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Dirtbike vs. Streetbike 2.0

J_F

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cool, that's not gay at all
 

jeff96

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I was wondering why you were getting all homophobic about it until I got to the end of the video. I thought I was watching the intro to some porn for a minute there.

It makes me wonder though. How much off-road capability in bikes is in the tires Vs frame geometry, spoked wheels and clearance.

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Trials

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It makes me wonder though. How much off-road capability in bikes is in the tires Vs frame geometry, spoked wheels and clearance.
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Are you asking; how much does it transform a street bike by just changing to knobby tires?
 

jeff96

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Yes, and what other factors allow a street bike to slide like that without wiping out. Rider skills I'm sure is a part of it too

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Trials

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The tires go a long way to covering your dirt traction needs, that bike is also geared down a bit,
the biggest part is rider skills and the lighter the motorcycle the easier it is plus the bigger you can go.
Sliding is easy enough, particularly on terrain that is largely flat and offers consistent traction, when you have excess power even easier.
 

Wingboy

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Cue the "Deliverance" music.
 

Baggsy

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Sorry, which one is the street bike?
 

jeff96

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Thanks Trials. I've never ridden a dirt bike, but I occasionally take the street bike where no one else would. Most of my riding is best suited to the cbr, so I'm not looking at changing bikes. If money wasn't an issue I'd get another bike, sure, but mine is paid for.
My ST tires are nearing their end. This coming year, I'll try some dual sport tires

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GreyGhost

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Thanks Trials. I've never ridden a dirt bike, but I occasionally take the street bike where no one else would. Most of my riding is best suited to the cbr, so I'm not looking at changing bikes. If money wasn't an issue I'd get another bike, sure, but mine is paid for.
My ST tires are nearing their end. This coming year, I'll try some dual sport tires

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Take it easy with knobbies on the road (unless you are planning on practicing your sliding). Are there DS tires that fit your CBR without some modifications?

As long as you stay out of the mud and keep the speed down, it's amazing what you can get through on normal street tires.
 

Trials

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FWIW: Careful with dual sport tires are often a compromise tire :| not great in dirt, not great on wet pavement. Fine if that's what you need, always go for the softest tire rubber available, unless your destination is the other coast.

Seriously depends on the terrain you typically ride. Full knobby's are a blast in the dirt, easy to slide on pavement predictably, scary on wet steel (i.e. manhole covers, tracks, steel grate bridges) A wide profile radial tire that has a very soft rubber compound is pretty amazing on gravel roads btw. particularly if you drop the air pressure a little ;)
Full knobby tires thrive on deep loose soil or sand, directional control potentially improves, tires with less deep tread suffer traction and directional control even worse. Most dangerous terrain for the average heavy street bike with the tires pumped up hard, is deep sand, it will make the bikes steering wallow all over the place.
 

J_F

gringo diablo
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excuse my twisted humour; but are you a south park fan?
a fan of their style of humour
Team America is an old fave
but not really the TV show
adult cartoons are not really my thing
Simpsons are in the same folder for me
 

jeff96

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@GreyGhost @Trials I wasn't thinking full knobbies. Selection is limited for 17" rims, but I can get Shinko 705's in the right size for my bike. Advertised as 70/30 road/dirt.

I'm hoping for a little less wiggle on sand and gravel roads

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Iceman

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@GreyGhost @Trials I wasn't thinking full knobbies. Selection is limited for 17" rims, but I can get Shinko 705's in the right size for my bike. Advertised as 70/30 road/dirt.

I'm hoping for a little less wiggle on sand and gravel roads

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If you ride gravel a lot it's worth it. I use shinko 805 on my Versys and they work really well. I don't get the mileage like a sport touring tire but at $128 shipped to my door who cares.

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