Kawasaki KLR Forum banner
1 - 11 of 11 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
44 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Well it's time for new shoes. Coming off are Kenda 270's (got 7,000 miles out of the front and 5,000 out of the rear) and I'm deciding between the Mitas E-07 and the Shinko 700. If I'm realistic my riding is 65% road and 35% forest and jeep roads while occasionally pushing my limits on rutted or real rocky stuff, but I want the performance and confidence off road. Primary uses are semi regular commuting and then taking the roads into the mountains to get on the trails. The Kenda 270 rear was fine off road but wore flat in what I think was a short time from the tarmac. The 270 front I did not like at all :frown2:. I found it squirrelly on road grooves, gravel, dirt, etc.

So, after reading comments here in the forums and reviews from various retailer sites I've come to the E-07 and the 700's. My priorities in descending order are:

1- Performance on tarmac and trail (no mud)
2- Confidence inspiring performance of front tire
3- Tread life
4- Price (I realize that I can get a F and R of 700's for the cost of one F E-07)

Tires discussions seem to bring out some strong opinions and I look forward to hearing them. Thanks in advance for any and all input!
 

·
Administrator
Joined
·
4,017 Posts
Firstly I will say that I have not tried either the Mitas or the Shinko tire. There's no doubt that the Mitas is a fine tire but for me the performance versus price issue is too big. At near twice the price of the Shinko does the Mitas have twice the performance. I have my doubts. If cost isn't an issue then the Mitas would probably be the tire of choice.

Watching thread to see which direction it goes. I'm kinda looking at the Shinko 700's as my next replacement tires after I wear out my current stock. Too many tires and not enough time to ride.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,062 Posts
My milage

On front, I have a nearly worn out Midas E-07 with 18,604 mostly black top & some gravel road use. Will put a Heidenau K60 on this winter.
On back is a Heidenau K60 with 9,326 miles on it... same type of use as front. It still looks almost new, and does quite well on gravel, dirt, and grass. ( I don't like mud, or water crossings so, Limited use there. ) The few times it went through mud, or water, it did OK.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
44 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
You?ve certainly gotten good tread life from the Mitas and Heidi! Guess I?m having difficulty accepting the tread pattern of the Heidi rear tire but your experience and that of others point to it being a good trail tire for these heavier bikes. And it?s probably a smooth ride on pavement.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,062 Posts
Smooth ride

You?ve certainly gotten good tread life from the Mitas and Heidi! Guess I?m having difficulty accepting the tread pattern of the Heidi rear tire but your experience and that of others point to it being a good trail tire for these heavier bikes. And it?s probably a smooth ride on pavement.
I do experience some mild vib's at higher speeds. Not enough to bother me, but not everybody has same sensitivity to vib's.
When I had a Mitas on rear, there was a howling at 50 mph or so. That was quite noticeable, especially while wearing different ear plugs. Strange affect! I changed my ear plugs to a different type, and the sound went away completely.
The KLR isn't a quiet bike, by any stretch of the imagination. Ear plugs are your friend!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
343 Posts
I'm pretty enamored with Shinko tires. Been running them on all three of my bikes for several years. I've run Ravens and Verges on my big tourer, 804/805s and 705s on my KLR, and 244s on my DRZ400. I do all my own mounting and balancing. I have been 100% satisfied with Shinkos, and now always look first to that brand as my tire of choice for any bike I have.

YMMV
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
50 Posts
I love Shinko tires for the price and performance, love the 244 on KLRs and I run the 804/805s on my V-strom. With that said I hate the 700s, the worst tire i ever had on my KLRs. I got 6K miles out of an 805 on the rear of my Vstrom and it does really well on pavement, its only downfall is in gravel it does not have alot of side to side hold. The 244s are great but just only count on about 2500-3000 miles out of them and when they are at the end of their life they are damn scary.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
165 Posts
My milage

On front, I have a nearly worn out Midas E-07 with 18,604 mostly black top & some gravel road use. Will put a Heidenau K60 on this winter.
On back is a Heidenau K60 with 9,326 miles on it... same type of use as front. It still looks almost new, and does quite well on gravel, dirt, and grass. ( I don't like mud, or water crossings so, Limited use there. ) The few times it went through mud, or water, it did OK.
Wow, I'm running K60s also, I'm a little over 7000 the front still has plenty of tread but the rear , not so much.
What pressure are you running in the back?
I'm thinking of going to the 140 on the rear, it has a different tread pattern than the 130, it has the continuous center rib.
I'm thinking it might last a little longer.
Great tires in my opinion.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
198 Posts
I run the E-07 on the Tenere, it’s a great tire, great on the street and pretty darn good off the street. Traction control is the only thing that has ever gotten me stuck with them.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
130 Posts
I'm pretty enamored with Shinko tires. Been running them on all three of my bikes for several years. I've run Ravens and Verges on my big tourer, 804/805s and 705s on my KLR, and 244s on my DRZ400. I do all my own mounting and balancing. I have been 100% satisfied with Shinkos, and now always look first to that brand as my tire of choice for any bike I have.

YMMV
I've had pretty good luck with Shinko 244's as well. I've done a couple multi day trips on them and had no surprises. They're a little loud on the road but no too bad, hard to beat for the price. I like new tires so in my mind you can have a couple sets of Shinkos for the price of one set of Mitas. Having said that I would like to try a set of E07's.I've been running TKC 80's for the last couple of years and can put up with the sort of short life (I don't run them bald but I think the rear could last 3500-4000 miles on a KLR) for the fantastic performance on and off road. If performance is your primary criteria you might try a set. Here in Arizona I ride a lot of rocks and have never even cut a knob or thrown a knob after hours on the highway in the heat. You can save a few bucks by getting the tube type and not just getting the tubeless (either will work of course). I get mine from Rocky Mtn, Chapparral Motorsports or American Moto tire. I have no experience with the 700 because I have heard they weren't that great-they remind me of the stock Dunlop D750.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
24 Posts
I put the e-07 last spring and love them.
Fantastic 50/50 tire, I don’t think the shinko can match the longevity. 100-110kmh(60-70mph) no issues, gravel to light trails no issues what so ever. I will put these on next time. They are very tough to install but they are a very tough tire which is why I bought them.
 
1 - 11 of 11 Posts
Top