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post #11 of 16 Old 11-08-2012, 04:40 AM
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He said 'extrapolate'.....WaaaaaaY kool! Anyway, my used '06 Wee came with Tourance tires front and aft and I really can't complain about them. They appear to be a decent compromise between mostly onroad use with the occasional gravel road ride. Now that the Tourances are nearing the end of usefulness, I've decided to replace them with Michelin Pilot 3's which are pavement tires since I avoid offroad with my Wee. Hey, I have a dirt bike for that. I've lately aimed my attention toward getting the Wee's suspension where I want it and have succeeded to a degree. The Wee is notoriously under-suspended at both ends with springs aimed at a rider of about 150lbs. There are several aftermarket suspension improvements available for the Wee....everything from stiffer springs to kits that address the springs PLUS the dampening inadequacies. Ricor offers a kit that changes the front forks to a cartridge style dampening vs the stock dinosaur rod style. Do your homework and search for what is available for the Wee and you can substantially improve your bike's handling.

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post #12 of 16 Old 11-08-2012, 11:41 PM
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Looks like the Pilot 3's are a no-go as it appears that they won't be available for a few weeks so am going with Pirelli Scorpion Trail.

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post #13 of 16 Old 11-09-2012, 12:57 AM
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I got about 10,000 miles out of my Battlewings - rode em on dirt roads too.....great handling tire up til the last 1000-2000 miles til where it gets squared off a bit - then, it's just like any other squared off meat. Your only problem is what to decide to do with the extra $100 you didn't spend on the Tourances....

If I were only accessing dirt roads occasionally, I'd probably just get a street tire - those Pilot 3's seem to be the best tire out there right now.

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post #14 of 16 Old 01-10-2013, 09:33 PM
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Metzeler ME 880

I run Metzeler ME 880s on my 1000. It's a 'cruiser' tire but they have performed well for me. The rock-hard center lasts 10-15K miles depending on braking and throttle inputs and the squishy sides result in more confidence in the twisties. They suck on dirt and mud but for gravel they are all right.

I run:
F: 120/70-19
R: 160/70-17

Bigger than stock Trailwings but you can jam a lot of tire between the swingarms on a V.

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I run Metzeler ME 880s on my 1000. It's a 'cruiser' tire but they have performed well for me. The rock-hard center lasts 10-15K miles depending on braking and throttle inputs and the squishy sides result in more confidence in the twisties. They suck on dirt and mud but for gravel they are all right.

I run:
F: 120/70-19
R: 160/70-17

Bigger than stock Trailwings but you can jam a lot of tire between the swingarms on a V.
You sure can,I ran a 205/55-17 car tire on my Vee for awhile and cleared everything just fine !!.


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