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post #1 of 17 Old 07-13-2016, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for some tire help

I am getting some new tires. Dont really like the factory klr tires. specially on the freeway. I want a quiet 90/10 tire thats great on wet pavement. Im in the rainy northwest. Has anyone used the bridgstone battle wings? or can recommend something in that kind of tire. Ive seen some good stuff about avon gripsters but Im a bigger guy and want something stable!
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post #2 of 17 Old 07-13-2016, 08:21 PM
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I 'loved' the Avon Gripsters both on asphalt and off. They were a premium tire for a premium price though. Rainy roads, they were made in England, they worked very well!

Sad to say they have been dis-continued. I loved them for 44,000 + miles. One rear tire achieved 11,025 miles. Three rears in the 8500-10,000 mile range. Two of the fronts achieved over 15,000 miles each.

The search will be on for a favored replacement. Some of the member favorites are dirt cheap in comparison.

Kenda K761's and Shinko E705's have many fans. But you will have to ask their fans about asphalt/concrete and rainy weather!
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I just ordered a set of these:
Continental Conti Go Rear Tire

I haven't installed them yet. I'm not riding any trail anymore and find that I spend my seat time on the road flying around curves. The KLR is probably not the perfect bike for the way I ride anymore but I like it so I'm adapting it more for the road. I'd rather have a street tire that will grip a 25MPH curve that I go around at 55, than a tire that will give me great traction on the trail. Maybe I can't go up a muddy trail but I can fly down a curvy road.


PS: I have Gripsters on it now. They're better on the road than stock but I expect better performance (FOR THE WAY I'M RIDING TODAY) out of the ones I ordered. I might get kicked out of the dualsport club but just try and catch me in the curves. LOL!

NOTE: The options for a road tire are limited due to the front tire size. If you're just riding road, get a road tire.

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As @PDW said the Kenda 761 and the Shinko 705 are popular KLR tires. I've used both and was happy with them. The Kenda is a longer wearing tire than the Shinko. Can't really comment about wet performance, don't recall having any issues except once when I went down on a transition from gravel to wet pavement on a corner. My fault, I was travelling to fast. Also ran a set of Gripsters, and other than the price, a great tire.

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I am soooo impressed with the Pirelli Scorpion Trail tires!!!! Do your research....these are the best 90/10 out there. These tires are actually listed as 95/5, and they have changed my bike. I thought 95 10 would be risky in case I wanted to hit a trail or gravel road.....these tires rock even on gravel and dirt roads. I'm going to post some pictures of the Pirelli Scorpion Trail tires taking my klr650 up a crazy off road trail, without any issues. Pirelli Scorpion Trail tires, extreme wet and dry grip and able to go off road.
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Pirelli Scorpion Trail tires 1 or 2? I would like to see the pics!
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This is after about 800 acres of trail and 4x4 paths and 53 miles of highway...absolutely no problem
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These are the scorpion trail 1
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When it comes to asking for tire recommendations the first thing a person has to specify is their budget. KLR tire prices are all over the map.

Here in Canada the Scorpion Trail rear runs around $200 and the front $185. That's near the price of Goldwing tires. Definitely to rich for me and my KLR.

I'm actually running a Metzler Tourance on the rear right now. I like the tire but it too is $200, however, I got this one for $50 new on the local buy and sell so it's all good.

The Avon Gripster runs around $160 each with only a front being available here.

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I got mine fore a great deal and they're performing better than expected. The vibration in my handlebars have been greatly reduced from the Dunlop stock tires I had on there.. the vibration in my mirrors is gone, cornering and handling is so much better and smooth...ride even feels quicker and smoother road tires make a huge difference. I was worried about off-road performance being sacrificed but as long as it's not too deep and muddy doesn't seem like it matters... I even went through mud with them no problem. I'll show the 4x4 trail and paths I took them on after highway miles
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