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    Senior Member atleastbehandy's Avatar
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    Let's collect a list of all the front tire choices and any ride reports for the tire.

    In general, the size closest to stock is 130/80-18 or 5.10-18. Also, the stock tire weighs 8.65lbs and the front rim is 2.5" wide.



    For reference, here are some calculated tire sizes (which is not always accurate but should be close):

    Code:
    Specification  Sidewall  Radius  Diameter  Circumference  Revs/Mile  Difference
    
    100/90-18         3.5in  12.5in    25.1in         78.8in        804       -4.2%
    
    120/80-18         3.8in  12.8in    25.6in         80.3in        789       -2.4%
    
    130/80-18         4.1in  13.1in    26.2in         82.3in        770        0.0% (STOCK SIZE)
    
    150/70-18         4.1in  13.1in    26.3in         82.5in        768        0.3%
    
    120/90-18         4.3in  13.3in    26.5in         83.3in        761        1.2%
    
    110/100-18        4.3in  13.3in    26.7in         83.8in        756        1.8%
    
    140/80-18         4.4in  13.4in    26.8in         84.3in        752        2.4%
    
    130/90-18         4.6in  13.6in    27.2in         85.5in        741        3.9%


    These are the tires I have researched:



    Bridgestone TW203

    Avg. Price: $65

    Use: 20% Dirt / 80% Road

    Sizes, Weight:

    130/80-18

    Notes:





    Bridgestone TW302

    Avg. Price: $70

    Use: 50% Dirt / 50% Road

    Sizes, Diameter, Weight:

    4.60-18, 25.9", ~12.6lbs (per my bathroom scale)

    120/80-18, 25.9", ~13lbs

    130/80-18, 26.57", ~11lbs

    Notes: Review





    Continental TKC 80

    Avg. Price: $130

    Use: 60% Dirt / 40% Road

    Sizes, Diameter, Weight:

    3.50-18, ?, ~13lbs

    120/90-18, ?, ~14lbs

    140/80-18, ?, ~15lbs

    150/70-18, ?, ~15lbs

    Notes: Rated for Mud and Snow (M+S). Can fit snow chains





    Dunlop D606

    Avg. Price: $95

    Use: Approximately 50/50 based on customer reviews

    Size(s), Diameter, Weight:

    120/90-18, 26.80", 12.2lbs (per my bathroom scale)

    130/90-18, 27.40", 14lbs

    Notes: Review on the old TW200 forum





    Dunlop D908RR

    Avg. Price: $195

    Use:

    Size(s), Weight:

    140/80-18, 14lbs





    IRC 110R

    Avg. Price: $95

    Use: 10% Dirt / 90% Road

    Size(s), Weight:

    4.50-18,

    5.10-18,

    120/80-18





    IRC GP-1

    Avg. Price: $95

    Use: 20% Dirt / 80% Road

    Size(s), Weight:

    4.60-18, 15lbs

    5.10-18, 16lbs

    Notes: Review







    Kenda K270

    Avg. Price: $75

    Use: 50% Dirt / 50% Road

    Size(s), Diameter, Weight:

    4.50-18, 26.90", 15.28lbs

    4.60-18, 25.65", 11.60lbs

    5.10-18, 26.90", 15.08lbs

    120/80-18, 25.88", 10.39lbs

    Notes: Lightest tire in this list





    Kenda K760 Trakmaster II

    Avg. Price: $70

    Use: 90% Dirt / 10% Road

    Size(s), Diameter, Weight:

    110/100-18, 27.06", 13.38lbs

    120/100-18, 27.22", 14.29lbs





    Kenda K784 Big Block

    Avg. Price: $95

    Use: 40% Dirt / 60% Road

    Size(s), Diameter, Weight:

    140/80-18, 26.8", 14.9lbs

    150/70-18, 26.3", 16.4lbs

    2005 TW200, 2" PowerMadd bar riser, Tusk D-Flex Hand Guards, PowerMadd Hand Muffs, Kick-Start, Valco Cup Holder, Givi E45N Top Case, Inline fuel filter, Storage Tube with MSR bottle, 45 Tooth sprocket, Stebel Low Tone horn, #130 Main Jet / no needle shims / 1.5 turns out on idle, Jimbo Shield, DID O-Ring chain, Clarke XT250 4.1 Gal tank, Custom Cycleracks

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    Continued.



