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Re: XT225 Tire Fitment, Usage and Review Guide [Re: JerryH] #148148 06/02/20 07:33 AM
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Originally Posted by JerryH
* Type of riding you do (on/off road mix)- 20% on road, 80% off road and dirt road
* Tire size- 2.75x21 front, 4.10x18 rear
* Tire make/model- Cheng Shin front C183, rear C755
* Price w/date- Rear $26.99 Front$17.99 Jan '10
* Where purchased (include link if available) www.denniskirk.com
* How many miles you've used the tires- 10,000+
* Indicate front and/or rear- Both
* Wet, dry, mud performance as applicable- All
* Your comments, recommendations, observations and review.
What can I say? these are GOOD CHEAP tires, and wear like iron. They work good in sand, mud, water, gravel, hard packed dirt, and pavement. They are very easy to remove and install if you have a flat in the middle of nowhere. I am on my second set, I severely damaged the first set riding over a lot of sharp rocks. Still got 5,000+ miles out of them. I have over 6,000 on my second set, and they are in good shape. I have a third set ready to go on when these finally wear out. They should last 10,000 miles if you don't seriously abuse them. I run the super thick 4mm tubes in them.
* Any other information you deem helpful- You can pay a LOT more for tires and not beat these. Obviously if you ride mostly street, you would want a more street oriented tire. Jerry.


I need to double check but I think these are what I have on mine, and found them to be amazing performers on all types of terrain, including mud (not soupy mud, never tried). I even did a creek crossing with them submerged in water, across slippery creek bottom. It is kind of ridiculous.


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Re: XT225 Tire Fitment, Usage and Review Guide [Re: rocmoc] #151407 05/08/21 12:57 AM
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Originally Posted by rocmoc
Updates will follow:

Type of riding you do: 15 on /85 off
Tire size: rear 110/100x18, front 90/100x21
Tire make/model: rear Shinko R505 Hybrid Cheater, front Shinko F546 Soft-Intermediate
Price w/date: 11/24/17 $62.88, 12/1/17 $53.88
Where purchased: Rocky Mountain ATV MC, Rocky Mountain Atv Mc
How many miles you've used the tires: Zero, to be updated
Indicate front and/or rear: Both
Wet, dry, mud performance as applicable: Dry, Sand, Rock
Your comments, recommendations, observations and review.
Any other information you deem helpful: to be updated


I noticed that this poster said 110/100x18 as size for his rear tire. I want to put a Kenda Parker K772 DT on the rear and it only comes in 110/100-18 or 120/100-18. anyone with any experience with either of these 2 sizes? Don't know if they would rub on the shock or swingarm. I have the Parker on the front @ 80/100x21 and like it. Thanks

Re: XT225 Tire Fitment, Usage and Review Guide [Re: Muniac] #151408 05/08/21 02:32 AM
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I had to replace the chain to lengthen the chain with additional links and the tire was adjusted out nearly as far as it would go. Never rubbed or any problems. What I did not like was the feeling up thru the drive chain of too much tire. The bike labored to turn the tire and it was noticeable to ME. Replaced with a Kenda Trailmaster 100/100x18 and love it. (had to shorten the new chain)

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Re: XT225 Tire Fitment, Usage and Review Guide [Re: Muniac] #151414 05/08/21 11:50 PM
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Thanks for chiming in. I don't change my own tires and it costs me $75 labor each time, so I'm trying to get it right first time around. I have a friend I went riding with and he has an 09 Kawi 250 and his rear is Kenda 4.5"/18. There is no profile # so it's assumed it's 100% making it 4.5/100-18. My stock original tire is 120/80-18 or 4.72"/80-18. Bikes parked side by side his rear is monstrous compared to mine. I measured mine and it is 4 5/8" wide and 3.5" profile---exactly what the tire says. If I'm at 4.72" width now, why would I want to go to a 100mm which is 3.93", over 3/4" less in width? The 110 is 4.33" wide.---Just curious as to what terrain you ride in that the 110 felt as you described, and what length chain you used, why a whole new chain instead of just adding a couple extra mater links? Thanks

