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post #1 of 29 Old 09-03-2010, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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new tires for my 2007 KLR650 ?

I'm going to need new tires for my 2007 klr650 - I want to go as wide
as I can front and back - I ride 90%+ in the road, what is a good tire and
how wide can I go (I don't know anything about tires) ?
I wore out a brand new rear tire this year already.
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post #2 of 29 Old 09-03-2010, 04:22 PM
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You can squeeze a 140/ 90 in the swingarm.

Good tires are in the eye of the rider and there's many opinions.
I need a few others to chime in on this one as my method of tire
choosing and usage is different than anyone else on this site.
I've run the last of the summer with full knobbies and not had problem one
with law enforcement noticing or even caring. This is where it's good
to be an "old guy in training" and driving pretty sedately in town.

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I'm going to need new tires for my 2007 klr650 - I want to go as wide
as I can front and back - I ride 90%+ in the road, what is a good tire and
how wide can I go (I don't know anything about tires) ?
I wore out a brand new rear tire this year already.

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I will absolutely second that suggestion!! They're the tires that made my KLR fun on the road again, and a pair costs less than $100, shipped!!
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I'm going to need new tires for my 2007 klr650 - I want to go as wide
as I can front and back - I ride 90%+ in the road, what is a good tire and
how wide can I go (I don't know anything about tires) ?
I wore out a brand new rear tire this year already.
The stock size tires provide more traction than it can use on the pavement so you be spending money for nothing. A 140 will fit fine in the rear, a 150 has potential clearance issues. The 90/90/21 is as wide as you will find in a 21" wheel. To go wider you will need to go to a 19, 18, or 17 inch wheel.
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what do the numbers of tire mean?

i understand the 17 but what does the 140 and the 80 mean in
the tire number 140/80-17 ? Is the 140 width and 80 the depth?

If it does, how much wider is the 140 than the 130?
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what do the numbers of tire mean?

i understand the 17 but what does the 140 and the 80 mean in
the tire number 140/80-17 ? Is the 140 width and 80 the depth?

If it does, how much wider is the 140 than the 130?

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Got two rears and another front in the middle of the nite.

The rears are both worn, but not done yet and have good
date codes and carcass condition. Each should give at least a thousand
safe miles before I return them. Kinda like the library. Check one out
for a month or two and return it when done. LOLOL
Good front tires are a dime a dozen as people replace them as sets very often.
Many still look new, or close to it.

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I will absolutely second that suggestion!! They're the tires that made my KLR fun on the road again, and a pair costs less than $100, shipped!!
What kind of road mileage are you getting with the Kenda 761? I am a new owner and the 750 on the '09 only got 4000 miles.

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