Pretty in Pink, dunno why
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Redondo Beach
I really like K761s; they are my preferred tire because they are inexpensive, long lasting, and work pretty well. Like the KLR, they are excellent at nothing (except wear) but pretty good at everything.
That said, I have some views that some think are controversial. Take the following with a grain of salt. Or, if you know me, go steal a salt lick from the pasture...
I mount the K761 'backwards' on the front. That is, the rotational arrow points the wrong way. I found that, regardless of pressure, that tire will cup badly if mounted according to the arrow. It will also hunt and wander something fierce on rain grooves and will follow any line in the road like Mary's little lamb. It also won't turn in worth a damn. Granted, this is my experience only and could well be a result of how I ride and how I load the bike. In fact, it probably is.
Mounted the wrong way it will work wonderfully. I find them to be good for well over 15k miles and they'll still have life left in them but they get changed out from a sense of guilt over being so damn cheap. (sorry Mark, nothing personal)
My lawyer tells me that I need to advise you not do do as I do but to merely read the above as an interesting anecdote, for following my advice you will surely die in a crumpled ball of twisted steel and mangled rubber (though I note that I have never been killed, not even once).
I also believe that any front tire should be balanced. It should be mounted with attention paid to any weight dot it might have and then checked for balance.
Paul's advice of setting the front tire up with 2psi more pressure than the rear is also good and helps with most any issue you might see in the tire.
Tom [email protected]
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Last edited by Tom Schmitz; 12-08-2015 at 07:14 PM.