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Ensign Tires
#723841 01/31/18 4:10 pm
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Does anyone have experience with Ensign Tires? My basket case '64 Parilla Wildcat Scrambler will have 19" rims (WM2 front, WM3 rear). The bike will be used on and off road and I would prefer to use the same brand front and rear. 19" rims limit the available options. I see Ensign does a 3.25 x 19 and a 3.50 x 19 trials universal. They would look period. Anyone have any experience running them?

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Re: Ensign Tires
edunham #723851 01/31/18 5:38 pm
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If the tire is a "real" Trials tire it will last maybe 100 or 200 miles on the street. The rubber on a Trials tire is so soft you can move the knobbs with your finger. On the street you also get a lot of side to side movement with a Trials tire. And finally.....they are not very safe as far as stopping (on the street) goes.


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Re: Ensign Tires
edunham #723859 01/31/18 6:40 pm
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Which is why I am considering an old fashion "trials universal" tire as opposed to a "real trials" tire or a real knobbie.

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JRC has recently begun carrying these:

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i'm in the market as soon as the K70s on my 441 wear out.


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edunham #723875 01/31/18 8:33 pm
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Heidenau doesn't list a 3.50 x 19' in the universal trials pattern for the rear.

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well, JRC sells these:

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3.50 x 19 vintage style with modern grip


the tire doesn't care whether it's on the front or back, at trials speeds.


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Re: Ensign Tires
edunham #723891 01/31/18 9:53 pm
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Kevin,
According to the Heidenau site, the K34, which is the model referred to in the JRC ad above, is a vintage style road tire, not a vintage style trials universal tire. The picture on the Hiedenau site confirms this. I think the JRC ad is somewhat misleading in this regard.

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edunham #723900 01/31/18 11:35 pm
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I have been running a pair of 4.10x19 ensign trials tyres on my Matchless G3WO and have completed over 1000 road miles with no signs of wear.


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