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post #1 of 7 Old 08-11-2005, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Dunlop 607's finally on my DL650

After 12,830 miles.
Got my tires on. Balanced with Marc Parnes balancer. Neat little gadget. Did it with a guy that did his about two months ago. Big difference in the amount of time and effort exerted. Thanks to the Motion Pro tire irons and RueGlyde (NAPA rubber lubricant) it was a breeze. Used a 6 foot 2x4 as a lever to break the bead, jammed it under a van and pressed down on a 8" piece of 2x4 standing on end.
Took an old pallet and made a 14" diameter hole in it. This served as a base for the wheels and kept the rotors from being damaged. With the RuGlyde we were able to pull off the old front tire with our hands after we broke the bead. Were able to mount the front without using the tire irons. Just stepped on the tire around the rim and it just popped in. Rear tire was a little harder and had to use the irons. The key to mounting and removing is to force the bead on the opposite side down and toward the middle of the rim. This way you minimize the amount of stretch needed to get the bead over the rim.
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-12-2005, 02:02 AM
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Hi Mike:

I'm not familiar with this tire so I went to the Dunlop site. The tread looks a lot like the stock Trailwings. Keep us informed as to how they perform.

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post #3 of 7 Old 08-12-2005, 06:56 AM Thread Starter
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http://11109.rapidforum.com/topic=104182241645
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The guy I ride with put them on his DL650 a few thousand miles ago.
Looks like the are wearing well and should get good mileage out of them.
The thread is a little less aggressive than the stock tires.
You fall into the turns just a hair faster with these tires.
I also did the chain and sprockets at the same time.
Got a DID X-Ring chain. New stock front sprocket.
Rear was changed to GSXR sprocket Ron Ayers part #
64511-39F00 it's a 45 tooth. The couple teeth less make it a little more "relaxed" at highway speeds. Seems it gives it a few % better mileage. My riding partner put in the sprockets in a few thousand miles ago also. We really had a good chance to check all these things out side by side. We were constantly changing bikes to compare.
It's kind of strange that such a small difference really "smooths" out the bike. I was going to stay away from the rear sprocket but overall it makes sense for the type of riding we do. In lots of urban traffic I would keep the stock rear. In full throttle roll ons you do give up just a hair to the stock sprocket.
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post #4 of 7 Old 08-12-2005, 08:59 AM
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Thanks for the tips. I'm considering mounting my own tires next time. I just can't bring myself to pay some dealer $50 so they can scratch my rims.

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post #5 of 7 Old 08-14-2005, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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Well back from an 800 trip to the Adirondacks and back.
Tires are great. Seem to hold better on the sharp turns. Had them on a few miles and gravel and dirt and they did ok. Nothing is going to help you there short of knobby tires.
Very pleased with the 45 tooth rear sprocket.
Does 85 indicated at 6,000 rpm. Really smooths out the bike. Less engine braking. Don't know why there is such a big difference. My riding partner did the same thing a few thousand miles ago and noticed the same thing.
Came back 1 am from the Malone area in NY State to North Jersey. Nice twisty roads to White Face Mountain and Keene. Afterwards down the North Way into the Thruway. All in the dark. V-Strom has good lights. Did indicated 85 to 90 mph all the way, with bursts to 100 mph as needed.
It's an awsome long distance touring bike which does a great job on those sometimes rough and twist roads in the mountains.

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post #6 of 7 Old 08-14-2005, 07:52 PM
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I agree - great roads in upstate NY. Been down that way 3 times this year - once to Americade - a 2nd time for a weekend in Placid, and last weekend - a 3 day trip to Lake George (again), back through Burlington VT, Malone and then home to Ottawa. Favorite ride is the 56 from Potsdam, 3 to Saranac, 86 to Placid, and then the 73 over to the I- 87 or the 9. Only problem with the 9 is that there are some pretty rough segments north of Schroon Lake.

However, the 22A / 7 north from NY to Burlington is a beautiful ride, too.

We're going to be travelling to Niagara in a couple of weeks, and we're planning on taking the south side (NY) of Lake Ontario. Can anyone out there suggest a good route (not the I 90)? I was thinking of the 3 from Watertown to the 104 to Rochester, and then the Lake Ontario State Parkway / 104 to Niagara Falls.

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post #7 of 7 Old 08-27-2005, 11:56 PM
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Now at 24,000 miles, I've done the stock tires, Anakees, and D607s. I have about 2,000 miles on the Dunlops and plan to stick with them for the next step. On mild dirt roads they work just fine and on pavement they work extremely well.

My only complaint is that scraping the pegs seems like less of a risk/adventure than with the other tires. Much more stable and with superior grip. I just hope they work this well in the wet.
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