggested Mefos but not so much for a street tire? thanks in advance
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post #10 of 12 Old 09-13-2015, 10:20 AM
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I've been happy with my Mefos on the street, and they have worked out well on gravel roads, but if you're riding 75% on the street, I'm guessing you would be happier with a more street oriented tire. They recently paved the last section of dirt road I had on my commute, but the Mefos hold well enough that I'd probably get another set.

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