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post #1 of 7 Old 08-15-2007, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
 
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Without opening a can of worms, I need some tire advice. My KLR has 4k mi. and was due for a new rear tire. I was fairly happy with the Dunlop K750 but I found they are no longer available. The dealer recommended the MEFO's but couldn't get one before my trip. So I opted for the Continental TKC 80. I use the bike on highways and forest service roads. (No really aggressive trail blazing). So today I took a mountain road. On the highway it seems great. On hard dirt it was great. When I hit a hard packed section with about an inch of loose gravel it felt like I was surfing. Is this normal? Would a new front help? (Mine is still good for another thousand miles.) Does it matter that the front and rear are different brands?
What's odd is the dealer told me most people took off the Dunlops because they were squirly on gravel. Maybe I'm not a good enough rider to notice but I attributed any squirly handling to the high center of gravity and my large size. Now the Continental seems more squirly.
What do you think my next move should be?
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-15-2007, 05:19 PM
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Hated the dunlops on gravel, and just no tread life out of the rear. I put on an Avon gripster on back and love it. I do pretty much same type of riding, back roads, forest service roads and gravel. I couldn't ask for anything else. I still have the dunlop on front, waiting for it to wear out so I can put an avon up there.

www.americanmototire.com has the best prices that I could find including shipping. Some places say free shipping, but the tire cost more, so go figure. I have about a 1000 miles on the avon and can't even see any wear. My factory dunlop was thrashed at 2000 miles.

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post #3 of 7 Old 08-15-2007, 07:32 PM
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Tires have to be the most discussed and cussed conversation there is on a motorcycle forum .So without further adue ,here's my.02 worth.Sounds like you do the kind of riding that Kaylr and I do.I tried a set of tkc 80s and went back to the mefos for the very reason you stated.While they look cool on the klr,I didn't like the ride or handling on the gravel roads,too much movement.I run the mefo 99s on both the klrs and am very happy with their performance.I have gotten over 11,500 miles out of the rear and was not completely worn out when I changed it.The front is a different story.I wore one out in about 5500 miles,but I'm pretty sure that was my fault for not keeping up with the air pressure.Got another one on now and so far so good.Hard to beat a mefo imho.If you do go mefo,we have a couple of sponsers up on top that have been very good to deal with.Good luck


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I am running AVON DISTANZIA on my 2006 KLR. So far no problems, both on the Hiway and the Gravel, however I have spent the majority of time on asphalt this year. (The guys I ride with have yet to discover there is whole new adventure just beyond the gravel shoulders.)

The tread pattern is similar to the stock tires found on BMW's, not sure if it is something you are looking for. Good Luck in your selection!
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I run the mefo 99s on both the klrs and am very happy with their performance.I have gotten over 11,500 miles out of the rear

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Dang it! How it the heck do you get that many miles out of a tire. I got 4k out of my Mefo and that baby was smooooth down the middle when it came off. It handled great though, it does very well on any surface.
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Dang it! How it the heck do you get that many miles out of a tire. I got 4k out of my Mefo and that baby was smooooth down the middle when it came off. It handled great though, it does very well on any surface.
Seems the guys getting real high mileage out of Mefos run real high pressures, like 38-40 in the rear and 36 or so in the front. That makes the bike ride real hard though.
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Seems the guys getting real high mileage out of Mefos run real high pressures, like 38-40 in the rear and 36 or so in the front. That makes the bike ride real hard though.
That is right on the tire pressure.It does make them ride a little harder,but not that noticeable on blacktop.I have put on another set of tkc 80s to give them a second chance.so far this is my observation after 2000 miles on the tkcs

The first set I ran to much air pressure30/34 rear-28/32 front
Now run (on road) 22/26 rear-26/30 front
off road 15 rear-15 front---no rimlocks
handle mucho better on gravel/dirt/mud
so far better milage on wear than the first set.
Strange thing about the tkcs,seems like they wear out to about 1/2 tread fast than run forever on the second 1/2.
They are not great tires on wet pavement,but will grab nicely on dry.
So what I am doing this winter is to run tkcs (new set in basement) thru the winter and spring.But I will go back to Mefos after the end of April.lotta tires and lots of choices.But in imho,mefos are hard to beat.Kay and I just came back fron Ohio from an Enduro type ride where I ran tkcs and she ran a worn out mefo on the rear aired down to 15psi and ran the coarse only going down once due to the tire letting her down in some mud.
Well,there's my penny and a half.
Here's a pic or two from the ride

Kays bike with mefos



some of the ride




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