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    Hi guys, I'm getting a used '04 TW from a friend here in a few days and it will need new tires. I will use it mainly for commuting to work which doesn't require driving across the Baja or fording rivers. What would be a good front and rear tire that's not insanely expensive and won't pass out on the first dirt road it hits? From all of the threads I've read about tires on here, the Kenda K270 gets good reviews for the front, but I'm not sure if it's too aggressive for the street.



    Also, I like to do most things myself, (with your guys's help of course!) can I change the tires myself with some tire irons? And do they need to be professionally balanced? Thanks so much for any advice!
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    The Kenda is a great tire. In my opinion, I don't think its too aggressive for the street. Your options are pretty limited for the rear.



    Changing the tire isn't too difficult. I watched many videos on YouTube before I tackled mine. I prefer to use three spoons. Sprinkle a little baby powder into the tire before you put the tube in, that will make sure the tube can slide around inside the tire while you put the tire on the rim.
    If you can't find it, grind it

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    TW34 rear, and Kenda K270 or Shinko 244 front. My experience is that the TW34 will outlast the TW204, is shy only when dragging footpegs, and is justly proud off pavement. The TW203 sucks off pavement. Both the Kenda or Shinko will put a smack down on a TW32 on any surface.



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    this is a good thread! I found I was quite confident on the 203 204 combination in the dry on the streets , was thinking it was great fun throwing the bike around turns, but those bridgestones scared me a bit in the wet - felt I was loosing the front - i had my foot down on the first sharp left I took - was a scary moment! they dont have the wet grip that say the BT016 have ( apples and oranges perhaps! )
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    Ok, thanks for the replies! I'll go with the Kenda K270 for the front and the TW34 for the rear then. Is the stock size good then, or is it popular to run a different size here?
    '05 TW200--15/50 gearing, Cyclerack, XT350 tank

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    130/80-18, 120/90-19, or 5.10-18 on the front.




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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty View Post
    130/80-18, 120/90-19, or 5.10-18 on the front.


    Pros or cons for the above numbers? I'm probably not going to be doing any serious trail riding or sand shoveling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beewerks View Post
    Pros or cons for the above numbers? I'm probably not going to be doing any serious trail riding or sand shoveling.
    All else being equal, not much difference.



    5.10in = 129.54mm



    5.10 = 100 cross section--tallest of the 3

    130/80 = 80 cross section--wide as 5.10, not quite as tall

    120/90 = 90 cross section--slightly narrower than 5.10 and 1.30, but same height as 130/80



    Theoretically, anyway. Manufacturers often don't run close to claimed size in the real world.




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    Only off road I do is flat and all sand and they do fine. They float over the soft sand and don't dig in. But for me it's 99% street. I would not run em if I did mud or hill climbs. They should be fine in dirt or grass fields and stuff. Good luck -




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    May I suggest the Shinko 428 for the front and back.
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