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GSwannabe

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PostSubject: New rear tire   5/11/2010, 9:34 pm



Just received my new rear tire today. Purchased a Mefo Explorer for my XR650L. First time to remove and mount a tire. Went pretty smooth. Just need to balance it and should be good to go. Center tread depth measured 14/32 much better than the 4/32 I removed.


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PostSubject: Re: New rear tire   5/11/2010, 10:37 pm

How does the Mefo look in person? I'm due for a new rear tire and was thinking about switching to a Mefo rear from the MT21 I have on there now.

Looking forward to your initial riding impressions.
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PostSubject: Mefo Explorer   5/11/2010, 11:04 pm

New tire looks great. Reported to be a 50% dirt 50% street tire that can last between 7000 & 9000 miles. Down side $. I don't mind paying for quality. Lot of guys in the Tri-cities running the 606's which look pretty killer but I ride mine 35 miles to work and back on the freeway. Almost went with the Distanza. There's always next time.
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PostSubject: Re: New rear tire   5/12/2010, 10:10 am

Thanks for the email

I agree with your assessment on mileage. My Pirelli MT21 is getting wasted by a few commuter trips. I am past 50% tread with only about 800 miles on it. I can't afford to change a tire with every other oil change.

Mefo explorers used to cost under a hundred bucks when they first hit the scene a few years ago. Market demand has increased their price.

BUT... I think I am really doing 50/50 now and except for ripping up the grass on my own little A-loop for practice I'm a forest service dirt road kind of rider.

2 cents per mile vs. 6 cents per mile is a no brainer. Compared to my MT21 cost vs. mileage that makes a Mefo a 24 dollar tire.

Nice to have a PNW opinion - Thanks
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PostSubject: Re: New rear tire   5/12/2010, 11:09 am

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PostSubject: Re: New rear tire   5/26/2010, 6:55 pm

I wish something like that came in a size for my bike. rear 150/70-17
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PostSubject: Rear tire   5/26/2010, 6:58 pm

Mefo make a tire called the super explorer. It might just come in your size.
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PostSubject: Re: New rear tire   5/26/2010, 7:12 pm

Nope just looked they don't make any tires in my size. I would go with Heidenau K60 but the aren't making any right now.
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PostSubject: Re: New rear tire   5/26/2010, 9:04 pm

thanks for the pic, looks like a nice tire !
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PostSubject: Re: New rear tire   4/23/2014, 10:49 pm

You'll probably find that it doesn't need to be balanced.  I have found that unless it is a full knobbie tire they don't need to be balanced below 70 or 80 mph.
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PostSubject: Re: New rear tire   5/19/2014, 5:08 pm

how is the sidewall? nice and stiff?
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