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Author Topic: C5 on rails  (Read 3198 times)

r80rt

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C5 on rails
« on: June 04, 2011, 08:23:33 PM »
I just put a set of Kenda K265 3.50x18's on my C5, I've never had any handling complaints about my bike, but the improvement over those stock low profile tires is very noticeable, it feels like it's on rails now. I'll never go back to a low profile tire.  :D
« Last Edit: June 06, 2011, 01:21:44 AM by r80rt »
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Re: C5 on rails
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2011, 08:28:50 PM »
 :o Me likey the look!  :o How much did those run? Any clearance problems? I will probably keep the stocks for awhile longer but those look real nice on that RED C5!  ;D

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Re: C5 on rails
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2011, 08:36:54 PM »
They were around $50 each, They are a Dunlop K70 knock off, I've ran K70's on all my vintage bikes and wanted to try them on the C5 but couldn't find any the right size. No clearence problems.
I found these on sale and thought I'd give them a try, glad I did.
 They look right and handle very well. it did take a bit more weight than I like to balance them but nothing horrible, I'm curious as to how long they will last. I gained nearly an inch in needed tire height on front too. I'm running them at 26psi front 28psi rear.
« Last Edit: June 06, 2011, 06:30:21 PM by r80rt »
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Re: C5 on rails
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2011, 08:47:46 PM »
Oh, nice.  Like the look of those. 
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Re: C5 on rails
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2011, 08:48:40 PM »
I use to run Kenda's on my Bajaj and never had an issue with them. I like the look! Keep us informed on the ride.

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Re: C5 on rails
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2011, 09:46:49 PM »
Yeah, they look like "normal" tires that might give my C5 a better sense of stability at higher speeds.  Good.  Thanks.
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Re: C5 on rails
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2011, 11:31:58 PM »
  My G5 has always felt on rails, but I've about worn out my original Avon Ribbed Speedmaster. I've had great luck with IRC. Has anyone tried these:

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/3/31/401/19085/ITEM/IRC-GS-11-All-Weather-Front-Tire.aspx

  Visually, the tread is more interesting than the ribbed. I put over 8,000 on another IRC front and it still had plenty left.
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Re: C5 on rails
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2011, 12:52:04 AM »
Interesting!  Same size front and rear?  Are these bias ply tires or radial?

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Re: C5 on rails
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2011, 01:28:21 AM »
Bias, S rated, Tube Type, both 3.25 and 3.50 but 19 inch for G5. There is a 3.50x18,but rear but could service both, different tread:

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/3/31/401/19086/ITEM/IRC-GS-11-All-Weather-Rear-Tire.aspx

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Re: C5 on rails
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2011, 01:35:45 AM »
Yes I used the same tire front and rear, 3.50x18's.  It's a Kenda K265 universal bias ply tire. I just pulled a IRC Durotour off the rear, it lasted a whopping 3,600 miles.
http://www.kenda.com.tw/eng/product/mc/k265.htm
« Last Edit: June 05, 2011, 12:29:43 PM by r80rt »
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Re: C5 on rails
« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2011, 01:50:23 AM »
WANT!

What tire pressure are you using?
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Re: C5 on rails
« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2011, 01:52:00 AM »
26psi front  28psi rear
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Re: C5 on rails
« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2011, 02:15:25 AM »
26psi front  28psi rear

Wow, "real" m/c tire pressures!   :D
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Re: C5 on rails
« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2011, 06:42:59 AM »
Indeed!

Makes me wonder.  I like my nimble little bike and the AM26s are good in the wet.  Just wondering more what else is out there now.

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« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2011, 12:17:24 PM »
Here is a pic. so you can see how the 3.50 fills the gap on the front fender. According to my non scientific measurements these are the differences in the tires.

3.50x18  25.3"OD - 3.5" wide.

90/90-18   24.4" OD - 3.5" wide.

110/80-18  24.9" OD - 3.9" wide.
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