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    Senior Member RockyTFS's Avatar
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    I just changed out the stock front Trail Wing (AKA Death Wing) for a Kenda 270 in 120/80 18. Lord, why didn't I do this a year ago?!?!?



    No more squirrels under the wheel, no more white knuckles on loose gravel, no more seeking the deepest ruts in the road, better downhill braking...and on and on. Can't wait to see what it does in sand, my heretofore nemesis!



    Thanks to all the folks here who also hate the stock front tire!
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    About time!!! I noticed a huge improvement with it too...but now since ive tried a front knobbie tire i wont go back!
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    Quote Originally Posted by xdac View Post
    About time!!! I noticed a huge improvement with it too...but now since ive tried a front knobbie tire i wont go back!


    I thought long and hard about which front tire to get, read and re-read every post here on the subject. I decided against the KT 760 because I do a lot of short highway riding to get to the dirt or complete a loop. The 120/80 KT 270 is only about 3/4 inch narrower than the 5.10, but weighs considerably less as it's 4 ply, not 6 ply.



    I have not found any odd handling characteristics that were mentioned in threads here, like tendency to turn in quickly or get squirrely on hard corners on pavement. I run 12 psi front and 14 psi rear unless contemplating longer pavement stretches or 2 up. The 120/80 does not have quite as much tread depth as the 4.50, and that may be why it seems fine in corners on pavement...(that and/or the low inflation) I did notice a little faster steering response, but nothing that would cause concern, and after an hour it just felt normal.



    I think it's "just right" Now show me some SAND!
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    Is this a good deal for one?

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    Rocky, that sounds good. Keep the info coming. Your last sentence, "show me some sand" is the main reason I have not yet given up on the stock front tire. It has the ideal round profile for handling deep sand, which I am in a lot. In my limited time on the new to me TW, it seems OK on the highway as well.



    True, it is a bit iffy on sand-covered hard-pack or loose gravel, but it is a trade-off since full knobbies are usually somewhat squirrelly when pushed hard on pavement.



    I'm still considering the #270, but I might try the 5.10 size despite its additional weight. I think it is equivalent to a 130. I want all of the flotation I can get up there for the sand.



    Of course deep sand is no problem on narrower tires if you maintain good speed. I want to slow down, though. That's why I have the TW.

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    So what would be the best match in our rear size ?

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    Chip, here is another link with prices.



    http://www.tiresunlimited.com/ALL%20...kenda_k270.htm

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    This is where I buy my tires from. I have a sr244 which is almost identical to the k270 which they also sell.

    http://www.powersportsuperstore.com/...show=10&page=2
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip Whiting View Post
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    Is this a good deal for one?
    Not really. Look here. Lower price, same free shipping. Shinko SR244 is cheaper in 5.10-18.




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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty View Post
    Not really. Look here. Lower price, same free shipping. Shinko SR244 is cheaper in 5.10-18.




    Just put this on our 2nd TW...FANTASTIC With shipping came in about $62.00



    Got it at Bikebandit.com





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