Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
I understand your point. My understanding is that the the area of the front tyre in contact with the road surface is increased as the tyre is compressed by the forward weight transference during braking. Obviously, the increase in contact area means there is an increase in friction, or grip if you prefer. A too hard (what is too hard?) front tyre would not compress enough. This would result in a reduction in the tyre's ability to grip. Anybody should consider this when deciding on the best tyre pressure.
I have looked the Dunlop website and they suggest that tyres should never be inflated above the rated pressure, or the motorcycle manufacturer's suggested tyre pressure, whichever is lower.
I think (not know) that perhaps KLRs are a bit lighter than other bikes that may use the same tyres, so perhaps the tyre pressure should be less?
Of course overloading a bike is always a bad idea. That is why it's called overloading
I will reiterate that i have had absolutely no problem at all with my tyres nor experienced any front end wobble. My riding has been mostly suburban commuting. with a couple thousand kilometers of highway riding with loaded panniers, top box, tent etc. and some mild off roading. I have got just over 16,000 km, (10,000 ml) from my current set of Dunlop Trailmax 604s. They are coming up due for a change, but that is not a bad run on a set of tyres i think.
Of course nothing I've written here contradicts what you've said Paul. This is just explains my choice.
Thanks for your reply Paul
Last edited by timberfoot; 06-29-2019 at 04:24 AM.