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Old 12-02-2011, 10:47 AM   #16
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if I ever wear this shinko out, Ill give a VRM a try.
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Old 12-02-2011, 11:54 AM   #17
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I'm running a Shinko 700 front, really like it. Actually really like the Shinko 705 that I have on the single too but the single doesn't see nearly as much dirt as the 800.
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Old 12-02-2011, 04:59 PM   #18
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Don't know but that 19" front looks like it would be good to try with a Tourance rear!
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Old 12-06-2011, 02:28 PM   #19
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So I took the bags off the bike, put on all the gear, and had a chance thrash the tire on some single track and fast rutted dirt roads today. No problems throttling the hell out of it.

Impressions:

It's not a "dirt" tire. It's more of a street tire with good dirt manners. I'd place it next to the Shinko 705 but much better off road than the Anakee or Tourance. Good on road too, tracks nicely on the rails under power. Pulled a few peg scrapers and wheelies off stop lights on it getting to my dirt ride today.

How did it compare to more beefy tires in the dirt today?
- It's not really a knob BUT it tends to hook up like one in the dirt until it breaks loose...which it does reliably.
- When throttled up and starting to spin it doesn't really drift or do the "drift then catch" that the K60 Scout does.
- When it let's go it seems to do so in more or less a straight line instead of sending the rear out in one direction or another.

I'm pretty happy with it right now. I wouldn't take it on a hardcore mud or dirt ride but it's a really fun tire to ride on because it seems to have good manners both on and off-road under power in normal power-on riding conditions.
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Old 12-06-2011, 06:33 PM   #20
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not sure why this thread is in OILHEADS

this tire doesn't even come in the size for an oilhead....
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Old 12-06-2011, 07:26 PM   #21
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Technically it doesn't come in the right size for the F8 either.

140 on a 150 rim. Everyone does it..

To get it to fit an oilhead you will probably need to run a tube but I've heard of people putting other 140s on the 1200GS tubless rim and getting a good seal...so who knows. I'm not an oilhead owner, just someone looking for a good tire.

edit: The HP2 runs 140s natively and it's an oilhead. :-)
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Old 12-10-2011, 12:51 PM   #22
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Took the 163 out to my favorite mud hole today. It's pretty much bottomless when you dig in and very clayee.

The 163 did great in the water hole portions of the ride but in the slippery ice-like mud (gooey stick stuff) it didn't clear quick enough to maintain traction. As compared to the K60 Scout in the same section, the Scout cleared better (due to more spacing between lugs) but provided worse traction when not bound up with mud.

I'd actually say that the 163 is a superior dry dirt tire to the K60 Scout. It hooks up in the pack dirt way better than the Scout and provides a much more reliable and fun experience in all dry dirt conditions. However the Scout takes the 163 in the sticky mud...and that isn't saying too much because the Scout wasn't much of a mud tire either but it is better in the sticky goo than the 163.



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Old 12-16-2011, 03:02 PM   #23
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Just over a thousand miles down on the tire and I'm still giving it a

It's turning out to be a very fun tire, maybe the funnest multi-purpose tire I've ever ridden on.

It has a street tire feel but gives great confidence in basic off road. Hangs tight on the rails and at the same time grips decently in the dirt. Did some more single track today and had a smile on my face the whole time as the tire held strong in some really fun fast stuff, provided cornering traction when needed, provided lift during launches, even sticking nicely in off camber whoops. Then went out with my bike all muddy and ran peg scraping curves faster than I should have been going.

Yep. So far...very happy.

Did notice what looked like a little flattening of the center, but hey, the K60 Scout wore down into the stability strip long before this mileage when I tried it. No complaints yet.
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Old 01-12-2012, 05:33 PM   #24
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A month later and 3,000+ miles on the tire, still no complaints, only a little squaring. 3/4 tread left. Having a lot of fun on it, maybe the most fun adventure tire I've yet tried. Good design. It's bridging the gap between knob and street tire very well. So far it's been nothing but a good solid tire and I'd definitely mount up another one.
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Old 03-07-2012, 09:34 PM   #25
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Going on 5,000 miles with the VRM 163. Looking and feeling great.

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Old 03-08-2012, 06:48 AM   #26
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Going on 5,000 miles with the VRM 163. Looking and feeling great.

Thanks for the update. It looks like something I might concern for my KLR.
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Old 04-08-2012, 12:28 PM   #27
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I tried a 130 rear on my DR. Like it very much so far. Capable commuting and light adventure tire in that size. Holds in the mud better than my Heidi front.



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Old 12-13-2012, 04:15 PM   #28
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thread revival time!

2 days ago I ordered a VRM 163 from ebay for $82, it arrived today
since then I have found them in that size for $77 shipped from cedar rapid tire.

size 140 80 17

destination rear wheel of 1995 r1100gs

mounted up, no problem, slightly harder to seat the bead than the 150 tires ive mounted, required ratchet strap, dawn dish soap, and about 90 psi.

its quite a bit more rounded than the tkc80 and kenda big block tires I have ran before, and obviously 10mm ( a hair over 3/8") narrower.

seems to be roughly about the same over all diameter, but I will try and measure that against a worn tkc80 tomorrow.

photos, measurements, and ongoing reports to follow, I am stealing your thread Flashback.

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Old 12-13-2012, 05:43 PM   #29
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mounted on a r1100gs rear wheel.
12mm tread depth, the test starts tomorrow.









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Old 12-13-2012, 08:22 PM   #30
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