Re: XT225 Tire Fitment, Usage and Review Guide [Re: Muniac] #151415 05/09/21 03:13 AM
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I ride everything from sand to hard rock at advance level. It was just anytime I put a lot of power to the rear wheel I could feel the strain in the bike, most noticeable on hard pack / rock . I not a fan of the O-ring chain in a smaller powered bike, I dropped from a Honda CRF450r to the XT225. The O-ring takes power away from the rear wheel as it is not as easily flexible. In the 450 it did not matter because of HP but the 225 does not have an over abundance of power, IMHO. DID chain comes in two lengths and I get the longer and use a chain buster to fit the chain to the bike. A lot of setup is personal choice and is subjective to the skill of the rider. Just what I do and works for me! Here in So Az a tire change is $20 but I do my own. Can be a pain! A word about the tire size. This is the same size tire, 100/100, I run on my Suzuki Pe175 which is a full race bike and it is plenty of tire. The Pe engine is the same as what was in the RM125 with a big bore cylinder. Lot more power than the Xt225 and faster so the 100/100 is plenty of tire. Again, just my opinion!

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Re: XT225 Tire Fitment, Usage and Review Guide [Re: Muniac] #151418 05/09/21 04:11 PM
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I've been happy with price and service at local Cycle Gear.


Pricing per tire when purchased from Cycle Gear (online or in store) or one of our partners (discount code required):

Street tires: $25.00*
Off-Road: $20.00*
Lifetime Balancing: Free
*Price excludes tubes, valve stems, tire disposal, taxes and local fees (when applicable)


2018 XT250 New 06/12/18. Now at 10,100 miles.
Re: XT225 Tire Fitment, Usage and Review Guide [Re: Muniac] #151421 05/10/21 12:29 AM
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onceona50---Thanks for the input. Closest to me is over an hour each way. I drive a Ram Hemi, so I'd about break even. There is only one bike shop in our area and used to charge $40 off and $50 on the bike. Since he became the only one, he upped it to $75.

Re: XT225 Tire Fitment, Usage and Review Guide [Re: Muniac] #151422 05/10/21 12:49 AM
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rocmoc---Appreciate your input as you've spent quality time on dirt bikes. I'm a novice rider, brand new to dirt. Street for years and still do the sand dunes on a Kawi V-Force 700. Completely different learning curve. Around here it is mostly desert and dirt fire roads. My front tire was slipping out, but with the Kenda k772 Parker on the front now is helping a lot. The dirt roads are hard pack with a lot of loose powdery sand on top and pretty slippery. That's why I wanted to have a wider foot print, ( and also for sand I hit in the washes ). I'm just trying to keep the rubber down at this point. The width from the swingarm to the chain cover is about 5 1/2", so plenty of room. The problem is most have moved to 100% of the width for the profile, which makes the tire too tall and hitting the swing & shock. I really want the Parker K772 on the rear also, but looks like it will cost me a chain also. My rear now is 25" high with 3/4" space @ swing, & at #2 on the adjusters, ( only 900 miles on this bike ). The replacement would be 27 1/2" high, Would that also raise the seat height 1-2 inches? Thanks

Re: XT225 Tire Fitment, Usage and Review Guide [Re: Muniac] #151442 05/12/21 10:11 PM
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You are welcome. I did put a fatty on the front and hated it. It catch too many ruts and edges causing the bike to wander. One of my early post was about changing the angle of the yoke to stop the wandering but it turned out to be that fatty front tire. Tried it because it was suppose to be the new thing / setup but did not work for me.

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Re: XT225 Tire Fitment, Usage and Review Guide [Re: Muniac] #151469 05/14/21 08:51 PM
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When you did have the 110/100-18 on the rear, did it fit with the stock chain length.

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