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post #1 of 25 Old 03-19-2013, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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650 Mostly off road tires??

I am looking to do alot more off road riding, mostly dirt, gravel and hard packed road...
What are some great all around tires for my 650?

any suggestions? and also where to buy? anything on Motorcycle-Superstore?

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Continental TKC80's work nicely.


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Plus, they're expensive.

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Kenda Big Block and Metzeler Karoo are other knobbies that work well. Metzeler's Karoo T is a knobby for more on-road riding. The new Metzeler Karoo 3 is an off-road tire that is a new style knobby...it is so new that it will be available soon. It'll eventually replace the other Karoos.
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The Shinko 705 and the Full Bore Adventure Touring are more off-pavement oriented than the usual tires we run, and less so than the knobbies. The Kenda, Shinko, and Full Bore are lower cost and shorter life.

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I have Heidenau K60's on mine.

I haven't ridden much with them yet but the reviews say they are a pretty aggressive tire.

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I have a detailed report on my experience with the Kenda Big Block

Long Term Report: Kenda Big Block

The cliff notes:

off-road = amazing and prob the best DOT off-road tire (from my limited experience and responses from others who use them).
pavement = commuting - they are tolerable, long pavement rides in the mountains - pavement will eat these tires very quickly. My rear will not see 2k miles. But they are less expensive than most, $75-$110 from bike bandit

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Kenda 270's are good off-road, as long as its not muddy. They are relatively inexpensive. I consider them almost a trials-type tire...which have become very popular in the desert riding crowd the past couple of years. The side knobs flex a lot on the road, so, some people don't like them if they drag pegs around corners on the pavement.
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question for those running the "less expensive" Kendas ?

how many miles are they lasting

I ask this because I evaluate on cost per mile ((initial cost + installation) / miles)



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question for those running the "less expensive" Kendas ?

how many miles are they lasting

I ask this because I evaluate on cost per mile ((initial cost + installation) / miles)
As I mentioned, my rear wont make it to 2k miles. I have 900 miles on them and the rear is at about half gone already. The front will prob make it to 4k-5k. This is very common for the Big Block. The GS guys on ADVRider see similar tire life. But like me, they swear they are the best off-road tire and are the "go to tire".

I'm going to make the most of the poor millage by mounting mine on a second set of wheels and only bolt them up when I'm planning an off-road ride. The other set will have Tourances. I lost prob 20-25% of my tread from a single 200 mile ride in the N GA mountains a few weekends ago.

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