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    DEATH WING - Who coined the phrase for the Bridgestone Trail Wing TW31 front tire?



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    Who coined the phrase for the Bridgestone Trail Wing TW31 front tire?
    Can anyone link to the first use of the term?

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    I'm sure it was someone who experience its "performance" first hand.
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    Who would ever admit that in a sue happy world?
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    This forum was originally started by Chopper Charles and if it was not him who coined the Death Wing term I would suspect Lizrdbrth had something to do with it. What is interesting about the front tire is that it is fine on the pavement and is surprisingly long lasting. Where it becomes the death wing is off road where it is absolutely famous for slipping out from under you in various conditions and you won't know it is happening until it is way too late.

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    I am pretty sure it was Darth [Vador].
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    The moniker Deathwing or Bridgestone Deathwing has been around since before the interwebs. I remember hearing it from a Vstrom tech and a GS rider in circa year 2001(ish). Unfortunately its history and claim to blame (and rightfully so) predates any forums. Now whether it predates the 87 Tdub, I am not sure. That would be tough to prove but I can infer that the name started shortly after the introduction of the tire from Bridgestone. Now, that date I have no idea of. It would be cool if someone that has a connection or works at Bridgestone could tell us when they first released that tire. That would give us a good estimate at least

    *Important note that Bridgestone makes various models and tread patterns for various bikes that all proudly bring warranted shame to the name TrailWing.
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    Like the NRA maybe San Francisco will declare it a domestic terrorist tire
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    A friend of some guy's girlfriend I know, is new to motorcycles and is still riding around on his stock tire. So, from purely a safety standpoint, should this person change it? I hear there is particular brand that comes in a 4.0 x 18 size, is best? I believe those that have logged 1000's of miles on many different types of tires and motorcycles, in all types of conditions may or may not know something about what may or may not be true?

    Truth or fiction?
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    As Sthrnromr said all trailwing tires have been known as deathwings. I took them off my WR after 1 ride and they came off the Wee after my first venture on gravel. I had heard of the term long before joining this form and have removed them from all my bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TeeDoubleUTwoHundred View Post
    A friend of some guy's girlfriend I know, is new to motorcycles and is still riding around on his stock tire. So, from purely a safety standpoint, should this person change it? I hear there is particular brand that comes in a 4.0 x 18 size, is best? I believe those that have logged 1000's of miles on many different types of tires and motorcycles, in all types of conditions may or may not know something about what may or may not be true?

    Truth or fiction?
    Some do just fine with the trailwing tire until they dump the bike in the loose dirt or going over a wet branch or root. Shinko makes a couple good front tires in the correct sizes we use. The Golden Boy and the 241 come to mind. Your friend is free to do what ever he wants but I would make a suggestion and direct him here to read some of these tire threads.

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