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    Has anyone tried a Shinko 244 on the front?

    If so, what were your impressions? How long did it last?

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    I will be able to answer my own questions soon enough. I put a Shinko 244 Dual Sport Tires
    SKU: 270601
    Tire Size: 4.60x17 62P on the front, the overall diameter is 24.76 in and in case anyone cares it weighs 13 lbs without the heavy duty tube.

    The 130/80s that people put on and have to raise the fender are 25.2 so I was hopeful that the fender could remain unmoved. And I guess technically it could. The paper sticker on the tire rubbed but the tire itself did not. Of course when you get to highway speeds it may grow enough to cause problems.

    So before the pictures, the question is, what is the optimal front tire to fender clearance for our bikes?

    Stock size contimotion for comparison
    Has anyone tried a Shinko 244 on the front?-contimotion120-70-jpg

    Shkinko 244 clearance
    Has anyone tried a Shinko 244 on the front?-clearance-jpg

    Side by Side
    Has anyone tried a Shinko 244 on the front?-sidebyside-jpg

    New front and rear
    Has anyone tried a Shinko 244 on the front?-shipmentarrived-jpg

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    heh heh Chris, i must say that the thought had crossed my mind. I had at one time tried to find a matching set for the front/rear then lost interest as i mostly use my NC for commuting and long road trips. Looks better then i had imagined though, good luck to you! :{)
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    SO.... I am going to raise the fender to about here ...

    Has anyone tried a Shinko 244 on the front?-fenderplannedheight-jpg

    To make that worthwhile I need some more clearance on the metal fender support / cross brace

    Has anyone tried a Shinko 244 on the front?-should_i_bend_this-jpg

    Would it be bad to just use a bar and give it more of an arch?
    Do I risk pulling the fork legs together if I do?
    What if I braced the width beforehand?

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    Senior Member Has anyone tried a Shinko 244 on the front? dduelin's Avatar
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    I put 244s on a DR200 I owned several years ago. I'm sorry to say I felt the 244s were nothing short of dangerous on the street. The knobs making up the outer edge of the front tire would bend then suddenly collapse making the tire loose traction suddenly. Most tires can be provoked to do this but they at least progressively warn you of an impending slide while the 244 was sudden. I replaced them nearly new with a Pirelli universal tire set, the MT43s IIRC.
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    I "invented" a new way to raise the front fender. Okay, maybe I just borrowed some other ideas and improved a little, but I did bother to write it all down:
    Lift and Separate Fender Mod

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