long time suzuki rider here, used to watch qrhq a lot.. first time to this site, so far I like it.
Question though, one of my 500r's uses kenda's and all of my 250r's use various paddles. This second 500 I want to set up with some Skat Trak Extremes or Haulers. What size/number of paddles do you guys recommend with experience?
I was originally thinking 22x11x10 / 8-9 paddles. Is this too little tire? Think a 500 can handle a 10?
PS. this one has aftermarket filter/pipe/jet etc and pulls like hell.
I ride over at silver lake sand dunes, and I have ridden about 7-8 different brands/combinations of sizes and paddles.. First time I will have ever tried skat traks though. The "best" hook I've had from paddles came from my gheckos..
Seems like last time I read about them people were saying anywhere from 8-10 was a good choice.
i have rode my buddies stock bike, with 6extremes, 8 haulers, 10 haulers, 21" sandstars, 22" sandstars, 6 paddle brats, and SSII's.. And there is no comparrison..
the 21x12x8 6 paddle Extremes are the Sh!tnizzle on his bike at dumont or glamis.
But asking people about paddle tires is like asking them what tranny oil they run, everyone has their own opinion.
But i cant wrap my mind around 10 paddles on a zilla if its stock. Unless they were gliders
Really... I was under the assumption that they were pretty decent seeing as how they ran on my other bikes.. If they are really that bad, then whether I get 6's or 8's it should be a vast improvement..
geckos would be more for your daughters beginners quad and you didnt want to spend the cash because she might not like riding the sand..
Or for a Quad that you were going to ride in the rocks or on trails that were rocky. Alot of people buy them because they are available at chain motorcycle stores and are easy to walk in somewhere to get..
Plus they are a molded tire and molded usually means weight which means loss of HP
But this is just my opinion.. I am sure there are guys that would argue that geckos are the best, and that would be their opinion..
If i either had to run geckos or knobbies, i would run knobbies.. either way i would be dissapointed with the geckos
I believe the guys we ride with with zillas/ hybrids are running either 8 blade extremes , or 8 blade edges in silver lake . remember the sand in Silver lake is much heavier/ denser then out west . and usually the drag strips are wet so don't overpaddle ! you will regret it real quick . I run 6 extremes on my stock 450 and it works real good .
I ran a set of 21x12x10 geckos on an old DS650 i had a while back...its sucked so bad i wanted to throw the whole bike away. Went back to the dunes with a set of 22x11x10 skat trak edges, and WOW! What a difference it made with the switch. Granted this was on the big porker DS. Just saying my experience with the two.
Skat Trak Haulers is what I have on my zilla for the sand when I ride in my little sand pit areas .....they have worked well for me the down side is ive found the rubber is softer then other paddles and if you go over some sand with rocks the paddles flake off ....you guys probly dont have that problem in your dunes
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