Tire wear

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awander
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Tire wear

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Post by awander » Fri Oct 08, 2010 3:35 am

I noticed that when it was wet, my rear tire was slipping arund a lot.

Here's what it looked like: :arrow:
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I pulled a wheel off teh '64(rapidly becoming my parts bike) so I am back on the road.

Anyone got any recommendations for a decent tire?
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Re: Tire wear

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Post by Panshovevo » Fri Oct 08, 2010 4:11 am

What were you running? It looks similar to the Avon Speedmaster that I have on the back of my Pan. I haven't run it enough to get an idea of mileage, but I'm not real happy with braking performance.
On the other hand, if you don't need the traditional look, I can highly recommend the Avon Venom. I ran Dunlops on my newer bikes for years, then was advised by a friend to try the Avon Venom. I put a set on my '96 Wide Glide, and fell in love. Cornering, braking, ride were all noticeably better.

Regards,
John

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Re: Tire wear

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Post by awander » Fri Oct 08, 2010 4:15 am

John:

That tire was a Coker copy of the old Goodyears that were standard on the bike when new. I actually ran it for years on my '64, then when I got a flat last year on the '52, I swapped it over, wheel and all. It probably only lasted for about 8000 miles. i am not sure if that is good or bad

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Re: Tire wear

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Post by Panshovevo » Fri Oct 08, 2010 4:51 am

Anyone else run the Avon Speedmaster 5.00X16? It was recommended by the same friend that suggested the Venoms I run on the Wide Glide. It's the only tire I have run for any distance on the Pan, so I can't really offer a comparison to any other tire in that application.

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Re: Tire wear

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Post by lovestory » Fri Oct 08, 2010 7:43 am

ive ran speedmasters, handle ok..not nearly as good as modern tread types ie venoms but better in my opinion than the cokers or firestone..
Ive got roadrunners on my pan right now, dont like how they look really, but it rains a lot up here and they handle pretty nice

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Re: Tire wear

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Post by Kuda » Fri Oct 08, 2010 12:05 pm

In my humble opinion, the Avon SM's (nostaligic tread pattern) are the best of the breed if you want to retain the correct sidewall height. I've gotten as much as 19K out of a rear (and there was still some tread left) and nearly 27K out of a front (ditto on tread left). No, they do NOT handle as well as a modern tire, but I suspect that's mainly because they ARE the correct sidewall height and more squared off than a modern tire. But for what they are, they handle well enough for me, wet or dry. Good enough for a couple of decent speed runs up and down the Dragon, fully loaded up with camping gear and in the rain...

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Re: Tire wear

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Post by socalrider » Fri Oct 08, 2010 2:22 pm

ki run avon gangster white wall on my 65. handle great especially in these grooved highways here in l.a. cali.last longer than any other tire ive had
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Re: Tire wear

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Post by Panacea » Fri Oct 08, 2010 11:19 pm

Kuda, is that the 500S16? Mike

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Re: Tire wear

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Post by FlatHeadSix » Sat Oct 09, 2010 1:49 am

Mike, yes, the one you want is the 500S16, and the SM stands for Safety/Mileage. The Avon Speedmaster is the ribbed tire for the skinny pizza cutter front wheel applications. Here's a pic from where I buy my tires, they have always had the best price and they ship FREE, can't beat that! The full-height 500 x 16 is the one on the far left, the Speedmaster ribbed is on the far right.
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here's a link to their website:
http://www.tiresunlimited.com/ALL%20TIR ... master.htm

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Re: Tire wear

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Post by awander » Sat Oct 09, 2010 1:56 am

might have been better off with the slick. went for ride after dark=took a turn too fast-car around bend on my side. went onto dirt shoulder-when i came back onto asphalt highsided and i went down. didn't hit anyhing except the road- typing with left hand.

thx for tire recomends, guys.

wish i didn't love riding so much....

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Re: Tire wear

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Post by FlatHeadSix » Sat Oct 09, 2010 1:58 am

I should mention that I just got a pair of Shinko's from them last week to put on the LE sidecar, one for a road wheel and one for the spare. They look VERY close to the original Goodyear Super Eagle and the price is great at about $75 each, and like I said, FREE shipping. I haven't run the Shinkos but I thought I'd give them a try, the price is right.
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Re: Tire wear

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Post by Panacea » Sat Oct 09, 2010 2:30 am

Thanks Mike, good lookin' tire, and cheap.

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Re: Tire wear

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Post by Panacea » Sat Oct 09, 2010 2:35 am

Mike,looks like the one on the left is 139.00 on the website, will I need the secret handshake?...Mike

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Re: Tire wear

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Post by FlatHeadSix » Sat Oct 09, 2010 2:49 am

Mike, WOW, I don't think the secret handshake is going to work, it looks like they jacked their prices up. I just bought the Shinko's 2 weeks ago and paid a lot less than what the price is tonight. Should have bought 4 of them! That price on the Avon SM MKII is still pretty good, even at $138, and the shipping is still FREE!

sorry,
mike
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http://www.tiresunlimited.com/ALL%20TIR ... 40_270.htm
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Re: Tire wear

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Post by Panshovevo » Sat Oct 09, 2010 5:04 am

1694901 500-16 TT AVON SM MARK II F/R(69S)U TT BW F/R 16 lb $127.09

http://www.motorcycletires.com/ProductD ... px?gn=SMII


I thought the SM meant Speed Master...

The above is info from and a link to motorcycletires.com. I bought my latest Venom from them at a very good price, with fast service and reasonable shipping cost.

Regards,
John

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