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Twins Technical Talk Technical Talk for Hinckley Triumph Twins: Bonneville, T100, Speedmaster, America, Thruxton, and Scrambler.

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Old 11-07-2012, 08:50 PM   #11 (permalink)
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the 140-70-17's are easy for radials the front is a little hard, i ran an avon azaro radial on my stock 2.5" harley spoked rim 110-80-19. just looked they now have a matching 140-80-17 for the rear 3.5" rim recommended, its a new size for that type of avon tyre!!
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:59 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I run Sport Demons. I tried larger rear sizes up to 150 but ended up back at OEM rear for best handling. A larger rear tyre slows down cornering. If you are highway cruising it may not matter but I experienced a noticeable difference when cornering
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:46 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Rodhotter and Aussiematt, thank you both for the info. Matt, was the slower cornering an issue by going to the 140, or only on the 150?


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Old 11-08-2012, 05:06 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I run Sport Demons, in stock sizes. Previously I've used Bridgestones, but the Pirellis are much more sticky. As others have mentioned they wear much faster - currently I get about 6000 kms from a set. But then, they do get used

For me handling is the important point here. When the wheels were rebuilt (with Alpina STS tubeless system) I considered going for other size rims. But didn't. The stock setup is quite a good compromise when it comes to handling etc.

Also, one should realize that these engines aren't all that powerful, so there is really not a great need for wider rubber. Unless you have a 1087, that is

Hey, if I can play with the "big boys" (see photo) so can anybody.


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Old 11-08-2012, 06:44 AM   #15 (permalink)
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The handling was best by staying with a 130 rear. I tried different tyre brands (GT501, BT45, Speed Demons) for the rear at 150 and 140 and ended up with Speed Demons at 130 rear. As I have stated in other threads I rarely get much more than 2000 miles out of a rear. I'll get more mileage out of the front tyre but typically change both front and rear together. Thankfully SD's are not an expensive tyre and I take the rims to a local bloke to reduce fitting costs. I do ride relatively hard in hills and mountains with no commuting or highway miles.
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:07 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Hilobe, don't forget to take comments like "it affects handling" with a grain of salt. It's really subjective. Take into consideration where you ride. I went with a 150 and couldn't tell a difference when I lived in FL. But these curvy twisties up here in PA have exposed what others are talking about. Although it may very well be true, you might not care or even notice that the handling was affected.

I don't understand why one post at the beginning stated not to change the front tire size. I went with a 110 up front, which seems to have helped bring back some of the responsiveness (and the sexiness).

I hate to say this, but you need to consider all the threads and the wise information that you've read, and when your head is still spinning, just take a chance, because you'll probably never feel completely sure based on all the different opinions that are so plentiful here.

A lot of guys here who really know their stuff run a 150, and not just the Dunlops. But I ain't even going there, cuz then another new world war gets started on brand vs. quality vs. price vs. mileage vs. safety.
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TB,

All I see here is 4 sport bikes and a moving chicane. But I tip my hat to you sir for having the bollocks to give it a thrash.


All,

I'm a big fan of the Dunlop GT501's: 150/70-17 in the rear. Meaty looking and relatively light weight, especially compared to wide wheel conversions. I can't see any justification to go to a bigger tire unless you're just throwing cubic-$$$ at a show bike.

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Old 11-08-2012, 10:29 PM   #18 (permalink)
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...you need to consider [i
all[/i] the threads and the wise information that you've read, and when your head is still spinning, just take a chance, because you'll probably never feel completely sure based on all the different opinions that are so plentiful here.
The swimming head syndrome is what caused me to so narrowly define the parameters in the OP.

I understand also that the parameters defined originally are going to be ignored by devotees of the BEST TIRE EVER, even if they're tire option doesn't fit them.

Thanks to everyone for your input. It really has helped.

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Old 11-08-2012, 10:35 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Hey, if I can play with the "big boys" (see photo) so can anybody.


I have a visual of four guys lying to their buddies the next day: "No, man. We were lapping him!!!"


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Old 11-09-2012, 09:05 AM   #20 (permalink)
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The handling was best by staying with a 130 rear. I tried different tyre brands (GT501, BT45, Speed Demons) for the rear at 150 and 140 and ended up with Speed Demons at 130 rear.
+1. In my case, it was avon roadriders, GT501s, and the sport demons. The best handling and grip came from the sport demons. In my case, I can get pretty much an entire riding season out of a rear and change out the front with every other rear...but that is in a state where we're lucky to have 5 months of decent riding weather.

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