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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 09-18-2007, 12:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Any tire suggestions for my 2002 T100 better than Metzler Z2's?
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Old 09-18-2007, 01:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've got the Pirelli Sport Demons and love em!
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Old 09-18-2007, 01:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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These should work well on a T-100

I posted this a minute ago after finding a tire thread in another Rat forum. I'm not quite up to speed with the new website format and wanted to make sure my T3 Classic brothers got this post. Regards...Hagrid

Haven't tried the Avons (or Dunlops) yet but have gone through a set (at least) of most of the others out there. Just hit the 60K mile mark on my 99 Legend, which still seems to be getting better with age (unlike me).

Tire sequence is as follows:
Battlax 010, Battlax 020, Metzler Z4, Battlax 020, Pilot Road, Pilot Road, Pilot Road!!! (Michelin).

I really like the Pilot Road but they tend to wear to a point because I have not been good at checking tire pressure as much as I should. It also could be due to the softer edge compound they use.

Anyway...I was considering Avons or Dunlops this time and reading a bunch of reviews. I came across the Canyon Chaser website where they rave about the Conti Attacks and decided to give them a try. The Pilot Roads are their second favorite.

I found an online dealer (Ride Direct) in Kentucky that had the Conti's at $98 US for the 120/70/17 front and $120 for the 180/55/17 rear. They ship free above $200 (UPS) with no sales tax ($218/set!!!!). That is more than 50 bucks cheaper than the best hard bargain I've been able to get from my local dealer for the Pilot Roads .

Conti Attacks: Put them on this past Sunday. Love them so far. (200 miles) They are also the coolest looking tread pattern I've seen. A new set of shoes always feels good but this is not my first Rodeo. The Attacks give you a much better feel of the road conditions while being easy on the 'roids. A very planted feel. I scuffed them in on a run through the Helderburg Hills (outside Albany, NY) in the rain. They are amazing.

Around here the cracks in the roads through the hills get tarred periodically as a temporary repair. I call them "road snakes" and they can really bite you especially in a hilly turn. My Pilot Roads didn't like them much even on a dry day. The Attacks stayed on-track with no side-slip over the "snakes" on rain soaked twisties!!!. I could not believe the difference.

They also say the Attacks will outlast the Roads. I'll let you know when I get there. Unless I have a problem down the road I'd have to conclude (right now) that they are better, much cooler and cheaper that the Michelin Pilot Roads (which I still think is a darn good tire). From what I've read Michelin thinks so too as they are ready to introduce the Pilot Road 2 with a belt structure that mimics the Conti Attacks.

By the way....I have no financial interest in Ride Direct or Continental Tires. This definitely not a paid advertisement (although I'll take their money if they insist)

Keep the Shiny side up....Hagrid
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Pirelli Sport Demons work brilliantly on Bonnies, track and stick well and are excellent in the wet too
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Old 09-18-2007, 10:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Pirelli Sport Demons.......they are light years better then the Bridgestones...
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Old 09-18-2007, 11:11 PM   #6 (permalink)
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About Two months ago, I put the Avon Roadriders on my Bonnie. I've had no problems with them. I think they are the best "wet weather" tires I've ever used (Metzlers, Bridgestone, Dunlops). I will say though that I am not an "aggressive" rider, how they are at the edge, I don't know.
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Old 09-19-2007, 12:05 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I put an Avon Venom on the front and an Avon HKM on the rear and I love them. I didn't have any problems with the Bridgestones, just wanted to try something different. I had 9000 miles of the stock front although it was starting to cup.

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