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post #1 of 4 Old 03-28-2017, 12:53 AM Thread Starter
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My friend with his 10% street tires flies past me around turns on the street....

I have some tires rated 60% street but I'm new to dual sport riding so I'm sure I need to get more comfortable. Aside from tire wear how are having mostly offroad rated tires going to perform on the street? We're not cornering at high speed but I have seen guys on dual sports fly around turns with knobby tires. They must grip pretty well. Will a higher rated street tire grip better? More rubber to road contact seems like it would. Or maybe he has so me great branded tires... He's got a Honda xr650L
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Street tires grip better than knobbies......BUT the knobbies grip well enough that most riders never come close to the limits anyhow. I run knobbies on both KLR's (D606 rears and MT21 fronts) and I ride aggressively on and offroad without any issues whatsoever. The KLR doesn't stick like my ZX6R did but it doesn't need to and the knobbies still have enough traction to out-handle what the rest of the bike is capable of.

A similar sorta thing; I attended a superbike course with my ex-wife and they had a wet skid platform and a custom ZX6R with outriggers.....it was amazing how much lean you could still get before loosing traction.

Consider taking one of the advanced riding courses in your area and never ride above your skill level.

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Hey Dave,

Thanks for the info. I did want to take a dual sport class. There was one but it was over in the dessert somewhere so I couldn't get away. Any bike course would be great I'm sure. It's amazing how much we can push them before failure occurs. As long as I'm wearing some good gear I should be fine to take a dive or two in the sand. I did last weekend. My $4 harbor freight knee pads earned their keep under my pants. Needed last minute extra gear since I didn't have any offroad gear. I saw some decent knee and shin gear at my local motorcycle shop so I'll pick that up.
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Hey Dave,

Thanks for the info. I did want to take a dual sport class. There was one but it was over in the dessert somewhere so I couldn't get away. Any bike course would be great I'm sure. It's amazing how much we can push them before failure occurs. As long as I'm wearing some good gear I should be fine to take a dive or two in the sand. I did last weekend. My $4 harbor freight knee pads earned their keep under my pants. Needed last minute extra gear since I didn't have any offroad gear. I saw some decent knee and shin gear at my local motorcycle shop so I'll pick that up.
Good on you for gearing up.

And I agree with Dave. The knobs can hook much better than people expect. I've found they are awesome on my poorly maintained backroads. The tall knobs tiptoe through patches of loose gravel that used to send my street tires in to a skid. But besides all that, don't worry about your buddy or anyone else. It's ok to have a riding partner to help you learn to ride better, but don't ride outside your own comfort level. It's just not worth it.
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