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    Hi All,

    Seen a ton of older posts regarding tires. I just bought a TW200 and it has supermoto tires on it. 95% of the riding my wife is going to do will be dirt. Hardpack dirt & sand. What would be the best tire choice for front and back?

    From what I've gathered on here for the rear it looks like 80/80-14 Bridgestone TW34 Rear.

    For the front I've seen alot saying the Pirelli MT21 is a great front tire. But what size? 120x90x18?

    Again I've seen tons of older posts, just not sure how things have changed in this department if they have at all. Street riding will be very very minimal. Maybe 5miles to get to a trail but thats it and then 90 miles on said trail.

    Thanks!
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    I'm running a Shinko 244 5.10-18 on the front and love it off road. The stock rear tire is about as good as it gets for off road unless you want to wedge an ATV tire on the rim.
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    I have only owned and ridden one motorcycle. I have experienced two front tires and all I can say is that my Shinko 244 in 5.10 is by far superior to the stock trailwing. Would like to try the Shinko 241 that the panda mentions. Twilight? Do you feel like the 241 is softer and would get chewed up on my blacktop riding? Do you like the feel offroad? Plenty of traction?
    2007 TW200, Cycleracks, Jimbo shield, Tinman Tim racks and tool tube mount, Shinko 244 in 5.10, Protaper ATV mid handlebars, Tusk D-flex hand guards, e-bay steel pegs

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    what TWilight said!! .I have the Pirelli on front now, but next time it will be the shinko trials. the Pirelli trials is great in the dirt and works well on the highway except I get so wobble
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    Get the shinko 241 Trails. I also had the Goldenboy 244 I ran it for six months and sold it.

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    Ha ha. I do get a bit of wobble on pavement at times. Am looking forward to the Shinko 241 next time. I should just get a new 2016 to go with that new tire shouldn't I?
    2007 TW200, Cycleracks, Jimbo shield, Tinman Tim racks and tool tube mount, Shinko 244 in 5.10, Protaper ATV mid handlebars, Tusk D-flex hand guards, e-bay steel pegs

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    I have the Pirelli MT21 and love it so far. I ride in MI, so its either beach sand or mud for me. The Pirelli probably is not quite as good as either Shinko on the road or rocks. I know it has made off road riding much more enjoyable and safer! I also had a long run of success with these tires on my last dual sport, so I went with what I had first hand experience with.
    Last edited by Mattwings; 04-10-2016 at 12:10 PM.
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    I have had no issues with the Pirelli MT41 and it is wearing well. I have had it up to 60mph with no wobble.
    If you are going to be riding a lot of sand, an ATV tire on the rear is the way to go - I am loving the Duro.
    While others were struggling with the sand in Moab, my Duro was eating it up.
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    2001 TW200 sporting a MT43 up front. Duro has gone to a good home. 2015 VStrom XT, 1996 DT 200, Broken 2010 Xingue 400 XY. 2009 WR250r now shared with my son.

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    Thanks everyone! I ordered a TW34 for the back and a Shinko 241 4.0. I should have them in a few days! THanks again
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    I ride rough logging roads with loose gravel in the mountains. The Shinko 241 hooks up the best in those conditions for me.

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