    Heidenau K60 Scout

    Avg. Price: $140

    Use: 50% Dirt / 50% Road

    Sizes, Weight:

    120/90-18

    140/80-18

    150/70-18

    Notes: Review





    Maxxis M6006 (No longer made, but old stock still around)

    Avg. Price: $80

    Use: 50% Dirt / 50% Road

    Sizes, Weight:

    130/80-18,





    Metzeler Enduro 3 Sahara

    Avg. Price: $145

    Use:

    Sizes, Weight:

    120/80-18,

    140/80-18,





    Michelin Cross AC10

    Avg. Price: $70

    Use: 90% Dirt / 10% Road

    Sizes, Weight:

    100/100-18

    110/100-18

    120/90-18,





    Michelin T63

    Avg. Price: $70

    Use: 50% Dirt / 50% Road

    Sizes, Weight:

    110/80-18

    120/80-18

    130/80-18





    Pirelli MT21

    Avg. Price: $80

    Use: 90% Dirt / 10% Road

    Size(s), Weight:

    120/80-18, 14lbs

    120/90-18, 14lbs

    130/90-18, 15lbs

    Notes: Popular winter tire on ADV rider





    Shinko 700

    Avg. Price: $80

    Use: 40% Dirt / 60% Road

    Size(s), Weight:

    4.60-18, ~17lbs

    130/80-18, ~17lbs





    Shinko 705

    Avg. Price: $75

    Use: 25% Dirt / 75% Road

    Size(s), Weight:

    120/80-18, 15lbs







    Shinko SR244 "Golden Boy"

    Avg. Price: $60

    Use: 50% Dirt / 50% Road

    Size(s), Weight:

    4.60-18, 17lbs

    5.10-18, 17lbs

    Notes: Recommended for front or rear use, Review on the old TW200 forum





    Shinko SR241

    Avg. Price: $55

    Use: ??? ("Enduro Universal")

    Size(s), Weight:

    4.0-18, 12lbs

    Notes: Recommended for front or rear use. Measures 4.5" wide x 26 3/8" high



    Last edited by goldenhtr; 09-15-2014 at 02:42 PM.
    2005 TW200, 2" PowerMadd bar riser, Tusk D-Flex Hand Guards, PowerMadd Hand Muffs, Kick-Start, Valco Cup Holder, Givi E45N Top Case, Inline fuel filter, Storage Tube with MSR bottle, 45 Tooth sprocket, Stebel Low Tone horn, #130 Main Jet / no needle shims / 1.5 turns out on idle, Jimbo Shield, DID O-Ring chain, Clarke XT250 4.1 Gal tank, Custom Cycleracks

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    Great post!



    I have a kenda k270 and like it a lot but it is the only motorcycle tire I have used aside from some small old dirtbikes that don't apply.



    My use varies from 50/50 to 75/25 in either direction (would prefer to lean towards dirt/offroad), so definitely looking forward to some reviews
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    I had a kenda 270, the smaller 4.50 one and i really liked it for more dual sport stuff. A friend has the 5.10 side of the same tire and i think i ts way to big and heavy to be a front tire. His takes more to turn and lean with due to more rotating mass..where as the 4.50 size according to him "feels like power steering". I think the k270 makes a perfect 50/50 tire even tho i used it for about 90% off road. It looks pretty decent and is smooth off road.





    Now i am running an aggressive dunlop 110/100/18 "rear" front tire and like it even more! its got very thick sidewall and ive been running 6psi in the front. I tend to avoid pavement anyway, so this tire suits me just fine. I can defiantly feel it grab more when i lean or start to wash out on me. My next front tire will probably be the kenda k760

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    For the street oriented



    Bridgestone TW203 Trail Wing Dual Sport Front Tire



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    Thanks!



    Do you ride pavement to get to the trails? How does that go if you ever do?



    I am disappointed in the "voids" in the k270 lugs... understand that they probably make the tread blocks flex more, but it prevents me from installing screw type ice studs!! Aaaaarrrrrggghhh did not think I would want to ride in winter when making tire choice, should have gone with a more offroad type tire with solid lugs
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    I usually drive the truck and unload to go riding. Pavement isnt too fun with a 70 tooth sprocket anyway when i top out at 50. If i was to regear and do a little more pavment yes my knobbie front tire would probably hurt me in the corners and when i lean but its not a sport bike..its a flipping 200cc trail bike....



    Heres my old bike with the 270 on it.



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    Well it sounds like the k270 is a popular tire here... I'll add the 4.50 info above.



    @operose: I have the same dilemma: want to keep riding, but the stock tires are terrible in the snow!
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    Just finished up 20 miles with a rear tire chain and "regular" k270 rear tire on front. Conditions were a mix of fresh packy snow on top of sugar snow on top of a crust w/ more sugar underneath, some packed (but not groomed) snowmobile trails, and pavement covered in a mix of snow+sand.



    Can't complain about the kenda. The only times it wanted to wash out were when I let the front go into iced over snowmobile ski ruts. Other than that it was rock solid and I won't hesitate to ride more in the winter. Do really want some screws to help with traction on ice though for sure, just based on the other day's experience in the yard.
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