Anybody know anything about the new Tusk DSport tires from RM ATV/MC? - Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum
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post #1 of 24 Old 09-08-2019, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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I saw somebody mounted a set on an older KLR on ADV Rider but I’m not a member so I couldn’t ask questions. Looks like a cheaper alternative to a 606/M21 combo? Only problem is the rear is a 130/90/17 and they appear to be pretty wide at that.
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post #2 of 24 Old 09-09-2019, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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Also, for the guys who ride with a more dirt oriented front tire than the rear tire what are your thoughts? I’d like to go with something more aggressive like this Tusk front but I got stuck with a brand new Shinko 244 by accidentally checking 2 instead of one last year when I ordered. I tried selling it locally but no interest.

I’m afraid riding something like a 70 dirt/30 front with a 50/50 rear is inviting a low side front end crash on pavement.

I liked the Shinko 244’s well enough so it wouldn’t be horrible to go with another 244 front but I’d like a little more dirt confidence.
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post #3 of 24 Old 09-09-2019, 10:06 PM
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Ride it, you will probably get used to it in about 10 miles, and probably never give it a second thought.

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post #4 of 24 Old 09-10-2019, 12:09 AM
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Only problem is the rear is a 130/90/17 and they appear to be pretty wide at that.
My Dunlop D606 on the rear is the same size.
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post #5 of 24 Old 09-10-2019, 10:50 AM
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I am riding a 90/10 on the front and a 50/50 on the rear and have no problems on pavement. I ride the bike like I did with the stock tires. Like pdwestman said, ride it a little and you get used to the feel of the new front tire.
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post #6 of 24 Old 09-10-2019, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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Did you ride a lot of pavement and how hard do you ride it? Like all of my bikes my front Shinko 244 still has 50% or so tread and the rear is completely shot. I do spin up and slide the rear a lot though.
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post #7 of 24 Old 09-11-2019, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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Well not that anybody gives a ____ but I ordered a set of Tusk DSports, 90/90/21 and 130/90/17 rear $114.76 for both shipped. They don’t make it in a 130/80/17 rear. I’m hoping it doesn’t rub or do anything strange with the extra height. I decided on going with the matched set instead of doing the Shinko 244 rear like I was originally thinking. I figured I need to slow down a little on pavement anyway.

Even though I run way more pavement than dirt I do ride a dirt loop on my property nearly every time I leave and/or get home and the 244’s make me a little nervous when the front tucks a little or that big ass starts coming around unexpectedly on mud and wet grass. Hoping this helps. I plan on mounting them tomorrow evening or Friday and may bore you with my opinion on them.

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post #8 of 24 Old 09-11-2019, 08:55 PM
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Only your legs may notice the 130/90-17 tire on the rear at a full stop.

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post #9 of 24 Old 09-11-2019, 11:16 PM
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Did you ride a lot of pavement and how hard do you ride it? Like all of my bikes my front Shinko 244 still has 50% or so tread and the rear is completely shot. I do spin up and slide the rear a lot though.
Backing into the corner sideways ...
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post #10 of 24 Old 09-13-2019, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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Well my new tires came today but I had so damn much grass to cut I couldn’t mount them. Here they are compared to a new unmounted Shinko 244, the worn rear and half worn front. The new Tusk rear was about 14.5 pounds and just under a half pound heavier than the new Shinko. I plan on mounting them by hand tomorrow.
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