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post #1 of 12 Old 03-26-2019, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
 
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What brand tire to choose

Do folk have any opinion on which tires are the softer brands?


I'm in a really twisty area for my majority riding (and very wet for 3-6 months), so I'd rather go with a soft, grippy, compound. I've had so-called 'touring' tires before that were quite slippery in the rain, want to avoid those.



I'm thinking Pirelli, Michelen, Kenda, IRC in no particular order. I'm leaning toward the Kenda's at the moment.


The existing tires are 10 years old, so they gotta go. It's a good opportunity to re-spoke the wheels and do other maintenance while they are off.


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I'm running Kenda on my bobber and love them. I will put kendas on my stock rebel when time.
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I've had Pirelli MT66 and Kenda cruisers. Pirellis are a little more expensive than the Kendas but more than make up for the price difference in longevity. As for traction, to me they were similar. On the rear tires, I got 14,000+ miles on the Pirellis and only 10,000 on the Kendas. The front tires on both got many more miles than the rear.

I would still be using the Pirellis if it weren't for switching to tubeless rims. I can't find anything but tube type Pirellis.

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The existing tires are 10 years old, so they gotta go.
Why? Are they dry rotted? Rock hard? Cracks on the sidewalls? Less-than-legal/safe tread depth?

Or is this advice from tire dealers/manufacturers who manufactured the various "expiration date myths" floating around out there in order to sell more tires more often?
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I would advise staying away from Metzler. I had three Metzler 880s fail on my Vulcan 750 at fairly low mileage. Pieces of the tread just came off. The Rebel is not my choice for sport type riding, due to poor handling. That's not the Rebels fault, it's a cruiser. I'm planning to build an XT225 based supermoto. I can't ride a sportbike due to the ridiculously low bars and high rearset pegs. Not only super uncomfortable but dangerous. I lost all the feeling in my legs while riding my former Kawasaki EX500 Ninja, which is not even a real sportbike.

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Why? Are they dry rotted? Rock hard? Cracks on the sidewalls? Less-than-legal/safe tread depth?

Or is this advice from tire dealers/manufacturers who manufactured the various "expiration date myths" floating around out there in order to sell more tires more often?

The rubber is really hard and slippery in damp conditions. I siped the back which made a big difference to the grip (for the 20 odd miles I've put on it, but that won't last long). I need to adjust all the spokes, remove some heavy corrosion on part of the front rim, so removing the tire and truing the wheels are high on my list of jobs to do.

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If you are removing the old tires yourself, unless you have a tire machine, it's usually easiest to cut the steel bands in the beads to get them off. Just be sure not to damage the rims in the process. I lift part of the first bead, slide a thin board under it, and cut with a hacksaw or rotarty cutter. Repeat fot the other bead.

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If you are removing the old tires yourself, unless you have a tire machine, it's usually easiest to cut the steel bands in the beads to get them off. Just be sure not to damage the rims in the process. I lift part of the first bead, slide a thin board under it, and cut with a hacksaw or rotarty cutter. Repeat fot the other bead.
I like that idea. I live in a really rural area, so having a shop do the work is a non-starter for me (plus I'm a skinflint).



I have available a tire-change stand but it's for golf-carts (8 inch wheel?) so I doubt it'll be of much use to me.

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I would advise staying away from Metzler. I had three Metzler 880s fail on my Vulcan 750 at fairly low mileage. Pieces of the tread just came off. The Rebel is not my choice for sport type riding, due to poor handling. That's not the Rebels fault, it's a cruiser. I'm planning to build an XT225 based supermoto. I can't ride a sportbike due to the ridiculously low bars and high rearset pegs. Not only super uncomfortable but dangerous. I lost all the feeling in my legs while riding my former Kawasaki EX500 Ninja, which is not even a real sportbike.
Yikes, that's scary! I certainly wasn't looking to sport tires, those would be too soft for sure. My pickup here gets about 8k mi before the tires are toast.


One reason I went with the Rebel for my daily was the ride setup. I don't like the way modern bikes look and the position is uncomfortable for me. I would have gone with a smaller bike (I think Kawasaki made a 125 cruiser), but they are too hard to come by and I assume parts follow suit.

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I like that idea. I live in a really rural area, so having a shop do the work is a non-starter for me (plus I'm a skinflint).

I have available a tire-change stand but it's for golf-carts (8 inch wheel?) so I doubt it'll be of much use to me.
There are lots of videos on changing motorcycle tires. One tip I use is place an old leather glove between the tire iron and rim to protect the finish.

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