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Looking to upgrade to on of these front tires. I'm a newb to bike tires and not sure what size to get? Could anyone take five minutes to help?
 

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Looking to upgrade to on of these front tires. I'm a newb to bike tires and not sure what size to get? Could anyone take five minutes to help?




After having the stock front tire tried to kill us both on several occasions, my Riding Buddy and I both went to Bridgestone 302s. Effective tire, legal, and a nice balance to the stock rear. I had 606s front and back a DS KTM, and they were passable for DOT knobbies, but that KTM rode nothing like the TW, and I hardly ever used it on pavement. You're about to mount a rear knobby tire on the front. There are lot's of opinions on here; so just Google the site for yourself for the postings related to front tires. You'll find 50 folks swearing by 50 different tires.



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Thanks for the reply.. So you are saying that the K270, T63, and D606 are all rear tires?... I'm looking for something that will ride well on road and off 50/50 . I'm still looking for an answer about size... What tire size will get me close o stock?
 

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Thanks for the reply.. So you are saying that the K270, T63, and D606 are all rear tires?... I'm looking for something that will ride well on road and off 50/50 . I'm still looking for an answer about size... What tire size will get me close o stock?
I run the Kenda K270 4.00x18 which is close to factory size(a bit smaller) but real good as a 50/50 tire. Off road I drop the air pressure to 13 lbs and have no problems with grip on a variety of road conditions. On road the pressure is kept at 27 psi and has never slipped on me yet. The tire has worn very well with over 4000 kms on it so far. I would buy this tire again. Blair
 

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My Dad is running the Dunlop 606 in 120/90/18. But if you're looking for a 50/50, go with the Kenda. My Dad replaced his Kenda with the 606 because he needed a more aggressive tire for offroad. The Kenda did serve him well for a number of years. It wore like iron.
 

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Kenda K270 will be great. Love mine. Mine is larger than stock but looks and functions well. 5.10x18. Consider getting the next size down to be closer in size and weight of the stock tire.
 

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I recently added the Kenda K 270 5.10x18, it took a little to get used to it, but in short order I found it's a night & day difference. Depending on how much asphalt you think you'll be using it on, you may want to go with the size Gun Ship recommended. I really like the way my bike handles the dirt roads now, far better than before. Nuf said. m.
 

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I went with the Kenda 270 in 120/80-18. Most folks here go to the 5.10. I chose the 120/80 because it is the lightest of the 4 270's that fit...it's also very close to the stock size. Go to the Kenda site and carefully look at the width, circumference, tread depth, and weight...there are substantial differences between the 4 tires.



So far, I'm delighted for 50/50. And yes, these are all shown as rear tires. ANYTHING is better than stock!
 

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So will going larger than stock out front make the bike sit higher out front?


Yes, but only a tiny bit.



e.g. My D606 is 1/2" taller than stock. So the bike sits 1/4" higher than it normally would.



You can move the forks up the triple-tee to compensate (though I have not).
 

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If you're considering the Kenda K270, give a strong look at the Shinko SR244, also called the Golden Boy. It has a very similar tread pattern to the K270. On the Kenda, the last row of tread blocks on the edge of the tire are soft and small, and will give a little when leaned over on asphalt. It makes the front end walk a little when ridden hard. The Shinko SR244 has a much stiffer edge block, with every third one connected to the next row of blocks. It is much more solid when leaned over.
 

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After having the stock front tire tried to kill us both on several occasions, my Riding Buddy and I both went to Bridgestone 302s. Effective tire, legal, and a nice balance to the stock rear. I had 606s front and back a DS KTM, and they were passable for DOT knobbies, but that KTM rode nothing like the TW, and I hardly ever used it on pavement. You're about to mount a rear knobby tire on the front. There are lot's of opinions on here; so just Google the site for yourself for the postings related to front tires. You'll find 50 folks swearing by 50 different tires.



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Hey Buddy (or anyone), I've been dying for a more in depth review from a T-dub'er on the 302. MarkinWa's is the only one I've seen other than the front tire choice thread. Both were limited it seems to on road use. Mark sold his bike, and the other one switched out to a 606 I believe. Any input in off road performance from this front tire? What size did you and your friend get? Feedback on the size? There seems to be a ton of great info on the 270 and the 244 which are obviously great and popular choices, but I like the look of the 302 as well. Thanks!
 

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I copied the info below from the AMT website. Note the first paragraph, line 5. Universal(front or rear) I have this in 5.10-18 which is 130 (stock size). A 4.60 is close to 120. The Shinko is a heavier tire than the stocker.



AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE TIRE - SHINKO 244



Dual purpose street and trail design.

TT Tube-type.

DOT approved.

4 ply rating.

Universal (front or rear)



Product Name Price Buy Now

SHINKO 244 2.75-14

Dual purpose street and trail design.TT Tube-type....

$27.61





SHINKO 244 3.00-16

Dual purpose street and trail design.TT Tube-type....

$30.25





SHINKO 244 2.50-17

Dual purpose street and trail design.TT Tube-type....

$26.43





SHINKO 244 3.00-17

Dual purpose street and trail design.TT Tube-type....

$32.30





SHINKO 244 4.60-17

Dual purpose street and trail design.TT Tube-type....

$46.18





SHINKO 244 5.10-17

Dual purpose street and trail design.TT Tube-type....

$51.36





SHINKO 244 3.00-18

Dual purpose street and trail design.TT Tube-type....

$32.69





SHINKO 244 3.50-18

Dual purpose street and trail design.TT Tube-type....

$40.90





SHINKO 244 4.10-18

Dual purpose street and trail design.TT Tube-type....

$41.59





SHINKO 244 4.60-18

Dual purpose street and trail design.TT Tube-type....

$46.86





SHINKO 244 5.10-18

Dual purpose street and trail design.TT Tube-type....

$53.32
 

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hojhauler, that would be a real good choice for both the tire and cost!
 
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