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post #1 of 11 Old 05-12-2009, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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Mich....T63's

Anyone try the Michelin T 63's yet ? I seem to be wearing out my orig. tires fast..
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-15-2009, 05:54 PM
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If they look like a street tread you better not go off the hard top, see below;

I ran a pair of T66's for 6000 mi. The rear is still good but I had cupping with the front tread. I had to take them off and go to the Mefo Explorer (see my photos in Show Off Your Bike) because the Michelin's were no good off road at all. Everything I have heard about the Mefo tires is good as far as longevity and if you get into some muddy stuff you'll be allot happier, I am.
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They are pretty aggressive knobbies.. .. I know some like the new 606 Dunlops too..

Mich's T 63 Rear. 60.00 from Motorcycle-Superstore.. Front the same price under 60.

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Gunjunkie, have you tried the T63? I am currently trying a pair, 600 miles so far.

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post #5 of 11 Old 04-09-2010, 11:41 PM
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I'm putting a set on next week and heading to Moab the week after. I will have 4000 miles on them by the 2nd week of May. I'll give a report when I get back. It should be a good test for on and off road as well as wear.
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I'm putting a set on next week and heading to Moab the week after. I will have 4000 miles on them by the 2nd week of May. I'll give a report when I get back. It should be a good test for on and off road as well as wear.
Jim, looking forward to your report especially the wear. Please include the weights and air pressures. I am discovering these tires are tire pressure sensitive. TIA

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Wednesday I increased the tire pressures to 36F and 40R and did not think that change would have any ill effects.

Tonight I decided to do the 35 mile section of the river road. To get there I ride maybe four miles of freeway. The frontend felt light so I shook handlebars and it wobbled noticeably. After I got off the freeway I added one turn or 1mm to the MotoWizard Preload Adjusters and that settled the frontend down. Soon I was on the river road and the tires were handling well other than a few moments. I cross a few grated bridges and the bridge in Walnut Grove does not like KLRs and especially does not like the T63 rear tire. I would rather ride deep gravel. The other issue this tire has is parallel (same direction) uneven road surfaces. The T63 does not like having pressure on the side of the tread. The tire will ride the rut.

I was looking forward to Death Valley but I don't think I am going to make it...but maybe.

Mileage is my main concern with the T63 is mileage. I will need to get 3,500 miles or 6,??? miles. These are my current options on tire replacement.

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It sounds to me like you are running too much air. I find mine works pretty good with the Kawa recommended 28r 21f. I've run away from sport touring bikes in the twisties with TKC 80 with that pressure. I drop the air by 4-5 lbs when I get off road. Sometimes I make a short run on pavement with the reduced air and they are a little squishy in the corners.

I find that the center wears much faster than the sides with the Kawa pressures. I would have to guess that they would wear even faster running your pressures. There is always that balance between wear and where they perform the best.
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It sounds to me like you are running too much air. I find mine works pretty good with the Kawa recommended 28r 21f. I've run away from sport touring bikes in the twisties with TKC 80 with that pressure. I drop the air by 4-5 lbs when I get off road. Sometimes I make a short run on pavement with the reduced air and they are a little squishy in the corners.

I find that the center wears much faster than the sides with the Kawa pressures. I would have to guess that they would wear even faster running your pressures. There is always that balance between wear and where they perform the best.
Thanks for your input. There is truth in what you express though tire pressures are as personal as shock settings or handlebar position.

After seeing how the tires reacted to the increased pressures I was going to reduce them back to the 32F 36R to see how they react. I do know the rear tire gets squirrly with less pressure. Not sure about the front tire other than 36 is probably too much pressure.
I weigh 220 pounds and will carry probably too much travel gear. You will never find me running 21F on this KLR. Low pressures do not fit my riding needs.
Tire wear is affected by more than tire pressure and I will $pay$ the $price$ for a more stable ride at highway speeds.
We need to petition to have the Highways redesigned with varying curves and elevation changes. This would help keep thte drivers/riders aware, entertained, and wear all of the tires tread.
I do know the T63 will not be a daily tire for me though stands a good chance to be my rough terrain tire. Heck they are $110 a set.
Supposed to rain the next two days so I won't get to test the T63 until Tuesday. I will be going to the Sierra twisties or Lake Berryessa area varying roads.

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You are right about the weight. That does make a difference, as well as the particular tire.

I've been real happy with the TKC 80, but when I looked at the price difference with the T63 I had to try them. I hope I wasn't penny wise and dollar foolish.
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