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post #1 of 24 Old 05-10-2011, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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Need tire suggestions

I am getting ready to order some new tires for my 09 KLR and not sure what to try. I have the factory Dunlops on it now and and they seem to suit my riding pretty well, would like to have something comparable to the on and off road performance of them. I ride the bike about 100 miles a day checking oil and gas wells. I ride about 75% paved roads and 25% mud, dirt, and gravel.
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post #2 of 24 Old 05-10-2011, 07:19 PM
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You can't go wrong with Dunlop 606's if your going to hit that dirt, mud, and gravel.
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post #3 of 24 Old 05-10-2011, 08:19 PM
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You can't go wrong with Dunlop 606's if your going to hit that dirt, mud, and gravel.
Excellent choice, from all I've heard of the 606's!

A little lower down, at least budget-wise, I use Kenda K270's.

I feared reported knob-folding on pavement turns, but . . . pumping up the volume gradually, I've found the roadability in the twisties much more robust than I imagined.

Don't propose racing a sport bike through the Dragon with K270's, but--I think they'll pretty much hold their own in reasonable paved highway scenarios.
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post #4 of 24 Old 05-10-2011, 08:48 PM
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I'm running the Shinko 244's. They are a 50/50 tire and they work well on the pavement and in the dirt. I've been on all kinds of dirt surfaces from river crossings to stupid rocky single track hills and they grip very well. I've also scraped pegs on the street with them and never once slipped. I got about 3500 miles on them so far and the front has a LOT of life left. the back one is nearing the end though. I'll probably be able to squeeze another 700 miles out of it. They're really cheap, I paid $95 for the first set and $54 shipped for another rear that is sitting in my garage waiting to go on. I've heard the stories about the knobs breaking off but that hasn't happened to me.

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post #5 of 24 Old 05-10-2011, 11:08 PM
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The Pirelli Scorpion MTs are EXCELLENT on and off road. They'll blow the stockers away.
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post #6 of 24 Old 05-11-2011, 07:58 AM
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If it wasn't for the mud I'd say shinko 705.
Since you'll occasionally get into loose stuff the Shinko 244 rear would be a good choice. I really like pirelli mt21's on the front. They stick great on and off road.
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I ran through the stock rear K750 with only 2200 miles on the tac and replaced it with a 244. Rear 244 was excellent on gravel and some dirt, but have loss four center lugs and splitting on several others running tire pressure at 28psi for 2800miles...seems to be the consensus on knobbies for prolonged pavement travel. With gravel, mud and a little pavement 244 seems to be a good choice and you can't beat the price.

I have a set of Kenda k761s on order now due to my commute. You may even check into these with comments about acceptable gravel performance and longevity.

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post #8 of 24 Old 05-11-2011, 11:31 AM
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Are ppl saying to run higher pressure or lower pressure with the Shinko's?
It sounds like everyone is having good luck with their customer service.
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post #9 of 24 Old 05-11-2011, 11:51 AM
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Savage I believe, from what I've read, 28 to 30 psi is the recommended pressure range on the 244s.

As far as the service from Shinko, when i called they advised I needed to bring it to my dealer and have it sent back to the factory...this was going to take an estimated "5 to 8 weeks" for the turn around, so I ordered a set of 761s...Can't wait that long!!!!!!

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Ya I'd buy something else and then send it in.
I'm running the rear 244 on my lightweight street legal KLX300. It doesn't do as much asphalt as the KLR so I'm not too worried about it chunking treads.
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