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The notorious dual purpose tire are in and i have got them installed!

They fit kind of...! The 130/70 in the rear is no problem of course.. But the 120/70 in the front is sketchy at best! I was able to fit half the width of my pointer finger in the REAR portion of the front fender right behind the fork with the stock tire! But now there is probably AT BEST 2-3 MM of room! I just drove home from getting them installed on 80-90km zone and no broken front fender and no sign of rubbing that i can see...

They fit but.. I think i will do a tad bit of dremel work just to have that piece of mind... or maybe a bracket to raise it..? Let me know if you have any suggestion

Never had knubby tires before, and geezus the handling is totally different in kind of a bad way for around town driving..

Sorry for the long post.

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Those are awesome! Man, either your bike is way smaller than mine or you have mammoth fingers to cover your whole license plate with an index finger! :)

It looks great!
 

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Found this DIY fender riser idea from another forum and it looks like it works! There is still a BIT of gap about 5mm on each side now at the side of the rear portion of the fender but i wouldnt worry since the fender is now raised up for that extra bit of clearance.

If you are shying from the dremel route here you go!

- A pack of Mending bracket x4 (You wil need a DREMEL to increase the diameter of the hole of the bracket by a bit to accept the 6MM screw)
Everbilt 2 in. Zinc-Plated Mending Plate (4-Pack)-15299 - The Home Depot

- 6mm x 16MM (20MM will work) socket cap or hex cap screw x4
Everbilt 6 mm x 16 mm Socket Cap Screw (2-Pack)-82648 - The Home Depot

- 6mm nuts X4







 

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Planning tondo the same, but using regular slick tires (like the grom) of the same size. That will have more space rt since there are no bulky tire knobs?
 

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old thread but hoping you give me an update on how do you like the tires?

you mentioned they handled a lot different than oem. Maxxis I thought was really selling these tire for exceptional handling on the street and off
 

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I'm kinda curious why the need to raise the fender? If it's not touching when it's not moving it won't touch when riding. Everything moves up and down together.

Bike looks awesome. I will be using these tires for sure!
 

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I'm kinda curious why the need to raise the fender? If it's not touching when it's not moving it won't touch when riding. Everything moves up and down together.

Bike looks awesome. I will be using these tires for sure!
When a tire heats up the air pressure increases which could cause a fitment issue. Also flexing could play a part too, I am sure when a tire is flexed to one side or the other the tire could produce a bulge closer to the fender or swing arm.

If you ever watched a motorcycle builder show when they build a rear fender to cover the tire they always allowed for expansion of the tire.
 

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#just-send-it! Lol. Just kidding. When I change my tires I'll leave mine stock and see what happens. I can't see these tires changing by any great degree... But you do have very valid points. I'll volunteer to be the tester
 

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Stock Tires Vs Knobby

old thread but hoping you give me an update on how do you like the tires?

you mentioned they handled a lot different than oem. Maxxis I thought was really selling these tire for exceptional handling on the street and off
Did my first real duel sport off road trail-in yesterday and not sure i'll even need Knobby Tires after all ? .I found that since the bike doesn't have enough power to spin' the wheel anyways in soft dirt/sand or going up steep hills a knobby isn't going to be all that much help anyways . It never spun or slipped out once all day , even on the off camber slopes .. And Its not like my KLR 650 duel sport where its being rode hard like a dirt bike, the Z' is for fun/mellow cow-trailing. maybe a slippery wet/mud type ride would be the only advantage . I Just hate to ruin the plush smooth street manners the the stock tires have now .My duel sport rides are 80% street to get to 20% dirt trails type rides
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So Ya .......... anyone have anymore input on the street performance with the knobby Tires ? :confused:
 

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I lived in Arizona and most of the non-Jeep trails there should be fine on even the stock tires, and no tires are going to get you through a Jeep trail.

Here in the northeast, dirt bike trails are a different animal. They are just rocky and muddy enough that you NEED knobbies on most of them. I took my Z125 down an ATV trail that wasn't too bad on the stock tires, but there is no way it's making it on most of the trails that I take my WR250R on. To be fair, I wouldn't want to take a KLR650 down them either(I had one years ago in PA), but with knobbies, I think the Z125 could survive a lot of them. The stock tires really fail in any kind of mud or over even small rocks and tree limbs. I also tested them in the snow. Don't try it, lol.
 
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