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PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2011 12:57 pm    Post subject: favorite tires? Reply with quote

Im trying to by new tires for my DR-650. i believe i am liking the reviews and looks of the continental TKC80 but before i purchase i thought i would ask around a bit and get others opinions. thanks guys
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2011 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i also ran across the Dunlop D606 tires which are a lot cheaper
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2011 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I run Michelin t63's and really like them. Cheaper than either of those. For a knobbie their road manners are very stable and plenty good in the dirt.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2011 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was impressed with how well a rear Karoo (the cheaper one) lasted running pavement (400) from SEK to Colorado and back. Hooked up decent in the very small rocks they call dirt out there too. Has been on for around 3k miles now, but got really squared off (understandably) on the way home.
The front will outlast three rears.

Oh was on a loaded KTM 640A, not sure how the weight would compare to the DR, but is had all the gear you'd need to camp for a week sitting on top of it.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

welp i ended up with the D606 for now. thanks for the input guys
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 6:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been running the Dunlop Rally Raid 908 on the back of my KTM 950 Adventure and the Continental TKC on the front. I just ordered the 908 for the front and I am going to try the Kenda Big Block on the rear. I want a comparison between the two combinations. Will let you know later how I feel about them. I run the Avon Gripsters on my Transalp and have found them to be an excellent tire on and off road.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really liked the rear 908 on my 640. That thing seemed like it would grip on anything. Never had it in sand but it worked well everywhere else. Didn't like the front and ended up with some Pirelli (forget the number) on the front that worked really well. I'll get the number next time I'm near the shop.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bo9, What did you not like about the 908 front tire? Just curious because I am getting ready to mount mine on the 950 real soon. I probably should have stayed with the TKC on the front, but wanted to try something different.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me it didn't seem to get as much lateral grip on loose gravel as the Pirelli could find. Caused some "interesting" moments on backroads.
May be better on the heavier 950.
If you search by tire model over on advrider there is a ton of info on all of them.
I keep forgetting to get the number off the carcass of the pirelli that is still lurking in the shop...
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I mounted and balanced a Dunlop 908 on the front and a Kenda Big Block on the back. I rode it on the highway, and the front feels lighter, with more wandering the faster you go. Took it out on some minimum maint. roads after work, and it is a little better on gravel and dirt than on the highway. The Kenda seemed to hook-up pretty fair, but with the power of the 950 (geared down) on gravel, nothing hooks up too good!!! Will let you know after a few more miles. Greg
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 8:08 am    Post subject: 640 / 950 Knobbies ??? Reply with quote

Greg and Bo-9,

I am very interested in any/all feedback that you fellows have on the Dunlop ( 606 ) and the ( 908 ). I love the Metzeler Enduro 3 Saharas for blacktop riding and would go anywhere on these coast-to-coast. These tires have survived ( there / back ) Kansas rides twice with solid performance. These are not impressive when we hit MUD or GUMBO !!!

I am getting ready to shod the '07 640/Adv with some knobbs as I just converted to the high-fender. In the past...I have run the MT-21's on my (SOLD) '02 640/Adv and have done great on trips to Kansas, Colorado, and Kentucky. Now I am tossed between the 606 and the 908. I really like the tread pattern on the 606, yet I can not get a 606 in 140/80-18 size! Is there any concern with going with a D606 ( 130/90-18 ) ? The tires that I end up with MUST have solid contact on the road ( especially on the front tire! )...as I usually get to ride a distance to the off-road ride.

Please keep the feedback coming.

Thanks.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Ty, Here is what I feel about the tire combination I have on now, which is the Dunlop 908 on the front and the Kenda Big Block on the back of my 950 Orange Beast. I really don't like the 908 on the front, it feels kinda vague on the highway, and I start to get front-end shimmy at anything over 85mph. It is probably a better off-road tire than on road, and I rode it on sand roads west of Wichita this last weekend, and it was OK but didn't feel as planted as the TKC80 I had on before. I like the Kenda on the rear, but I don't think it will last as long as the Dunlop rear 908. The best combination so far is the Continental TKC 80 on the front and the Dunlop 908 on the back. I love the 908 on the rear, I have gotten more mileage out of it, and it hooks up good and handles well on pavement or gravel. Will have to try a different front tire next time. Peace, Greg
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 9:39 pm    Post subject: Tires... Reply with quote

Thanks for the input Greg !

That aligns with other input that I have read. I surely need to consider the blacktop performance and stability...cuz I be riding to the off-road rides!
The other Minnesota rider ( Rob Hammerlund on the '03 Dakar ) has ~ 5K miles on his D606 and it looks like he has 50% tread left on the rear! That was impresive to me. I'll ask him about his front tire handling too.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ty, I have got about 2,100 miles on the Kenda Big Block, (including a highway moto-camping trip way down into Oklahoma), and alot of that has been on the gravel roads, and it is just about shot!!! I will go back to the Dunlop 908 Rally Raid as the price has just gone down on them again. Last year I bought one in March for $119. A month later they were $199. Stayed that way all summer. Now they are down to $133. All from the same retailer. What gives with that?? Anyway, that is my favorite choice for the "Beast" as I can get about 4,500 miles out of the Dunlop 908. Greg (The orange ones are faster!)
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 5:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm very envious of you guys and your overwhelming choice of tires. For some reason I keep ending up with bikes with very limited selections. My former PC800, the Tdub, my TranZalp, etc.

I guess it's my own fault...... and you should be thankful!


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