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#357208 - 02/09/11 12:48 am K82's  
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Has anyone had any experience with the Dunlop K82's.It looks like they have the sizes I need (3,50x18,and 4.60x18)Searching the web,I don't seem to see any US suppliers with the K82's.
Thanks,Jack

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#357219 - 02/09/11 1:42 am Re: K82's [Re: Crookedhair]  
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Hi Jack,

Originally Posted By: Crookedhair
Searching the web,I don't seem to see any US suppliers with the K82's.

There is possibly a very good reason ... afaik, Dunlop hasn't made 'em for about twenty years ...? wink

Hth.

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#357221 - 02/09/11 1:56 am Re: K82's [Re: Stuart]  
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Well,Dunlop must think that they still make them because they list them on their web site.It seems quite a few places in the UK are selling them.
Thanks,
Jack

#357238 - 02/09/11 5:00 am Re: K82's [Re: Crookedhair]  
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You may be able to purchase them from the UK but I don`t think they are available at any dealers in the US. I just googled K82 Dunlop and all dealers were in the UK.
It does appear to be a spin off of the K81 though

#357377 - 02/09/11 11:59 pm Re: K82's [Re: Crookedhair]  
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Hi,

Originally Posted By: Crookedhair
Dunlop
list them on their web site.

Which one? confused

Can't find 'em on US Dunlop (or where K70 and K81 are listed).

This morning, http://www.dunlop.eu/dunlop_uk/mc/tyres/on_road/K82.jsp would get you directly to a page showing a picture of a K82, although there wasn't any size availability and you couldn't get to the page from others on the site; this evening, the address gets you an Internal Server Error.

Originally Posted By: Crookedhair
It seems quite a few places in the UK are selling them.

Some of the other links from Google to tyre seller sites don't actually work. Finally, while this site does list a number of sizes, they're all horrendously-expensive. I might be wrong about them not being made somewhere in the world but those prices seem to indicate that the normal importers can't bring 'em in at a price that'll compete with Far Eastern Cheapo brand frown and they are, after all, tyres for lightweight bikes.

Hth.

Regards,

#357412 - 02/10/11 4:03 am Re: K82's [Re: Stuart]  
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If you type in Dunlop 651038 it will take you to a list of the sizes

#357416 - 02/10/11 5:05 am Re: K82's [Re: Crookedhair]  
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Do you mean Dunlop "K81"? If so, there are quite a few places that sell them. I have bought a lot of motorcycle tires from Motorcycle Accessories Warehouse (MAW) and they may have them. I think even some of the mainstream bike parts dealers like Bike Bandit and Motorcycle Superstore carry K81s. If they don't, specialty Britbike dealers like British Cycle have them.

I use Dunlop K81s (also known as TT100s) on my Commando. They work fine but don't last very long. I need to replace my rear tire this year and it probably only has 5K miles on it.


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#357508 - 02/10/11 7:06 pm Re: K82's [Re: Crookedhair]  
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Hi,

Originally Posted By: Crookedhair
If you type in Dunlop 651038

In what/where? confused

Originally Posted By: Tobin Peever
Do you mean Dunlop "K81"?

Nope. Two entirely different ranges.

The K81 range was developed in the late 1960's for what were then the most powerful road bikes - BSA and Triumph triples, Commando, etc. When the range was launched, afaik the tyres were the first 'low profile' - (section height less than section width, in this case 90%) available to the public and thus the forerunner of all modern sports-bike tyres.

The K82 range was launched some years later off the back of the K81 success. The tyres might've featured the same tread pattern but the sizes were by-and-large for small bikes, and they were all the then-common 100%-aspect-ratio (section height same as section width).

I wish K82's were still available. Personally, I wouldn't be seen dead on K70's, Safety Mileage or Far Eastern Cheapo but, if a size originally used on small- or medium-size Brits is still available, it's in one of those ranges. frown

Hth.

Regards,

#357516 - 02/10/11 8:30 pm Re: K82's [Re: Stuart]  
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Hi.
I use and have used K81 Dunlop roadmaster TT100 for as long as I can remember and I buy them here in Norway from my local tire dealer.In fact I have a new one (4.25/85 H 18. K81.) beside my Spitfire waiting for the summer.
The reason Dunlop renamed the K81 to K81 TT100 is Malcolm Uphill winning the production TT Isle of Man doing 100mile lap in -69.
I`m not sure if it`s been in production all the time from then,but it surely is now and has been for many years.

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#357522 - 02/10/11 8:56 pm Re: K82's [Re: Arnstein]  
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Competition Accessories carries the Dunlop classic tires. Check their website. I've bought two sets from them recently. They have the lowest prices I have found and free shipping for purchases over 100$. They also have tubes and rim straps and ship very quickly.


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#357569 - 02/11/11 1:19 am Re: K82's [Re: ]  
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Stuart,
I would like it to be known now that I am not very computer literate.If it were not for my children, I would be completely computer illiterate.Mostly what I know how to do is to get on the internet and spend money(mostly on BSA parts).When I said to type in "Dunlop 651038",I meant in the box at the top of the screen where it says Google search or Bing search, or whatever.
Thanks,
Jack

#357572 - 02/11/11 1:42 am Re: K82's [Re: ]  
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Hi Allan,

Originally Posted By: 1968BSA
K82s are still available

Yeah, but did you follow any of the (working) links to any of the suppliers and look at the prices ... for small-bike tyres? Jeez! crazy Somebody's pulling somebody's chain. whistle

Originally Posted By: 1968BSA
do last longer (or seem to than the TT100/K81)

Completely different overall sizes - as I say, K82's are small-bike tyres - 3.00, 3.25 and 3.50x18; otoh, K81's are 4.25/85x18, 3.60 and 4.10x19; K70's are 4.00x18, 3.25 and 3.50x19 (similar overall diameters to the K81's).

Originally Posted By: 1968BSA
the deeper side wall on the K70, its the only thing which almost fills the fist sized gap which the A65 so lovingly have.

K70's are 100%-aspect-ratio tyres - i.e. the section height is the same as the section width. If your bike had a gap with the AM20 (AM21 were rears), I'll hazard a guess that it's a 90/90x19? If so, that's the equivalent of a 3.60, which is a smaller overall diameter than a 3.25, and the 3.60 is a 90%-aspect-ratio tyre (section height is 90% of the section width, as indicated by the '/90' in the metric designation). Moreover, if it's a 90/90, you fitted it because the 100/90x19, which would've also "fill[ed] the fist sized gap" was too wide overall? smile Bear in mind that the Avon deliberately set out to make the AM26 3.25x19 narrower overall than either the 100/90x19 or AM20 3.25x19, and you'll find an AM26 way better than a K70. wink

Hth.

Regards,

#358248 - 02/15/11 12:12 am Re: K82's [Re: Crookedhair]  
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