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« on: August 03, 2009, 06:19:28 PM »

  Ok, I know this will probably start alot of arguments, but I am going to ask anyway. What do most people consider to be the best "street" tire for the KLR? Consider that 95% of driving will be done on pavement, and the other 5 % will be dirt roads and two tracks. No mud or soft sand, just hard packed dirt. I want everyones opinion here, give me all ya got boys! All  reasoning and theories are welcome!
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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2009, 10:51:42 PM »

Well, I'm partial to the Pirelli Scorpion MT90 S/T myself. They ride smoothly, predictable and confidence inspiring handling with tons of peg-scraping grip, plus they wear fairly well... I got about 5K of ride-it-like-you-stole-it miles, and I've heard of over 15K for commuting.

Aired down, they're not too bad in the dirt either (stay away from mud). They took me places I wouldn't have thought possible, considering...

Also, I read somewhere they use a silica compound, which is supposed to improve handling in the rain (I don't know if that's true), but I thought the wet tarmac handling was good either way.
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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2009, 04:57:28 PM »

+1 on what Rico said

Also the Avon Gripster is very good. I have just over 6 K on the rear and will continue with it until the end in maybe 3-4 k miles.

THey are a little cheaper that the Pirelis and do great all around. I have use them as you want, 95-5 and have hit the beach with them, and NO that is not there element but I did ok and no drops or spills just a lot of movement in the rear.

When I am finish with them may go to (just so I can try it) a Pireli but is money gets in the way a Gripster is a sure bet.

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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2009, 05:12:50 AM »

Lovin my Kenda K761's
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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2009, 06:03:54 AM »

Ditto on the 761.  I put one on the rear for a ride to the Tail of the Dragon last month.  I plan to buy one for the front as soon as I need it!  It cornered well, no road noise, and it is in the KLR price range.   ROTFL
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« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2009, 07:19:17 AM »

Check this out

http://gsri.info/forum/technical-area/tires/tire-knowledge-base/246-choosing-the-right-tire/

and maybe this one

http://www.standoutnet.com/extras/mike/motorcycles/klr650/tires/
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« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2009, 09:48:24 AM »

for the Kenda 761 users, I have the kenda 270 and I am not crazy about them, the 761 are they as soft and bend in turns like the 270's?

That is the scary part of the 270, when riding on road and making a u turn or just a prolong turn then feel like bending and that you will fall! that is not what you want when entering the freeway (or any other time).

Are they (761) hard of soft compound?

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« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2009, 09:51:52 AM »

i have a set of 761's that i havent yet mounted.  so i can't help you w the comparison (yet).  but i can second the fall-in feeling of 270's.  i assume you have the 270 front and rear.  if you decide to stay w the 270 rear, try a Cheng Shin 858 on the front.  it has a differnet profile and wont have that abrupt fall-in that the 270 front has.

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« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2009, 10:26:49 AM »

I've got 761's (front and back) coming on Monday.  Who knows when I'll get a chance to mount them up, but I'll eventually let you know what I think. 

I should mention that it's the collective wisdom of this group, along with my finances, that steered me to the 761s.
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« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2009, 11:50:34 AM »

thanks guys for the future info.

I did not mention I have only the 270 front, because at the time of putting it I was low on cash and could not afford a front Gripster, so at a low price went with the 270, also I wanted to do more off road, but nothing has work that way, but still a better than average, maybe good if you consider the low price.

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« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2009, 12:14:25 PM »

I have 761's front and back..two seasons on the back...first season with both.  Great tires on the road and handle well in gravel and wear quite well.  A little spooky on wet grass/mud but I wouldn't expect to go into the hairy stuff without knobbies.  Great tires for the $$$$
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« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2009, 03:13:17 PM »

damasovi -  2 totally different tires.  I use both.  I took off the 270s and put on the 761s for the dragon ride.  The 270 knobs do tend to roll or walk in the corners, but that slows me down and is a good thing.  The 761 is very much more a street tire.  No rolling, walking or fall-in feeling with these.  Just twist and go.  I'm going to put my 270s back on for the fall and winter.  I do more woods riding through those months and the 270s are much better for that.
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« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2009, 01:16:33 AM »

damasovi -  2 totally different tires.  I use both.  I took off the 270s and put on the 761s for the dragon ride.  The 270 knobs do tend to roll or walk in the corners, but that slows me down and is a good thing.  The 761 is very much more a street tire.  No rolling, walking or fall-in feeling with these.  Just twist and go.  I'm going to put my 270s back on for the fall and winter.  I do more woods riding through those months and the 270s are much better for that.

Amigo muchas gracias!!! THank you this is the info I wanted to know.

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