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post #1 of 11 Old 10-28-2012, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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Accessible only by Off Highway vehicles!

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post #2 of 11 Old 10-28-2012, 10:06 PM
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Accessible only by Off Highway vehicles!
Nice!

There aren't any lakes close by for me - but there's a great big desert to the west.
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post #3 of 11 Old 10-28-2012, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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Nice!

There aren't any lakes close by for me - but there's a great big desert to the west.
In a very short time the dozens of lakes like this around my area will freeze and LOOK like deserts! It 's not true that Canadians all live in Igloos. Some also hibernate the winter away like bears eh, others migrate south to Utah where it is warmer!
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post #4 of 11 Old 10-29-2012, 07:38 AM
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Nice pic, justjeff! What's that front tire you're running? Is it a 3-inch tire?



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Hi planalp!
The tires are Pirelli MT21's The front is a 90-90-21(3.54" wide) and the rear is a 130-90-17(5.12" wide). They are taller than either the factory dunlops or the Mefo Explorers I had on just before. I wish I had the inch I took out of my kickstand back in! No clearance issues on the front, the rear is tighter but has at least 1/8" on the muffler which is the closest fit. The Pirelli's are a 90/10 DOT approved knobbie. Much better than the Mefo's in the dirt and sand and about half the price. No noticable wear on the front and about 1/16"wear on the back after about 750 miles of mixed riding, including high speed pavement. Much less noise or vibration on highway than I expected, barely noticable at road pressure.
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In a very short time the dozens of lakes like this around my area will freeze and LOOK like deserts! It 's not true that Canadians all live in Igloos. Some also hibernate the winter away like bears eh, others migrate south to Utah where it is warmer!
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Lol, some of us hunker down and read ADV ride reports all winter... Then we make noises like were shifting gears when were running our snow throwers

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Did you know there is Motorcycle Ice Racing on several of the Alberta lakes near us in winter 650Stew ? Usually in January and February.
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Hi planalp!
The tires are Pirelli MT21's The front is a 90-90-21(3.54" wide) and the rear is a 130-90-17(5.12" wide). They are taller than either the factory dunlops or the Mefo Explorers I had on just before. I wish I had the inch I took out of my kickstand back in! No clearance issues on the front, the rear is tighter but has at least 1/8" on the muffler which is the closest fit. The Pirelli's are a 90/10 DOT approved knobbie. Much better than the Mefo's in the dirt and sand and about half the price. No noticable wear on the front and about 1/16"wear on the back after about 750 miles of mixed riding, including high speed pavement. Much less noise or vibration on highway than I expected, barely noticable at road pressure.
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Thanks for letting me know about the tires, justjeff. I like the looks of those and it's interesting to learn you've done some high-speed pavement on them. I've always had "oversized" tires on my previous DS bikes and liked them but haven't put any on the KLR so far. It sounds like these could do double-duty as commuter tires, especially since most of my commute is 60mph on gravel and blacktop roads. I guess the question would be how long they'd last. Might just have to try one and find out. I've been riding more dirt and mud since the wife got an ATV.



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Thanks for letting me know about the tires, justjeff. I like the looks of those and it's interesting to learn you've done some high-speed pavement on them. I've always had "oversized" tires on my previous DS bikes and liked them but haven't put any on the KLR so far. It sounds like these could do double-duty as commuter tires, especially since most of my commute is 60mph on gravel and blacktop roads. I guess the question would be how long they'd last. Might just have to try one and find out. I've been riding more dirt and mud since the wife got an ATV.
Hi planalp!
Untill the snow flew I used these tires for just that....commuting to and from work on asphalt and gravel and mixed trail riding. They seemed to have good traction on pavement even in the wet starting and stopping, but I'm not one to test the cornering limits of knobbies on pavement. I did one trip with about 200miles of dirt sand and rocks and 100 miles of paved highway and was expecting much more wear. The rear was $99.00 and the front was $85.00 cdn. I am very happy with them.
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