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Tranny troubles from hard surface use?

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I just purchased a new house which is out of town and on the lake :).I've got a lot of work to do on the place, which is going to cut into my riding time :D,but now that I'm in the country I'm planning on riding right from home whenever I can get a spare minute. In order to get to any good riding areas I will have to run some paved and hard packed dirt roads.My 2000 WR 400 is street plated, but because I live in the city I almost always load it in the truck to get to where I want to go.Seeing as that is going to change,I'm worried that riding the blacktop might hurt my tranny. I read an article about supermotard conversions and how it was hard on dirtbike gearboxes because there was no cush-drive (damper) in the rear hub to take the shock due to the extra traction available on pavement.I really don't want to break my bike!Are there any other T-talkers out there that have logged lots of pavement miles on basically stock WRs? Have you had any problems?Any feedback at all would be greatly appreciated.

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I'm probably pushing 3500 to 4000 miles on my 99WZ420 and approx half of that mileage has been on pavement or hard pack dirt roads when I ride out of my garage in Valencia, Ca. I have had zero tranny problems and replaced one set of clutch fiber plates. I run HD clutch springs in this bike as its a 420 with a 13.5 piston which is a real torque boost. I ran Mobil 1 and Yamalube probably 50% of the mileage on each brand of oil.

Clark

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I street rode my Husky 610 for a year...

All it did was eat drive side rear wheel brgs and rip wheelies...

I just had to watch my drive line set-up, ie chain sprockets and spokes.

There are cush drive options if there is a problem.

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I have many street miles on my 98 WR, zero problems with tranny or anything else. I also have 10k miles on my CBR900RR with PM wheels & no cush drive, zero problems.

Your mileage may differ!

Roy

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Thanks to all for the info!Just wondering what tires you guys run and how well they stand up to pavement use.I currently run Dunlop 756's which I am happy with in terms of performance and durabilty,but I really haven't subjected them to much road use.I doubt that there's a perfect off-road tire that wears well on the street,but I don't want to put new skins on after every second ride either.Has anyone tried any of the D.O.T. approved knobbies?

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I have been using the Kenda K760 Trak Master II on the rear tire for about 6 months, and it works great. About $50 from Dennis Kirk. I'm using the 110/100-18 right now, but my next one will be 120/100-18 (wider is better). The knobbies are very aggressive and they seem to last. I've got about 2K miles on it, with a fair amount of street riding, but mostly sand and dirt roads, and they are still going strong. I didn't get a front Kenda, but a friend did and he didn't like 'em. Said he lost some traction in turns. The only drawback is that the stiff sidewalls make them a bear to put on.

[This message has been edited by Rich in Orlando (edited 02-28-2001).]

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Originally posted by Rich in Orlando:

I have been using the Kenda K760 Trak Master II on the rear tire for about 6 months, and it works great. About $50 from Dennis Kirk. I'm using the 110/100-18 right now, but my next one will be 120/100-18 (wider is better). The knobbies are very aggressive and they seem to last. I've got about 2K miles on it, with a fair amount of street riding, but mostly sand and dirt roads, and they are still going strong. I didn't get a front Kenda, but a friend did and he didn't like 'em. Said he lost some traction in turns. The only drawback is that the stiff sidewalls make them a bear to put on.

[This message has been edited by Rich in Orlando (edited 02-28-2001).]

rich, you can get them cheaper by a few bucks from chaparral- we ordered 3 of those for like 115-120 shipped to our door. check them out. dennis kirk has free shipping but they add it in to the price of the tire. but they are open 24 hours- that's like the only moto place that is that i know of.

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I have a '00 WR400 and have done over 3000km - around 80% of which are on the road. I have had no problems at all with anything ( except keeping the front wheel down !) I will be doing many more miles sonn , as I shall be using the beast to get to work on ( around 90km per day ) so i will keep you posted if I have any problems ( although I doubt that I shall)

I am running a Dunlop 756 on the rear and a 752 on the front. I cant really comment on the wear character as they have only done around 300km so far , but for a MX tyre they seem fairly stable on the road - better than many dual purpose tyres I have used before.

Andy

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I've logged a fair amount of street miles with no problems.....

I have a Dunlop 606 on the rear and a K139 on front. Both DOT had hold up VERY well to pavement and hard pack. The 606 is a little narrow, but overall I think it's a good combo for DOT legal.

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