<<<<[quote=njneuberger]Anybody have any good tips about where to find street-oriented tires for a KLR650 in Bolivia, southwest Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, or around Buenos Aires? I have emailed the dealers in each country (at least the one dealer that Kawasaki has on its web site for each country) but have not heard back. The tires I would be looking for would be a 130-80-17 and a 90-90-21, which usually are:>>>
Those are the same sizes that my R100GS uses and I'm assuming what is available in S.A. is the as what's available here in Costa Rica. My experience with these is;
<<<Kenda Challenger K657>>>>
Only available in 130-90/17, so it's big. Good all-around tire that is decent in the wet. Good value in the States, only so-so in L.America at $70.
<<<<Avon Distanzia AM43 / AM44
You won't find these.
No experience with this tire.
You won't see this tire either.
Only made in Brazil Tourances available. They stick well, but wear fast. Perhaps because they are not radials and lack the steel belt. Cheap though, $40 to $50.
This tire is dis-continued and you won't find it anyhow.
Great street tire, but only sometimes available. Pricy, $90 to $110.
<<<<Pirelli Scorpion MT 90>>>>
Possible, but the MT60 is more common and will serve. There is also the very common MT40, a very good street-biased enduro tire that is rated strong enough for your KLR. All Pirelli tires are made in Brazil and are a great value, $40 to $60.
<<<<<Kings KT 966.>>>>
No chance of seeing this tire south of the border.
Other tires you may encounter;
Vee Rubber line, decent, strong Taiwanese tires that are a good value, but have no traction in the wet.
Maxxis Traxer, New upscale line of tires fdrom Cheng Chin. Fantasic street tires with a very soft compound, almost road race. Stick like crazy, but service life may be short(I've only had mine on for 2,000 miles. Great price for the quality, $50 to $60.
Hope this helps
Playas del Coco
"..an attaching bike on which one rolls serenly along."
(Google translation of a French R100GS review)