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#141860 - 06/08/18 07:51 PM 100% Street riding
digger Offline
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Registered: 03/28/18
Posts: 77
Loc: Illinois
Does anyone use there XT225 exclusively on hard road, blacktop, concrete, wet & dry? If so, what tire are you running, and what is your opinion of them? I don't do any off road riding so I don't need any kind of knobby tire, just something strictly for the street. Something really sticky. I would like something close to the original sizes, no bigger, no smaller. Thanks. Signed: Still Can't Decide

#141861 - 06/08/18 08:15 PM Re: 100% Street riding [Re: digger]
Muniac Offline

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Registered: 01/16/04
Posts: 5531
Loc: Montrose, CO
Here is a Tire Fitment thread where many have weighed in on tires they like. Perhaps you'll find some useful information there.
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#141862 - 06/08/18 09:12 PM Re: 100% Street riding [Re: digger]
cogitech Offline
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Registered: 06/08/16
Posts: 189
Loc: Kamloops, BC
From being around here and other forums I will say that the vast majority of people really use the XT225 as a true dual sport, and many use it much more off-road than on.

Having said that, there is the whole "Super Motard" craze that certain folks love. Some manufacturers even make Super Motard versions of their dual sport bikes, like

So to find nice street tires for your XT225, perhaps finding a super motard forum and asking there would provide a good range of answers/opinions.
'06 XT225, 2" hole in airbox, Z1 mod, 127.5 main jet, UNI air filter, Corbin seat, PIAA 500Hz, custom aluminum rear rack.

#141863 - 06/09/18 01:27 AM Re: 100% Street riding [Re: digger]
#brer15 Offline
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Registered: 10/03/16
Posts: 374
Loc: Atlanta,GA
I do 99% of my riding on the streets. I have Shinko 700 series tires. They're knobby dual sport tires, but they work extremely well on the pavement. In the rain, or on dry pavement. Aggressive leans, no problem. Going with these you would always have tires that can take you off road, because you never know what the future may bring. And they just look cool.

Edited by #brer15 (06/09/18 01:31 AM)
2004 XT225 purchased new in October 2004 0 miles. Current miles over 27,000.

#141864 - 06/09/18 03:21 PM Re: 100% Street riding [Re: digger]
digger Offline
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Registered: 03/28/18
Posts: 77
Loc: Illinois
Does anyone know if a set of Avon RoadRiders would be a good choice for street riding? This is the toughest decision I have ever made when buying tires for a bike and I've been riding almost fifty years now. Damn! Avon RoadRider

Edited by digger (06/09/18 03:25 PM)

#141865 - 06/09/18 08:20 PM Re: 100% Street riding [Re: digger]
Beaker Offline
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Registered: 06/26/15
Posts: 214
Loc: Colorado Front Range, US
Those Avon's look like they'd be great for 100% road riding. That said, I'd still prefer some sort of on/off tread on the XT even though I'm mostly riding pavement. Anyway, they're just tires; you can always swap them out if you don't like them.
2007 Yamaha XT-225

#141871 - 06/11/18 02:23 PM Re: 100% Street riding [Re: digger]
peejman Offline
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Registered: 06/03/13
Posts: 2981
Loc: East TN USA
I'm sure the Avon's will work fine. As mentioned above... the Shinko 700/705 or the Kenda K761 are also perfectly fine road tires.
This shall pass, be still and know.
2006 XT225, UNI filter, ProTaper bars, MSR handguards, SS front brake line, Shinko 241's.

#141930 - 06/18/18 01:22 AM Re: 100% Street riding [Re: digger]
MrBungle Offline
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Registered: 08/28/15
Posts: 12
Loc: Vancouver island, BC
2014 Xt250 that rides exclusively pavement.

I have the shinko 705 set and will likely order it again. good tires for the price and they really last. I'd estimate i've got 15000 km on this set and there's tons of life left on it.
2014 XT 250
-DynoJet PCFC
-FMF Powercore4
-Lowering Link (approximately 2")
-Fly Racing Bars


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