Originally Posted by bill_rbca
if you are considering a modern profile (kinda like a k81) on a 72 remember the bike was designed to use a k70 profile..the lower profile will not fill the fenders the same...especially the front...plus it will change the gearing slightly....there will be over an inch of clearance between the fender and the tire...looks kinda weird..I put a set on my 71 t120 several years ago...I had long ago replaced the flimsy wire mount that broken due to vibration with a solid U shaped piece under the fender like a fork brace...so I just shortened to fit closer to the tire....it will also lower your seat height a bit depending your inseam this is sometime a plus on the taller OIF 71-72's....attached pic is before I shortend bracket
Nothing wrong with that gap Bill !! Bike looks great.
Tyres are a bit like underwear, we all have our personal preferences, well to some extent anyway. Let's face it, people will buy a tyre just because they like the look of the tread pattern.
You are not going to get a definitive answer to "what's the best out there". We all think the brand we have on our bike is the best. OK?
What you need to determine is what you want from a tyre. longevity or grip, the two are not mutually inclusive.
Hard compunds wear well, but will not grip, softer compounds, along with low profile are going to grip, but not last.
Fact is, apart from the brand names, you'll not get a lot to choose from for those old rim sizes . Avoid tread patterns that have a single groove in the centre of the tyre, as these can sometimes want to follow irregularities in the road surface, cracks and ridges and the like. Both my front Michelin and rear Metzeler have these, and whilst I am happy with the grip, I remain wary. I am no Casey Stoner wannabe either.
I'd steer clear of the old tread patterns for classic bikes, they simply will not adhere like a new tread pattern. Unless you just want to puddle along.
Whilst Bill does not like the K81 for an asthetic reason, I'm tipping he'll be happy with the grip. He's right about speedo gearing, and so in the final choice you have to think all these things through.
Like Dave M, I like the look of the Avon Roadrunners. Avon have a been a great brand since the days of Noah (he was a founding director), and I'd think they probably still are among the best. RR