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    Tire Observation; Stock vs Knobby and Duro

    I rode Bob's TW in the sand today. Wow, wow, wow... What a difference a tire (or two) makes. I'm still running stock tires and Bob has a Michelin Starcross Medium on the front and a Duro on the back. So so very much more stable than stock; almost incomparably so. I'd alway put off swapping tires because I couldn't imagine it would make that much of a difference. Boy, am I dumb haha..

    Wise man once say: If you don't like how your car handles, change the tires. This goes double or quadruple for bikes, I think.
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    Can't go wrong with either a Shinko 244 or 241 for the front. Both affordable and infinitely superior to a 16 year old DeathWing stock front tire. Please change for safety's sake to anything newer.244.jpg shinko241.jpg

    For rear stock TrailWing 34 is the default tire for duel purposing. This is the easy solution for most of your riding.tw34.jpg

    For a bit more cost and complexity you can get a lot more performance from any of the ATV tire options. Good for playing in mud, snow and sand, I love mine. Duro has been the default ATV tire for years but has been eclipsed by Cerros and most recently by the new Duro Powergrip V2. v2.jpg
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    In regards to the Shinko 244 and 241, what’s more popular, the skinny or fat? Or is it just preference?
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    Preference, but I think most go with the wider one.
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    In regards to the Shinko 244 and 241, what’s more popular, the skinny or fat? Or is it just preference?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post
    For rear stock TrailWing 34 is the default tire for duel purposing. This is the easy solution for most of your riding.tw34.jpg

    For a bit more cost and complexity you can get a lot more performance from any of the ATV tire options. Good for playing in mud, snow and sand, I love mine. Duro has been the default ATV tire for years but has been eclipsed by Cerros and most recently by the new Duro Powergrip V2. v2.jpg

    So, inquiring minds must ask;

    1) No ATV tire is DOT approved....correct?

    2) Of the three ATV tires mentioned above, can they all be mounted onto the stock rear rim with no major modifications?

    3) Generally of the three mentioned how do they rate in price and does any one of them stand out above the other two?

    Thanks to all who reply as any input you can provide will certainly be helpful and appreciated.
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    Some ATV tires ARE D.O.T. approved.

    Some people have blown up tires and damaged rims; trying to mount stock atv tires (using extremely high pressures - which may have harmed the integrity of the tire even if it mounts).
    Some shops with cages have even given up after attempting. Other folks here have had success. Some trim the bead; which can also be an integrity issue. The trailer wheel mods seem to be the way to go and there has been no report of either style of hub set-up or trailer wheel failing.
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    While time consuming for the researcher to go back and look up old posts all the answers are there in regards to tires and installation tips.
    For example one can simply Google "D.O.T. approved ATV tires" and get about 129,000 responses in seconds. Google Search often works better than the Forum's Search features.

    What is more time consuming is to ask for someone else to do this on the forum and then wait for someone to respond with a re-invention of these old informative posts. This can take days. Sometimes it is like shouting down a well, no answer is forthcoming.

    Sure, nothing wrong with asking questions. But what works quicker when the answer is important to you is to spend a bit of energy and try to dig up the answers directly first before requesting assistance. Identify what research you tried unsuccessfully when an accurate answer is important.
    If getting an answer is not that important or time dependent then go ahead and wait for our opinions to filter in. We specialize in small talk here.
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    Hi Fred, thank you as you do bring up some valid points. Certainly for #1 a quick Google search would have proved the answer. The answer for #2 is likely sprinkled around in various past threads and although I did not try to research this time I have completed many previous searches and not always with success, perhaps if one was willing to devote a lot of time the answers would/could be found.....perhaps when I retire that will be a viable option. Question #3 really only applies to this forum since there are not many other bikes with a 14" rim, likely plenty of reviews on ATV sites however that might be akin to asking regular or premium on a lawn tractor forum, lots of opinions no doubt but not really relevant to a TW. Lastly since I am located in Ontario Canada and we are in the dead of winter there was certainly no urgency to my questions. Ok, looks like venting Friday is off and running. lol
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    Sorry, in a anti-socialist, self-deterministic rant mood today. Seize the day! Chart your own course through life! As old Charley Shakespeare's Hamlet would say: "Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
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    And by opposing end them."

    So, rant over and time to be polite:

    1) Believe only one of us run an D.O.T. approved ATV tire, a Carlyle(?)
    2) TW34 mounts up without modification but with difficulty due to stiffness. ATV tires benefit from bead trimming on stock rim, or rim cut-n-weld, or trailer wheel replacement.
    3). Conflicting criteria make no definitive single answer and is subject to personal preference. The ATV tire option is the most expensive but gives me the best results IMHO.

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    Hey Fred....no problem, no harm no foul! Truth be told I can be real cranky some days too, that's what sometimes happens after 6 decades on this rock we all call home!

    I do appreciate all the answers you provided as you are always a wealth of knowledge.
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