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post #1 of 9 Old 08-13-2012, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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Tire info needed on Full Bore M-41's?

Hey guys, new owner here. Coming off a Versys to the KLR, but have ridden dirt since I was a kid. Anyway, I have an '06 with almost wore out D607's on it, so I'm researching my tire options. I've read gobs of info on tons of tires, but can't seem to find anyone's take on the Full Bore M-41. Are they a newer tire that no one has really tried yet? And anyone know the origins and/or history of the company? They look like a pretty decent on/off-road tire with the big lugs, appear to be geared toward higher mileage, and even look like they would have decent bite on the sides of the tire off road. Any thoughts or experience from anyone?

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Good question. I'd never even heard of this brand of tire until this post. A few leads stated they're South Korean tires most likely made in the same plant that cranks out Shinkos but I'm unable to confirm this through a reputable source. A search generates little more than the Full Bore web site and a lot of speculation about their tires on other motorcycle-specific forums.

I have nothing against lower-end Korean tires and am a big Shinko 244 fan, front and rear. Personally, I wouldn't even try the Full Bores because I can't find out much about where they come from or what they're all about and they seem in the same price range as Shinkos so there's no point, at least in my case, of taking a chance on them.

A case of "re-branding," perhaps? Same tire but a new name/distributor since a lot of folks wince and run away when they hear the brand "Shinko?" Mention "USA" and "Japanese Engineering" in the ad copy and to the uninformed it's a whole different tire? Possibly, but I don't know.



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hey,

ya agree with the rebranding,,, the full bore i saw ,,look the same as the shinko's i have...

but i don't know..

so if find out please post !!
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There has been a fair amount of discusion over on ADV about them: https://www.google.com/search?q=full...hrome&ie=UTF-8

I've skimmed some of the threads, but I'm not that interested in them, so no heavy research.
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Yeah, I had found some of the discussions at advrider, but nothing more than a few people that had tried them and liked them, and had gotten pretty good mileage. One thread ended up side by side comparing the FB M-41 and the Shinko 705 in a couple of posts, which look pretty much identical to me, so may just be a rebranding thing after all... The only notable difference they discussed was the wider grooves in the FB, possibly making it a little better off road. I'm leaning toward the 244 in my research, though. I won't do more than 60% of my riding on the street, especially with just a 6 mile drive to work, they're pretty inexpensive to try out, and my brother has the Kenda K270s on his DR, so it'll be good to compare. The FB just kind of caught my attention bc it looked pretty aggresive, but could still go a few more thousand miles possibly.

I, probably along with plenty of other riders would still like to know the story behind Full Bore if anyone could verify it, plus any reviews or experience with this newer tire, too would be appreciated.

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Here's what I found at advrider by someone claiming to have communicated with FB a while back about their first run of tire sizes, the M-40 Adventure Sport Radial:

"I emailed the Fullbore HQ. Got a prompt reply. Said this:"


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"They both are manufactured in the same factory.

Our pattern is slightly more open and is rated for higher speeds, V rated 150 MPH. While the Shinko 705 is H rated 130 MPH. With the higher speed rating ours should run a bit cooler at speed."


I guess the KLR sizes are newer and haven't had as much time to be "tested" by riders. Plus, they're different since the M-41 is a bias ply instead of a radial, and is H rated at 130 mph, so a direct comparison based on the majority of the discussion on advrider is not really a conclusive determination IMO, though probably not going to vary too greatly between experiences with the two.

I think we'll just have to eventually hear from some KLR guys who have used these to get a better idea of their quality and capabilities.
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Why not just contact them directly?

Full Bore USA Int Sales HQ (909) 608-0082. Motoman, Upland, CA. email: [email protected]

I've found that many companies are more than happy to give out worthwhile info, especially smaller brands and newer companies.

My personal stance on tires is that they don't last forever, and while they aren't free, they aren't terribly expensive either. Try 'em out, if you hate them, take them off and throw them up on Craigslist or ebay, somebody will take them off your hands.
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Why not just contact them directly?

Full Bore USA Int Sales HQ (909) 608-0082. Motoman, Upland, CA. email: [email protected]

I've found that many companies are more than happy to give out worthwhile info, especially smaller brands and newer companies.

My personal stance on tires is that they don't last forever, and while they aren't free, they aren't terribly expensive either. Try 'em out, if you hate them, take them off and throw them up on Craigslist or ebay, somebody will take them off your hands.
Yes, always good advice, thanks for the info, and as I quoted above, it appears FB is quite good at and open to replying to inquiries. I am more interested in people's experience with them now, though, in the M-41 bias design, so I think we'll just have to wait for people to give their input. Something that can save a lot of hassle and tire wrestling matches when a person hears from someone quite similar to their own build and riding style, though never a guarantee, but still worth the consideration.
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sounds good to me..i love the anakee...BUT ,, at a third of the price and...

it will be the next street tire i try,,,
i like th shinko 705,, so ,,,same co/plant,, cheaper,,better built,, maybe last longer too,,, and am sold!!

thanks all for looking further !!
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