Originally Posted by BigUglyGreenKLR
I figure this has been asked many times. I did a search and found a few responses on different tires, but I thought I would start a new thread because the other threads were several years old, and there may be more people that have some experience with these tire since the old threads were posted.
I am looking for an inexpensive tire for my KLR650 that is good for 50% dirt 50% street.
The stock tires on my 2001 were OK. I hated the AVON Gripsters: They were terrible on the trail, and didn't last very long (2,000 miles) on the street. I have tried the DURO 904, but the sidewalls started to seperate, so I don't want to use them. I think I could use a little more aggressive thread pattern than the Duro 904 or stock tires. I also have used the IRC GP-1 tire. It seemed to work OK. I didn't have a chance to really test the IRC in the dirt.
Looking for opinions on:
Kenda Big Block K784
any other inexpensive 50/50 tire
How are these on the street (Tires with aggressive knobbies supposedly vibrate a lot and make noise)?
How do they work off-road: Sand, Gravel, Mud, Powderd-Dirt, and Regular Dirt.
How long do they last?
Interesting Note: Kenda lists the Big Block as being 60% street and 40% dirt, and Shinko list their 804/805 as 40% street and 40% dirt, yet they look almost identical.
I can't yet read what Generation that your riding, nor how much you weigh, but deteriorating sidewalls may be from under inflation for the load applied.
Or maybe just 'sun rot' of Cheap Rubber! Ride further and faster!
I'll second the Kenda K270 for your usage.
But I can't understand why and how you only got 2000 miles out of My Favorite (No Longer Available) set of tires?
The Avon Gripsters!
The Least mileage that I got from a rear Gripster was 8,290 miles. The most from a rear Gripster, was 11,025 miles.
I rode over 15,000 miles on 2 different Front Gripsters.
Yes they were all very shallow of tread by then, but I could have ridden any of them 500-1000 miles further to get home from a road trip while being near devoid of cash if need be! (I'm wise enough to slow down in the rain.)
I'll recommend to All of You, to cut your "worn-out" tires with a knife and have a look!
When it comes to my personal bike, I am probably 'Cheaper' than most of you!
I might even put CBT to shame!
Who else but me, will run 3000-5000 miles on an oil change?
(But I still have 5 worn tires and 3 laboratory oil analysis's to support my claim.)