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post #1 of 12 Old 01-12-2009, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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Tires for KLR650

I ride my 2008 KLR 650 almost exclusively on pavement. Please reply with suggestions for the best tires for this applicationl'

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post #2 of 12 Old 01-12-2009, 05:31 PM
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I'd look into the Anakees/Distanzas/D607/Tourance or anything else in that group.. They're 95% pavement, and if you get that itch to run down a gravel road, they'll do that with ease.. You'll also get the best milage out of these tires, as they're made for road work, and typically have much better traction (wet and dry) than a knobby or semi knobby tire..

Take a look at http://arizonamoto.com/Merchant2/mer...ory_Code=DualP for a good selection.. If you buy a pair of tires from SWMoto, there's no shipping charge.
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I can vouch for the Distanza's. The tread depth on those things is almost scary, way deep. They run out very smooth and so far, the wear seems to be excellent. They do good on gravel and dirt. The Avon tires do seem to run a bit bigger in actual size compared to other brands, and really fills out the rear nicely.

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I have ran a pair of Michelin T66's for 6500 miles and expect to get at least 2500 more out of them.

I believe these are discontinued but there are still some around I bought these on eBay at a great price with free shipping.
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Avon gripsters or avon distanzias.

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Gripsters or Kenda's 761..both perfect tires..I ride the same..soley on the street!

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I have ran a pair of Michelin T66's for 6500 miles and expect to get at least 2500 more out of them.

I believe these are discontinued but there are still some around I bought these on eBay at a great price with free shipping.
I'll be changing them out for Mefo Explorers this spring. The street tread thing is great until you get in the mud, then they are worse than worthless. My wife's KLR has the Explorers on it and I like the way they handle and wear.
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The street tread thing is great until you get in the mud, then they are worse than worthless.
Yep, so right.

In the computer business when somebody is looking to buy a new PC... "Almost exclusively on pavement" equates to "I don't play any PC games except for Microsoft Flight Simulator X". It's that one time where something much better is needed that you must plan for. I've been extremely happy with the Mefo's also. Even at 30psi they work awesome off road.
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In the computer business when somebody is looking to buy a new PC... "Almost exclusively on pavement" equates to "I don't play any PC games except for Microsoft Flight Simulator X". It's that one time where something much better is needed that you must plan for. I've been extremely happy with the Mefo's also. Even at 30psi they work awesome off road.
That sounds like me, only game I play that is taxing to a computer are flight sims.

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I rarely ride off road though have been there. I have ridden Gripsters, three rears and two front, and they performed well on or off road though they have a reputation for not liking mud (but who does). Currently have a pair of Distanzia "S" and I like them very much though I want to know how they handle when the rear tire is squared from excessive asphalt miles.

Michelin Anakee or Metelzer Tourance are a bit pricey though seemly good performance and wear tires.

In May I will be installing TKC80's for the Moab trip and they might make a one-way Alaska trip.

Read a lot and consider type and style of riding plus air pressure. All of these are personal though they do vary the performance and life of the tire.

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