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post #1 of 39 Old 05-23-2012, 08:01 AM Thread Starter
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The quest for good street tires

I just bought a 09 KLR 650, and It has stock tires, (5300miles),that are way past due. I primarly ride the bike on the street. I noticed how cupped the front tire has become. I plan on buying a fork brace to tighten up the front end an eliminate some of the bizzare cupping. So I ask you all what would be a great street tire for both front and back.
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post #2 of 39 Old 05-23-2012, 08:37 AM
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I'm running a Kenda 761 right now. I have 10000km on them and they are due to be replaced pretty soon however. But for the price they are well worth it as a street tire. I think it was $125.00 for the front and rear tire total in Canadian funds. Not great off road or even on gravel but I got lots of good street riding out of em.



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I'm running a Kenda 761 right now. I have 10000km on them and they are due to be replaced pretty soon however. But for the price they are well worth it as a street tire. I think it was $125.00 for the front and rear tire total in Canadian funds. Not great off road or even on gravel but I got lots of good street riding out of em.



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Thats what is on the bike I just bought. I was wondering how they would do on gravel roads. Not sure how many miles are on them, but the front are cupped terrible. I'm guessing they were run with low air pressure.
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Thank you guys, I will check into those tires..But at this point money is no object..Just want the best tires I can get. ... And from what I have gathered the fork brace will help iliminate some of the cupping.
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I second the 761's.. I bought my last set from MC Superstore for $100 shipped.. Mine have about 8000 miles on them and they're just about due for replacement.. Front is cupped, but I did over 650 miles last weekend with the bike loaded and had no issues cranking through corners..

The caveat is that they're not the greatest in wet riding..
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But at this point money is no object..Just want the best tires I can get. ...
If that's the case. Michelin Anakees..

Stick like glue all the time, great wear, and less cupping..
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Right on..Thanks man.
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Thank you guys, I will check into those tires..But at this point money is no object..Just want the best tires I can get. ... And from what I have gathered the fork brace will help iliminate some of the cupping.

I've never heard of a fork brace doing anything for cupping. Cupping is more of a result of using the front brake. Longer travel forks have more intial suppleness which probably contributes to the cupping, IMHO.

Dunlop FAQ: How can I keep my tires from cupping

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I personaly break hard with the front.. I was also contemplating buying upside down forks to make it more ridged.. I dont know maybe im stumped. But thank you for your input.
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I was very happy with the Shinko 705 as a street (and a little gravel, dirt, etc) tire.

You can spend more if you want, but I never felt the 705 lacking for anything. I did prefer the 130/90-17 in the back over the stock 130/80-17. Seemed to wear better and was easier to mount. The front, well, I went through 4 rears and still hadn't worn out the front.
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