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Old 04-04-2012, 05:13 AM   #1
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I've got an 09' KLR that's got a little over 3k on the OEM rear tire and it's just about gone. About 90% of my riding is on pavement and I would like a set of tires that are a good compromise (dirt/pavement) and will last longer then the OEM tires. Front tires is still about 70% I would guess.

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Old 04-04-2012, 06:29 AM   #2
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Isn't there a sticky on tires? I know its been done to death, and there is little concensus--everybody's got an opinion.
I have a Shinko 705 on the back of mine--so far I'm liking it a lot.
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I thought KLRs came with the K750 stock...but I can't find it here:
http://www.dunlopmotorcycle.com/tire-catalog/
That said, tire "value" is so subjective, it's tough to say...
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:10 AM   #4
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Lots of opinions out there on tires. I am on my first set of the 705's and been very happy with them. I hope to get 4.5 K out of the back and go two backs to one front. Not the best mileage tire out there but they stick very well in both dry and wet conditions IMHO.
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:20 AM   #5
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Do a search and get ready to be overwhelmed...I buy solely Kenda 761's They are perfect for 90% street and a bit of dirt.
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:48 AM   #6
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I run avon gripsters, on my current rear I have 9,000 miles, and 17,000 on the front. I'm going to change them out soon, but can probably hit 10k on the rear. It's my fourth rear with that model, and they've all worn about the same.
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:44 PM   #7
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'09 also, Shinko 705 on the rear and stock KLR Dunlop on the front for grip in the dirt/gravel. I looked at my Shinko rear after a ride yesterday and it seemed about halfway gone. I checked my mileage and it was right at 3,000 miles. I'm quite happy as I would have already put on a new stock rear at 2,500.

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Old 04-04-2012, 09:04 PM   #8
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Dunlop D606's all day everyday...accept no substitute.

Yes...stock's are Dunlop K750's.
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Old 04-05-2012, 01:05 AM   #9
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http://standoutnet.com/extras/mike/m.../klr650/tires/

How about the T63? That's what I'm looking at next...
http://www.klr650.net/forums/showthread.php?t=100332
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[quote=Pat S.;1105449]I've got an 09' KLR that's got a little over 3k on the OEM rear tire and it's just about gone. About 90% of my riding is on pavement and I would like a set of tires that are a good compromise (dirt/pavement) and will last longer then the OEM tires. Front tires is still about 70% I would guess.

I got 2700 from oem rear tire. Since then switch to Mefo Explorer, and very happy about the choice. Over 5000 miles and still a lot of rubber left on the tires.
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Old 04-05-2012, 03:12 AM   #11
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:37 AM   #12
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i love the T-63's i recently put on. no trouble in rain, scraping boots on the twisty pavement, and of course they work great in the dirt and rocks. Hopefully i will get a decent life out of them.
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Old 04-05-2012, 01:52 PM   #13
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Isn't there a sticky on tires? I know its been done to death, and there is little concensus--everybody's got an opinion.
I have a Shinko 705 on the back of mine--so far I'm liking it a lot.
Just put the 705 on my 06'
No complaints yet but only have 300 miles or so. Should get some forest service road riding in this weekend...I think I paid $55/60 shipped...good reviews.
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As far as best value...? Based on what some of you guys are paying to get new tires installed I'd say learn how to mount your own tires!
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:36 PM   #15
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Good luck


http://www.klr650.net/forums/showthr...nko+705&page=2


My rear tire had failed on the inside more than the outside before taking the wife on a mountain ride. Not worth saving $50.... The ER visit would have cost us more!

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Old 04-05-2012, 07:55 PM   #16
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Why is it that I get 8,000 out of a stock rear and 15000 out of a stock front? There isn't a better tire for my 09 than the stock K750's. It handles good in the dirt or on the street! Am I weird or maybe it's just my riding ability.
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Why is it that I get 8,000 out of a stock rear and 15000 out of a stock front? There isn't a better tire for my 09 than the stock K750's. It handles good in the dirt or on the street! Am I weird or maybe it's just my riding ability.
Just depends on how you ride mostly. Doesn't mean you are any better or lack skills. On my KLR I've had sets where both wore out at the same time and sets where the front lasted thru two rears. On my race bike I can easily wear out a front tire in an afternoon.
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:03 AM   #18
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Why is it that I get 8,000 out of a stock rear and 15000 out of a stock front? There isn't a better tire for my 09 than the stock K750's. It handles good in the dirt or on the street! Am I weird or maybe it's just my riding ability.
That many miles out of a set of stock tires tells me you ride very slow and easy.
Riding gently doubles or even triples tire life, in your case you get quadruple what most people get out of the stock K750. It is known to be a fast wearing tire.
Street tires such as AVON and Michelin tend to last twice as long as stock.
I have never gotten close to 3000 miles out of ANY rear tire.

You might have the record.
I have never heard of anyone getting 8000 miles out of a stock Dunlop K750.
Not related to riding ability, just very slow acceleration and easy braking.
There can't be much stop and go involved if you got 15k out of the front tire, sounds like interstate or highway mostly.
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I'm really happy with VeeRubber's tires, they're great for everything but mud(they get a bit squirlley), but rain, dirt, rocks, and zombies-no problem.
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Kenda 761. love them
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