Is my bike ok?
There's gotta be guys around here with some dual sport experience. What did you use, hate like?
I expect both of those symptoms. A dual purpose tire is gonna be just like a dual purpose anything. Great at nothing, but good at more than 1 thing. I dont mind the compromise.Interested in this as well, I've heard some rougher tires wear out real quick and make a helluva noise
What ratio on/off are you looking at?
Hadn't seen either of these, so I just checked them out. Are the pics misleading, or do they have sorta shallow tread height? Any idea of tread life on pavement? I also understand that a knobby is actually wore out ( for offroad use) long before its actually wore out.I have been a big fan of the Michelin Anakee Wild and the Metzeler Karoo. But my XT and XR spent way more time off road than on it. Both of those work flawlessly on fire roads,log crossings, streams, ...........
The Karoo did chunk on the highway, but that's after a lot of off road abuse already
At one point or another, on every 21/18 setup I've run on the street, I ran a set of Shinko 705's. Never got down with the "these work on and off road" attitude though for reasons as RG stated, I really don't like falling down with a big dual sport bike. I like knobbies when I'm offroad, otherwise I'm usually just commuting or exploring the simple stuff. Dual sport bikes, for me, tend to be a way to spend a little time offroad and alot of time thinking I'll probably end up offroad eventually.
For a do it all tire that didn't break the bank on my DRZ I did love the consistency and offroad traction of my IRC GP1's. Ended up selling the bike with them back on it at the end after trying quite a few different setups. The combo of a GP1 up front and a 130-17 Twinduro out back was pretty awesome, but never found out how the wear character panned out before I put the 18 back on the rear and got rid of the bike, but the traction both on and offroad was incredible, way more dry road grip than I ever expected out of a big blocky knobbie tire.
Hadn't seen either of these, so I just checked them out. Are the pics misleading, or do they have sorta shallow tread height? Any idea of tread life on pavement? I also understand that a knobby is actually wore out ( for offroad use) long before its actually wore out.
Most of my off road riding will be hilly woods. Slow stuff with wet leaves on the ground. I like hill climbs,but not rocky ones.
Rocks and muds are for Jeeps.
I had a K270 on the rear of a hot rod street legal XR650R (680 big bore, HRC cam, modified exhaust and intake, ported head, ect) 3rd and 4th gear power wheelies all day.
Awesome! Thanks for the input.I had a K270 on the rear of a hot rod street legal XR650R (680 big bore, HRC cam, modified exhaust and intake, ported head, ect) 3rd and 4th gear power wheelies all day.
That tire wore like iron. I could air it down to 14-16psi (lower if I wasn't in a really rocky trail) for the dirt and it gripped like glue. Would buy them again in a heart beat for any dual sport. I ran the Kenda Trackmaster 2 (K760) on the front and never had a problem. I liked the Trackmaster 2 for the rear as well but would burn it up inside of 2,000 miles on the front I could get 5-6,000 miles.
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No shit! My buddy did that all (cam was a different company but about the same degree though) with a Wossner piston, Arnie Hellar custom port job, valves, XR650L "carb mod", full exhaust from front to back, the thing just goes ape shit in every single gear, like you said, 3rd and 4th gear wheelies are a normality. I laugh every time I ride the thing as it feels so docile and mellow until you crack it open and find the real go's it's got to its name. Last time I rode it I was playing around doing standups in 5th gear at what indicated as 60mph, just cracking it open, shut it, bounce up a wheelie getting back into the throttle and settle it at highway speeds just cruising along at steady rpm on the rear wheel. Made my DRZ feel like a total pooch when in reality it was the nastiest DRZ I've ever seen without a big bore or flat slide setup.
My buddy is running Shinko 705's now (recent purchase) and he swears they are the most dry grip that bike has seen in the entire time he's owned it... and that is quite a stretch of time.