Tires, Tires, Tires Which ones to buy?

Tires, Tires, Tires Which ones to buy?

Postby Got3now » Sun Oct 30, 2011 12:58 pm

I am restoring a 79 CBX and am having a difficult time deciding which tires to buy. The bike will be an stock restoration with the sport handlebars and rearsets.. I am more interested in appearance than performance as I will use it but not abuse it, but am not afraid to buy an agressive style tire.. Avon AM26, seem to catch my eye so far in 100/90/19 and 120/90/18 sizes. Help, photos appreaciated.
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Re: Tires, Tires, Tires Which ones to buy?

Postby EMS » Mon Oct 31, 2011 3:25 am

Most people with stock or close to stock sizes prefer Bridgestones. They make a couple of different tires that fit.
Continental also came out with a new line of tires for vintage bikes.
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Re: Tires, Tires, Tires Which ones to buy?

Postby Got3now » Thu Nov 03, 2011 7:55 pm

Anyone running GT501's?
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Re: Tires, Tires, Tires Which ones to buy?

Postby Houtman » Tue Nov 15, 2011 3:32 pm

I use the GT501,s they are ok decent mileage and grip but they do not look as nice as some other tires but that is not that important perhaps.
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Re: Tires, Tires, Tires Which ones to buy?

Postby Got3now » Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:07 pm

I was considering using the GT501's but agree something more period correct would be better. The question is what looks nice..
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Re: Tires, Tires, Tires Which ones to buy?

Postby harvey » Wed Nov 16, 2011 9:35 am

I have run GT501's on my 81 CBX with great success. I confess I have never bought a tire based on its looks or how it looked on a bike or car. I try to buy the best performance I can for the money I can afford to spend.

But I guess if your bike is a collector and not a rider, then how it looks may be more important.
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Re: Tires, Tires, Tires Which ones to buy?

Postby Houtman » Wed Nov 16, 2011 5:49 pm

I have had 4 sets ot Dunlops GT501,s on my CBX,s but might try a (more expensive) Michelin,I agree on your point of the looks,I do not even care about how many miles just the grip in the dry and WET
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Re: Tires, Tires, Tires Which ones to buy?

Postby Got3now » Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:34 am

Anyone like the Avon Roadrider?
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Re: Tires, Tires, Tires Which ones to buy?

Postby steve murdoch icoa #5322 » Thu Nov 17, 2011 9:36 pm

A lot of people had problems with the sidewalls cracking on the RoadRiders. A Google search turns up complaints from various websites.
I would make sure if you did go with the Avons to get a very recent build date.
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Re: Tires, Tires, Tires Which ones to buy?

Postby CopperCollar » Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:42 pm

I have Michelen on my 79. good grip, can't comment on mileage yet.

I have Pirelli Sport Demons on the Travesty, can't say much about them yet but they look nice. I went with the 120/90 18 on the rear but think I could have gone with a 130/90 18......damn tires on the CBX look so damn skinny!

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Re: Tires, Tires, Tires Which ones to buy?

Postby michelsmith » Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:01 pm

Bridgestone has some supermoto tires i was looking at bt090's i think? but depends on what you're looking to get out of the tires, mileage or performance
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