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Old 09-05-2012, 02:33 PM   #1
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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?

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Old 09-05-2012, 03:07 PM   #2
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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
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Old 09-05-2012, 03:12 PM   #3
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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,
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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
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Old 09-05-2012, 03:26 PM   #4
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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
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Old 09-05-2012, 03:48 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 09-05-2012, 03:54 PM   #6
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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.

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Old 09-12-2012, 05:05 PM   #7
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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 just ordered them last night and got the call back from them today. They will not be making these tires anymore due to low sales. I asked if that meant in the EU or just the US. I was told it was both. They are being replaced with an all weather tread...

Well, son of a motherless goat!
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:26 AM   #8
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You called Premier and they didn't have any? http://www.premiertire.com/
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:35 AM   #9
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You can also try Dune Buggy shops: http://www.mooreparts.com/store/cate...ckey-Thompson/

They have some real interesting tires in Volkswagen sizes:
http://www.mooreparts.com/store/prod...0/TIRE-MT2548/
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Old 09-13-2012, 04:08 PM   #10
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You called Premier and they didn't have any? http://www.premiertire.com/
Hot Dang!!! They have 51 Snow + tires in stock!!! Now a few less than that!!

I don't know the birth date on the tires, but I'm willing to take the chance. Remember, Safety Third!







Ok, I'll ask him when he calls back with the shipping quote...
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:36 AM   #11
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I knew Premier had plenty because I asked my local guy and that is where he gets his.

Glad you got a few and I'll bet they are fairly fresh since they came in this year. I bought the last one they had last year for Elmer, or was that two years ago?
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Old 09-05-2012, 04:13 PM   #12
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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--



That doesn't look too bad, does it?
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Old 09-05-2012, 04:15 PM   #13
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Oops! Was composing the previous post while you were posting yours. All's well!
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:12 AM   #14
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Hey drone

WHERE did you get those awesome stickers for the back of your saddlebags? They are great!!


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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--



That doesn't look too bad, does it?
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:03 PM   #15
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A thread hijack, hopefully ended quickly, go HERE. Still current. They're reflective, too!
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