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Author Topic: Tires for an RE  (Read 2509 times)

luoma

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Tires for an RE
« on: September 12, 2007, 01:32:44 AM »
I am thinking about putting different tires on my Electra soon. I was thinking about a Dunlop K70 front and K81 rear. I like the looks of them and it would allow me to run wider rubber on the rear.

I would love to hear from other riders about the best rubber for my bike. I want a good feel as well as a good look. Also, I don't want to break the bank doing it.


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Re: Tires for an RE
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2007, 09:04:52 PM »
In keeping with the British theme, Avon Super Venoms get good reviews. I'm going to put them on when it's time to change the stock avons out.

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Re: Tires for an RE
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2007, 12:25:15 PM »
I've been trying to decide between the K70 and the K81. Both look vintage. I think the K70s look better, but the K81s would grip better. Kind of leaning toward the K81s at the moment...Dew.
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Re: Tires for an RE
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2007, 01:16:58 PM »
I think you may want to combine the two Dew. The K70 doesn't come in a decent width for a 19' rim, so you may have to use a K70 on the front and K81 on the rear. There are some great tires out there and I still haven't decided if I am going with Dunlops or not.

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Re: Tires for an RE
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2007, 03:13:04 PM »
I saw a youtube video on a custon RE that had the Distanzia tires mounted. They looked pretty cool. Not period correct, but cool just the same.

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Re: Tires for an RE
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2007, 01:50:18 AM »
I put K70s on my Bonneville when I rebuilt it because they were more period but wore the tread off the rear in about 2000 miles.  Switched to K81s and they last a little better.

I currently have K70s on my Bullet 19 x 3.25 front and rear (although this is technically a front tire).  I notice that the stock rear tire for the newer models is a 19 x 3.50.  Do they have a 3.50 rim on the rear or is it just a 3.50 tire installed on a 3.25 rim?
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Re: Tires for an RE
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2007, 05:09:17 PM »
Don't know about rim width, but from what CMW says, the Bullet will take a far wider tire than what comes with it.

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Re: Tires for an RE
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2007, 05:31:03 PM »
The Bullet will take tyres that are some wider, but not a lot. The limiting factor is the narrowness of the swing arm. Anythink we sell will work. For example the rear is a 3.5 and a 3.75 will work, but not much bigger

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Re: Tires for an RE
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2007, 11:59:06 PM »
Thanks Kevin. I have seen a few tires in your catelog that are 4.10 width, or 110mm,  which I think is about 4.3. Just don't want to run into problems when I go to mounting them. Before I decide, I'll check with Dink (Robert) at D&D Cycles. He loves old British iron and always has a pretty good feel for what does and does not work.