|09-11-2003, 01:21 PM||#1|
Joined: May 2002
Location: Northwest New Jersey
Need some early tire sizes
Hi boys and girls! Hi Chop!
I've got my 1975 RD200B "Anti-Beastly Adventure Bike" half stripped down gettin' ready for a metamorphesis to it's original shiny cuteness.
Tires are going to be a bitch to get sized up right.....
Originals are Yokohamas that are no longer in production:
2.75x18 Front; ribbed pattern
3.00x18 Rear; block pattern
The rear tire is not so big an issue, there's Kenda and Cheng Shin available for that. The rough one is the front. I'm not finding ribbed patterns in 2.75, only in 2.50 and 3.00. If I must, I'll go up in size but the intent of this project is to go as close to original on everything possible.
If anyone has a favorite tire contact that really knows thier shit, share the love!
Thanks in advance!
|09-11-2003, 02:02 PM||#2|
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Joined: Sep 2001
Re: Need some early tire sizes
|09-11-2003, 02:31 PM||#3|
Joined: Feb 2002
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
The bevelhead ducatisti I hang with some favor the Avon AM20 and AM21 for the twins. Looks like 90/90-18 is as small as it goes for the front.
Also well-regarded for the singles are the Pirelli M65, but they're not sold in the USA. Phil at Road and Race in Oz (http://www.roadandrace.com.au/ ) will send'em anywhere, though. Pirelli makes a new tire for the small Euro bikes, don't recall the eminently cute name. The Pirelli Web site used to be fine, but now it's all tarted up and it sucks. Prolly works fine with some retrograde browser like IE. I'll leave it as an exercise for the student.
None of the above tires are gonna look like a 70's tire. If you're committed to a vintage look, I suggest checking the ads in Classic Bike and plan on getting them from some shop in Old Blighty. The Brits have kept every old machine--not just bikes--ever made in good working order, it appears. You can get the size and look you want. You may have to put up with vastly better performance than was available when the bike was new.
Still for sale: 1988 BMW R100GS saddle: the Bumblebee seat
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