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1961 Gold Star tires #776588 06/16/19 12:45 pm
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I have a 1961 Clubman's Gold Star that I want to put back on the road. I need tire suggestions. I was looking at Continental Sport Classic on the recommendation of a local mechanic but it looks like they don't have 19" rears.
The current front tire is a 3.25x19 mounted n a rim marked WM 1 (2 1/4), the rear is a 3.50x19 mounted on a rim marked WM2 (2 1/2) x 19.

Otherwise I believe all it needs is the gas tank cleaned out and oil. And a good wash as it's sat for a few years. It has been restored (in stages) by Don Butler and Locust Grove restorations.


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Re: 1961 Gold Star tires [Re: ccolw] #776590 06/16/19 1:05 pm
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Lots of previous discussions on tires, simply search for "tires" on the Gold Star Forum. Seems to me the most popular choice was the Avon AM26 Road Riders in 90/90 and 100/90. Other mention was the Dunlop TT100 360/19 and 410 rear, though there were a few haters of that tire. I have TT100's on my Clubman and am pleased with them - I also like the look. There are a few other choices out there.

Cheers,
Dave

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1958 BSA DBD Gold Star Clubman
1957 BSA Gold Star - work in progress
1965 Ducati 250 Scrambler
1971 Ducati 250 Mk3
1977 Hercules GS175
1981 Ducati Mike Hailwood Replica
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2005 KTM 450 SMR - street legal (for going to the corner store)
Re: 1961 Gold Star tires [Re: ccolw] #776593 06/16/19 2:17 pm
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I like the AM26's, in the above sizes, though there is nothing wrong with the TT100 in the sizes mentioned also. They have a similar profile.

The WM1 rim is nominally 1.6" inside and the WM2 is 1.85. The above tyre sizes are as correct as you are likely to get for those rims (which are period sizes).


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Re: 1961 Gold Star tires [Re: ccolw] #776667 06/17/19 2:47 pm
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i've used TT100 since 1973 on my Goldie. i know that many people criticise them but i simply love them and have had many encounters with sports bikes in the lanes in England and they have been great.The tyre profile is the same as the TT winning bike of Malcolm Uphill in the Proddy race of 1969, hence it's name.

Re: 1961 Gold Star tires [Re: ccolw] #776669 06/17/19 3:35 pm
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Thanks! Any suggestions on a source for either in the 3.50x19 -- all I see is 4.00 or metric sizes.


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Re: 1961 Gold Star tires [Re: Dave - North of 60] #776670 06/17/19 3:37 pm
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Originally Posted by Dave - North of 60
Lots of previous discussions on tires, simply search for "tires" on the Gold Star Forum. Seems to me the most popular choice was the Avon AM26 Road Riders in 90/90 and 100/90. Other mention was the Dunlop TT100 360/19 and 410 rear, though there were a few haters of that tire. I have TT100's on my Clubman and am pleased with them - I also like the look. There are a few other choices out there.

Cheers,
Dave


Thanks -- I did do that search and got no direct hits. Thanks for the metric size suggestions.


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Re: 1961 Gold Star tires [Re: ccolw] #776774 06/18/19 5:10 pm
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Sizes and other details:

Avon AM26
http://www.avonmotorsport.com/historic/motorcycle/am26---roadrider

Dunlop TT100 (aka K81 - got the TT100 name after Malcolm Uphill's TT win)
https://www.dunlop.eu/en_gb/motorcycle/tires/tt100.TT100.html#/

If you look for recommended rim sizes, you'll probably find that the TT100's and Avon AM26's are supposed to be 1.85 front and 2.15 rear (that's WM2/WM3 in the old money). They're fine on the one size narrower rims you have.


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Re: 1961 Gold Star tires [Re: ccolw] #776814 06/19/19 3:22 am
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I would just add that the tubeless Avon AM26 have very stiff sidewalls and are difficult to mount cleanly on delicate Dunlop or Borrani alloy rims. I don't know if modern TT100's are tubeless, but the original tube type K81's mounted up okay.

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Re: 1961 Gold Star tires [Re: ccolw] #776816 06/19/19 5:03 am
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AM26 sidewall st
iffiness, mentioned above. Fitted 2 sets, the sticky version and the stock street version, on DBD and Velo Thruxton and had no issues!


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