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    Quote Originally Posted by 1911garand View Post
    My quest for an "Air Optional" TW200 continues.

    I found a front tire that should be as close to run flat as one can get.

    The Kenda K270 in 4.50-18 is a 6ply (part number 042701858C0) with a load rating of 365lbs and max pressure of 40psi. That tire should have super stiff side walls.
    Kenda Tire | Powersports | K270 Dual Sport

    Anyone have experience with that one?

    Also, I now see they make a K787 EQUILIBRIUM DOT approved which is also 4.5-18 6ply, but more aggressive tread and twice the price as the K270.
    Kenda Tire | Powersports | Equilibrium

    Thanks!
    I used a 5.10x18 Shinko SR244, which is very similar to the Kenda 270. Not on purpose, but one time I guesstimated letting air out of my tire for off-road riding. I rode it that way quite a while before airing back up. Turned out I was running with 0 psi. I have heard of one other individual riding on either a K270 or SR244 with a flat it they were able to keep riding. So, these tires may have some "run flat" capability but you won't know unless you bought one to find out. I guess I could go test the theory on my wife's TW as it has a 4.60x18 SR244 on it. Maybe I'll try it tomorrow and let you know.

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    I got Then Kenda K270 4.50-18 6ply today.

    Kenda has the specs wrong on the web site. The tire sidewall says 800 lbs max load at 40psi - great!

    The side wall is good and stiff. I'll fit it up this weekend and take 'er for a rip.

    Good luck
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    What a nice day to test out the new Kenda K270 4.50-18 6ply. The K270 Looks and performs much better than OEM tire. Not sure if it will run without air, but it is way "heavier duty" that the stock tire.

    The previous owner had just installed a new Michelin heavy duty tube, so that was a nice surprise.



    Last edited by 1911garand; 03-05-2016 at 05:39 PM.
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    Could you feel the weight difference up front with that tire and tube vs. the stocker?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dryden-Tdub View Post
    Could you feel the weight difference up front with that tire and tube vs. the stocker?


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    No, I did not notice any changes due to weight. These bike are so slow the way it is...hard to tell any difference.

    I did notice a slower turning response on tar (going through round-a-bout), but really it wont effect normal off road driving.

    Biggest improvement - Mud and Loose dirt road driving. The stock tire would snake and wiggle in the loose stuff and not keep straight line. The K270 with the ATV tire in the back goes where I aim it.

    The K270 was well worth the $55.
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    I do appreciate the reply thank you. I have heard differing opinions on some of these tires but not the one you selected.


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    So far so good with the run flat rear and the K270 front. I have put approx 300 miles on so far with this combo.

    I hope to on put LOTS more off road miles on this summer and will report any issues.

    Thanks dudes!
    Last edited by 1911garand; 04-29-2016 at 05:27 AM.
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    Your TDUB looks awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ledmelon View Post
    Your TDUB looks awesome!
    Thanks - These little bikes are more fun and addicting than glossy magazines.
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    So - With the big back tire installed, my gearing isnt the best for slow climbing, but great for cruising gravel roads and trails.

    The bike has new, stock gearing and new Oring chain. (14/50)

    My rear adjusters are on setting #4, lots of adjustment left.

    Thinking about going to a 55 tooth rear sprocket - will I need a longer chain or chain extension?

    Thanks!
    Last edited by 1911garand; 05-24-2016 at 08:49 AM.
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