1. interactivewolf

    interactivewolf Limited User

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    Hello,

    Returning but basically new rider here looking forward to the coming season. I'll be using my KLX as my daily commuter but also plan on participating in some tail ride events as well as hitting the trails on my own time.

    I've heard various things about the suitability of the OEM Dunlop tires for trails. It seems like a new set is an inexpensive way to make sure a trail day is a fun day.

    Will something like Shinko 244s be a good compromise or should I look for something a little more knarly? I'm reasonably mechanically inclined. Would switching to true dirt tires for trail days be more effort than it's worth? If money was no object, I'd just get a second set of rims. Or does it not even matter because I'm new and it'll be a while before my skill level catches up to my ambition?

    Basically, I want to avoid getting into trouble because I was simply too cheap or lazy to get better rubber.
  2. Chef

    Chef ODSC Executive

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    How many km do you plan on doing on the street a week? Bad tires on an event can ruin your day. How many sets are you going to go through or willing to go through. On the shinkos you mention, you will prob get good mileage out of but they won't be great on the slippery stuff. More aggressive tires are noisy on the street and don't last long. Running aggressive tires on my 650 cost me three sets one summer. Now I have an extra set of rims. They pay for the self real fast, you can usually sell them pretty easy and don't lose much on them. The other option is changing tires... Not out of the question but a fair bit of effort.
  3. suprf1y

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    I really liked the Kenda K270 on the rear of my KLX 250, with a Kenda MX tire on front. I got good mileage out of both. Do NOT use a K270 front if you're going to be doing any off road. I'm using Trakmasters now because they were free, but the front seems pretty good, especially for what it would have cost.
  4. interactivewolf

    interactivewolf Limited User

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    In terms of weekly mileage, it will probably be anywhere from 200-400 km/week on the road and while I have high hopes, I'll likely get to the trails about once/month. I had also been considering the Kenda 270s mentioned by Superfly. I'd go with Trackmasters but I think they'd be too noisy and rough for my every day commute. Maybe a tire change isn't such a big deal once/month. I don't know if running through 3 sets of tires per season on it's own justifies another set of rims, but combined with the hassle of changing tires vs. simply swapping rims... maybe. It will all depend on the cost.

    Thanks for the advice.

  5. hardman

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    I use Kenda 270s on my Sherpa for both front and rear. I find they are a great 50/50 tire for both road/trail and are reasonably priced.

    They perform great on the trail, but will cake up fast in deep mud (which I try to avoid anyways). The Kendas are great on the road, you can really lean into turns even in the rain with absolutely no sliding.

    One thing I have noticed though is the rear Kenda rides a little wonky on back roads with pea sized gravel when traveling at high speeds. :shock:

    I usually burn one rear every season and one front for every 2 seasons.