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    Scrambler Tires Needed

    Looking to replace the K70s on my CL450 for something a little more "aggressive"
    Not looking for knobbies, just something that fits more on a scrambler.

    Bike will live on the road, but I would like the option to do some exploring on fire roads and such.

    Looked at K60 Scouts, 705s, and a few other tires.
    Anyone have a recommendations?
    What have you used?

    Tires on the bike now are 3.25X19 and 4.00X18
    I assume 100/90-19 and 110/90-18?

    Thanks for any help.
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    Am I over thinking all of this?
    Should I just get another set of K70s?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaguar View Post
    Looking to replace the K70s on my CL450 for something a little more "aggressive"
    Not looking for knobbies, just something that fits more on a scrambler.

    Bike will live on the road, but I would like the option to do some exploring on fire roads and such.

    Looked at K60 Scouts, 705s, and a few other tires.
    Anyone have a recommendations?
    What have you used?

    Tires on the bike now are 3.25X19 and 4.00X18
    I assume 100/90-19 and 110/90-18?

    Thanks for any help.
    Picture for attention!

    Am I over thinking all of this?
    Should I just get another set of K70s?
    I get what you mean - I replaced my K70s with another set to keep the bike period correct (for the most part) and because I'm not going anywhere off road with it, but for your purposes, you could go with a set of trials tires like the SLs and XLs used to come with from the factory. They have block tread but not full-knob design and work okay, certainly better than street tires. I haven't ridden dirt in decades so there may well be other treads out there for something better while still being streetable, but trials tread is one option.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=trials+tires#spf=1

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    I never really gave trials tires a thought. I guess I just assumed they didnt work well on the street.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaguar View Post
    I never really gave trials tires a thought. I guess I just assumed they didnt work well on the street.
    Actually, I rode on trials tires for the first few years of riding when I was a kid - every bike I had after that first Honda 50 and S90 was an off-road version of the day, and they all had trials tires. Rode to school and work, in dry weather or in the rain. Obviously, you have to exercise more caution when riding on wet or other contaminated surfaces, more than with street tires, but if you're a smart rider you already know and do that. It's an option that wears better than full knobs and rides smoother as well (plus, on a bike with some horsepower, they do great pavement powerslides too!)

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    What about the Heidenau K67? Vintage Motorcycle Tires - Heidenau Tires
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    Those look like they might do the trick!

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    Quote Originally Posted by longdistancerider View Post
    What about the Heidenau K67? Vintage Motorcycle Tires - Heidenau Tires
    I like the look of the K67 for a combo on-off road tread

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaguar View Post
    Looking to replace the K70s on my CL450 for something a little more "aggressive"
    Not looking for knobbies, just something that fits more on a scrambler.

    Bike will live on the road, but I would like the option to do some exploring on fire roads and such.

    Looked at K60 Scouts, 705s, and a few other tires.
    Anyone have a recommendations?
    What have you used?

    Tires on the bike now are 3.25X19 and 4.00X18
    I assume 100/90-19 and 110/90-18?

    Thanks for any help.
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    Been meaning to ask you - was that alternator cover on the bike when you got it, or did you buy it? Probably the most different version I've seen that wasn't finned or something else unusual

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    Jaguar: Nice bike!

    If you want to go back to K70's but find Dunlop doesn't make your sizes any more, take a look at Duro's HF319 Vintage tire. They're almost identical the the K70's (the sipes are slightly different but the tread block is very similar). I just fitted a pair but haven't ridden on them yet--don't need to find out how they work in the snow! See below:

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