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Old 04-08-2013, 06:10 AM   #18166
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Rear tire size

Time for a new rear tire, I usually run a 606 since I mostly do off road. I have always run a 120, any reason to try a 130? would it even fit?

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Old 04-08-2013, 06:16 AM   #18167
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Time for a new rear tire, I usually run a 606 since I mostly do off road. I have always run a 120, any reason to try a 130? would it even fit?

Thanks Bob
I believe a 130 will fit. I'm thinking of going from 120 to 130 in a MT21 to give more flotation in sand.
can anyone comment on whether this will be effective?
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:23 AM   #18168
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A 130 MT-21 definitely fits and works well enough in sand. They're the standard fit around here.
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:10 AM   #18169
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Anyone know for sure if a 130- 606 will fit?
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:21 AM   #18170
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Off rod tyres and on road speed

Hi!

Last week I changed (really it was did by professional) my tyres. Until this day I was riding happy with the Trailwing with no on road problem. I use the DRZ daily for commuting, it run until +-140 km/h "without problem".

With the new tyres, a pair of Mitas E09, I cant go up 105... the bike has come highly unsteady. It comes swinging terribly. Some people told me this is "normal" with off road tyres... But Im not sure...

ADD: front original is 100/80-21, the new Mitas is 90/90



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Old 04-08-2013, 08:43 AM   #18171
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Hi!

Last week I changed (really it was did by professional) my tyres. Until this day I was riding happy with the Trailwing with no on road problem. I use the DRZ daily for commuting, it run until +-140 km/h "without problem".

With the new tyres, a pair of Mitas E09, I cant go up 105... the bike has come highly unsteady. It comes swinging terribly. Some people told me this is "normal" with off road tyres... But Im not sure...


What is your experience about?
I'm not familiar with that Mitas tire, but the knobs do add vibration, drag, and weight if its a knobby tire compared to the trail wing. Also, it's worth a quick balancing to offset the weight of the rim locks. That will bring down the hopping quite a bit. There are a couple posts in this thread about balancing. I put the wheel in the axle between two jack stands and use stick on weights. You can balance it right on the bike with the brake caliper off. If you had the tire mounted at a shop you trust, you could take it back and ask them as well.

I took my DRZ from Kenda Trackmasters to some Shinko trail wing clone, and it really smoothed out the on road manners.

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Old 04-08-2013, 08:45 AM   #18172
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I went from the Deathwings to a pair of Shinko 244's just last week, and I can say at first I did notice a marked difference in on-road manners. I could tell I was on something "knobbier", and they felt a bit rough at first, but after a weekend of spiriting riding on the road, I'm just as comfortable on the road with these at fast speeds, and they're worlds better offroad than the Deathwings.

Everything's a compromise as they say.
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:19 AM   #18173
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Just mounted up a Dunlop mx51 rear on my E, I'll post a report after a few rides.
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:11 AM   #18174
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Engine Skid Plates

I wanted to get some ideas on the best engine skid plate for the money. I don't really want to drill holes.
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:30 AM   #18175
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:50 AM   #18176
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Hi!

Last week I changed (really it was did by professional) my tyres. Until this day I was riding happy with the Trailwing with no on road problem. I use the DRZ daily for commuting, it run until +-140 km/h "without problem".

With the new tyres, a pair of Mitas E09, I cant go up 105... the bike has come highly unsteady. It comes swinging terribly. Some people told me this is "normal" with off road tyres... But Im not sure...


What is your experience about?
go back to the professional who mounted the tires and tell him to balance them.

i used to run full-on DOT knobbies (Pirelli XCMH, Dunlop 606, kenda TMII) on my DRZ and, while they are a bit less smooth than tires like trailwings, i could still comfortably do 80+ mph on the highway.
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:52 AM   #18177
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I wanted to get some ideas on the best engine skid plate for the money. I don't really want to drill holes.
i use the thumpertalk skid plate. it provides great protection and bolts right on. no hole drilling. not even any of those hook things around the frame.

https://www.thumpertalk.com/shop/Thu...006766348.html

it's taken a beating and protected my engine and frame rails 100%.

it is pretty heavy, though...and scoops up a lot of mud.
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:56 AM   #18178
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Tonns

I found one on EBAY........ Perfect bolt on with complete access for changing oil.

Great product
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:21 AM   #18179
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I wanted to get some ideas on the best engine skid plate for the money. I don't really want to drill holes.



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Old 04-08-2013, 11:41 AM   #18180
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have that one

I have that same skid plate, and it works like a champ, has taken tons of abuse. It came with the bike when I bought it, and even the exposed bolts have not caught on anything or been damaged in the NUMEROUS crashes I have put it through.

I have purchased a Tonn's rack for the back and if the skidplate is anything like the rack I can not see how you could possibly go wrong with either one.
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