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View Poll Results: Which would be better
Michelin Anakee Adventure 0 0%
Shinko 705 4 57.14%
Mitas E07+ Enduro 1 14.29%
Avon AV53/54 0 0%
Kenda K761 2 28.57%
Continental TKC70 0 0%
Mitas E08 0 0%
Heidenau k76 0 0%
Mitas MC24 0 0%
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post #11 of 18 Old 03-28-2019, 11:24 AM
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tire threads are like oil threads and the answers are similar; as long as it's the right size and spec, and the level is correct (oil level or tire pressure) the rest isn't as important!

Best (like all things dual sport) depends on you, you're budget and usage.....just like the bike, tires are a compromise.

So all that said, I use the Pirelli MT21 front and Dunlop D606 rear because I use my bikes offroad and I believe that proper tire selection should be based on the WORST conditions you expect to encounter.....or as I always say, " I seldom get stuck on pavement".

If I commuted on the highway 110kms a day on my KLR, I'd definitely choose something different......probably the K60 or Mitas E07

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post #12 of 18 Old 03-29-2019, 04:53 PM
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Mitas take paved corners like nobodies business
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post #13 of 18 Old 03-31-2019, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone for the feedback. I haven't made a final decision yet but I will report back on which set I decide and what my take is on them.
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post #14 of 18 Old 03-31-2019, 01:59 PM
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Just for general info

Came across this the other day.


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2017 Yamaha XT250
1990 Honda NX250 (Green/White)
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post #15 of 18 Old 04-03-2019, 08:28 PM
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One thing I'd like to mention about Shinkos is that, while I haven't tried the 705, I've tried the 700, and the size used for KLRs is only available in the tubeless version as far as a know. Not a problem when it comes to actually riding and using them, but my God are they difficult to get on and off the wheel.
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post #16 of 18 Old 04-09-2019, 10:32 AM
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Shinko 804/805! Good offroad performance, surprisingly decent on road for a 50/50 tire and i get about 7000 miles out of a set. The caveat is that i only get 1 front tire for 1 rear, but they're pretty cheap....
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post #17 of 18 Old 04-09-2019, 11:14 AM
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FYI, I went to work yesterday knowing that that afternoon the sky was going to open up in all it's glory and drop buckets of water and potentially hail. I rode to work and was so excited to ride home in a TORRENT. That's after I added some co2 to my deflating tires. I was 65mph on the highway and passing people left and right. My Mitas 07 tires are the sht in the rain. THey perform beautifully. I don't bother worrying about what the weather is going to be like on the way home any longer. I will take the car if it's dumping in the morning only because I don'twant to work soaked.
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post #18 of 18 Old 04-09-2019, 02:21 PM
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Originally Posted by pdwestman View Post
Black, round & some tread. My favored KLR tires were discontinued sometime back. RIP, Avon Gripsters.

So I currently have no personal suggestion.

I used to run the Maxxis 6006s on my Gen 1 but sadly they have been discontinued too. They were great in the dirt and surprisingly good on the road. They were my "go-to" tire for both my Gen 1 KLRs, my DRZ400 and my DR650. I think they still sell them in the EU but not in the US anymore, dammit... I think when its time to replace the stockers on my Gen 2 I might try the Metzler Karoo 3s? They claim it is a 70% street and 30% off road but it looks more aggressive than that and gets good reviews.

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