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Old 01-27-2013, 09:30 PM   #1
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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.
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:17 PM   #2
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I went with the Avon Roadrider AM26 for my PROJECT-S

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

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Old 01-28-2013, 06:25 AM   #3
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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

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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.
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:21 AM   #4
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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.

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Old 01-27-2013, 10:55 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:55 PM   #6
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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!

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Old 01-28-2013, 02:22 AM   #7
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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.

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Old 01-28-2013, 04:00 AM   #8
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Exactly what Chasbmw says above, replaced my bt45s with pilot activs-much better
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:58 AM   #9
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+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.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:48 AM   #10
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My RS came with vintage style tires, Dunlops I believe they were. Handling was much better without them, honestly.
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:35 AM   #11
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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.
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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.

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Old 01-28-2013, 03:13 PM   #13
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Great link - easy to find the tires in our sizes, and they have a great selection. Some suppliers do NOT carry sizes for our old bikes.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:05 PM   #14
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all the tires you guys are mentioning don't look like the firestones. I have been working on my bike I have reshaped the seat and fenders to look better with the more oversized tires. Am I really gonna hate the firestones or will they be fine. I will be riding lots in the summer however never over 60mph and mostly in town.
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all the tires you guys are mentioning don't look like the firestones. I have been working on my bike I have reshaped the seat and fenders to look better with the more oversized tires. Am I really gonna hate the firestones or will they be fine. I will be riding lots in the summer however never over 60mph and mostly in town.
I have no experience with tires for looks. I suspect you should have customized a KE100.
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