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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-08-2012, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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tire/tube question for 2005 Bonneville

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I bought the 2005 Bonneville when it had 28k miles in July 2012. My cousin who came to visit us rode it for 2.5k and rest 2.5k I used for commute. Time has come to change the tires. The existing rear one is Bridgestone Battlax BT-45R 130/80-17 M/C 65H and front one is 100/90-19 M/C 57V Metzeler Lasertec . Both needs to be replaced. After searching this forum and other forums on tires/tubes, I found that Avon Roadrider is most preferred by Bonneville riders. But they are bias-ply/cross-ply. The question is shouldn't radial tire be better than bias-ply/cross-ply due to technological improvements (googled the topic and got the info)? How is that there are no preferred radial tires for classic/stock sizes? Could existing Bonne riders give their comments/advice? Also what brand of inner tubes are preferred in bonnie community?

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Online search provides inner tube options as standard, heavy duty (3mm thick) and ultra heavy duty (4mm thick) Bridgestone TR-4 Valve stem. Should I take the standard one?
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Pirelli Sport Demons are cross-ply unlike the OEM Metzelers which were radial-ply.

I can tell the difference though, the Pirellis are a lot better .
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