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Old 04-13-2009, 08:05 AM   #1
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Duro HF-904

Does anyone have experience with this tire (Duro HF-904)? It comes in a 130/90-16 size, which will fit the back of my Nighthawk (and also the pre-'08 Ninja 250s) and claims to have a 50/50 tread.

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Old 04-13-2009, 09:05 AM   #2
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I ran them on my KLR once. I think just a rear IIRC. Watch the tread blocks at the base. I am not the only one that had this happen and the KLR is no powerhouse. Unsure what it had for miles on it in this pic, but I changed it out soon after I noticed it cracking, as it got worse

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Old 04-13-2009, 12:37 PM   #3
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I run two sets on my KLR. No problems at all with cracking. Traction on pavement is great, wet or dry. Gravel and dirt traction is good. Forget trying to ride in mud.
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Old 04-13-2009, 12:39 PM   #4
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I run two sets on my KLR. No problems at all with cracking. Traction on pavement is great, wet or dry. Gravel and dirt traction is good. Forget trying to ride in mud.
What kind of mileage did you get out of them??
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I run two sets on my KLR. No problems at all with cracking. Traction on pavement is great, wet or dry. Gravel and dirt traction is good. Forget trying to ride in mud.
I ran them for ~6000 miles on my KLR, 5300 of that was the Continental Divide Ride. Lots of this ride was heavily loaded at speed on pavement, no chunking issues. Agree about the mud though
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Old 04-13-2009, 01:42 PM   #6
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What kind of mileage did you get out of them??
I changed them at 4500 miles. They still had good tread but they were getting squared off. I could've milked another 1500-2000 easily.
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Old 04-15-2009, 07:25 AM   #7
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Does anyone have experience with this tire (Duro HF-904)? It comes in a 130/90-16 size, which will fit the back of my Nighthawk (and also the pre-'08 Ninja 250s) and claims to have a 50/50 tread.

25,000+ miles on Duros without any problems. I ride hard supermoto type play days on back roads and also dual sporting on dirt/gravel with occasional muddy trails, I will always try to avoid mud - I hate getting wet and there are no "good" dual sport tires for mud short of DOT knobbies. I change them out at about 4000 miles just due to the way they start to handle - traction on loose surfaces is starting to go away and the transition from the flat center tread to the round outside tread gets a bit more noticable than I care for. If I got in a bind for money I could probably sqeeze 6000 or more out of them before the center is actually smooth. I also replace the front at the same time, it checked and it won't go two rear tires and still perform decently (I tried, it was nearly bald at about 8000).

The tread design is what sold me. They use a cross tread web between blocks to stiffen the tire reaction in turns, but the open tread around the circumference is deeper and sort of gives more of a paddle effect. It's not easy, but you can see it in the pictures. The tread is shallower between blocks side to side, but deeper between blocks around the circumference.

I could afford more expensive tires, but it wouldn't be worth the expense. At about $100 I can buy a pair of Duros for the cost of one tire from the "name" brands.
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I would have given the Duro another shot, but the rears are too narrow for their 18" wheel. Going to try Kenda 270's again. used to run them on the KLR also and liked them too
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I ran them on my KLR once. I think just a rear IIRC. Watch the tread blocks at the base. I am not the only one that had this happen and the KLR is no powerhouse. Unsure what it had for miles on it in this pic, but I changed it out soon after I noticed it cracking, as it got worse

That is about the point where I've taken them off and put on a new set due to traction and cornering issues caused by the flattened center.

The cracking looks very much like the proverbial "dry rot", the standard cracking that will occur caused by ozone, sun light, being around electric motors or other things that put out ozone. I see that sort of cracking starting on the front as well, and not just on Duros.
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I ride enough, tires are changed every 6-8 months, so unless it was OOOODL before I got it, I doubt that was the case. Garaged and in covered parking during that time frame in life. lol
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I ride enough, tires are changed every 6-8 months, so unless it was OOOODL before I got it, I doubt that was the case. Garaged and in covered parking during that time frame in life. lol
Mine will start to look like that within about a year, definitely by the time I get 4000 or so miles regardless of time. As long as the tire cords don't show it isn't a big issue. You would keep an eye on them though, just to be safe.

Duro may not be using a lot of preservative in the compound. I know Bridgestone used to have a bunch of preservative, it was that kind of greenish coloring you'd see on the sidewalls of some of the old OEM tires on Japanese bikes.
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Old 04-17-2009, 09:44 PM   #12
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I'm on the 4th set of 904's. About 6000 miles per set. all surfaces and speeds. they kind of suck in the mud. great otherwise.
They do crack, but I just ride it harder.
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Old 05-11-2009, 11:12 AM   #13
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So if I go with the Duro hf 904 how wide can I go on the KLR?
I'm new at this so is the 904 the size?
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So if I go with the Duro hf 904 how wide can I go on the KLR?
I'm new at this so is the 904 the size?
Duro's in inches? (I forget). Just break it down to metric and you'll have your answer for what will fit the KLR.
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So if I go with the Duro hf 904 how wide can I go on the KLR?
I'm new at this so is the 904 the size?
The rear on a KLR is 130/80-17 for the Duro 904. The 903 is 90/90-21. I have a set on order from American Moto Tire.
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