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04-17-2010 10:44 AM
tomatocity
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Originally Posted by klr4evr View Post
Tomato

What's the pricing like on the T63?
Very inexpensive at $55 a tire.
04-17-2010 09:38 AM
klr4evr Tomato

What's the pricing like on the T63?
04-17-2010 12:58 AM
tomatocity
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Originally Posted by jtge View Post
Hi, I have a new to me '01 KLR 650, and the rear tire is somewhat spent. Im going to ride 50-50% asphalt/dirt, and I need some tires recomendations. The dirt will include some 20% mud, and rural roads.

Regards, and congratulations for such a nice forum

Regards

Jose Gonzalez
'01 KLR 650
Guatemala
Michelin T63 (50/50), I think it was Jeff Saline that said the T63 needed to be scrubbed before they would handle well (or something like that). The T63 on my 2003 were questionable until they had 600 miles on them. I have been working on the suspension at the same time. They seem to be handling very well in twisties, smooth highways and gravel. Yes gravel I took the KLR into a gravel section this evening and the T63 did very well. I pushed it very hard in rough tight asphalt twisties and the T63 did VERY well. The only thing the T63 does not like is grooved concrete. Over 900 miles and the T63 is becoming a fun tire.
04-16-2010 09:17 PM
klr4evr
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Originally Posted by EWSpears View Post
I am interested in a comparison of Shinko 244 vs. Shinko 700 Dual Sport Tires. Which is more aggressive offroad? Which is better on street.
I am interested in putting on a Kawasaki KLR 650 which will be used 50% on the soft sand Ocala National Forest roads near me and 50% on the street getting to those sand trails.


I nearly bought the Shinko 244 but settled on the Kenda 270. Heard of too many problems with the Shinko with lugs tearing out. I'll stick to Kenda for now.
The Shinko 700 is a relatively new tire and I haven't heard any reports on it or of anyone that has them for that matter. In Canada the Shinkos seem to be in short supply. Just looking at the picture the 244 looks more aggressive than the 700.
04-16-2010 09:15 PM
klr4evr The Kenda 270 may be an option but I don't know how it would do in the mud. The Kenda 760 Trackmaster is very aggressive but won't last long on pavement.

The Kenda 761 that was recommended is more street oriented. It's more 90/10 IMO.
04-16-2010 08:15 PM
mrweasel2 Another vote for Mefo Explorers.
03-29-2010 10:45 PM
willmo454 I ran a set of 607's front and rear. The front wore perfect. The back scalloped a little, but I felt confident on road with minimal noise.
03-27-2010 10:18 AM
jtge Thanks for all the help, I tried to find some of the recommended tires, with no luck. Im going to order some from USA next month. In the meantime, I ended up buying Bridgestone Trail wing 41 and 42, (the only 50-50% tires I could find), and when I found them, I did a quick search and found different opinions about them. Im going to use them for now, and order some in the next month or so.
I just did a 220 mile trip 70% off road, and they performed acceptable.

Regards
03-27-2010 08:28 AM
EWSpears
Shinko 244 vs. Shinko 700 Dual Sport Tires

I am interested in a comparison of Shinko 244 vs. Shinko 700 Dual Sport Tires. Which is more aggressive offroad? Which is better on street.
I am interested in putting on a Kawasaki KLR 650 which will be used 50% on the soft sand Ocala National Forest roads near me and 50% on the street getting to those sand trails.
03-20-2010 12:15 AM
john37 I used Dunlop 607's and they were fantastic on the road. Dirt was not their friend. I then went to Kenda K270's. Loved the "dirtability" and the street worthiness of the tires with the exception of the rear on the street. It was awful and inspire little to no confidence. I changed the rear tire to a Kenda K761. I love this tire on the street. In dirt it was so so and in mud it was plain aweful!
Tonight, I mounted some Shinko 244's on her. We'll see what those are like on a ride I'm going on this weekend. I'll report my finding.

Oh, and I just mounted some 606's on my 99 KLR. I'm looking forward to trying those out in dirt.
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