I completely understand.. Many of us are getting 7-8000 out of the Kenda 761's, which are less than $100 for a pair, shipped.. They're no where as good as the Anakee's on wet, but they're very good for most everything else..They were expensive, but I want a tire to last longer than a little over 4k miles. During the riding season I can do 4k miles in 4 months.
Well I don't have any way of changing the tire myself really and even more so don't have the time really right now to learn. I'm in college and have an extremely hectic schedule. However, I usually do order tires from MS and have them installed because they're usually cheaper than from the dealer, but this time I called the dealer to price the rear Anakee 2 and when he told $237 for the tire and $50 for install I decided to just spend the extra couple of bucks and buy the tire from them since I'm going to be riding 85 miles to the dealership and would have had to strap the tire on the bike somehow to get it downt there. Thanks though for the answer about difference in front and rear.Do you know anyone who is capable of changing tires in your area? A friend?
The reason I ask is that while I commend you for helping out your dealer, changing tires isn't that hard of a job..
A set of Anakee 2 tires for the KLR from Motorcycle Superstore would be $235, shipped to your door (without tubes), and changing both typically takes me a bit over an hour in my own garage.
When money's an issue, and safe tires are a major safety item, consider changing them yourself or with a friend that's done it before.. It serves both the money saving issue, and if you're in the middle of nowhere, the knowledge of how to do it yourself could become very important information to store away in your head..
I usually figure that every 4th tire is free, since I buy them myself and install them myself.. I just installed a new Anakee 2 in the front of my BMW GS last week before leaving, since the current front was questionable (barely) but since I was going to be on 150 miles or so of gravel (in the middle of nowhere) and that I was going to be on the north shore of Lake Superior, I changed them just to play it safe..
And that brings me to your question.. Yes, changing just the rear on your bike and not changing the front will be fine!! Chances are, your rear is toast but your front has plenty of life left.. Change just the back and save up for the front, and change it when needed..
While changing out both front and back will really help handling, you're going to be good changing out just the one that needs changing now.
Sorry about the soapbox sermon on changing your own and saving money, but it's something to consider, and it's good knowledge to have..