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Old 02-13-2013, 10:24 PM   #8026
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Just mounted and balanced a new front TKC80 Continental on the KLR. Kinda choked that Continental does not put a spot of paint for balancing. Had to mount it 3 different times in order to get it to a reasonable amount of balance weight. Ended up with 1.5 oz worth of weight to get it perfect. Seems like every other manufacturer puts a balance mark on their tires. Really like these fronts but jeez that was a pain....
Wow in just 1,5 ounces. I have had at least 6.5 ounces of scotch and my balance is worse than it was before I started. Greg says keep trying it will get better.
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:18 AM   #8027
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hahaha...should have used a few ounces of scotch before and during....I did after though...
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:49 AM   #8028
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I need a new rear tire, any suggestions?
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:59 AM   #8029
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I need a new rear tire, any suggestions?
Dual Sport Plus, and ask for their opinion based on the riding you are planning.
Their tires are on sale.
If you are planning on 80% slab riding , maybe Heideneau or Shinko.
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:22 AM   #8030
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Kenda K761

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I need a new rear tire, any suggestions?
Good value, good all-round tire, especially for mostly pavement: Kenda K761

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=709517
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:29 AM   #8031
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You may as well ask about what oil to use in your KLR

I didn't like the K761, too slick in the rain.

I really liked my shinko 700, but towards the end it wore really unevenly. It stuck like glue though. I ran one set and didn't buy another.

I have a MEFO or a K60 scount now, not cheap, but long wearing and good grip on everything I ride on. I'll look closer and send some pics with the mileage tonight.
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:44 AM   #8032
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Cool, thanks guys. I'm looking for something with good grip (obviously) I'm looking for a 80/20 or 70/30 street tire but I dont want to whipe out the minute I hit a little dirt... bahhhh there's too many choices.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:09 AM   #8033
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re Kenda K761

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I didn't like the K761, too slick in the rain.
My good man, them's fighting words!!! ...disparaging that budget rubber like that - pistols at dawn I say!

I should clarify, regarding the "good value" statement referring to the Kenda 761s, I mean they're cheap, really cheap, like Chinese rubber. For me, they're good enough for droning across the prairies where traction issues aren't critical. I've taken them down gravel (a lot actually) and they're good there, but they sure suck in the dirt (surprise, surprise). You gets what you pay for. Just me, but I can't see the point of running knobbies, or expensive rubber if you're doing mostly straight line pavement... especially on long trips.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:29 AM   #8034
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Most peope dump on the OEM Dunlops, but if you are riding mostly slab they are hard to beat. Have gone through numerous sets and have ridden Moab with the TKC80 front mated up with the OEM rear combo. Great traction wet or dry, very quiet and reasonably priced. If you run higher air pressures the rear can go 5000k + ... The front double that.
If you want to spend more and want a great 50-50 setup the TKC80 front and rear gets my vote.

As Humvee suggested this topic will never end.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:49 AM   #8035
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Keep in mind, I only need a REAR tire replaced. and it is true that I will be riding mostly slab, there maybe be stretched of dirt or gravel and my skill level in anything other than pavement is very little. This is why I need something that won't wear out in 20km on the hwy, but won't make me nervous off road. I basically need the perfect tire. Cost isn't a huuuge factor for me because it's something I really need for the bike.
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:50 PM   #8036
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I put on a rear Heidenau K60 last year (got it from Main Motorsports) and was quite pleased with it. For the first 50km it was more squirrely than the stock tires or Mefo Explorers were when new but after it got worn in a bit it's been great and seems to be wearing quite well.

I also really like the stock tires but found they were pretty expensive for the tread life I got out of them.
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:10 PM   #8037
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Hey Mel, tires and oil are probably the most controversial topics on ADV, and maybe beer and roads are a close second.
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:49 PM   #8038
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Hey Mel, tires and oil are probably the most controversial topics on ADV, and maybe beer and roads are a close second.
Don't forget Orange vs. Blue+White.


I believe there is solidarity that KLR riders are the cheapest though.
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:13 PM   #8039
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...I believe there is solidarity that KLR riders are the cheapest though.
Dam straight! Why run anything more expensive than them Cheng Shin or Kenda tires anyway - they're round and made of rubber... good enough! Heck, I paid all of $35 apiece for the Kenda front/back tires I've got on now (true).
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:46 PM   #8040
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Have used both the Mefo and the Heideneau tires. Both are about as good a 50-50 tire as there is out there.

You will get high mileage out of them and they are great wet or dry. Only place they really have trouble would be in slick muck or deep sand where a larger paddle knob would shine.

As far as mileage I have got over 15,000 km out of the Mefo (and that includes a lot of hot slab riding) and over 20,000k out of the K60 on my BMW which included a trip to Alaska and the Dempster/Denali highways.

They may cost more but they will outlast a lot of cheaper tires and outperform them all the way.
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