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Tire talk: or last night I dreamt I was a retread, and I woke up tired.

Sooner or later everyone gets a chance to improve their bike (if they own it long enough) when the time comes to replace the tires. In fact, there is no need to wait until that point, when a properly chosen set of tires can make such a noticeable difference in your KLR's handling. The narrower the range of terrain you ride on i.e. all pavement, all sand, all mud, the easier it is to pick a tire that can really make a positive difference. Sadly, it usually isn't that simple for most of us. In trying to make that decision you will find plenty available for the front, and not nearly so much for the rear. Here then, is a rundown of many of the tires that are available for the rear (omitting purely street tires). Just in case you didn't know, dual sport tires are often rated by their pavement vs. dirt capabilities with what looks like a fraction, like 80/20, but is a ratio. This one translates as "intended for someone who rides 80% of the time on the street and 20% of the time on the dirt. Such a tire would likely work very well on the street, but may not be much good "off road" on anything but a nice dry gravel/dirt road. Also, the stock size is 4.60/17 or about 120/80/17 in the metric system. There is usually a little room for a wider tire, but not always. On some bikes (mine included) the stock tire rubs the side of the muffler when the rear suspension is compressed, and some aftermarket exhaust systems can be just as bad (I used washers as spacers on the muffler mounts to push it out a little further, and clear the tire). This said, you will find that not all tires are the actual width they claim to be. Some are wider, some narrower. Since there are not that many tires in the standard width (about half of those listed below) I will include tires up to a stated width of 130, or about 5.10 in the old lingo. For some of you the wider tires will fit, while others will find that a tire that claims to be the stock size of 120 (4.60) rubs!


Tire Manufacturers' Contact List

http://www.kingstire.com

http://www.motorcycle-karttires.com (Bridgestone)

http://www.conti-online.com/generator/www/com/en/continental/portal/general/product_highlights/motorcycle_en.html

http://www.dunlopmotorcycle.com

http://www.avontyres.com

http://www.pirellimoto.com

http://www.metzeler.com

http://motous.webmichelin.com/home.htm

http://www.kendausa.com


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