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Old 08-13-2013, 01:22 PM   #1336
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The 606 will be the best off road but the worst on road and mileage wise.
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:44 PM   #1337
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You might also want to consider the Pirelli MT21's
The Kenda 270's are very good, granted I have never really run in a lot of sand....
I have used both on my XR650L. The Pirelli is labelled as a 90/10 (Off/On) where the Kenda is 50/50.
I have been impressed with the Kenda in regards to price, performance and longevity....my 2 cents anyway...
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:44 PM   #1338
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What would be my best bet?

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Buy a second set of rims and put off road tires on them.
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Old 08-13-2013, 02:59 PM   #1339
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I'll throw some thoughts in here.

I am on my second set of Shinko 705's on my KLR. I think they do pretty well on and off road as long as you don't have the expectation that they are going to be knobbies off road. The only issue I have had with them is that the front tire I have on now "shudders" once I get over an indicated 70 mph. I tried putting some dyna beads in the front tire, but there is some goopy sticky stuff in the valve stem that keeps the beads from flowing into the tube. I might take some rubbing alcohol and some qtips and try and clean it up and try again before I try the dyna beads again. Anyways, I got close to 10K miles on my last rear 705 and more than 10K on the last front. With that said, I may try a different tire once these wear out if I can't get the front tire to stop shuddering at speed. It's not a bad shudder, but it's there. I also like the 705's because they give me enough traction that I can take them off the tarmac yet they feel enough like a road tire that it lets me commute to work everyday.
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Old 08-13-2013, 07:37 PM   #1340
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I just heard from Mil T and do to family commitments he is not going to be able to make the trip up with us this time. I did promise that there would be a good ride report to see when we return.



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Old 08-13-2013, 08:07 PM   #1341
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I recently purchased Shinko 705's for my DR650 and have about 1500 miles on them. They feel great on my commute to scottsdale, but I have been avoiding trails that have sand and rocky climbs.

I want to improve my offroad riding, so I am looking at a true 50/50 tire with a lean toward better sand control.

I am looking at:

Dunlop 606
Kenda 270
Conti TKC 80

What would be my best bet?

Thanks for any local advice.

I'm with Drew. The 606 is the best off-road and decent on-road. I've run it on both the SE and the XR. The TKC is better on-road and decent off-road. Never owned a Kenda. I'm assuming we are talking about front tires here. The SE will shred a 606 rear in a day. The Heidenau K60 works great on the back and lasts a long time.

Of course YMMV and advice is worth what you pay for it.

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Old 08-13-2013, 09:04 PM   #1342
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Buy a second set of rims and put off road tires on them.
Do you know anyone that has an extra set of rims laying around?

Maybe he could store them in my garage instead of his
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:07 PM   #1343
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Thank you for all of the replies. I am planning on going to Zen and seeing what Dillon has to offer. He said that he has a bunch of tires right now that I could take a look at.
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Old 08-14-2013, 05:38 AM   #1344
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If I had a choice on my F650 I would take the Shinko 705 off and run a TKC80. I would leave the Shinko on the rear until it burned out. The 705 on the rear isn't bad at all it is the front that is a real deal changer. The problem with my F650 is that it has an 18" front wheel.
18 inch front? I just installed a set of TKC80's front and back, I believe my front was a 19 inch wheel if I'm not mistaken.
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:29 AM   #1345
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Xtra wheels are way to go

I bought a second set of wheels off ebay for my XR-L. Put knobs with rim locks on them and DS tires without rim locks on the better set. Didn't bother balancing the DS set, can't tell the difference

On the little bike rides I put on the knobbies, on the big bike rides I put on the DS tires and am good to go. On the rides where they plan to push, pull, tug or lift bikes past obstacles, I get out my street bike and go for a different ride on that!

Refokus and I were comparing notes on sunday. We both have IRC DS tires front and rear right now. We both like the back tire, but not the front. Will try something else up front next time.
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:15 AM   #1346
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Do you know anyone that has an extra set of rims laying around?

Maybe he could store them in my garage instead of his
Did I tell ya that I scored a DR650? Sorry, second set of rims no longer available.
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:51 AM   #1347
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On the little bike rides I put on the knobbies, on the big bike rides I put on the DS tires and am good to go. On the rides where they plan to push, pull, tug or lift bikes past obstacles, I get out my street bike and go for a different ride on that!
Oh my HELL that's funny!
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Old 08-14-2013, 12:53 PM   #1348
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+1 ^^

I am going to keep my eyes open for a second set of wheels. Maybe Santa will bring me something this December.
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Old 08-14-2013, 02:35 PM   #1349
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+1 ^^

I am going to keep my eyes open for a second set of wheels. Maybe Santa will bring me something this December.
Their is a set of DR-650 Wheels and tires on craigs list PHX for $650. Don't know if that's a good deal or not.
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Old 08-14-2013, 07:34 PM   #1350
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Their is a set of DR-650 Wheels and tires on craigs list PHX for $650. Don't know if that's a good deal or not.
Probably not such a good deal. Watch ebay and CL and ADV flea market. I think I paid $125 for the front, including shipping with a pretty good tire on it I think I paid $150 for the rear, incl shipping, with a good sprocket still on it. Each was complete with disc etc. and in reasonably good shape.

You may be able to get away with a decent DS tire up front and just switch the rears back and forth, thus needing only one extra wheel. If I had it to do over, that is what I'd do. I only change the front when I know I'm gonna be thrashing against alot of rocks!

Watch the ads, something will turn up.

Julio, tell us more! Is it ready to ride?
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