snow sucks as much as the stock KLR tires do

bchunter

Member
At that rate you should be looking at some barkbusters for your rig :p

Yup, snow+stock tires+KLR = :hf: Absolutly great for video content though!! Thanks for posting up the vid. Way to take it off the beaten path.
 

Groovy

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I just got it last month so it needs pretty much everything still ;) Only modification are the Pivot Pegz at the moment.
I have new Kenda 270's on the way and wanted to at least see how bad the stock tires are on it. You would think that Kawasaki would at least put a 50/50 tire on the bike.
At that rate you should be looking at some barkbusters for your rig :p

Yup, snow+stock tires+KLR = :hf: Absolutly great for video content though!! Thanks for posting up the vid. Way to take it off the beaten path.
 
I hate to burst your bubble bro, but Kenda 270's aren't going to make much difference in those conditions.
And always remember: A KLR's natural position off road is on it's side, your job is to keep it from going to it's default position :)
 

Groovy

Member
Let me save you the hassle of trying different types of tires on your KLR and guide you straight to the correct choice. And yes, dragging pegs at 120km/hr is still possible - ask me how I know. :) If you are riding the trans-Canada to Toronto the Kendas will be fine.

http://www.mx1canada.com/mitas-e09-dakar-rear-tire.html



my days of dragging pegs and corners at double the posted recommended speed are behind me for the most part. I would have stayed on a GSXR if that's what I wanted. I was just looking for a better compromise for off road traction and for the price $116 for a pair delivered I cant complain at all. I've seen lots of people recommend the Kenda 270 and they have a highly rated review.
Regardless they have to be better in sloppier off road conditions then the stock tires.
Those Mitas tires look good and I might give them a go next set. I just don't want to sacrifice too much road traction as I use my bike to commute on a regular basis in town.
Thanks for the input!
 

Groovy

Member
LOL @ the default position :p I hear the left default position is good for finding that last little bit of gas when you're out too!
I don't ride in snow generally, but I have on my CR and XR250's and with a full MX tire it can be hella fun... although the KLR isn't exactly as nimble or light as my old dirt bikes were. I just wanted to get a sense for comparison purposes. The next video I'll try it again on the Kendas and see. Next week!

I hate to burst your bubble bro, but Kenda 270's aren't going to make much difference in those conditions.
And always remember: A KLR's natural position off road is on it's side, your job is to keep it from going to it's default position :)
 

bchunter

Member
Yup, just this year i have found my snow tire combinations. Will see how much life i get on the rear one, but i am liking the traction in the snow and soup mud.

Tires, always a topic and a challenge...... :hb:
 

joker650

Active member
for what it's worth......
I used that rear Kenda for many years on my DR650 ad again many on my Super Enduro and I found they worked great.....as long as they had air in them.
The only reason I don't use them on the 950 any more is due to a flat I had with one on the street in town. The side walll was weak and the tire almost rolled off the rim.:hr:


PS. GREAT VIDEO !!
 

MikeyT

Member
And always remember: A KLR's natural position off road is on it's side, your job is to keep it from going to it's default position :)

Ouch!...I resemble that remark :) +1 on the E-09 Dakar...got one on my KLR now with a 606 on the front...not a lot of klicks on it but loving it so far.
 
That yellow colour on the KLR is pretty rad. The "default position" is especially prevalent on sandy tracks in Baja - with a full tank of gas :)
 

Groovy

Member
Well I managed to sneak away from my chores long enough to get up Tabor Mountain on the KLR to compare traction of the stock tires and the Kenda 270
http://youtu.be/izBsIDyCB5k
I got some other riding footage to upload when I get a break
 
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