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Best handling and looking cafe style tires?

Title says it all, in the market for some new skins, front and back. I feel sometimes tires can actually make the difference in looks, was wondering what you guys prefer? I'd like some white letter tires possibly, but no biggie. Lemme know whatcha all think!
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http://www.triumphrat.net/twins-talk...ires-look.html

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I want the best performance from my tires, looks are way down on the list, of course I ride my bike and attend very few bike nights. Then again my PR3s perform and look great.
In 2012 I'm not really sure what you mean by cafe style tires.
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[QUOTE=Thruxtonbill;2447805]I want the best performance from my tires, looks are way down on the list, of course I ride my bike and attend very few bike nights. Then again my PR3s perform and look great.[QUOTE]


+1. Though I'm not sure where you're buying an 18" front in PR3s (assuming you ride a thruxton).

I can recommend Sport Demons....they're the most 'confidence-inspiring' tires out there for the stock bonnie wheels, as found on your '01.

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+1. Though I'm not sure where you're buying an 18" front in PR3s (assuming you ride a thruxton).

I can recommend Sport Demons....they're the most 'confidence-inspiring' tires out there for the stock bonnie wheels, as found on your '01.

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I'm running the 110s up front Rich, I agree with you, the sport demons are a fine choice as well but I've been running the pilot roads 2 and 3 on the last two bikes and the dual compound is a great tire for the less then curvy roads we have here in Michigan. Although they're a little nicer on your side of the state.
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Seems like most of the tires I have been starting to see on "cafe" style bikes recently are the exact opposite of what you want on a bike that is supposed to handle well. Really do not understand the firestone tire craze. I have run Avons which were good, switching to PR3's for next season. It all depends on how you plan on riding, I have ridden a few bikes with the older rubber and the grip is not very good in the twisties. Seems like you get to the edge really fast and there is not much grip there.
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Well, I'm pretty much in the dark on which style of tyre that would be, but I'm sure that the guys in the early sixties choice would have been the stickiest tyre available to them at the time as the Cafe Racer scene was much more about modifying their stock bikes for performance than looks.

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I want the best performance from my tires, looks are way down on the list, of course I ride my bike and attend very few bike nights. Then again my PR3s perform and look great.
In 2012 I'm not really sure what you mean by cafe style tires.
I guess I shoulda put what looks good on a cafe racer style bike, not actual cafe tires, my bad. I of course want handling more than anything, was just wondering if there were any nice white letter tires that also perform, I shouldn't have been so vague. Handling is number 1, my bike is basically my daily driver other than winter time due to living in PA.


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I don't want anyone to think I am a "bike night only" rider, my co workers actually poke fun at me for riding so late after the normal PA riding season, but that's what layers are for


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