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    TW204 front tire and rear stock tire

    The TW204 is a more street type tread, yes? Any issue running these together?

    My front tire just failed state inspection and I had planned on going to a more street oriented tire anyways. But the rear has plenty of tread left so should last a wheel longer.

    Issues running a more street type up front and knobby on the rear?

    Also, I know there are other brands and am reading the posts, so no need to repost all that info here.

    THX

    Jay
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    Here is an idea: 1) Replace the front with the "street" tire. 2) Ride TW. How does it feel? 3) Replace rear tire if necessary.

    IMO I don't see why the tread on the rear would affect the handling of the front. However, you'll never know until ya try it.

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    THX!! Kind of what I planned. Will do and report back.
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    D'oh! TW203 is front, right? 204 is rear. Need to order the correct one!
    2010, Happy Trails rack & side boxes, Ricochet skid plate, Clarke tank, Stearns seat cover, rejetted, Shinko 244 front tire.

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    I recently tried a knobbly on the rear, and the street tire on the front - the two tires "bite" the road very differently.

    I now have two knobblies on the bike - and a street tire with less than 5 miles on it for sale ...........
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    Different how? Was the knobby "slippy" on the road?

    My plan is 90% road, and maybe a fire road or dirt road but no single track or technical stuff. You prob. won't see me at Moab any time soon!
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    Quite the opposite – the knobbly rear stuck like glue, whereas the road front tended “drift”

    Now, this would have been fine if I’d had a road tire on the back as well – but as it was, the different characteristics of each type of tire ended up “fighting” each other.

    It wasn’t a situation of my making to begin with, and like you, I figured I’d suck it and see as it was already on there – big mistake ………..

    You can find the thread here https://tw200forum.com/forum/performa...dles-like.html

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    Thanx Purple. I will remember your recommendation.

    I never have ridden a TW with "street" tires. I don't want to spend the $ to see how it feels. Plus, getting someone to mount and balance new tires just for a test is a MAJOR hassle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple View Post
    I recently tried a knobbly on the rear, and the street tire on the front - the two tires "bite" the road very differently.

    I now have two knobblies on the bike - and a street tire with less than 5 miles on it for sale ...........
    I wonder if you just hadn't scuffed it in yet? Mold release will make a new tire pretty slippery for about 50 or so miles. Knobbies seem to scuff in faster. I assume due to less surface area in contact with road. A little off road also seems to break them in quickly. With the limited weight and power of the TW i don't really feel much "knobby Crawl" in corners. They do "howl" nicely at higher speeds. With all that said I lost a tire on my GS in Twin falls Idaho and couldn't find a matching duel spot tire. Ended up putting a Battleax street tire on the back. Got me home but handled terrible. Felt like my frame was winding up and releasing over and over again on every corner.
    So I would buy something that matches.

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    What size am I looking for for the front? I know 130/80-18 but how does that equate to an inch measurement? Is 5.10-18 closest?
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