I'm to the point on my '69 Thunderbolt project where a decision must be made about tires.
I was leaning toward a more modern design, Avon AM26, Michelin, Continental, all have what I call wannabe race tires. The ContiAttack radial gets really high reviews. But I started thinking more about how I plan to ride this bike. And I do plan to ride it, I'm building it to ride not hide. But I plan to explore the back roads of East Oklahoma which can switch from asphalt to dirt to gravel and back to asphalt. Now it may be old fart bias, I may be totally wrong, but the impression I have is that these race like tires may be great on pavement but what about gravel?
I'm leaning heavily toward the IRC GS-11
I'm not interested in scraping the rubber from the pegs. I'm not interested in period correct look. I want a good safe tire for a wide variety of road surfaces.
Thanks in advance for your advice/recommendations.