vintage tires

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by chipsdad, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. chipsdad

    chipsdad Adventurer

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    damn they just look too cool. trust me function first is my concern. in the end my bike 's looks will only matter to me. Every rig pig in this part of the world rides a brand new billion cc crotch rocket or chromed penis enlarger. I might just go to the local dealer and find something practical and decide while I am busy wearing them out.
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  2. supershaft

    supershaft because I can

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    Do you know why just about every type of competitive bike out there has a much smaller front tire? Because the rules don't force them to use the same size tires like they do in AMA flat track. If you want your bike to handle, keep the monster truck tires off the front.
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  3. chipsdad

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    i am aware of the tire size factor. i used to race downhill bikes on the circuit. we used larger front tires in some cases to use the gyroscopic effect to help on some courses. I am sure the rotating mass is the largest contributor to people not liking these large rubbers. I was more interested in hearing about the rubber quality and sidewall mannerisms.
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  4. Leadnuts

    Leadnuts do-over...

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  5. Kai Ju

    Kai Ju Long timer

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    Does anybody here have any experience with Duro Tires ?
    They make a copy of both the K81 and Conti Twins ( K112/RB2) and are quite cheap. Maybe it's a case of you get what you pay for?

    http://tinyurl.com/b4twmct
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  6. ME 109

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    Wowsers! that is at least double what i've ever got from any rear.
    I'm gonna pull a spark plug lead off.
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  7. rufusswan

    rufusswan Been here awhile

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    I put on Duro's on because they were cheap and I considered the old tires dangerous. I still have the Duro on the front but swapped the rear for a Spitfire. I got about 5K miles out of the rear and replaced it with a Spitfire.

    They seemed Ok to me but I ain't the most expert or spirited of drivers.
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  8. lake_harley

    lake_harley Been here awhile

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    I had wondered about the Duro tires as well, and rufusswan replied then too. I just wanted something inexpensive to get some miles on my project R75/6 once I had it running reasonably well. The Duro's "are what they are", but I'm not disappointed. Heck even 5K on a rear is fine with me. I don't think my /6 will ever be my main bike, so for me they'll do the job. The Duro's have the classic tire look, I think. If you're racking up a lot of miles you might want something a little more "Duro-able" (sorry, I couldn't resist)

    Lynn
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  9. craydds

    craydds Long timer

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    Firestones? Are you only interested in "the looks"? I didn't know Firestone even made a tire for our bikes. Any good motorcycle tire - Metzler, Bridgestone, Avon, Continental, Michelin, Heidenau, etc., made in the RIGHT SIZE for these our bikes will out-perform a Firestone. I would be cautious of any of the other "off brands", but that is just my subjective opinion. I do ride at a spirited pace, I have spent a lot of time and money setting up my suspension to ride hard and fast, so I want the best tires I can get.
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  10. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    There's on,y one way to know if you like the Firestone doughnuts. Buy them put them on ride them enjoy how wrenchmonkees your bike looks ride them some more. Wear them out get a normal tire and understand why everybody here is suggesting more modern tires.

    The ribbed front of the FS will wander in rain groves. The round fat profile will make steering effort harder.
    The older compound will not inspire confidence. That is assuming you are talking about repops and not real old vintage tires which you would be flat crazy to use.

    But if you like the style, you like the style. Worse thing is you might hate 'em
    They are after all just tires. They do wear out.
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  11. oldroadie

    oldroadie Two wheel addict

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    I'm pretty happy with Dunlop K75s on my /5 but maybe I don't demand as much out of them as many. Great vintage look and I think pretty good handling on most surfaces.
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