I couldn't tell you? They are dual compound apparently if that helps?
I'd really be interested in hearing if anyone can give the technical answer to MajorDilemma's 2012 statement.I thought it might be interesting to show a side by side of the two front tire sizes, other than stock, being used. Both of these are BT45's. If someone wants to add the stock size, that would be helpfull as well.
Both of these tire sizes have the same (desired) affect of giving a higher profile, but I'm curious which is better. The 120/70 gets the affect by pinching the tire, whereas the 110/80 just increases the aspect ratio. I did research on this very thread before making my purchase and it seemed the 120/70 was more common, though admittedly the 110/80 (i.e. staying with a stock width) seems the more logical approach.
I've got about 2k miles on mine (the 120/70 on the right) and have been very happy with the performance and wear, but I'm curious: Are one of the options "better" than the other in terms of performance and wear? They both are pretty similar in terms of looks, but one of thes has to be technically better. Honestly, I made my choice based entirely on my desire to have a higher profile front in order to give more balance to the look of the bike.
I have a similar setup on my bike. MRA vario screen (its big also) and have michelin pilot road 2 120/70 front and metzeler 150/70 tourance next rear.I ride with a huge windshield; 22" Parabellum Sport. I have always had a high-speed weave with this on. It is most noticeable on curves, and where the road is uneven. I posted in one of the steering damper threads as well, thinking a damper would help.
I recently switched from Road Attach 2 to Roadrider tires. I IMMEDIATELY noticed the front end was way more sensitive to input. I figured I could get used to that. Well, no. It is scary dangerous. So I added a damper. (That's a different story!) It helped with straight-line stability up to 90mph, but did not help deep in the corners. I was suspecting that my body may be making inputs, so I paid attention to that. But it seems that the weave comes first, then my body sometimes makes it worse.
I blamed the windshield initially, but now I blame the RoadRiders for making it worse. With a 27 degree rake, maybe there is nothing to be done?? Is the front-end light? Lower the back a little?
When I ride without the windshield, the pressure on my body and head make me a human sail. It does seem more stable, but then again, I can't ride much over 60mph due to the strain on my body.
I'm thinking of dumping the RoadRiders and going back to Road Attach 2.
When i ride with my saddlebags on, I get a bit of instability at about 90 mph and above. Without bags, I can do 100 mph no problem. Pretty sure it's from weight imbalance and/or aerodynamics. Also, I've been running a 120/70R17 on the front for about 7000 km now with no issues.I have also experienced a minor weave and in my opinion, it could be because of the tail bags that you have.
I have a similar setup on my bike. MRA vario screen (its big also) and have michelin pilot road 2 120/70 front and metzeler 150/70 tourance next rear.
I have also experienced a minor weave and in my opinion, it could be because of the tail bags that you have.
Saying this because my bike has a hepko becker universal top case 40 litres and triumph leather saddle bags.
When I bought new tires for my mag wheeled bonne I couldnt find radials, or at least a matching set. I bought bias ply and they seam fine, I'd prefer radials but I needed tires yesterday so there was no waiting for someone to get them in. Looks had nothing to do with it, tires with tread had everything to do with it.In reading through this thread, I'm a bit confused as to why some want to mount any bias-ply tire on our mag-wheel bikes (looks?). It seems like a giant backward step, like putting old-school bias tires on a modern car.
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