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    Senior Member the-wild-man's Avatar
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    When I purchased the bike a couple of years ago, it had the early knobby tires on it, but I replaced the rear one last year with the one (I don't recall, off hand, what all of the Bridgestone TW3x #'s are) that superseded the original knobby, which is not available anymore. I am really happy with it, as it is MUCH more roadable than the original one that it had replaced, but is still great for off-road use. Now it is time to replace the front one. But this is my dilemma: The last time I checked, I could not find a more roadable Bridgestone replacement for the front knobby. Did Bridgestone make a replacement tire (more roadable tread) for the original front knobby? If so, what is the # for it? I know that there are "street" tires available for both front and rear, but since I do a lot of off-road riding, I am NOT interested in those.



    If no updated front tire is available from Bridgestone, I need to come up with something suitable, as I am sick of the zinging sound that the original front knobby makes, when driven on pavement - plus it seems to wear down fast

    (and in a saw-tooth fashion) when driven on pavement, when there is a lot of stopping required. I know that since the front tire size is 130x18, there are many more options than one would have for the odd-sized rear one. Any suggestions on what to go with on the front, considering that my riding is basically 50/50 on/off road?



    BTW, I am NOT a new user on this forum. For some reason, I was unable to log in under my former user name (the-wild-man), and I was not able to use my email address to check if my password was correct, so I had to re-register as new user.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twm View Post
    BTW, I am NOT a new user on this forum. For some reason, I was unable to log in under my former user name (the-wild-man), and I was not able to use my email address to check if my password was correct, so I had to re-register as new user.


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    Yes buddy....! Me 2



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    Quote Originally Posted by srs713 View Post
    Welcome back!



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    Yea, I'm now picking up on the fact that something happened around the middle of july, as there are NO users who have been around longer than that.

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    Nobody has any suggestions for a front tire?

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    I have the Maxxis 6006 in 130/80-18 and I love it. My Dad has the Dunlop 606 in 120/90-18 and he loves his. These are much more aggressive than the original knobby. So you want a tire thats between the stock front knobby and the street tire?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman View Post
    I have the Maxxis 6006 in 130/80-18 and I love it.


    I can recommend Maxxis 6006 too, great tire!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TeeWee View Post
    I can recommend Maxxis 6006 too, great tire!


    Some people like to run the same brand on both ends. There are several Bridgestone TrailWings in sizes that will fit (130/80, 120/90, 4.60, and 5.10) that might suit your purpose.



    you can find them here: http://www.tiresunlimited.com/all%20...trail_wing.htm




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    For a new front tire i went with a Michelin T63 rear tire and ran it backwards on the front of my tdub. It is speed rated at over 100mph [more than the tdub will ever do].I have had it on for about a year now and it rides nice and seems less noisy than the stock tire was on the hwy, and much improved traction off road than the stock.

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    I checked on www.motorcycle-superstore.com it has good reviews (4.4 stars out of 5). Here's the link: http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...=45&zmap=19852 and shipping only 7 bucks? mmm...I need to scrape my front tire first so I can get it
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