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SneakyDingo

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IRC's site doesn't list any 17" rim options for the GS-45's and I'm not turning up any 2.75" options in R17 sizes anywhere on the internet. Do you have a manufacturer link, a website you can buy it from, etc.?
 

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IRC's site doesn't list any 17" rim options for the GS-45's and I'm not turning up any 2.75" options in R17 sizes anywhere on the internet. Do you have a manufacturer link, a website you can buy it from, etc.?
Hi, they are available from IRC Indonesia.
I got them from Shopee asia.
Seems they are only available for the asian market.
 

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Hi All, new 2023 Trail 125 owner here. I was looking to upgrade tires and found this thread on this awesome website. Wanted to report the Vee Rubber VRM-022 has been reported as obsolete, but on FB, a member stated they are still available in US from one distributor (15 in stock at time of posting). It prompted me to re-search for Vee Rubber, and found a Thai site indicating they are indeed current. Previouly it looked to me like they were not available.

Distributor : https://www.partsforscooters.com/154-389-Vee-Rubber-2.75-17-VRM-022-Tire?

Thai Manufactuer: https://veerubber.co.th/product/vrm-022/
 

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You can do it either way. If you do it ahead of time, it will slowly congeal over time so you'll have to keep adding it, but if you ride over thorns it will seal as you ride (aka tire never goes flat). If you do it after the fact, you'll have to figure out how to inflate your tire, but you'll use less of the stuff and if you never get a flat it'll be much cleaner when you fix your tire. I'm not really a fan of the stuff unless you're riding near thorns, because the mess is pretty inconvenient. Some mechanics near me charge extra to deal with slime.
 

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You can do it either way. If you do it ahead of time, it will slowly congeal over time so you'll have to keep adding it, but if you ride over thorns it will seal as you ride (aka tire never goes flat). If you do it after the fact, you'll have to figure out how to inflate your tire, but you'll use less of the stuff and if you never get a flat it'll be much cleaner when you fix your tire. I'm not really a fan of the stuff unless you're riding near thorns, because the mess is pretty inconvenient. Some mechanics near me charge extra to deal with slime.
Where I plan to off road I will be out there alone and in pretty much wilderness in the Yukon Territory and Alaska and am looking for a way to get out if I get a flat as easy as possible and that means not having to pull the wheel and fix a flat in the wilds. Don't mind if it is a temporary fix as I can change it out in the comfort of my own shop later. I will be keeping a small rechargeable compressor but still may put the stuff in in advance.
 

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I’ve used it from bicycles to 40” trophy truck tires, had it in all our motos before I went to mouses no real downside except the cost and if you do need to patch a tube it makes it a bit trickier but can be done

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Where I plan to off road I will be out there alone and in pretty much wilderness in the Yukon Territory and Alaska and am looking for a way to get out if I get a flat as easy as possible and that means not having to pull the wheel and fix a flat in the wilds. Don't mind if it is a temporary fix as I can change it out in the comfort of my own shop later. I will be keeping a small rechargeable compressor but still may put the stuff in in advance.
i have had conversations with two CT riders who had flats out on the trail and both reported that they were able to ride the bike out (one rider reported 12 miles at 15mph) with no damage to tyre or rim
 

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I’ve used it from bicycles to 40” trophy truck tires, had it in all our motos before I went to mouses no real downside except the cost and if you do need to patch a tube it makes it a bit trickier but can be done


i have had conversations with two CT riders who had flats out on the trail and both reported that they were able to ride the bike out (one rider reported 12 miles at 15mph) with no damage to tyre or rim
Good to know this stuff can actually work on a tube tire. I think what I will do is bring a can of slime, my little rechargeable air compressor, maybe a couple tire spoons and tie wraps/spare tube with the hope of the slime getting me out of the woods. Kind of belt and suspenders, but it really doesn't weight much or take up that much space. I like waiting to put the slime in after a flat because I want to know if I have a puncture, and if the slime is already in I may not realize it and possibly be riding around on a compromised tube.
 

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I had the same thought process as you there. I have carried a bottle of Slime and a compressor that runs off the battery for thousands of miles. Luckily have not needed to use the Slime, but I use the compressor on occasion to maintain the tire pressure.
 

