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Old 02-07-2011, 06:26 AM   #151
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Old 02-07-2011, 01:00 PM   #152
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My $.02

I mounted my Big Blocks last week. I was anticipating wrestling these on after reading here. I set them in the sun for about two hours so they were softened up. I mounted them with my HF/Mojolever combo and they went on fairly easy. I did have to use an iron the get the second bead on the rear wheel. It is a REALLY wide tire. Lotsa lemon fresh tire lube and she went right on.


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Put around 150 miles on them today and these tires are sorta quirky on the tarmac.
I couldn't agree with this more. In fact after riding around town here with a few short freeway legs thrown in I was ready to pull these off and sell them at a loss. They are very squirrely it a straight line. Changing lanes on the freeway induces a nice wobble every time. I've burned through 3 sets of TKC80s and never felt anything like this.

I decided to try them in the twisties and on some dirt roads to be fair before pulling them off. I have to say I was impressed. I took them up Banner Grade into Julian and they did really well. A complete 180 from how they feel going in a straight line. As long as you're leaned over these are great tires.

I didn't get to try them on the dirt roads as the route I planned is on Indian land and apparently they got issues. I got chased down by a couple of natives and a LEO. I was asked to leave....immediately. The dirt will have to wait 'til next time but from the looks of the tires I have no doubt their capabilities far outweigh mine.

Depending on how long these wear I would buy another set.
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Old 02-07-2011, 02:37 PM   #153
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.... A complete 180 from how they feel going in a straight line. As long as you're leaned over these are great tires.
I agree. They are noisy and rough at straight highway speeds, but once you get leaned over they get smother and quieter.

I just went over to Deals Gap a couple of hours ago to see how these do in the twisties. I tried last Monday but the road was damp and it was raining. Today when I left the house and it was 50 degrees and sunny so things were looking good. When I got to Deals Gap it was cloudy and raining. It's amazing how the weather around here can be so different only a few miles away.

I still haven't had a chance to see how well they do on a dry twisty road but I did push them a little in the rain and I am impressed so far. They stick. I got them over to the edge a couple of times and I never felt like they were going to let go.

I'm anxious to see how many miles I get out of them. If they stick that well in the rain I'm not expecting them to last that long but time will tell what mileage they are good for.
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Old 02-07-2011, 04:52 PM   #154
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I do not know any more details, so call the store to check for availability.
I'm fairly certain Eric takes US as well.
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Old 02-07-2011, 07:33 PM   #155
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I agree. They are noisy and rough at straight highway speeds, but once you get leaned over they get smother and quieter.

I just went over to Deals Gap a couple of hours ago to see how these do in the twisties. I tried last Monday but the road was damp and it was raining. Today when I left the house and it was 50 degrees and sunny so things were looking good. When I got to Deals Gap it was cloudy and raining. It's amazing how the weather around here can be so different only a few miles away.

I still haven't had a chance to see how well they do on a dry twisty road but I did push them a little in the rain and I am impressed so far. They stick. I got them over to the edge a couple of times and I never felt like they were going to let go.

I'm anxious to see how many miles I get out of them. If they stick that well in the rain I'm not expecting them to last that long but time will tell what mileage they are good for.
They stick pretty well in the wet considering. I didn't push them as hard as say a Pilot Power of course, or even as hard as I push the 705s but they did OK at a pace that would probably leave alot of squids in my wake that are not used to wet weather riding.


BTW, still quirky.
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Old 02-07-2011, 09:13 PM   #156
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No need to go to Canada. There are plenty in stock in the US. I have them available to ship out of warehouses in CA, PA, and TX and I have some in stock at our shop in TN.

I'll work on getting them added to our web page tomorrow.
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Old 02-09-2011, 04:16 PM   #157
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Mine just got delivered today.

Unfortunately it will a couple of weeks before I can mount them up.
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Old 02-09-2011, 06:00 PM   #158
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Had mine mounted today..no problem with the with the machine mounting them..rode them home but cold and rainy so no craziness but didnt notice any squirrelyness and no loud noise up to 70 mph..looking forward to seeing how they do in the dirt/mud...will be heading to big bend at end of month and i am hopefull they will fill the bill

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Had mine mounted today..no problem with the with the machine mounting them..rode them home but cold and rainy so no craziness but didnt notice any squirrelyness and no loud noise up to 70 mph..looking forward to seeing how they do in the dirt/mud...will be heading to big bend at end of month and i am hopefull they will fill the bill
What pressures? The super quick steering calms down at lower pressures.
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Old 02-10-2011, 05:42 AM   #160
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not sure...the mechanic told me 36 for the rear but didnt say for the front..but it was so damn cold im not sure if the pressures were accurate anyway
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Old 02-11-2011, 10:21 AM   #161
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Finally got the bike back together. Jeebus, that sucked.

Taking the Big Ugly to the Texas Hill Country so if everything goes right I will have several hundred miles of twisties and varied dirt to report on Sunday night.

If you see me, wave. I will be the slowoldguy with the Big Blocks. ;)

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Old 02-11-2011, 10:27 AM   #162
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Old 02-11-2011, 02:48 PM   #163
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Old 02-11-2011, 05:44 PM   #164
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Can't wait to hear how the big blocks perform!
me too, have mine in garage waiting.......
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Old 02-11-2011, 11:30 PM   #165
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not sure...the mechanic told me 36 for the rear but didnt say for the front..but it was so damn cold im not sure if the pressures were accurate anyway
If I remember right, 36psi is the manufacturer's max recommended pressure front and rear. Mine fall into corners at those pressures. Start feeling a bit more "normal" once you get below 30 or so and I'm sure they will perform well there. Just not so sure they will last there.
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