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post #1 of 10 Old 12-07-2006, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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Tire size question

I have pretty much settled on the Kenda 270 as my first replacement rear tire. The stock Dunlop tire is a 130/80-17. I am guessing that Kenda uses a different size designation. What would be the same size Kenda? I have seen 460-17's, and 510-17's. What do the 130/80, 460, 510, mean (I'm assuming the 17 is the size of the wheel)?

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post #2 of 10 Old 12-07-2006, 08:41 PM
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This site will answer your question. http://www.steelthundercc.com/tiresizes.html

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Hey Humuhumunakunaku-apuaa, the 5.10 is the size you want for the rear. If you spend much time on the pavement I personally would stay away from the 270 if you tend to ride aggressive. It was a very ill handling tire for me and it didn't last but 3500 miles for me.
I have worn out a couple of Kings tires and thought they were decent all around. I just put on CS858's and so far I am happy with them on the road for being more of a full knobby tire. I'll get to give them a good test in the dirt on this weekends ride. Are you going to make it?
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The picture is actually a Titan Triggerfish from Thailand... a particularly nasty one who lives at a dive site called Sail Rock near Koh Phangan. That same one repeatedly charged me, and bit a fellow divemaster friend last year. He almost lost a finger because of that thing! They are beautiful, and very aggressive.

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That's an interesting story about the Triggerfish. We were in Maui for Thanksgiving and did some snorkeling. It's so cool to hop in the water and see so many colorful fish without even going for a boat ride.
We have rain in the forecast as well. Hopefully it won't be bad for the ride. We'll see you net month.
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Daddyjoe,
thanks for that link. I learned quite a bit from that site.

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post #7 of 10 Old 04-23-2007, 04:39 PM
 
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has anyone installed a140/80-17

I'm looking at the Metzler Sahara's and was thinking about going up one size to the 140/80's, any fit problems?
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I'm looking at the Metzler Sahara's and was thinking about going up one size to the 140/80's, any fit problems?
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Of all the tires out there in the 130 size, this Sahara is my pick. The agressive tread patern is what has me sold, and Metzler is and has always been a excelent quality tire. As far as clearance for a 140, how much clearance do you have everywhere it could come in contact? ie. the swingarm, chain or chainguard. This larger tire will require 1/4 inch more ie. 1/8 and 1/8 (both sides) Do you have that? You should have about an inch to play with on each side of the wheel to be safe, that is, when the planned 140 is on, 1" to 3/4" before anything touches the swingarm/chain/chainguard. AND when the rear swingarm is compressed, will you have room as the tire rises up to the frame/fender area? You must have the ability for the suspention to travel fully without rubbing. My guess is, that a sweet setup would be to mount the 90/90 21 and 140 17 and call it good. My guess without having done it.......it will fit, and fit well.

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post #9 of 10 Old 01-09-2010, 03:17 AM
 
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3000 miles is not a bad thing.......... you wan'a play, you got'a pay. Tires are cheap, figure $250 a shot if you change your own, plus another $35 for top line tubes. But remember, you will likely eat two rears to each front as the front dosn't have the wear factors of continual acceleration, spinning in the dirt, plus stopping, the front must only stop the bike, thus, half the wear. Some of you will think that wastefull to buy two at once, ie. front and rear, but make it up somewhere else. If it were my frugal Brother, it would be splitting matches in half to get two lights....lol.....
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post #10 of 10 Old 12-01-2011, 04:16 PM
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Metzler is the way to go. I have run Metzler tires on all my bikes and never went wrong.
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