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That One
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      11-11-2009, 04:26 PM
OK- I gotta buy new tires for my Kawasaki Mean Streak 1600. I heard nothing
but bad news for the OEM Dunlop radials that it came with, although I have
had no particular problems with them.

Since these damn things are so expensive anyway, I want to get the best
tires for my bike, SO WHAT BRAND/MODEL OF RADIAL TIRES WOULD BE BEST FOR MY
CRUISER?

Thanks


 
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Shantideva Upasaka
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      11-11-2009, 05:20 PM
On Nov 11, 8:26*am, "That One" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

> Since these damn things are so expensive anyway, I want to get the best
> tires for my bike, SO WHAT BRAND/MODEL OF RADIAL TIRES WOULD BE BEST FOR MY
> CRUISER?


Round black ones.

Go to www.denniskirk.com and buy what's on sale.

Don't worry, be happy.

 
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      11-12-2009, 12:57 AM

"Shantideva Upasaka" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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On Nov 11, 8:26 am, "That One" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

> Since these damn things are so expensive anyway, I want to get the best
> tires for my bike, SO WHAT BRAND/MODEL OF RADIAL TIRES WOULD BE BEST FOR
> MY
> CRUISER?


Round black ones.

Go to www.denniskirk.com and buy what's on sale.

Don't worry, be happy.

Well this doesn't seem to be too awful ****ing helpful. However, they do
have one tire that will fit:

Bridgestone Exedra G850 Blackwall Tire

Are these things better or worse than the Dunlops I have now?

Other sites have Michelin, Avon, and Kenda tires listed for my bike. Maybe
more.


 
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Nagarjuna's Catuskoti clawed me!
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      11-12-2009, 02:12 AM
On Nov 11, 4:57*pm, "That One" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

> Bridgestone Exedra G850 Blackwall Tire
>
> Are these things better or worse than the Dunlops I have now?


Worse. They will give you Excedrin headache #2 because they are so
hard.
>
> Other sites have Michelin, Avon, and Kenda tires listed for my bike. *Maybe
> more.


Personally, I like Metzlers (made by the same people that make
Pirellis which they charge more for.

When I can't get Metzler's, I go for Dunlops.

Cheng Shin is a Chinese brand which is trying to improve its
reputation by rebranding their tires as "Maxxis". I have a SuperMaxx
front tire on my Yamaha because nobody else makes a tire in that size.

 
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      11-12-2009, 07:22 AM
Nagarjuna's Catuskoti clawed me! <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

Oh, look, KrustyUS has morphed again.

> Cheng Shin is a Chinese brand


No, it's not. It's Taiwanese. We've done this before.

>which is trying to improve its
> reputation by rebranding their tires as "Maxxis".


The Maxxis has nothing in common the CS tyres of the 1970s. In fact,
it's pretty good in my experience, if you want a decent touring tyre.


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Bob Scott
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      11-12-2009, 08:55 AM
The Older Gentleman <(E-Mail Removed)> writes
>Nagarjuna's Catuskoti clawed me! <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
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>Oh, look, KrustyUS has morphed again.
>
>> Cheng Shin is a Chinese brand

>
>No, it's not. It's Taiwanese. We've done this before.
>
>>which is trying to improve its
>> reputation by rebranding their tires as "Maxxis".

>
>The Maxxis has nothing in common the CS tyres of the 1970s. In fact,
>it's pretty good in my experience, if you want a decent touring tyre.
>
>

Indeed - I remember earl '80s Cheng Shins as being teflon terrors and
was pleasantly surprised when we tried them on my wife's bike a few
years back. They gripped better than the Pirellis they replaced & lasted
longer.

If they were readily available in the sizes my Laverda uses I'd be using
them on it.
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      11-12-2009, 10:03 AM
On 12 Nov, 08:55, Bob Scott <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> The Older Gentleman <(E-Mail Removed)> writes>Nagarjuna's Catuskoti clawed me! <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
>
> >Oh, look, KrustyUS has morphed again.

>
> >> Cheng Shin is a Chinese brand

>
> >No, it's not. It's Taiwanese. We've done this before.

>
> >>which is trying to improve its
> >> reputation by rebranding their tires as "Maxxis".

>
> >The Maxxis has nothing in common the CS tyres of the 1970s. In fact,
> >it's pretty good in my experience, if you want a decent touring tyre.

>
> Indeed - I remember earl '80s Cheng Shins as being teflon terrors and
> was pleasantly surprised when we tried them on my wife's bike a few
> years back. They gripped better than the Pirellis they replaced & lasted
> longer.
>
> If they were readily available in the sizes my Laverda uses I'd be using
> them on it.


I had a set on my Kawasaki GT750 (I think - might have been my 900
Diversion). Neither was an out-and-out sports bike, but the tyres were
"fine for the type of bike". Lozzo on ukrm rather rates them as well,
and his is an opinion to respect.
 
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Greg.Procter
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      11-13-2009, 08:56 PM
On Thu, 12 Nov 2009 05:26:52 +1300, That One <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

> OK- I gotta buy new tires for my Kawasaki Mean Streak 1600. I heard
> nothing
> but bad news for the OEM Dunlop radials that it came with, although I
> have
> had no particular problems with them.
>
> Since these damn things are so expensive anyway, I want to get the best
> tires for my bike, SO WHAT BRAND/MODEL OF RADIAL TIRES WOULD BE BEST FOR
> MY
> CRUISER?
>
> Thanks
>


The only advice I can offer is keep the same brand front and rear!

Greg.P.
 
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      11-13-2009, 09:29 PM
On Nov 13, 12:56*pm, "Greg.Procter" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
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> The only advice I can offer is keep the same brand front and rear!


Tires are designed in sets, of front and rear, and of course are
either bias ply or
radials.

A motorcycle owner is well advised to use the original equipment tire
(if he can still get it) and not to change the tire size or carcass
type.

Of course I learned all of this the hard way, by experimenting with
over-sized tires in the hopes of getting more traction from a
theoretically wider tire...


 
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      11-13-2009, 10:20 PM
Nagarjuna's Catuskoti clawed me! <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

> A motorcycle owner is well advised to use the original equipment tire
> (if he can still get it)


Nonsense.


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