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Old 02-03-2015, 11:49 PM   #1
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advice on supermoto wheels for an 08 klr650

My buddy is wanting to get some 17in supermoto wheels for his 08 klr. We have narrowed it down to 2 options.

1. Buy the rims and spokes to lace to my stock hubs from radmfg. Comes out to about $650 but id have to get them laced which is prob 75 a wheel.
https://www.radmfg.com/checkout.asp#cart

2. Buy pre build wheels. I found some warp 9s. Not to familiar with cush drive? Need to research that more. But they are about $900 and still have stock wheels to keep nobbies on. He likes this route better.

http://www.motostrano.com/Warp-9-KLR...ls-p/w9klr.htm

any suggestions would be great. Anyone else got the motard set up on their klr?
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Stay away from the Warp 9s. I've seen lots of quality issues from them.
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What will you charge to lace up the stock hubs Patrick?
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I originally stayed away from Warp 9's as well, but I ran them on my XR400R and had zero issues, including some serious abuse at Emma Long Park against rocks. The later versions may be better, but I would take Patrick's advice into consideration, he has a larger sample set of examples I am sure.

Another source for Warp 9 and others...just in case you want another data point.
https://www.procycle.us/bikepages/kl...mwheels-klr650

The cush drive helps to reduce the harsh impact on the driveline when used primarily on the street. I've run motards with and without cush drives. When possible, I'd spring for the cush drive set up.

Check Supermotojunkie.com and ebay for used wheel sets, or (SMJ) to review what others have done. Probably a rare bird for KLR's on that site, but you never know.

Good move on keeping a knobby set and a 17 inch set of wheels.

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I ran Warp 9's on my WR450. I never had any issues, and i beat the out of that bike. I will probably get another set for my CRF450x
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thanks tojo he posted it up on the klr form as well as supermoto junki. so we will see. i just want to see what other people are running.
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thanks dave were going to look more into them. what tires are yall running on yalls motards
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I ran Conti SM's. They were great for street use, but if you're going to ride on the track much they are somewhat limited at higher speeds/faster pace.
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Conti SM or Avon Distanzia then. Another option may be Pirelli MT90. The later two allow for some light off road use. The Continue SM are mainly street IMO.
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the conti sm is a good looking tire as well. how many miles are you getting out of the rear on those?
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the conti sm is a good looking tire as well. how many miles are you getting out of the rear on those?
Lol, no idea. I never checked mileage. I just swapped out when needed and most of what I run now are on the CRF450 track bike. Pirelli DOT's.

Nick has my old XR400 that had them. Track days and commuting, so hopefully he'll offer his .02.
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awesome thanks for all the help it will help with final decisions
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i ran pilot powers on mine. Good tire IMO but i'll go with a softer tire on my next build.
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ummmm the KLR already HAS a 17" rear wheel.

Besides that, the cost of a pair of Sumo wheels is about half the cost of a brand new KLR
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