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post #1 of 12 Old 07-10-2009, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone. I guess this has been hashed and rehashed but here goes. I would like to hear from some folks who have been there. I need to know what is the best tire,longest treadlife and handles best for a strictley highway commuter and maybe 10% gravel/dirt roads. I rode street and trail bikes for years when I was younger but all Ive had for the last 25yrs has been bigger road bikes. I recently rode a friends klr and it was a blast. I came home and bought one but the tires are 50/50 and I would like to change them. All input will be greatly appreciated. Happy trails. Bearman out!
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post #2 of 12 Old 07-10-2009, 05:17 PM
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I'm running an Avon Gripster on the rear and the stocker on the front and really liking the combo. Bout time for a new front and I will probably go with stock again...cheap and it runs nice. The Gripster on the rear made a HUGE difference. I am a road rider, too. Hit the gravel and dirt rarely. And not for long periods of time.

Avon Distanzia's are supposed to be good, but they were more expensive. There are other brands too, but I heard a lot of good things about the Gripster and I have NO complaints. My .02. Let the games begin.

PS - Out of all the street oriented tires I looked at (I decided not to cheap out on tires) the Gripster was the cheapest of the lot.




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Lockjaw, thanks for the input. I'll give it some thought. What is your take on the Michelin Anakee tires? I am really considering a set of these. Bearman out!
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Lockjaw, thanks for the input. I'll give it some thought. What is your take on the Michelin Anakee tires? I am really considering a set of these. Bearman out!
Anakees stick on wet and dry pavement like glue. You'll get around 8-10K miles of life out of them, or more.. They're so-so off road.. If you're just on hardpack dirt or gravel, they're fine, but any of the 90/10 radials are just not at home in mud or sand..
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Anakee...I couldn't think of the name. Yeah, I looked at those. They were significantly more than the Gripsters at the shop here. Price did play a factor.

So yeah, don't really know anything about them. Anyone try Avon vs. Anakee?




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Typically, the Anakees run a touch over $200 for a pair, shipped.. I've always mounted my own.. Double A has a set on right now and his will see 9K pretty easily. I got 8k out of mine, but I'm hard on tires..

Although, I did do a weekend of trail riding in the UP with Anakees that were about 2/3 worn, and didn't have any problems in the wet, but it was wet sand..

My bike is currently wearing Kenda 270's.. They (my opinion) suck on the road. Very squishy in corners.. They squish and then settle, but it gets your attention when they squish.. My next set are Kenda 761's.. I think they'll be a great compromise, and they were $100 for the set..
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Get a TKC80 for the front and a Gripster for the rear. Done
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I'm on my third set of Pirelli Scorpion MT-90 S/T's.... They're rated 95/5 and work great on hwy and backroads. I can scrape the pegs without worry on winding roads. Haven't done much off-road except a little hard packed fire roads. Worked OK there. I get about 7-8 K out of the rear and 8-9 out of the front. My '08 KLR can take better advantage of them then my '05 could.
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Thanks for the input. That sounds like something I would be interested in. 95/5 would probably suit my needs and the treadlife sounds about right. I will look at those. Thanks again. Bearman out!
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