are you a weight lifter? that's an impressive lift ;^)
but seriously I use Avon AM26 tyres (we call them tires) AKA Roadriders on your bike I recommend 4.00X18 on the rear and 3.25X19 on the front you won't be disappointed with the ride HTH Cheers Dennis B
Kevin, I like the Dunlop K70 tires as they look correct and are still available with better compounds than when the bikes were new. 4.00x18 on the rear, 3.25 or 3.50 x19 on the front. If you want a sportier tire, that still looks period correct, then the Dunlop K81 (TT100) is also an excellent tire. John
I still use the K70 because they are correct for my 70 Bonneville & I only ride it weekends, so mileage is not important. The K70 is still a good tire. But.. be careful of sizes. Front fender bracket and rear chain clearances are pretty tight. Try to stay close to the original 3.25 front & 4.00 rear. And just because the tire is marked that size doesn't mean they're all the same. Rim widths will also affect the mounted width of a tire. Here in the U.S., our Department of Transportation allows a small variance in actual tire width. Most tire manufacturers have charts that show the actual size when mounted on a particular width rim.
I was using Dunlop D404's for a long time, but they seem to last a year before the sidewall cracked and they wouldn't pass safety inspection. So...I've been using Duro's an Asian tire. So far the sidewalls are still perfect and wear and performance are at least as good as the Dunlops.
And, very important to me, the price is right.
K81's wear out too fast. 3k miles tops.
But...like the Dunlops, they don't look period, but I rate safety over looks. (I wear a helmet, too)
K70's skid around too much for me. It's a better tire for fire-roading in my opinion.
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I have been using Michelin Pilot Activ tires on our bikes lately. There are the correct 3.25 /19 and 4.00/18 sizes available.They handle better than any tire I have used in recent years and are reasonably priced.The 70 TR6R was transformed from skittish with the K-70s to a backroad handler.
I've had a 4.00/18 Michelin Pilot Activ on the rear of my TR6 for a couple of years. They don't grip like the previous Continental GOs, but show very little wear and ride well. I will probably put one on the front when the time comes. Greg
72 TR6RV 2004 Thruxton
Re: Need advice on what brand of tyre for 1969 T120R
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Bonzer-it is generally reckoned that when tires get to 6-7 years old that they harden and the roadholding capability deteriorates. Unless you are sure that the tires are less than that age you IMHO would be well advised to fit new tires. Our only contact with terra firma when we are riding is those two little patches of rubber and one slide up the road into the path of an oncoming truck could be your last. Your decision------ HTH