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peter holmes

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Just wondered if anyone has experience of using modern tyres for touring rim sizes, Front WM2 19 Rear WM3 18, I have never used these sizes. For a good many years now I have used an AM20 on a WM1 21 Front, and an AM18 on a WM2 19 Rear. Sadly they are now discontinued and the AM26 has taken their place, with as far as I can tell two less sidewall plies.
I was considering a Metzeller ME77 for the rear, not sure about the front yet, any suggestions welcome
 

TouringComet

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I have Bridgestone Spitfires, 11F and 11R, on my Touring Comet, and I've been happy with them.
 

peter holmes

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Thanks for that info,they appear to be exactly what I am looking for, only problem being that after my first google trawl I am not sure that they are in the UK market place yet, no matter, I will import if I have to. Could you let me know exactly the sizes you use, not diameter, just width and aspect.
Thanks for your help.
Regards Peter Holmes
 

stumpy lord

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HI,
try avon road ridders, both roger and I use them on the twins with no problems, and they are easily available.
stumpy.
 

CollingsBob

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I ordered a set of Chinese made Dunlop copies a couple of years ago from Walridge motors in London Ontario...They seem ok..and they stop the rims from making sparks on the pavement...
 

Howard

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Avon Road Riders at work. It was also just starting to rain.

I don't know if that's exagerated by the camera, but it looks like quite an angle of lean for a road going twin. I've just fitted Road Riders to my Egli - haven't done enough miles yet, but it looks like a good choice based on that photo.

H
 

Bill Thomas

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Super photo David,
I wish I was that brave !!.
It even downloads well , A nice screen saver too, Magic.
All the best Bill.
 

john998

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Tyres

An interesting one this, my Avon AM 26 has worn out in 3000 miles. What sort of
mileage do most folk get. The front tyre last till the walls crack, (never was much good at
setting up the front bakes), but 3000 is only a years riding.
Can any one recommend a tyre that will last longer? John.
 

bmetcalf

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The footrest is on the deck and unless I allowed it to fold up there would not be a lot more lean angle to gain.

Have you tried swinging the footrest hangers a bit forward to gain more clearance? Of course, if you are using all the tread now, they are perfectly adjusted! :)
 

Tracey Tilley

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Mileage

I got about 5000m out of the rear Avon Roadrider. A good tyre but the middle is too soft. I would like to get the Bridgestones.

Chris.
 

Howard

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I'm glad you think the picture may be flattering the lean angle because to me it actually looks a little disappointing. The footrest is on the deck and unless I allowed it to fold up there would not be a lot more lean angle to gain. If the picture was more 'head on' then the angle could be better appreciated.


I always feel the same, I think it's an optical illusion, perhaps we turn our heads so that we feel the angle is greater, but if you're using all the tread there's nowhere else to go.

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Howard

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Still on the subject of tyres, but a slight aside. At one of the Curborough Twisty Sprint meets several years ago, one of the pukka hill climb guys was selling "worn out" tyres for road use ............ They were virtually new in the centre of the tread, but had almost no tread at the edges ............ that's cornering that most of us can only dream of.

H
 

bmetcalf

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Still on the subject of tyres, but a slight aside. At one of the Curborough Twisty Sprint meets several years ago, one of the pukka hill climb guys was selling "worn out" tyres for road use ............ They were virtually new in the centre of the tread, but had almost no tread at the edges ............ that's cornering that most of us can only dream of.

H

Here in the Midwest USA, it is very flat and the suggestion was made that we could send our worn out in the center tires to the UK so that the sides could also get used.
 

Howard

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Here in the Midwest USA, it is very flat and the suggestion was made that we could send our worn out in the center tires to the UK so that the sides could also get used.


I'll ask around at the next hillclimb, perhaps you can set up some kind of exchange deal.:D

H
 

Robert Watson

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When Avon stopped making their various Venom/Super Venom/New Roadrunner etc I called their main number and had quite a chat with one of their "people" He certainly intimated that the new Roadrider would give good mileage like the Roadrunner (AM??) that it replaced and grip like a Super Venom. I can't recall if he actually said dual compound, however it would not surprise me if it was.

I used to get about 5000 miles from a rear Super venom (120/90 - 18) and upped that to around 8000 on a Road rider. That's usualy done about 80% two up with luggage. A Roadrider in Australia barely made 7000 - I think due to slightly heavier than normal load, the heat and the seemingly more coarse and sharp rock used on the roads.
 

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