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I own a 07 klx 250 and mainly ride it on the road to work. I have one problem, the tire is wearing out odd. I asked a mechanic at dealership and he said its cause I ride wheelies. Except the tire never leaves the ground. This is the second tire to do this. I hope someone can help me on this. Thanks. 

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Standard for a nobbie on the street. Has nothing to do with wheelies. I recently switched to a MT21 front that is non-directional and plan on trying flipping it early when that wear pattern appears. Don't know how well it will work. That is a 606? Looks like what I used to run.

 

Mike

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I don't know what causes this, but it is common.  I see it on my dual sport bike and my friends.  It happens on many different manufacturers. 

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I think they call that cupping. normal for a knobby front on the street.

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Every knobby tire I ever ran on the street did this sooner than later. Finally I bought a second set of wheels and run an 80/20 set on the street (Shinko 705s). They wear infinitely better.

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Thanks for the help. Yes that is the last time I go to that dealership. If you have no clue just say I'm not sure,

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tough to do with the bead locks

I never thought about that....I'm guessing that's why they cup as they wear.

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does anyone balance knobbies on their dual sports?

Absolutly!!! Always!

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does anyone balance knobbies on their dual sports?

Balancing can make a huge difference when riding on pavement. One time I thought I had bent my front wheel hitting a rock in the woods. Everything checked out OK so I decided to balance the wheels. After balancing, I no longer had the wheel hop I felt in the handle bars when riding on pavement. I also agree with the others who said braking contributes to the wear pattern and it is normal. I once ran a set of Avon Distanzia (more of a street type tire) tires on my supermoto and the front tire developed the same type of wear although the tire was not a knobby tire.

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I only balance my DS tires if they're annoyingly bad.  And OP, you must your front brakes as a (good) habit.  The more you use them, the more you'd see that type of wear.  I use my front brakes a LOT off road and try to keep it in mind to not use them much at all on road sections to save all those nice sharp edges.

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Almost all breaking force is at the front. This is particularly important on road.

Mike

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I use the front brake 100% of the time. This is from my old road race days. Prolly gonna kill me some day off road.

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Still where most of the available braking is. Just have to continually calibrate for traction. Hint, it's much less than asphalt. (sorry, couldn't resist)

Mike

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