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post #1 of 4 Old 08-30-2013, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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Tourance on the Rear

Looking at a Metzler Tourance on the rear of the KLR.

Looks to be a radial tire though. Any issues with that?

My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

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Radials as far as I'm concerned are superior to bias tires. Better grip, but may be tubeless so check it out. Punctures can be plugged without taking the tire off the bike, but need better rims. I'm looking for a set to run this winter on ice patches and snow( minimal amount hopefully) and radials tend to be softer and better grip in the cold.
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I agree that radials are better than bias in the wear department. Just not sure how the KLR will behave. On further investigation seems some BMW bikes are coming from the factory with a radial rear and bias front. So if it's good enough for them it's good enough for me.

This is definitely a tubeless tire but then most these days are.

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post #4 of 4 Old 09-12-2013, 01:13 AM
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Metzeler Tourance (original design) 130/80-17 on the rear of my KLR and yes it is a tubeless but ya just throw a tube in it, no bigee, no issues, I use my mule for commuting and wanted a higher mileage tire. Got 6000mi's out of stock tires...

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