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    Rear Tire: Radial ATV on the Highway?

    I'm eyeing a radial ATV tire for the rear. With it aired up, I wonder about what I'll lose on the highway; top speed, power to climb grades, MPG. Not your average ATV tire question, I know.

    So:
    top speed?
    power to climb grade?
    MPG?

    26x9-14:
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    Here are my totally unscientific opinions:

    So:
    top speed? No noticeable difference (hey, it's still a TW).
    power to climb grade? No noticeable difference (again, it's still a TW).
    MPG? Probably slightly less (but I never check my mileage).

    What tire is that? That tread pattern should be smoother and quieter than the more aggressive ATV tires like the Duro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TW-Brian View Post
    [/COLOR]What tire is that? That tread pattern should be smoother and quieter than the more aggressive ATV tires like the Duro.
    Brian; if you right click on a picture; one option that may come up is: search google for image .
    When I did that it came up as a Kenda Mastodon.
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    Cool, good to know, thanks!

    Info says it is DOT compliant.

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    Like Brian said the differences are going to be negligible. If your wanting it to ride on the pavement the stock tire or slick road tire is a much better option
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    As long as you match the gearing to the larger diameter tire, it should be similar power and speed wise (slow and slightly slower). I will be interested to hear back on the handling characteristics of the radial vs. stock bias ply. it looks like a nice option if it fits and mounts relatively easilly.
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    Yes. Kenya Mastodon. Radial. DOT stamp. (Who doesn't love a little mystery?)

    Outstanding info. Thanks very, very much for the feedback. I think I'll give it a try. Price is comparable to stock tire. I think I'll try the tubeless conversion too. It's in the RMATV shopping cart now.

    I do want to ride it on the asphalt, but I'd like the most capable off road tire possible. I'm sure the stocker would suit me fine, but I have that sickness where I have to fiddle with stuff.

    To think, a few weeks ago I was going to sell this bike. After my 150 mile run yesterday (some of that on the freeway), I don't want to give it up. Does it mean I'm afflicted if I'd rather hop on the TW than the CB500X for a highway ride down the valley?
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    Just something about them. Twice I have been ready to sell mine, but I just have not pulled the trigger. I do prefer my DR for most riding, but when hunting season comes or I want to go exploring, the TW is just so much fun!
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    Mattwings, agreed. I have a '96 DR350. Nothing but smiles on that bike. Like you say, there's just something about the TW.
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    I would guess the Mastodon would do fine on the highway with only minor performance sacrifices over the stock tire.
    My Duro equipped TW with 13x55 sprockets is certainly geared down but last few days have been off and on hitting 65mph @ 6000+ feet, 12psi & 45 degrees on some firm graded roadbeds ( maybe it was slight downhill with a tailwind?)
    Fuel mileage did plummet for me from ~70mpg to 50 mpg at 10 psi and lower.
    In casual drag races against a stock TW there is not much difference in acceleration times nor top speed.
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