Help with tires for Lester Rims

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Help with tires for Lester Rims

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Hello:

I recently acquired a lovely 1980 CBX (8952 km on it)

I am purchasing new tires for it as I never use old tires. Anyway the tires that are on the Lester Rims are:

Front:
Dunlop Gold Seal F11 (3.50 v 19)

Rear:
Dunlop Gold Seal K127V (4.25 V 18)

I can't read the side of the Lester rim to see what it says on it for tire fitment (old eyes I guess) but want to make sure I get the correct tire for the Lester Rim.

I was going to use the Avon Roadrider MKii tires like I have on my 1975 CB550K and 1975 CB750K bikes as they feel great.

However appear not as wide as these old tires so I a man wondering if the original owner put wider tires on the Lester Rims

I just want to make sure the bike is as safe to ride as possible. I am 60 years old and not a speed crazed nut so I am not going to go around a track or go 140 mph on the bike. Safe tires in dry and wet conditions are what I am looking for.

Plus I don't ride thousands of km/miles a year so distance the tires go is not as important as handling.

Let me know what tires these rims will take if you are familiar with them.

Thanks in advance.

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So those ARE Lesters! I meant to comment on them in the other thread.

I also had great luck with Avon RoadRiders. IMO your best bet is to get the wheels measured and go with Avon's recommended tire size.
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Are you sure the rim size isn’t on one of the spokes?

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Here are pictures of the rim sizes on the spokes

I cannot make out what is on the rear wheel at all

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Rim sizes:

Front:
19 X 2.15 TL

Rear: (very hard to read as it appears to be somewhat double stamped.)
18 X 3.00 TL.

So knowing this what size tire should go on these rims. I actually like the look of them and would rather not spend money on new rims.

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Each tire manufacturer have different rim recommendations for their tires, for instance some of the Avon Classic series can fit a 4.00 on a 3.00 rim. Avon classic series tires are specifically designed for narrow rims!

https://www.avontyres.com/en-us/tyre-ca ... -us-lr.PDF

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Thanks for your assistance

I have emailed Avon Tires providing them them the rim size as well as the tire size that is presently on the rims.

I hope the experts will be able to provide me with the proper choice of tire.

I will post any info I received from Avon when or if I receive it

Thanks

Bill

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Do yourself a BIG favor and just go with 100/90-19 on the front and 120/90-18 on the rear. They'll work fine on those wheels and the CBX cannot take wider/taller tires anyway. Shinko Tourmasters are a great tire.

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Perfect. I am still waiting to hear back from Avon about them. Just rebuilding the brakes now as I like to ensure that you can stop nicely as well.

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