Can you buy 12" knobbies?

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by SportsGuy, Apr 27, 2013.

  1. SportsGuy

    SportsGuy icanhazdirt?

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    Considering a Vespa (300 Super) and was curious if you can even buy 12" knobbies, or dual-sport type tires...

    Anyone gone down this path before?
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  2. k-moe

    k-moe Long timer

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    The Kenda K761 is a decent dual sport tire in that size. There are knobbies in that size, but I doubt that you'll find anyone in the US that stocks them. I've only seen true offroad scooter tires on scooters in Taiwan. I'll PM you with a contact that may be able to help.


    Are you wantin' to do this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCxGQffOy7U
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  3. SportsGuy

    SportsGuy icanhazdirt?

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    Not sure I'd have the stones to do that on a Vespa at 300 cc, but cool nonetheless. I was thinking to simply make a scoot a bit more tractive and stable on dirt roads. Mostly I'd commute on it, but the KTM (690 EnduroR) in the garage opens so many new areas to explore and I like the idea of being able to scoot on dirt in a more controlled manner. :)

    ...and thanks for the PM. :)
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  4. wannabe1

    wannabe1 Been here awhile

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    While not a true knobby, the stock tires on the zuma 125 would be a good dual sport tire. When mine wear out I am actually going the opposite direction with a more street biased tire for a quieter ride and less rolling resistance, but I only have 125cc to push me.
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  5. MODNROD

    MODNROD Wheat and Sheep

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    I run a car tyre on the back, 145/70R12, it gives much greater straight-line stability, but it's not for everyone (don't forget, you might perish in the flames of hell for it.......).

    Best bet though is tyre pressures. I run over 10km of badly corrugated hard pack red clay half-covered with loose pea gravel every week to get to work and go home again, this is on my Piaggio X8 250ie. Last week I trialled 25psi, and the bike was MUCH more stable than when I took it over the dirt last night with 38psi. Difference was huge.

    Try letting your normal road tyres down to 20psi, then go for it.
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  6. SportsGuy

    SportsGuy icanhazdirt?

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    Definitely worth keeping in mind - thanks. :)
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  7. k-moe

    k-moe Long timer

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    The Kenda K761 is that tire, and I'll say that they are good on everything but loose sand. Why only 125cc? 155cc kits are very affordable and if you're semi-insane you can take it up to 250cc in the stock cases. If you're insane and rich you can even get a DOHC water cooled kit.
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  8. Motovista

    Motovista Go Fast, See Nothing

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    You might want to look for Mud and Snow tires. Most of the Euro brands make them for Scooters. Vee Rubber makes a winter tire in the size you need, and they are probably the easiest to get in the US.
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