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post #1 of 27 Old 02-20-2008, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
 
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Good street tires

I ride an 06 KLR and I ride 95% of the time on the street. I was wondering what street tires have most people been useing?

Also, I'm 5'7" 180LB and can barely put my feet on the ground, mostly tip toe. I bought the lowering dog bones and worked fine until i put someone on the back? Then my fender was rubbing. Is there any other way to lower these bikes?
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post #2 of 27 Old 02-20-2008, 12:59 PM
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For good 80/20 tires, that is 80% street and 20% dirt, I love my Avon gripster. For 100% street, I put Avon Venoms on everything I have had.

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thanks

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How many miles do you get out of the Avon Venoms? And do you have any pics of your bike? I'd like to see it.
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On the goldwing I got about 10k out of the rear. The gripsters I am gonna get about 7k, but I ride the KLR hard on blacktop and corners. We keep a 50/50 knobby on the front for some bite off rode.

mine is the Super fast Black one



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My last set of tires was Michelin Anakees and they were fantastic on the street. Sticky on both wet and dry, and I pulled them off at 8K and they still had life left, but I had a set of Maxxis 6006's that I wanted to use for a gravel riding weekend. (Great offroad, but squirmy on the street)

If I knew I was going to ride strickly street, with a bit of 2 track and such, I'd run the Anakees..
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Hows the 6006's wearing? And are they 'that' squirrely on pavement?

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Hows the 6006's wearing? And are they 'that' squirrely on pavement?
I think they'll be good for 2500 miles, and they're the least confindence inspiring tires I've ever ridden.. There's a definate shift when you take the bike into a corner. As you take the bike into a corner, the entire bike shifts and then settles into the corner. I've had some drift out of these tires in corners, too..

It's been a long time since a bike has given me seat pucker factor, and these tires do it.. They rip the hell outta loose gravel and sand though!!

Only once did I have the Anakees break loose on me on pavement, and it was completely my fault.. I was daydreaming a touch and then realized that the left hand turn I wanted was closer than I thought. I was clipping along at 65 and this corner was coming up fast.. I climbed all over the front brake and cranked the bike left. I felt the front tire start to drift, so I backed off the brake and pushed the left bar. The tire bit and everything was fine, but that was the day that I decided that if the Anakee would let me pull something like that, it was a great street tire.. The corner was also off camber, adding to the chance of drift... I felt in control, even during the second or so of slide, and the Anakees always allowed me to have the confidence to crank the bike over whenever I wanted to, and at any speed..

The 6006's just don't do it for me..
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another ??

I have about 4300 miles on my bike and the front tire still has a lot of thread, but sometimes when i'm climbing in speed between 50-65 mph the front starts to shake??? I slow down and it stops, then I'll speed up again at a slower speed and it won't do it?? I was thinking maybe, front tire out of alignment or something?
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Hows the air pressure??

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Yeah, check the air pressure first. and see what happens. try diffrent pressures too.
Check the steering head bearings. Too loose and it will have a tendency to do that. but on the otherhand, if it's too tight it will wander.

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