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Offline Dirty Elbow

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« on: October 27, 2008, 02:57:00 pm »
Yep ! I'm gonna get me new rubbers. ( for '87 Connie )  Reason: Old age , and a fractured front wheel. The pothole won, I survived, nay- escaped !    Questions: Any compelling reason to stay with OEM spec?  Size availability for a given manufacturers' tire model may require some other spec. Like, 120/70 vs. 110/80.    Has anyone gone to a plus one ?  Or a 90 profile instead of 80?   Just wondered what variable to change, one or both , if any?    Thanks in advance..  Bruce Fraser  "Don't crush that dwarf! Hand me the pliers!"
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« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2008, 05:18:00 pm »
I do not do tire threads much but I will answer that first question.  NO  The OEM's setup is not good.  I have not heard to many that do stick with them.  As for what you should switch to...  Tell us what you want out of your tires and what you will do with them and I am sure someone here will tell you where to go!  ----------------------------------  I will answer any question.  It is up to you to figure out if I should have.    <p align="left">My Photos<br
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Offline Dirty Elbow

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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2008, 01:26:00 am »
Sorry for not replying sooner. My 'other' vehicle is a T-2000.  Just got back in this evening.  Anywho, I think I just wanted to know ..What fits?  And, like others, would prefer good wet-dry grip. Mileage is moot , given the long periods of not riding.     Thanks  
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« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2008, 08:25:00 pm »
The OEM tires for the late models are not great tires, but are not awful, either.  The front measures 111/78 and fits your front wheel.  I wore out 2 sets. They're pretty inexpensive.      You can also run matched sets in D205s, BT45Vs, Sport Demons, Lasertecs, Storm/Azaro, and apparently little else.  
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Offline Dirty Elbow

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« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2008, 11:57:00 pm »
Thanks.  Methinks the Avons will be the way to go.  
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« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2008, 10:42:00 am »
i have tried the d205's & the avon azaro's.  just this week, i placed the azaro on the back tire & am trying the avon storm on the front.  i get on average 10,000 miles per tire.  Thx,  Jeff Newman  COG #2735  '95 Connie  '05 Hyosung GT250  '86 Hinda Rebel 450 (sold)  '90 Yamaha XT350 (sold)
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« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2008, 11:31:00 pm »
During 15 years, touring with a '90 & then a '00 Honda ST1100, I tried every available brand. The verdict: Avons in the OEM size, averaging 46 000 km (29 000 mi.) front, 21 000 km (13 000 mi.) rear.    On my '05 Connie, bought new, I replaced the OEM Dunlops front & rear at 20 735 km (12 884 mi.), the rear below the wear bars, the front badly cupped. A front AV45 Avon Azaro has now 31 496 km (19 570 mi), still good, but some cupping will reduce the expected mileage. Fortunately, the front Azaro in our sizes is no more, replaced by the Storm, which seems to have a better designed tread to resist cupping. The rear AV46 Azaro, punctured by a big metal sccrew was replaced early by another Azaro.    From what I can see, I should get longer mileage on the Connie than on the ST with the Avons.    And for me, it's OEM size, Storm front, Azaro rear.        
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« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2008, 01:22:00 am »
If you go with the Storm/Azaro combo you will need the 110/80-18 front tire.  While the OEM 120/70-18 Dunlop that Colt45 was talking about is not REALLY a 120 sized tire, but is very close to the 110 size, any other 120/70 tire will be too wide for a safe fit on your 87 front rim. I would advise sticking to the prescribed front tire specs for the early bikes... they have skinny front wheels.  JMHO  
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« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2008, 02:38:00 pm »
Round and black. Those are the primary criteria I use in choosing tires.  AKA "2linby" That's 2-lin-by folks!  Northwest Area Director  COG #5539  AMA #927779  IBA #15034  TEAM OREGON MC Instructor    http://community.webshots.com/user/2linby  http://tinyurl.com/njas8 (IBA BunBurner Gold Trip)  http://tinyurl.com/lwelx (Alaska trip)
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