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Dave-d 09-05-2012 01:33 PM

In search of tires.....again.
 
I hate to bring this up again, I know this question is asked frequently, but the market changes quickly and I have run out of luck. I am looking for a tire for the back of my wife's bike. It is an 02 GS with a sidecar. Right now we are running a 165/80 R15 street tire. While this is great for touring, it is non-optimal off road. Most of the options that I have run across are not available in the US, or no longer in production. Does anyone know of a decent off road tire in that size?

Thanks,

Dave

DirtyDR 09-05-2012 02:07 PM

Vredestein Snow +

I do not know anything about this retailer this is strictly for reference. I buy mine from my local independant tire shop.
https://www.tiresbyweb.com/p-9406-vr...now-tires.aspx

Dave-d 09-05-2012 02:12 PM

I have not been able to source the Vredestein tires. If you know someone who has them in stock in that size, I would love to get in contact with them.

Thanks,
Dave

Quote:

Originally Posted by DirtyDR (Post 19526766)
Vredestein Snow +

I do not know anything about this retailer this is strictly for reference. I buy mine from my local independant tire shop.
https://www.tiresbyweb.com/p-9406-vr...now-tires.aspx


DirtyDR 09-05-2012 02:26 PM

Try this thread:
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=763661

And this is the warehouse in Denver where my local shop gets his tires from as reported in a few places in the above mentioned thread:
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=763661

DRONE 09-05-2012 02:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DirtyDR (Post 19526766)
Vredestein Snow +

I do not know anything about this retailer this is strictly for reference. I buy mine from my local independant tire shop.
https://www.tiresbyweb.com/p-9406-vr...now-tires.aspx

I bought my Snow Plus from these guys. Good guys! But important to place the order by phone, not over the internet. And, like others, they only get them once a year. But that time is now! I ordered in September and got it I think in November.

Dave-d 09-05-2012 02:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DRONE (Post 19527029)
I bought my Snow Plus from these guys. Good guys! But important to place the order by phone, not over the internet. And, like others, they only get them once a year. But that time is now! I ordered in September and got it I think in November.


I just got a hold of the Premier Tire in Denver and they actually had them in stock. The Vredesteins are ordered. Tires by Web were out of stock, at least that is what they told me on the phone.....

Thank you for the leads on the tire dealers. My wife will love the new tires I think.

Dave

DRONE 09-05-2012 03:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dave-d (Post 19526539)
Right now we are running a 165/80 R15 street tire.

While searching, also search for 165 SR 15 which is pretty much the same size as the 80 series.

I have a 2004 1150GSA with a DMC 15" pusher, and I'm running 155's, not 165's. The tread width is 6% less but the friction coefficient goes up on the contact patch so essentially they work about the same as the 165's.

Here's a recent pic--

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h7...P1000885-1.jpg

That doesn't look too bad, does it?

DRONE 09-05-2012 03:15 PM

Oops! Was composing the previous post while you were posting yours. All's well!

hzoltaan 09-06-2012 02:47 AM

Hi,

Could you guys mention a few not too wide 15coll tires?
I put a 125cc "cruiser" rear wheel into my Jawa, but the tire on it is a bit too chunky and it does not handle well. the tire is 130/80/15. What I look for is something around 110 width (this which should be on a Jawa) and preferably something between a road tyre and enduro tyre, (like those old types dirtbikes used) so I can still use the bike on normal road (mostly) in solo, but it will not bog down riding in snow with a sidecar... (like i did last year... :D )

Lot of wishes, huh?
Been searching the net but there aren't a lot of tires in this size. :/

Thanks.
Z

Melrone 09-06-2012 08:07 AM

I just put a Nang Kang 165 80 15 From Mid America VW parts catalog. After that great SR15 that came with my pusher tire came apart on the way to the MOA nationals. It works good. I was able to call them order the tire and was here in 3 days....

DRONE 09-06-2012 12:14 PM

The O.P. is not looking for a street tire. Nankang, Kumho, Federal (I think that's the one you used to have), Michelin, Vredestein, BF Goodrich, and Nexen all make perfectly suitable street tires in 165/80-15 and all are available in the U.S.

It's finding an off-road style tread that's tough.

DRONE 09-06-2012 01:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hzoltaan (Post 19531063)
Hi,

Could you guys mention a few not too wide 15coll tires?
I put a 125cc "cruiser" rear wheel into my Jawa, but the tire on it is a bit too chunky and it does not handle well. the tire is 130/80/15. What I look for is something around 110 width (this which should be on a Jawa) and preferably something between a road tyre and enduro tyre, (like those old types dirtbikes used) so I can still use the bike on normal road (mostly) in solo, but it will not bog down riding in snow with a sidecar... (like i did last year... :D )

Lot of wishes, huh?
Been searching the net but there aren't a lot of tires in this size. :/

Thanks.
Z

Z--there are no car tires narrower than a 155. For your Jawa, you have to stick with a moto tire. And finding a 110 for a 15" will be difficult. Maybe try searching for a 120/70-15. That's a common size for some maxi-scooters and about as narrow as you are going to find.

hzoltaan 09-07-2012 02:21 AM

Yeah.... tried to find tires for an hour or so yesterday and ended up with nothing. Buggered I am with this 15coll rim. But it looks good! :evil

We'll see what will I do with it.

Thanks for your help!

cleatusj 09-08-2012 01:53 PM

hzoltaan, Here's a link to three different Kendra's that are made in a 90/90-15.

http://www.bikebandit.com/tires/n134...402-4294967133

hzoltaan 09-10-2012 01:27 AM

Hi,

Thanks.
Do you have experience how do they work on normal pavement? Not exactly highway mode, The jawa is not that fast, but on normal road, wet road... ?

Thanks a lot!
Z


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