Tire recomendations for 65 Pan

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Tire recomendations for 65 Pan


Post by rmcrh » Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:51 pm

I need or rather feel a need to purchase both front and rear for our 65 Pan. It is a very stock bike,low milage, heavy rider, planning on a lot of miles this upcoming season from from the West Kootenays of British Columbia to Newport Oregon, ( R R HAWG SHOP, Rich Rau also a Cannoball rider ) At least 6 trips planned to complete our 32 Harley V for the Cannonball run. I would appreciate opinions and suggestions. It has Whitewalls , 500 16 s Commanders now in suprisingly good shape and feel just fine, just under 1000 mikes since purchase ,no checking or sidewall damage, no flat spots. When I bought it over the internet I asked about the tires and was told it was displayed properly, whatever that meant, limited information was available ( long story, aren't they all) The tires have been on the bike for just under 18 yrs, Museum rescued bike from a private collection. Part of me says to just use the ones on the bike although caution says replace them due to age. As before suggestions, opinions, comments, please as money is very tight.
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Re: Tire recomendations for 65 Pan


Post by 1962FLH » Mon Mar 10, 2014 6:48 pm

I agree with you on replacing the old tires. They may look good however the rubber gets hard and can lose traction during an emergency maneuver. With distracted drivers (cell phone users) this happens more often than not. I like a tire that performs well enough to drag the floor boards without drifting. Dunlop makes great tires with several different compounds of rubber. I like the 404 Dunlop tires but they don’t last very long. The Dunlop 402’s are a touring tire and last a great deal longer however does not perform in the corners as well as the 404’s. They make a 401 but I have not tried them.

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Re: Tire recomendations for 65 Pan


Post by lownslow » Mon Mar 10, 2014 7:55 pm

I just replaced my 18 year old dunlops. They were on when I purchased the bike. Horrible handling. I had the same problem with a 59 pan I had for a while. The tires were just old and in a turn i didn't feel safe. The ride with new,(dunlops), was amazing. I purchased Avon S/M Mark ll but have yet to put them on the road as I'm waiting for parts to rebuild my hub. They're nice and soft and I can't wait to try them out. Others on here were pretty happy with them so that had some bearing on my decision. They look nice too. It was also mentioned on a thread in the KB that you can usually only get one or the other.............a sticky tire that doesn't last as long or a longer lasting one that is not quite as sticky. I opted for the sticky one.

If I were you I'd replace em. Only thing between you and a lot of asphalt!

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Re: Tire recomendations for 65 Pan


Post by itsRICH » Tue Mar 11, 2014 12:53 am

resizing photos is very easy, open the photo in the program "paint" then select resize, and type in a size you think might work, theyre genereally set at both 100 horz/vert, I usually type in 25-50 and they fit on here fine. then save the file and upload to here, if it says its too big, start over again in paint

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Re: Tire recomendations for 65 Pan


Post by 58flh » Tue Mar 11, 2014 12:32 pm

I agree with the DUNLOPS!--WELL-CRAFTED just to hard!--A GREAT all around tire is a CONTINENTAL!--not the cheapest & not EXPENSIVE!. BUT it holds the road when warmed-up! Also its soft--so a 1/4inch size pebble that potentially can down a bike going 45mph on a curve ,will be absorbed & spit out!--When looking for profile!--(this is a choice olny you can make upon your style of riding!).You want no sharp ridge on the curve!--A nice round profile to the rim is IDEAL for those times you have to scrape footboard!--It wont ride on a thin ledge -but give more rubber on the ground!.Other Manufacturerd have great profiles ALSO!--Do some research & Have fun---Respectfuly---RICHIE 8)

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Re: Tire recomendations for 65 Pan


Post by VPH-D » Tue Mar 11, 2014 1:39 pm

I've used both the Avon Safety Mileage and Continental K112 16" tires on big twins with good results.

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Re: Tire recomendations for 65 Pan


Post by Panacea » Wed Mar 12, 2014 2:33 pm

I have also used several Continental K112 16" tires on my pans thru the years, However I still have the old speed grips on my 64. They look like new,though they are over twenty ...

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Re: Tire recomendations for 65 Pan


Post by Cotten » Wed Mar 12, 2014 6:52 pm

Tires aren't my "bag" anymore, Folks,

So when a good friend had to resort to the local Dealership,
they installed some very questionable Cokers.

Note how the center groove was not fully cut away:
PS: Since the rest of my riding experience will probably be limited to sidehacking (or $60/hr test rides), I have nothing but respect for old hard compounds. Nothing is more disconcerting than to pull up the garage door to see the tread of your rear tire has been *erased*.
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Re: Tire recomendations for 65 Pan


Post by UPSROD » Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:48 pm

Cotton, Coker filled in the center groove several years ago because they were cracking in that area....my Goodyears never have.

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