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post #1 of 7 Old 02-04-2010, 11:54 AM Thread Starter
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Calling all tire experts.

I'm going today to get a new stocker on my front. Having the shop do it. Mrs. Lockjaw is cool with me doing everything except tires. She may have a good point. At any rate. I've been running a gripster in the back and the stock in front and really like the combo. I'm thinking about changing the back while I'm at it (and just got my tax refund so not freaking about money)...it's got some good wear in the middle. Problem is, they said Gripsters are out of production. They were super busy and the parts guy wasn't there when I just called, so my question is, what are some other tires that are Gripster-like. That would run well with the stocker up front. I'm just looking for a list I can take in with me, so when they start naming tires I have something to go on.

And would there be value in changing the tubes? Bike has almost 9K miles on it.

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post #2 of 7 Old 02-04-2010, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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I'm not very bright.

Or at least have no memory. There was just a thread about this.

Anyway, I just read through it and got some good ideas. If anyone has experience with a street oriented rear and stock front (other than the gripster), I'll take all the knowledge I can get though.




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Forget the stock front tire. Get the Shinko 705 front and rear. A set should run right around $100. If you buy your tires from a shop, any good shop will mount them on the wheels for free if you bring the wheels in.
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You know. When I was rereading that other tire thread today, I remembered thinking I should try em out cause you recommended them so highly. I think I even said I'd make a mental note of it. Maybe I should start making actual notes, cause I completely forgot about it until the tire had already been ordered and I read the damn thread today. Next time.

Good news...Gripsters are not out of production! I do like the gripster a lot. Next time I need tires I'll check the Shinko's out. The price is definitely right. And they look pretty sweet. And tires don't last me too long. Or, should I say, I am not willing to push it too far with motorcycle tires. I see guys all the time riding on tires I wouldn't go 5mph on. Crazy. Custom paint job and dry rot up the butt.




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post #5 of 7 Old 02-07-2010, 10:47 AM
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I change tubes every other tire change.
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I just bought a Dunlop D607 http://www.americanmototire.com/catalog/index.ph

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I change tubes when I get a flat. I ran a pair of Micheline T66 front and rear for 6K and they are still good. I took them off because I needed more mud grip.
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