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I use a lot of slime... well, I guess it's both true that I use a lot of slime, and that I own more slime than I use. I own and operate well over a dozen different things with tires on my homestead/farm. Tractors, tillers, multiple types of mowers, large chippers, all the way down to leaf carts... they all get slimed! Slime works for the most part. I do not run slime in anything I drive on the road... not even in trailer tires. People at repair shops hate that stuff with passion. Especially if it's a tire you have put multiple doses of that stuff in over the years. I've had a couple guys tell me, I'll sell you a new tire, or you can take it home, clean it, and bring it back... which way you want to go? I would only put that in a road tire on an emergency basis, and then I would without hesitation. Also be aware it comes in multiple formulations, and they all have a shelf life... the stuff breaks down or congeals and doesn't work properly after a while... so just saying if you have been carrying around a bottle of slime for more than 5 years... you probably need to renew it.
 

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I use a lot of slime... well, I guess it's both true that I use a lot of slime, and that I own more slime than I use. I own and operate well over a dozen different things with tires on my homestead/farm. Tractors, tillers, multiple types of mowers, large chippers, all the way down to leaf carts... they all get slimed! Slime works for the most part. I do not run slime in anything I drive on the road... not even in trailer tires. People at repair shops hate that stuff with passion. Especially if it's a tire you have put multiple doses of that stuff in over the years. I've had a couple guys tell me, I'll sell you a new tire, or you can take it home, clean it, and bring it back... which way you want to go? I would only put that in a road tire on an emergency basis, and then I would without hesitation. Also be aware it comes in multiple formulations, and they all have a shelf life... the stuff breaks down or congeals and doesn't work properly after a while... so just saying if you have been carrying around a bottle of slime for more than 5 years... you probably need to renew it.
Good info, thanks. My interest is strictly to get myself and my bike back from the trail and to the truck. I don't really plan on very many highway miles as I don't view my Trail as a dual sport in any real sense. If the off road part I want to go on involves over a 10 or 15 mile highway drive I will be putting the bike on the carrier and driving the truck out. It's just me, I don't like running it long distances at WOT. I do ride it on the roads around home because the road to town is only 6 miles and speed limit 35. It is perfect for that, and I am getting 130 mpg. Point is, if I do slime a tire it is going to be to get it back to the truck, and home where the tube will come out and a new one installed ASAP.
 

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I got my Shinko 241's in the mail today and look like very grippy tires. Also saw this sheet of paper that has a lot of useful info on it. If this info is posted elsewhere let me know and I will take it down..IMG_3012.JPGIMG_3013.JPG
 
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Mike Morton

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The only option offered from RockyMountainATV is 50P. So F&R will both be 50P in my case.

I think you're overthinking it. The GVWR is 522 lb. The original tires were a 45/50P rating. So if we assume the weight bias is how they calculate that, it's a 46:54 balance on the bike, which actually sounds kind of right.

For max load of 522 lb, with a 46:54 balance on weight distribution, that's a 31J front, 37J rear or better tire (up to 62 mph). Basically any tire that's not a F rating for speed will be fine unless you're doing insane downhills on roadways. If you go over the weight rating of the bike, obviously you will need to look at better tires.

EDIT: Also the jury is out on whether you should get these balanced. But also check if the $180 is wheels off or wheels on the bike. If you have any other option to get there with wheels off, that could substantially reduce the cost.
 

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Would you put in your CT?
Only in an emergency, if I get stuck somewhere and I can’t get in touch with someone with a truck I’ll do whatever. I do ride in the Osceola National Forest, and the only person you can talk to is God. Sometimes you never even see another human… so in that case you whatever is needed. I carry it, and a few C O2 cartridges just in case.
 

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Only in an emergency, if I get stuck somewhere and I can’t get in touch with someone with a truck I’ll do whatever. I do ride in the Osceola National Forest, and the only person you can talk to is God. Sometimes you never even see another human… so in that case you whatever is needed. I carry it, and a few C O2 cartridges just in case.
That more or less describes some of the areas I want to explore, but haven't yet. It is out there where I wouldn't expect to see anyone else. I have a Zoleo satellite texting device, but other than telling my wife at home that I will be a little late, or hitting the red button and having some search and rescue come get my sorry ass and then likely be paying them a huge sum later I don't think the sat texting ability does me much good. To me, it seems the biggest risk mechanical wise is a flat tire. Other risks would be wrecking the bike, but I plan to go slow enough to not do that, or running straight into a sow and cub grizz where again going slow to avoid surprising them. I wouldn't want a flat out there but I need a better contingency than pulling the wheel and fixing. Have the ability to do that as a last resort, but the green slime would be the first thing to try.
 
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