the DR200 thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by klxrdr, May 13, 2007.

  1. AKohler883

    AKohler883 Been here awhile

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    why don't you like Kendas and Shinkos ?
  2. thesurvivalist

    thesurvivalist Backcountry Rider

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    I did a search on here for reviews and most of the comments are read are negative. Such as they wear out quickly, chunks of rubber have ripped off after a short time, they don't grip. Looking at them they look very similar to the stock trail wing pattern.
  3. AKohler883

    AKohler883 Been here awhile

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    I just bought a set of the Shinko's 3.00-21 and 4.10-18
    they look nice. Once I get them on, I will let you know how I like them.
  4. ThomasVolomitz

    ThomasVolomitz New Old Stock

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    I use Shinko 244's on both my DR200 and DR650. I think they are a great tire. They work well on the road and very well on gravel and trails. Don't believe everything you read on the net, even my stuff!

    If you only have one bike then you can get better tires. I have four bikes so I saved a little cash by buying the Shinkos. Before that I had Metzler Desert Sahara Endoro 3's on the 650. the Shinkos do better off road by a long shot and much better value.
  5. thesurvivalist

    thesurvivalist Backcountry Rider

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  6. AKohler883

    AKohler883 Been here awhile

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    Let me know how you like the TKC-80 if you get them.
    I know somebody that works for Continental in Ohio, and he recommended that model to me, but I was looking for mostly street use.

    I saw a picture on this forum of them mounted on the bike.
    they look like normal knobby tires. Should be good in the dirt.
  7. thesurvivalist

    thesurvivalist Backcountry Rider

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    Lady bug has them on. Do a search in this thread and it will show a pic. She didn't have the bike with her when the pic was posted so she didn't know what size they were. Definately not the stock size. I dropped her a pm.
  8. thesurvivalist

    thesurvivalist Backcountry Rider

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    Ok I couldn't wait and ordered the Shinko 244, apparently there in metric sizes so I asked if they could get the equivilent of the 110. What kind of mileage do people get on these?

    The Tire is $55, fitment is $15. Cheapest new tire i've ever ordered. Am I supposed to buy a new inner tube everytime the tire is changed or every 10,000 miles? The inner tubes are the stock ones, bike is an 07.
  9. godwinmt

    godwinmt They call me Crash

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  10. Highaltidude

    Highaltidude Adventurer

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    I put a new tube in every time I get a new tire. Ask for the old tubes back. They make good emergency spares.

    Chuck
  11. thesurvivalist

    thesurvivalist Backcountry Rider

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    Thanks for the conversion chart.

    I'll get a new tube on this occasion as the one on it is 5 years old and keep the stock tube.

    My trail wings are low after 5k. To be honest I have not had any issues with the stock trail wings apart from some cracking, to be fair the tires are 5 years old though. I don't see where they get the reputation of death wings.
  12. AKohler883

    AKohler883 Been here awhile

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    Being new, I was wondering too about the whole death wing thing. To me, tires are tires when you aren't talking full street use, and such a light weight application.
  13. Klay

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    You ought to change the tire yourself. You need the skill in order to be self-reliant in the case of a puncture.
  14. thesurvivalist

    thesurvivalist Backcountry Rider

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    I agree but I don't want to mess it up and have the wheel or tire come off because I bodged it up.:evil

    I already nearly killed myself a few weeks ago when i didn't torque the oil drain plug.

    I'm going to ask the shop if I can watch them do it. Are special tools needed to removed the tire from the rim?
  15. Klay

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    Tire changing skill is really something you need. You just need a set of tire irons. The tires on a DR200 are really easy to change...almost as easy as a bicycle...perfect to learn on.

    They might use a tire changing machine at the shop...not helpful for you when you're stranded in a remote location.


    here you go:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=50717
  16. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    You must have used different search terms that me.I have mostly read good things about Shinko's,their performance and longevity.I rave about mine every chance I get.
  17. Klay

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    I've heard about trouble with the 705s. After I put them on my 650 last fall. We'll see how it goes.
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    :D hey lobsta my wife said those handguards are just my style. is a pat. pending or do you sell detailed construction plans? can i get them in black . she uses store brand bleach, so the bottle is not the same as clorox maybe she'll get off 25 cent and buy the good stuff :D really i like it i did a cheap experiment with the new BUD aluminium bottle, didn't work so well and i came up with the idea after emptying 8 bottles so that didn't help :)
  19. thesurvivalist

    thesurvivalist Backcountry Rider

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    I'll check that thread out. Hopefully the shop will let me watch them change it.

    I was riding off road before with my wife on the back, the bike slid on the mud and i've bent a second clutch lever.

    I'm definitely going to get a set of aftermarket handlebars so I can get some proper bark busters. What brand is better pro taper or renthal? it's 7/8 size I need?

    On motorcycle superstore they have a drop down menu for the model of bike, the dr200 is not listed under suzuki, the drz400 is listed, aren't all handlebars pretty much the same?

    Can i get handlebars that come up higher than stock bars or do I need to get risers?

    Is there more vibration with aftermarket handlebars as they will not have the weights in the ends to counteract the vibrations?
  20. Klay

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    yes, there will be more vibration