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hi guys,

first let me introduce myself:
my name is john troost, nickname motorfret (translated: motorcycle ferret).
i live in the netherlands and am 33 years of age.
i'm busy in buying a new blue '05 grizzly.

but: a question1

since holland is very crowded and hasn't got a lot of places to go off road, the main use for an ATV over here would be on tarmac.
how do you think the grizz would do on such road's?
any experience?

greetings from the netherlands....
 

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Welcome Motorfret,

I don't see why the Grizzly wouldn't do great on tarmac. I would say you folks in the Netherlands are truly lucky to be able to use the machines On/Off-Road. I wish we had that choice around here where I am from. Sometimes it would just be so great if I could hop on my Grizzly and take it into town for running errands. I wouldn't even dare to think of taking the Grizzly on a Highway, but on a normal road I would in a heartbeat. Congrats on your new Grizzly and enjoy.
 

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Welcome to the site, we have an ordinance here that allows us to run the shoulder of the county roads legally to get to riding areas, of course if there is no traffic and you can see a long ways we are not beyond jumping up completely on the tarmac and scooting down the road, we just get to the shoulder if there is a vehicle coming. The only thing is the tires wont last long running tarmac all the time.
 

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My main concern about riding on roads is how sticky the regular tires are. I would consider some more road-capable tires, provided they're still good enough offroad.

Welcome!

Rob
 

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wouldn't the ATR or bighorn radials work? Both these tires are not agressive and have a radial desing...If I was to ride on the road I would probably get the Bighorn radials, this would still leave tread for the offroad part but not have such an aggressive tread pattern so that it is rough and bouncy on the road.
 

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The Bighorns are very agressive, if you haven't seen 'em. The ATRs aren't nearly as agressive, but the rubber compound in dirt tires is a lot different and is VERY sticky on asphalt. The result is a lot faster wear and much heavier steering effort.

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I seem to remember reading a website that sells tires and they had some "street tires" for ATV's. I wish I could remember the brand name but Carlisle seems to come to mind. I do remember reading that particluar tire was rated for road use. I will try and find the link again.

I also agree with Rob, I really wouldn't use any off-road type tires on asphalt for long periods of use. They just wouldn't last very long at all.
 

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Motorfret,

I did a search and ITP has what they consider a "Hard Surface Tire". they look like the tires on my wife's SUV! Type in WWW.itptires.com then click on their hard surface tire kits. I think that's the type of tire you would want for road use. Hope this helps.
 
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