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I've been using Kenda 761s and have been happy with them. Typically I get about 5-6 K miles from a rear, twice that from a front.

Read about the Shinko 705 so put a rear on and just replaced it with a new 761. I wasn't impressed with the Shinko. 1st of all it costs more than the Kenda and was worn out with less than 5K miles on it. It's supposed to have better wet weather handling than the Kenda but I live in the desert so didn't have much opportunity to check that out :)

I just bought a set of 761s from Motorcycle Superstore for $85 delivered. Maybe a high priced tire will last me longer but I'm not willing to spend the bucks to find out! The Kendas seem like a good match for the KLR.
 

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I"ve put a set of the 761's on my bike, and they're not too bad. I've got about 1K miles on them so far, so it's too early to say how long they'll last. The grip on dry pavement is surprisingly good. No real wet experience with them yet. The turn-in definitely feels odd coming from the Distanzias I was running before.
 

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15 dollars difference in price on a set of tires isn't much to quibble about. I got the same mileage out of the 705 as the 761 so 15 bucks is a small price to pay for the additional performance of the 705. As always YMMV

What additional performance did you notice? I only had the rear, I didn't notice a difference from the 761.

The difference is more like $40 for a set (Motorcycle Superstore) enough for another 761!
 

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The shinko is better on wet pavement which we finally had some this winter. The Shinko is better off road as well. The other great thing is this is the first front tire in 40k miles that hasn't cupped. It will probably last thru three rear tires for about 12k. The Shinko's are currently just under a hundred bucks a set at Chaparral Motorsports. The 761 is a decent tire and I was reasonably happy with it while I had it. The downside to the 705's is I'm wearing out the outside edge of my boots in the twisties.
 

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This is good information.

My 2005 went from Gripsters to Distanzias. Both are good tire though expensive in comparison but they do sell a radial rear tire.
My 2003 has had Michelin T63s ($110 per pair) for 1,200+ miles and they are good but not a tire that fits 90% of the riding I do. Excellent well priced 50/50 tire. I nicknamed them BUZZ.

My next pair of tires was going to be the 705s, and they still might be, but the Kenda 761 sounds like a good performing tire, very well priced and has good following. Probably can't gp wrong with this tire.

Michelin Anakees could be tossed into the discussion but they price themselves out of the contest.

If I had to by a pair today I would favor SLO's choice. I have heard that Yokahama was purchased by Shinko and that would be a good thing for Shinko. My only concern is I have heard the 705 is being re-compounded, which way I do not know. SW Moto Tires does not have any 705s in stock and have not had any for 90 days. Does anyone have the build dates on the 705 tires? Luckily I am not changing tires until after NorCal Tech Daze.
 
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