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post #1 of 6 Old 07-14-2019, 07:38 AM Thread Starter
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Stock new 244 rear tread is about 17/32”. I’m at about 7/32” at 2k miles. I mostly commute my 2015 KLR on pavement (sadly) but regularly ride gravel, grass and dirt trails on my property. I’d like to go slightly more dirt oriented but no more than 5 to 10% change. What do you think? I was considering Shinko 804/805 big blocks or similar. Do you recommend a slightly more aggressive front tire over the rear? I don’t want to throw longevity and pavement handling completely out the window. Also does anyone know the front 244 new tread depth?
I did a mixed surface ride of pavement, back roads and gravel forest roads (some gnarly rocky washout areas) yesterday with 2 DR650’s, a new CRF450L and a KTM 1290 Adventure and the old KLR did pretty good. The CRF was light years ahead off-road but not so much on road. For its size and the 80/20 tires the KTM did pretty well off road with it’s superior suspension and was a rocket on road. The DR’s as expected were a little better off road and a little worse on road.

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Rear - Dunlop 606
Front - Pirelli MT21

Most popular KLR combo.

You could also consider Continental TKC 80.

Your tire choices depend on your budget too. What are you looking to spend?

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I’ve never run either but I know what they are and I’m guessing I’m too aggressive on pavement for them. I also just want to go slightly more dirt oriented and don’t want 1000 mile replacement intervals. I imagine they get more expensive the more dirt oriented they are. I don’t want to spend a lot. I realize given my parameters it will be tough to beat the 244’s but I figured I’d ask.

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I’ve never run either but I know what they are and I’m guessing I’m too aggressive on pavement for them. I also just want to go slightly more dirt oriented and don’t want 1000 mile replacement intervals. I imagine they get more expensive the more dirt oriented they are. I don’t want to spend a lot. I realize given my parameters it will be tough to beat the 244’s but I figured I’d ask.
I would think that the same thinking would then apply to the Shinko Big Blocks you mentioned in your first post.

There is also the Kenda 270 but it's probably not much different than the Shinko's you are running. The Kenda 270 for the rear would be good but most people don't like them installed as a matched pair.

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I’m sure somebody here has a lot of experience with both the 244’s and the 804/805’s. Maybe they will chime in.
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Use the Forum search and you will likely find the info you are looking for.

Shinkos: https://www.klrforum.com/gtsearch.php?q=shinko%20804

Kinda: https://www.klrforum.com/gtsearch.php?q=kenda%20244

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