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    Quote Originally Posted by lugnut View Post
    Why should I change the front tire?
    The stock front tire is the Bridgestone TW31 Trail Wing “knobbly” – affectionately known as the “Death Wing”

    The tire is widely held responsible for so many front wheel wash outs, we’re starting to think it’s part of a cunning plan to sell more brake and clutch levers – (and possibly sponsored by the manufacturers of handlebars)

    Think of it like a bear – soft, furry, cuddly, and sitting there “all back of the bus” – until it rips your arm of and eats it – for no other reason than it “felt like it”

    It’s not the compound that sucks, more to do with the tread pattern – although the tire is borderline hydrophobic. But its water resisting properties are not just limited to surface water, any moisture bearing surface will do – grass, mud, even sand – the tire seems to be allergic to all of them

    There is even some debate as to the “divining” properties of the thing, as much like a “divining rod”, it has a tendency to slide sideways at most inopportune and inexplicable moments, placing the rider face down in the dirt, with a “what the fuck ?” puzzled sort of look

    It’s this “unpredictability” that has endeared so many of us to this tire – an object of utter insanity in an increasingly health and safety conscious world - Darwinian Theory in action

    There’s even a 28 page thread (started in 2011) that’s still going strong - Front tire choices - though to cut a long story short, you want the Shinko 241 – it’s what most of us go for

    Hang on to the rear TW34 though – good tire

    As for the TW31 “Death Wing” …….



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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple View Post
    The stock front tire is the Bridgestone TW31 Trail Wing “knobbly” – affectionately known as the “Death Wing”

    The tire is widely held responsible for so many front wheel wash outs, we’re starting to think it’s part of a cunning plan to sell more brake and clutch levers – (and possibly sponsored by the manufacturers of handlebars)

    Think of it like a bear – soft, furry, cuddly, and sitting there “all back of the bus” – until it rips your arm of and eats it – for no other reason than it “felt like it”

    It’s not the compound that sucks, more to do with the tread pattern – although the tire is borderline hydrophobic. But its water resisting properties are not just limited to surface water, any moisture bearing surface will do – grass, mud, even sand – the tire seems to be allergic to all of them

    There is even some debate as to the “divining” properties of the thing, as much like a “divining rod”, it has a tendency to slide sideways at most inopportune and inexplicable moments, placing the rider face down in the dirt, with a “what the fuck ?” puzzled sort of look

    It’s this “unpredictability” that has endeared so many of us to this tire – an object of utter insanity in an increasingly health and safety conscious world - Darwinian Theory in action

    There’s even a 28 page thread (started in 2011) that’s still going strong - Front tire choices - though to cut a long story short, you want the Shinko 241 – it’s what most of us go for

    Hang on to the rear TW34 though – good tire

    As for the TW31 “Death Wing” …….



    Welcome to the board by the way ....
    The only thing I can add to your well written description is on a slightly positive note. The death wing does last a long time. This is likely due to the lack of grip it has on most surfaces and the rubber compound that might be better suited in the sex toy industry. Wet pavement or any other wet terrain and you go slip, sliding away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple View Post
    The stock front tire is the Bridgestone TW31 Trail Wing “knobbly” – affectionately known as the “Death Wing”

    The tire is widely held responsible for so many front wheel wash outs, we’re starting to think it’s part of a cunning plan to sell more brake and clutch levers – (and possibly sponsored by the manufacturers of handlebars)

    Think of it like a bear – soft, furry, cuddly, and sitting there “all back of the bus” – until it rips your arm of and eats it – for no other reason than it “felt like it”

    It’s not the compound that sucks, more to do with the tread pattern – although the tire is borderline hydrophobic. But its water resisting properties are not just limited to surface water, any moisture bearing surface will do – grass, mud, even sand – the tire seems to be allergic to all of them

    There is even some debate as to the “divining” properties of the thing, as much like a “divining rod”, it has a tendency to slide sideways at most inopportune and inexplicable moments, placing the rider face down in the dirt, with a “what the fuck ?” puzzled sort of look

    It’s this “unpredictability” that has endeared so many of us to this tire – an object of utter insanity in an increasingly health and safety conscious world - Darwinian Theory in action

    There’s even a 28 page thread (started in 2011) that’s still going strong - Front tire choices - though to cut a long story short, you want the Shinko 241 – it’s what most of us go for

    Hang on to the rear TW34 though – good tire

    As for the TW31 “Death Wing” …….



    Welcome to the board by the way ....

    Thank you and thank you very much for the info. I will be changing that tire out first chance I get!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lugnut View Post
    Thank you and thank you very much for the info. I will be changing that tire out first chance I get!
    Hope you do it before you're looking for levers, straight bars and an un-dented tank. We try to pass along the collective wisdom of those who went before you so what you have is the best we can say on the subject. What you decide to do is your choice. Some members actually like the TW 31 Trail Wing and never seem to have any issues with it. Many more simply don't like it at all.

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