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fredgold52

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Re: needing new tires
« Reply #15 on: April 14, 2008, 04:02:02 AM »
Thank you for pointing those out.  I hadn't seen them before.  I've run Cheng Shins on several motorcycles and my scooter as well (Vespa 200E with Polini kit and pipe) and never had any complaints.  I believe them to be a very good 'bargain' tire (tyre?). :)
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Re: needing new tires
« Reply #16 on: April 14, 2008, 09:40:45 AM »
Tires Unlimited has the roadriders for 65-70 $ ea. They also Carry Michelin tubes (the best according to Hoyle) The sidewall comparison to the oem avons is night & day. They ride much smoother riding. Ex   cellent .
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Re: needing new tires
« Reply #17 on: April 14, 2008, 11:34:46 AM »
Interesting comment Vince made in the "Campfire" thread, I think it was, about the volatile substance that makes these tyres soft diffusing off over time.  Could also be some additional cross-linking taking place, but whatever it is, rubber obviously has a finite life span and to lengthen it, as in the storage of rubber parts, some type of barrier coating on them, or possibly vacuum packing, might be the answer.  I asked that question (rubber storage) under Tech tips, and the answers were, from Matt, wrapping the parts in greasy paper, and from Dew, spraying with silicon spray -  either might work.  I suppose with tyres you would normally expect them to wear out before they crack and get hard, but maybe that isn't always the case.  If not, is there a way to extend their life while they are on the bike, in storage say?

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Re: needing new tires
« Reply #18 on: April 14, 2008, 04:05:21 PM »
I have a 2005 Bullet it came with Avon's. It handles so good that I lift the footpeg on easy slow  intersection turns. This bike needs ground clearance not better tires  ;D .............................But If your sidewalls are cracking please buy something!
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Eamon

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Re: needing new tires
« Reply #19 on: April 14, 2008, 04:48:36 PM »
I have a 2005 Bullet it came with Avon's. It handles so good that I lift the footpeg on easy slow  intersection turns. This bike needs ground clearance not better tires  ;D .............................But If your sidewalls are cracking please buy something!

I'm not suggesting there is anything wrong with the Avon Speedmasters from a handling perspective - I was content with them until I noticed the sidewalls cracking.  It's just that the Avon Roadriders were about the same price as the old ones and they do feel noticeably better to me.  Like I said, though, it's not that the stock tires seemed bad (handling wise).

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Re: needing new tires
« Reply #20 on: April 14, 2008, 05:04:31 PM »
I didn't get much time on my old tires, but based on the small sample the  Roadriders seem to handle better and they definitely ride better.

I replaced mine because the tires were 5 year old and most of that time was spent sitting at the dealer then in my father's garage. When I bought it from him  20 months ago it only had 300 miles on it in about 2 years of ownership.

But the rubber had faded somewhat, which was likely due to drying. It just seemed prudent to replace them.
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Re: needing new tires
« Reply #21 on: April 14, 2008, 06:00:32 PM »
I'm not suggesting there is anything wrong with the Avon Speedmasters from a handling perspective - I was content with them until I noticed the sidewalls cracking.  It's just that the Avon Roadriders were about the same price as the old ones and they do feel noticeably better to me.  Like I said, though, it's not that the stock tires seemed bad (handling wise).
Eamon

Can't you fix cracking sidewalls with shoe polish? (just kidding, don't do it!).
The only thing I don't like about the Roadriders is that they just don't look like they belong on a Bullet.  Kinda like seeing a set of wrinkle walls on a Lincoln.
Last year I ran a 3.25x19 K70 on the front and a 4.10x19 K81on the rear. So far it was the best looking combo I tried but I feel that the handling took a turn for the worst with em.
The K81 rear has about 3,000 miles on it so far and is almost down to the wear bars.
I got almost 10k on the stock Avon rear.
I have a set of tires for this year already but next year I'm going back to the Speedmaster/Safety Mileage combo that comes on the stock ones.
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Re: needing new tires
« Reply #22 on: April 14, 2008, 06:54:02 PM »
I am of course biased, but I like how they look.

You can see how they look in the pics I posted last week.
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Re: needing new tires
« Reply #23 on: April 17, 2008, 02:34:15 AM »
CJ,

I too, tried, albeit briefly, the combination of a K70 on the front and a K81 on the rear. It was bizarre. As a another RE rider coined, "it was like riding on balloons!" The severe "V" profile of the K81 with the  rounded profile of the K70 effected a controlled steer into a corner with an unnerving dive at the rear as the K81 flopped onto one side or the other of the "V". (Also, because of the "handmade" aspect of the RE, I could not properly align the 4.10 x 19 .)K81 without it rubbing the chainguard or grazing the swingarm

I like the K70's front and rear. Predictable, grippy and with enough of an aggresive tread to feel secure on a twisty road, a gravel fire road or 6" of snow.

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Re: needing new tires
« Reply #24 on: April 17, 2008, 12:44:09 PM »
Jesse,
Yea, it's weird the way the bike handles with that combo. Not real bad just weird.
I'd like to try the 3.60 x 19 K81 on the front 4.10 x 19 K81 rear combo but they don't seem to sell the front in the US.
I can get the front in Canada but it's a bit pricey for me.
I run the K70s front and back on my Trump and like em but the rears don't last long.
CJ
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