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Old 01-22-2010, 11:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dunlop K70 or K81 ?


I know the most common choice for the restorers is the Dunlop K70, but what about the K81?

Any opinions or preferences?
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Old 01-23-2010, 05:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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HUGE difference between the two. I won't ride k70's even if period correct. The profile of the tire is quite flat. They look like they'd do a fine job on fireroads and the like but I ride strictly on paved roads. In the '60's and 70's every K70 I ever saw that had some miles on it was scalloped from uneven wear. Modern construction methods may have changed all this, I wouldn't know since I won't buy them.
The K81's rival modern tires in grip and wear, look the part and are not all that expensive either.
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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When I got my bike, the rear tire on it was so worn down it resembled an MH Race Master drag slick for motorcycles, to get the bike inspected I of course had to change it out, I decided to go with what was originally on the bike - a K70, they have very much come a long way with today's new materials, it has a more round profile, and the handling was improved by a 1000 percent, so for myself I'm quite satisfied.
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