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Old 05-17-2013, 11:09 AM   #1
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Tire suggestions

My current tires on my BMW R60/6 have dry rotted so i'm looking for new tires. This is my first motorcycle tire purchase and am looking for suggestions. I currently have Avons (came with the bike). Money isnt really an issue. I am just looking for a good pair (like everyone).

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Old 05-17-2013, 11:52 AM   #2
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A little info on how and where you ride along with how often will make a big difference in tire selection and opinions
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:53 AM   #3
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My current tires on my BMW R60/6 have dry rotted so i'm looking for new tires. This is my first motorcycle tire purchase and am looking for suggestions. I currently have Avons (came with the bike). Money isnt really an issue. I am just looking for a good pair (like everyone).

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I'm pretty sure the R60/6 takes the 3.25-19 front and 4.00-18 rear. If so, then have a look at the Michelin Pilot Activ and the Avon Roadrider. Both are great tires and both are available in that classic size.

A premium option would be the newly released Classic Attack from Continental. They are radials made specific for classic bikes. They have a 100/90-19 front and a 120/90-18 rear that should fit pretty well.

We've sold a few sets of the Avon and Michelin options in our shop, but only one set of the new Classic Attacks so far. Being radials they are significantly more money, but then they should provide better traction and longevity being a radial construction.
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:54 AM   #4
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:14 PM   #5
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:14 PM   #6
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A little info on how and where you ride along with how often will make a big difference in tire selection and opinions

I Live in Maine. The roads get trashed from the winter, pot holes and cracks are the norm. I ride from April till sonw falls in November/December. Im riding less these days due to buying a home close to work and having a daughter. Last year I put on about 1500mi.

Ive looked at previous posts regarding tire size and found a suggestion to go with a narrower front tire ...90/90 19 vs a 100/90 19.
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Old 05-17-2013, 02:14 PM   #7
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I Live in Maine. The roads get trashed from the winter, pot holes and cracks are the norm. I ride from April till sonw falls in November/December. Im riding less these days due to buying a home close to work and having a daughter. Last year I put on about 1500mi.

Ive looked at previous posts regarding tire size and found a suggestion to go with a narrower front tire ...90/90 19 vs a 100/90 19.
If you fit the Michelins they make them in the same inch sizes as stock. 3.25 and 4.00. This gives a much lighter handling bike than the bigger tyres I had previously, they seem to grip like gorilla snot and are very stable. All good things in my book.
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Old 05-17-2013, 02:39 PM   #8
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How about size? Do 10mm really make a difference in width? forexample a rear tire at 110 vs 100, and a front at 100 vs 90? Will i notice a difference? I just want to make sure I do get the propper size.
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How about size? Do 10mm really make a difference in width? forexample a rear tire at 110 vs 100, and a front at 100 vs 90? Will i notice a difference? I just want to make sure I do get the propper size.
Generally speaking narrower tires will turn in quicker when you lean. Imagine the difference between riding a steamroller and a rollerblade. Same idea, but obviously not to the same extent.
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Old 05-17-2013, 03:00 PM   #10
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Thumb Avon Roadrunners in inch size

3.25-19 front and 4.00-18 rear Avon Roadriders.

I have them on my 74 R75/6 they are the correct size and ride very nice!!
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Old 05-17-2013, 03:57 PM   #11
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Bridgestone S11 Spitfires
another vote for bridgestone splitfires ... at first thought because bridgestone tires were so cheap, they can't be good tires.

but after loads of other airhead folks chimed in that splifires were excellent tires. got a set for R90S and now agree...
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Old 05-17-2013, 04:46 PM   #12
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michelin pilots in the corect sizes, easy rear wheel removal and a great tyre-much much better than the bt45s they replaced on mine
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:44 PM   #13
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Imagine the difference between riding a steamroller and a rollerblade.
Our bikes are steam rollers.
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:43 PM   #14
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I have used Bridgestone Spitfires on a few different airheads. Have always liked their handling in both dry and wet conditions. They are not for the racer type riders, but perfectly fine for the average rider. I usually get at least 12,000 miles out of a rear tire and probably could get 15-18,000 out of a front. But I usually change them both at the same time.

front 100/90/19
Rear 110/90/18

Can fit a 120 on the back, but it can be a real bitch to get the tire and wheel either on or off the bike. I stick with the 110.

No matter what tires you get, just make sure they are round and preferably black.
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Old 05-18-2013, 01:58 AM   #15
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michelin pilots in the corect sizes, easy rear wheel removal and a great tyre-much much better than the bt45s they replaced on mine
Agree.

The inch size Bridgestone Bt45 are wrongly sized, eg the 4.00 is 118 mm wide. These bikes do actually work better with the original sized tyres, bigger is not better and you don't really have the horsepower to require a larger rear tyre!

Eg the 4.00 Michelin works well on my highish horsepower 1070 bike.
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