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06-13-2011 08:54 AM
TrabFTW Figured I'd follow up here since it's now 5 months or so later since I've had the shoes on.

My off road in them has been a bit more limited than I'd hoped, but I can say that they've never let me down on the terrain here in AZ. I always worried about the front tire washing out on some of the more hard packed surfaces out here which can have a loose layer or sandy gravel on top, but alas, they've held firm.
The worst I've been in was a two hour ride in through the deserts of Maricopa following my buddies in their Jeeps. The open trails were a blast and scooting past them to enjoy the tight turns on some parts were fun. But alas we got to where I didn't know where we were going any longer and had to let them lead through a hour long, slow ride through a wash bottom. The was was nothing but deep and soft sand. I was sure I was going to get stuck, but never even got close. Was just painfully difficult to ride slow in soft sand, but no tire would have resolved that sans balloons.
All in all, for everything I've done with them, they've done better than I'd expected and keep up with my style of riding, though I do wish I'd gotten to do quite a bit more with them off road.
On road, I love them. I couldn't ask anything more of them.
They stop very well and I have full confidence now when I do full breaking. IIRC, the rear tire would suddenly lock up under heavy breaking. These have only locked up a couple times (the rear) and both times let me know in advance it was going to lock up by doing a bit of moaning. Both times I purposefully induced locked up to see how much further I could push it, which was quite a bit compared to the stock. At least that's how it felt from my seat of my pants testing. The front is solid. I can't say anything more than that.
Under cornering, they've far exceeded my expectations and have shaved my peg feelers down rather well.
The rear is flatting in the center, but I put a LOT of miles commuting around Arizona's freeways on them and I tend to brake and accelerate hard, though I don't know how much that does to the tire as the front has hardly any noticeable wear. I imagine I'll have to replace the rear within a months time of now.
When I do, I'll take a picture and post the mileage I received from it.
All in all, I'd buy them again and will be doing so.
Granted, there are days I wish I had full knobbies to play with, but with my amount of street commuting, and my realistic prowess off road, these do the job very, very well.

Cheers,
Bart
01-29-2011 08:45 AM
klr4evr
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Originally Posted by Blueklr2008 View Post
I got almost 8k miles out of the stock tires. That is pretty good I figure. Hope to get at least 4k out of these kenda tires.
I've got 10,000 miles on a 761 rear. Probably get another 2k out of it but I have a set of Shinkos sitting here ready to mount. I've got a Kings 966 on the front which was the only tire I could find in Sandpoint, ID when my stock Dunlop separated. Have to say it has been an awesome tire and shows little wear with 8k miles on it.

8k out of the stock rear is probably a record.
01-28-2011 09:08 PM
SLO-KLR
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Originally Posted by kilowatt View Post
Sounds like a great tire how well does it work in the dirt?
See post 19.
01-28-2011 08:15 PM
kilowatt
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Originally Posted by SLO-KLR View Post
I think that is how they are marked for rotation, front tire pattern is opposite of the rear. The front wears very well rotating as marked. I got 12k out of the front with very little cupping and still have enough tread to go another 2k. That's outstanding wear.
Sounds like a great tire how well does it work in the dirt?
01-28-2011 08:08 PM
Mark B (4) Thread jack!

Darin...

I take it the bike is running again? Did I miss that thread?

MB4
01-28-2011 01:22 PM
Tom Schmitz Blueklr2008-

Heh! I got 9K out of the first rear K761 and am at 6K now on the second. Still on the same front...

T
01-28-2011 08:32 AM
Blueklr2008
Nice Tires

I still have my stock tires on. The back one is about gone and the front one has some cracks in it. Today I ordered a pair of Kenda 761s. $98 is pretty damn cheap for a set of tires. I should get them in a week and be ridin in style.
I got almost 8k miles out of the stock tires. That is pretty good I figure. Hope to get at least 4k out of these kenda tires.
01-28-2011 08:28 AM
SLO-KLR They get about the same mileage as any other rear tire I've used. 4k on a rear tire. The front seems to wear exceptionally well and had very little cupping. It went 12k.
01-28-2011 12:37 AM
Red Burrito
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Originally Posted by SLO-KLR View Post
Yep, same here, the curse of using the KLR as a commuter. I've been running the 705 for quite a while, just mounted my 4th rear and 2nd front 705. It is flat out a great road tire providing all the grip the KLR will ever need. The suprise about this tire is it is much better off road than it's 30% rating would lead you to believe. I ran a set for my Moab trip last year knowing they were potentially a serious compromise considering the terrain I was planning on riding. I road about 500 dualsport miles on everything from deep sandy creek bottoms to steep rock gardens. I kept waiting for these tires to let me down, front tire wash out, rear tire slide out or the like. It just didn't happen, the 705's ate up the ground and never caused me a nervous moment.
That is good to know. Sounds like it will take everything I dish out at my basic skill level. Do you think the 705 gets more milage then the others because of its tread?
01-27-2011 09:23 PM
SLO-KLR
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So I got the 700 and 705 mixed up. I like off road, a lot! Sadly I spend way to much on road to get to it... even with it right in my own backyard.
Yep, same here, the curse of using the KLR as a commuter. I've been running the 705 for quite a while, just mounted my 4th rear and 2nd front 705. It is flat out a great road tire providing all the grip the KLR will ever need. The suprise about this tire is it is much better off road than it's 30% rating would lead you to believe. I ran a set for my Moab trip last year knowing they were potentially a serious compromise considering the terrain I was planning on riding. I road about 500 dualsport miles on everything from deep sandy creek bottoms to steep rock gardens. I kept waiting for these tires to let me down, front tire wash out, rear tire slide out or the like. It just didn't happen, the 705's ate up the ground and never caused me a nervous moment.
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