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    Shinko 241 installation and review.

    With all the recommendations here on forum to replace the stock front tire, I decided to go with the Shinko 241. Having never replaced a motorcycle tire before, I watched a few youtube videos and then forged some tire spoons and made rim protectors out a doubled up piece of plastic from a jar, using a heat gun. With recommendations saying if you don't have a wheel stand to use a bucket to support the rim when removing the tire. I had my blacksmith quench bucket a few feet away, so that is what I used and with it filled with water it did make it more stable. But I still did not find it optimal. On the installation I did it on the floor with 4 pieces of cardboard under the hub to protect it. I had an easier time on the floor as I was able to hold the seated part of the tire in place while working the spoons around.
    I took the bike out today to test out the tire on different terrain, medium hills with soft dirt, asphalt roads, and hard packed dirt roads with gravel. I definitely like the new tire and consider it an upgrade. On a hard packed dirt roads ( like asphalt) with gravel on top, the stock tire was was more unpredictable than any of the other stock tires I have had on motorcycles, why I don't know. The 241 made the bike feel like you would normally expect on gravel roads. Since I never laid the bike down with the stock tire I don't know if I would go so far as to call it the death wing, but for $52 delivered, it was worth it to me to upgrade to the 241.

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    Hand forged tire irons, very nice!

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    Pretty ingenious with the hand forget spoons and homemade rim protectors. Very nice. My address is...


    Edit: I meant hand forged spoons not hand forget spoons. Oops. fpalm.gif
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    A little of both. Now that I am simi retired, the hobby has turned into a business. However I am more of a knifemaker / bladesmith than a traditional blacksmith.

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    Thanks for excellent write up. I'll be doing the very same install within the next few weeks.
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    What type of surface treatment do you use on the tire irons and anvil tops to get them (and keep them?) nice and shiny? Or are they just shined pretty for the pictures?

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    Very nice job on the spoons. I do my tires on the floor but lay down a couple planks and put the hub in between. That way its very stable and I can also use my knees to push the tire in towards center.

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    After forging the tire irons were ground to 220 grit and oiled. One of the anvils is only a few years old and the top stays nice with just a light coat of oil now and then.

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    Nice job! And welcome to the forum. Cheers
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    Very nice. Wish i could make cool stuff like that.

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