...wet, leaf covered trails ? I bought my TW mostly for bowhunting purposes which mean I'll mostly be riding from Oct-end of the year. Of course this time of the year is fairly wet ground covered in leaves and makes for slick conditions. I'm very new to riding motorcycles and I've found that the front wheel can take you down quickly on slippery ground ! Any suggestions on to a good replacement for a front tire used in these conditions ?
Having ridden with both size SR244 Golden Boy's TWiLight has mention, and they are better than stock, but you may also want to consider a Kenda 760 Trackmaster II. 110/100-18 is fairly close to stock size. If you're not gonna ride too much on the street, this tire is more aggressive 90% off-road tire. It has more room for mud, leaves etc, to vacate.
It's not widely used by us TW crowd, but there have been a few. I've ridden with 2 guys that have the the 760 and they say they like it a lot for off-road purposes, and is adequate enough for some pavement riding.
TW member testimonial: When I first got my TW I could tell right away that the stock front tire would wash out on off camber trails. As a mostly off road rider I decided on a Kenda K760 110/100-18 It has a more aggressive tread and really hooks up in dirt as well as the Sandstone Rocks down in the Moab area. It also does great cornering on paved road.
Kenda 760 Trackmaster II
Last edited by admiral; 05-18-2015 at 08:59 AM.
Thanks guys ! And btw, I'm from s/w Virginia.
Mounted a 4.00x18 Shinko 241 on mine. Really the exact same size as the stocker, when mounted. The road handling was a little strange to get used to, maybe because it was sticking to the road like it was on rails. Off-road, I only had it on wet gravel and stream crossings and it did wonderfully.
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The Pirelli MT43 is another DOT trials tire and I just put one on the front and maybe have 50 miles on it. Great traction on wet roads.
I have had a few on the back of my WR. Great for roots and wet rock. Works in mud if you don't spin it which will not be an issue on the front.
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.