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Tires. #762221
01/11/19 1:35 am
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I’m looking for a set of tires. I love the skinny look both front and rear. I know rim profile plays as much of a role as the tire, but would like something nice and narrow mounted on my BSA b25 with stock rims, that is also a good sticky tire! Roadriders? Or can someone recommend something different?

Thanks in advance!

Alex

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Re: Tires. [Re: Alexp] #762237
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Road riders work for me on the 650s. I can’t see them letting you down on the small bike.


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Re: Tires. [Re: Alexp] #762239
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+1 on the RoadRiders


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Re: Tires. [Re: Alexp] #762241
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+1 again, not so good on the roughlands and K70's seem to be reasonable in both worlds, but for road work and confidence on white lines and on the wet..... Road riders!


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Re: Tires. [Re: Allan Gill] #762243
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RIB on the front, K70 on the rear.

Good combo on a British bike.

K70s do not like being "pushed" down the road on the front of a bike.
They will develop a ' cupping" problem in the treads.

Re: Tires. [Re: Alexp] #762262
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I run Avon Roadriders on my Norton, but am tempted to try these the next time (which is now) my A10 needs tires:

https://www.heidenautires.com/tires/motorcycle/vintage/


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Re: Tires. [Re: MikeG] #762272
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continental classic attack.

theyre really skinny with a round cross section. and stick well


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Re: Tires. [Re: Alexp] #762327
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Thanks for all the responses!

I wanted something different from the road riders, and the continentals May be the answer. Has anyone used them day to day? My bike isn’t big, isn’t fast, but is light, and I feel a serious set of tires will go a long way to get it handling the way I want it to through the corners! The road riders are VERY proven, and I like that about them. I also, sort of want something different.

Alex

Re: Tires. [Re: Alexp] #762346
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Originally Posted by Alexp
Thanks for all the responses!

I wanted something different from the road riders, and the continentals May be the answer. Has anyone used them day to day? My bike isn’t big, isn’t fast, but is light, and I feel a serious set of tires will go a long way to get it handling the way I want it to through the corners! The road riders are VERY proven, and I like that about them. I also, sort of want something different.

Alex

I have the conti classics on my BMW R75..nice tire..inferior to the Road Rider and not as versatile as the K70 - Not a first choice for me as they are a harder compound. The do allow me to bring the rear around on the short hard turns.. Wet weather unknown...it doesn't rain in Sacramento.

I have installed a few sets of Heidenau's and Metzler Perfect ME tires with great feedback, but your bike may be a bit light for the Metzlers.
Pay attention to the Heid compounds..they make extremely sticky tires and then long lasting with few tire options in between - all in my experience so grab your grain of salt.

I put the Heid Trials tire on the front and the Shinko trials tire on the rear of my Enfield bullet and it has excellent traction on the street and dirt. pound for pound your B25 may be similar to my lightened Enfield.

Man..just realized I have spent a large fortune in tires.

I know you are specific to skinny..I opted for the 3.50/4.0 setups F/R but they make all these tires slimmer too.

For the Slim Sweet spot - Avon Ribbed front and Safety rear - I think 19" is the only avail (57 BSA A10RR custom) - I think these are awesome looking..I have never pushed them. Just warm weather cruising in town.
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The Thrasher - 06 Enfield - 2 hard seasons on this tire combo - Shinko/Heidenau Trials tires - Road, back alley, highway and backroad all confidence inspiring
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The Ambassador
I have run these Duro HF308 tires on many Brit machines with great road and off road results. They are capable of dealing with this heavyweight along with my lightweight TR6 - Off Road Definition: Alley, gravel roads and occasional shoulder/frontage where asphalt never was laid down. Excellent for the price
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Re: Tires. [Re: Denis J] #762361
01/12/19 2:02 pm
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I've never seen an Ambassador, AKA Italian Interstate Armchair, with those style of tires...an interesting choice...I have Bridgestone BT45's on my 79 T140D..The have a very round profile allowing the bike to go to full lean with no hesitation or loss of feel...


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Re: Tires. [Re: Alexp] #762367
01/12/19 2:48 pm
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Another choice and older style is the K82 Dunlop’s. they aren’t as low profile as their K81 (TT100) brother but I have these on my 400/4.. I used to have a TT100 on the rear but the K82 grips better and corners a whole world better too in my experience.


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Re: Tires. [Re: Alexp] #762374
01/12/19 3:22 pm
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I used to have a 1972 BSA B50SS which I fitted with Dunlop K82 tires.
Felt very secure and leant over into the corners well.
If I remember correctly I had problems buying them in US and eventually got them from a supplier in Canada.
HTH


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