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chipsdad 01-27-2013 08:30 PM

vintage tires
 
i am trying to decide on tires for my /5. are the Firestone vintage tires only for looks or do they ride fine as well? what other suggestions are there for a wider tire. i think a 4 on the front and a 4.5 on the rear. where are good places for these things on the interweb.

TINK 01-27-2013 09:17 PM

Avon Roadrider AM26
 
I went with the Avon Roadrider AM26 for my PROJECT-S

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...3&postcount=68

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...&postcount=104

Have not ridden on them yet so no road report, but "soon" my PROJECT-S will be a runner...

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...&postcount=287

TINK

squish 01-27-2013 09:55 PM

Well the firestones are black.... There's a reason tires moved away from those tires many many years ago.

They are for looks. Plenty of kids pile on the miles with the repops but I wouldn't put them on a bike I was building.

supershaft 01-27-2013 09:55 PM

I recommend Bridgestone Spitfire S11's. I think they are the best bet.

I use to recommend them or Avon Super Venom's or Roadrunners but they don't make them anymore. AM26 Roadriders make my bike handle like a shopping cart. It's a bummer because I ride a bit more enthusiastically than most and I loved the no longer available Avon's because they stuck like glue compared to other tires and they lasted just as long or longer. A lot longer than some with far less grip! I run Avon 'for track only' race tires right now but you don't want to do that. They are pricy! At least they still last longer than many a DOT tire that I have used and stick five times better while doing it!

chasbmw 01-28-2013 01:22 AM

Michelin pilots are on both my bikes, they are more stable and agile than the Bridgestones BT45s previously fitted. The Michelins are properly sized, I.E. a 4.00inch tyre is actually 4.00 in width, rather than the bridgestones which are oversized.
I buy tyres on the basis of their performance rather than their looks.

Your experiences may differ

carpetburn 01-28-2013 03:00 AM

Exactly what Chasbmw says above, replaced my bt45s with pilot activs-much better:D

JonnyCash 01-28-2013 05:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TINK (Post 20590874)
I went with the Avon Roadrider AM26 for my PROJECT-S

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...3&postcount=68

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...&postcount=104

Have not ridden on them yet so no road report, but "soon" my PROJECT-S will be a runner...

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...&postcount=287

TINK


I had them on my RD. They were really great, and confidence inspiring when they were new. The front tire developed a weird wobble when there was still a lot of tread left. Something in the casing must have parted. Considering what they cost, I was pretty disappointed and when I replaced them, the back tire was pretty worn at that point, I got the BT45s. I'm pretty happy with them, but the sizing is very small. The 90/90/18 front tire I have on there now rides great, but looks like it belongs on a moped. If I were to do it again, I'd get a 100.

On my /5 i finally wore out the Lasertech that had been on it for years, and by the widespread recommendation on here, I got the Michelin Pilot Activ. VERY happy with it! I look forward to getting the rear to match.

TINK 01-28-2013 07:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JonnyCash (Post 20592050)
I had them on my RD. They were really great, and confidence inspiring when they were new. The front tire developed a weird wobble when there was still a lot of tread left. Something in the casing must have parted. Considering what they cost, I was pretty disappointed and when I replaced them, the back tire was pretty worn at that point, I got the BT45s. I'm pretty happy with them, but the sizing is very small. The 90/90/18 front tire I have on there now rides great, but looks like it belongs on a moped. If I were to do it again, I'd get a 100.

On my /5 i finally wore out the Lasertech that had been on it for years, and by the widespread recommendation on here, I got the Michelin Pilot Activ. VERY happy with it! I look forward to getting the rear to match.

I'm committed to the Avon's for now. but I'll definitly put the Mich Pilot Activ's on the list for next time around.

TINK

mykill 01-28-2013 07:58 AM

+1 on the Michelins and mostly positive reviews from friends on the Bridgestone offerings. My /5 came with freshly spooned Metzeler Lasers. The rear rubs a bit even though it is a proper 4.00. I my past experience with Lasers was lackluster.

ozmoses 01-28-2013 08:48 AM

My RS came with vintage style tires, Dunlops I believe they were. Handling was much better without them, honestly.

craydds 01-28-2013 09:35 AM

I have Metzlers on at this time, with no previous problems. But the Metzlers are old, bike was in the barn for several years; it is now gloriously resurrected! It is time for a new set of Michelin Pilot Activs. Do the inmates have any recommended suppliers, or does it not matter? I will mount and balance them myself.

regomodo 01-28-2013 11:23 AM

I have Avon Roadriders on my snowflakes with the rear being tubeless for ~800miles now. I ride fairly aggressively and are fairly confident in the tires. I've only felt the rear slip once but I was pushing hard on a bend and that may have been to my over-damped Hagons.

ME 109 01-28-2013 11:25 AM

At the end of my first pilot active rear, not overly happy with it compared to the mac50 which were excellent, but nla.
6000 k's of spirited riding on the pilot active and it shows strange wear patterns, but has maintained a good round profile which is important for aiheads. What I mean by round profile is that it hasn't worn flat like bt45 do.

Haven't seen a S11 rear in Aus, but I'm going to hunt one down.

Still impressed by more than 15 ME33/lasertec fronts. Never had a front slip even with the covers being machined by the road.

craydds 01-28-2013 11:39 AM

Pilot Activ
 
I found these - http://www.jpcycles.com/product/217-553 and http://www.jpcycles.com/product/217-549 - so I ordered them. I have been happy with the Metzlers in the past but going to try out the Michelins.

TINK 01-28-2013 01:28 PM

American Motorcycle Tire, LLC
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by craydds (Post 20593605)
I have Metzlers on at this time, with no previous problems. But the Metzlers are old, bike was in the barn for several years; it is now gloriously resurrected! It is time for a new set of Michelin Pilot Activs. Do the inmates have any recommended suppliers, or does it not matter? I will mount and balance them myself.

I too change/balance my own. I've been buying from http://www.americanmototire.com/catalog/ for several years now and have always been happy with their price and quick delivery.

TINK


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