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post #1 of 15 Old 06-25-2008, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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Dirt road tire pressure

This is the first time out with my 07 KLR with stock tires. I will be spendin about three days runnin dirt roads. I really expecting them to be in pretty good shape but may be a bit wet at times. Thunderstorms will be in the area.

What tire pressures are you guys runnin for these conditions with the stock tires?

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post #2 of 15 Old 06-25-2008, 09:40 PM
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Since you don't have rim locks, you can't get down to what would be best, say around 12-14 psi, but you can safely run at 18 psi. At least I have without problems.
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post #3 of 15 Old 06-25-2008, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks would that be front and rear?

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Ok thanks would that be front and rear?
Yep..
It should be high enough to not have to worry about pinch flats, yet still get a good footprint on the tires. Since you're riding off road, you don't have to worry too much about getting enough traction front or rear to spin the tire on the rim, but when you're running low tire pressures on the road, don't hammer on the gas or brakes inless absolutely nessasary..

If you spin the tire (and tube) on the rim, it'll pull the stem out of the tube, which is why full blown dirtbikes have rim locks, in order to keep the tire from spinning..

Have fun!!! (and we want some pictures)
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Ok thanks. We are a few ole guys that just want to enjoy the country not to worry about the hard ridein. I'll take some picts and hope I can figure how to post em. LOL

I only have about 700 miles on the bike so I will be on a pretty steep learnin curve.

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yeah I still have the stock Dunlops but hopefully soon some D606's or maybe I might run kendas or some conti's. We will have to see. But I have ran the stock tires down to 20 in front and 24 in the rear and it never felt like it was going to give out on me. Good luck have fun.
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I ran 25psi or so on my stock tires all the time and didn't change them for simple dirt roads, just didn't seem to matter and I didn't have to worry about changing them when I hit road again. If you aren't riding aggressive off road, there really isn't a need to air down any type of tire. I don't know squat about sand though. Mud will suck with stocks no matter how much you air down.

It's basically all based on how you ride. Leave them alone and let the terrain and your riding style dictate if you should air down.
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Insted of starting a new thread on the same subject, I figured I would ask my question here!

I have Avon Distanzia tires. They are made to be tubeless. But because of spoke wheels, they are tubed!! So the question is, what air pressure should I be running on my tires?? Do I go by what the tire itself say's, although they are supposed to be tubless???

This question is for on pavement riding!!

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My Pirelli's are the same way, I am running 36 in the rear and 30 in the front.

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post #10 of 15 Old 06-26-2008, 10:54 PM
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Kim,
Although some might disagree, I always run street pressures when street riding. It keeps the tire cooler (important with tubes) and the tire's designed to operate at those pressures.
35 front, 38 rear, or in that area anyway.

As far as running a tubless tire on a rim that requires a tube, no problems.. The only issue is that tubeless tires are a bit tougher to break the bead in case of a flat.

My last set of Anakees were a hodge podge of issues.. The front is a bias tire, while the rear is radial (that's how they're designed) and I ran them at street pressures unless I was riding any extended periods off road, where I took them down to 18psi.

Also, remember that even though they're considered tubeless, it's because they're designed to be compatable with tubeless rims. There's no problem running them on tube style rims..

Enjoy, and we'd like a report on how you like them!!
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