|I got this idea as I find the riding in Saskatoon to be too
short so I am going to try using it all winter. The first step was to see
if I could find tires that were going to work so I would like to that "Recreation
Supply" for helping me and letting me look for tires that they had
put away for the season in the back. I found the widest 17" dirt bike
tire I could that was a "Cheng Shin" being 5.6" wide which
is about 140mm vs. my streetbike tire of 190mm. This was OK though as I
needed the tire to sit a bit shorter than it usually would on a dirtbike.
For the front I just used a normal 17" dirt bike tire (good 'ol Chen
Shin again) which I chose to use because it had the most lugs possible so
that I could have the most amount of rubber on the pavement for the most
grip yet could still put studs in it. The interesting part was putting the
tire onto the rim though. I didn't want to use tubes as they are way too
much hassle so Steve and I managed to get the tires on both the front and
back to mount using a large blast of air. Amazingly enough the dirt biker
rubber is still holding air with no tube.
I haven't studded the tire yet as I haven't had time, but the tires seem to work OK. Had the bike up to 150 km/hr with no problem and handles good. Haven't tried turning it deep into any corners as I don 't trust the front dirt bike tire to grip into the pavement all that much. Pushes and handles great in a couple inches of snow and really hooks up in mud and wet gravel. With the lug flex on the back tire, it almost feels like you have a bit of a low tire in the back as it feels like the tire is moving sideways a little. I will stud the tires later on this week and see how they work once it snows a bit more and get some ice on the streets. If all is lost and it doesn't work all that well in the winter I got pictures that make the bike look pretty damn tough. Here are the pictures of the bike.
Front Knobby Tire
(Studded it with automotive studs later on)
Me and my bike enjoying the weather