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post #1 of 16 Old 05-28-2007, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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Tires again

I bet this is the thousandth thread about tires, but what is recommended by yall?

http://www.standoutnet.com/extras/mi.../klr650/tires/


This is what Ive been judging my choices off of. I live on a ranch, and ride on our gravel roads frequently. Good bit of pavement too. So I want a 50/50 tire or so. I really like the Dunlop 606 and found the set shipped for $120, vs. $100 from dealer for one. I also thought of the IRC GP1, but am really liking the Dunlop...What do yall think?
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post #2 of 16 Old 05-28-2007, 09:50 PM
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I just put a set of mefos on mine a few weeks ago. They have great reviews from the guys that have used them, and some say they can get 10K miles out of a set. I got them from our supporter, KLR650.com for about $180 delivered.

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Did you get the knobbies? I encounter mud frequently, and these stock tires SUCK in mud!
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If you like the Dunlop 606, try the Chen Shin 858. I think it has better grip on and off road plus it doesn't howl on the pavement.
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Okay. How do they hold up though? I put a Duro on my DR200, only to learn a week later that nearly everyone with that tire had had it shred . I want to make sure I dont get into that again.
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I got the same mileage out of the 606 and 858 rear tires so my preference would be to go with the better performing tire which also happens to be cheaper. I'm still using the front tire with 4k miles on it and no cupping so far and lots of tread. I haven't heard of anyone having problems with the 858 like the Duro. I just put a Mefo on the rear last weekend and I hope it lasts for a while. So far it is performing well on and off road but I haven't tried it in the mud yet.
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-Dunlop 606's if you do more off road than on road riding.
-Mefo Explorers if you do more on road than off road riding.
I had the 606's. Not a street friendly tire. They howl like mad and not that good in the wet.
Mefo's are still very good off road but much more friendly on road. It'll cost you almost $200 to get set delivered to your door, but they are a wise investment in that you'll have them for at least 5K or 6K miles.
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Kick around looking at IRC GP110 tires. They're a 60/40 tire that wears pretty good on the road, and will go through nasty stuff pretty well.

I have a set of Maxxi 6006's that I'm tossing on as soon as my Anakees are worn out. I've been told they're similar to the Dunlop 606's as far as wear and everything..
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No I got the 50/50, but mud is mud and some tires are better than others, but they all are lacking when you hit mud.

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No I got the 50/50, but mud is mud and some tires are better than others, but they all are lacking when you hit mud.
True. Mud is similar to riding across an open grate bridge in the rain. Or crossing railroad tracks at an angle in the rain. They just don't make a tire to handle that very well.
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