Opinion: What is the best tire?

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Opinion: What is the best tire?

Post  Rentman on Tue Sep 02, 2008 6:39 pm

I am new on the site, and enjoying it very much, and am ready to purchase a new tire. I know many people have many opinions, but there is no place like this vast base of knowledge where everything has been tried and tested to get a very good idea what tire most people consider the VERY BEST. (and also to know that I have it Very Happy .) So, I thank you all very much ahead of time for taking a minute to help newcomers like me and probably a few others make a wise decision.
I ride an '02 1800S and I understand that I need a 205/65R15.
Thanks again. The Rentman.
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Re: Opinion: What is the best tire?

Post  twin1300 on Tue Sep 02, 2008 7:57 pm

Rentman,

Welcome to our site and make yourself at home. As far as the 1800's that the tire you need! If I am not mistaken the only difference between your 1800S and the 1300S is the rim is wider on yours, which will allow it to bead easier! The 205/65/15 should be perfect!

Are you going to seal your rims or use your tube? Be sure and check out one of our members and his technique for mounting a car tire on a spoke rim!


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Re: Opinion: What is the best tire?

Post  Rentman on Tue Sep 02, 2008 9:39 pm

Yes, I have been reading up on sealing the wheel. I am planning to do that. But my main question was what brand of tire does the majority of people think is the best?
Thanks for responding.
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Opinion: What is thought to be the best brand of tire?

Post  Rentman on Tue Sep 02, 2008 9:46 pm

I need to rephrase the title.
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Re: Opinion: What is the best tire?

Post  twin1300 on Tue Sep 02, 2008 10:03 pm

Rentman wrote:I need to rephrase the title.

Bwwhahahahaha Yes, we can't there from here............... Laughing Laughing Laughing

Rentman! A lot of guys like the Grabber because of the uni-direction and they love it! I on the other hand as well as a bunch of others don't buy tire just for looks, but handling as well! We chose the Douglas from Walmart! I began my darkside path on a 165/80/15 VW tire and none of them were uni-directional tires, so I don't have a problem with them. I will try to find Insp#484 and his darkide tire and post it for you....I really like it also!

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Re: Opinion: What is the best tire?

Post  jedishon on Wed Sep 03, 2008 7:33 am

Here is a picture of my Douglas...



Happy tire hunting..
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Post  OneFATride on Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:46 pm

Of course the tire I run is (lol) I like the look and feel of the Eagle F1 GS-D3 I also run I 205/55zr16 it offsets my speedo but I dont see why that matters look through some of the early post some where on here is a list of w hat people have tried. I also did not go after what was the least $$$
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Re: Opinion: What is the best tire?

Post  Rentman on Fri Sep 05, 2008 9:25 am

Cool! Thanks for the reply guys. I'm also looking at the Michelin Hydro-edge. For my bike, which I think alot of people are, there are "almost" no money limits. cheers I have spent much more on extras for my bike than I have spent on all of the vehicles I have ever owned. So enjoyable!
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Re: Opinion: What is the best tire?

Post  Rentman on Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:22 pm

Let me reconfirm this. I bought me a 205/65R15 Hydro-edge. This tire is 8 1/8'' wide unmounted. Right now I have a 170/80 15 Metzler at 7 3/8'' and it is 1/2'' off of the drive shaft and the fender measures 8 3/4'' inside. The fender may be OK but I am really worried about the tire hitting the drive shaft. Would one of you pioneers let me know if this is going to work?
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Re: Opinion: What is the best tire?

Post  Dan on Sat Sep 06, 2008 7:28 am

You should be alright, that tire was made for a wider rim so when mounted on yours it will be narrower, that's why the even narrower 1300 rims have bead seating problems, excellent choice, good luck.


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Re: Opinion: What is the best tire?

Post  Morgan Buchanan on Sat Sep 06, 2008 8:15 am

The thing is, these tires wear out so much slower, nobody can be REALLY well versed personally in TOO many different tires! LOL Finding a consensus is nigh on impossible.

Which leads me to an interesting point... have there been any tires that were just HATED? I remember reading a Texas X guy who's quitting the darkside because he hated it...but I didn't recognize the tire he was running and was wondering if it was just a cheap POS or something.
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Re: Opinion: What is the best tire?

Post  Rentman on Sat Sep 06, 2008 8:29 am

Thanks Dan for the reassurance. It will be next week before I get her mounted. I am looking all over around here for some 3M 5200 to seal my wheel. I think I'm gonna like it but it sure did look too big to me.
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Post  OneFATride on Sun Sep 07, 2008 2:09 pm

From what I have read most CT are rated on a 6.5 inch rim width A quick rule of thumb for each 1/2 inch of rim width you go down your tire goes down by 2/10 of an inch A 205 is app. 8.07inches on a 6.5 rim sub about 4/10 . I allso have a 205 it is close I can just about fit a thick piece of paper between the drive shaft and tire but that is enough rember once in place the tire does not move It just runs stright Very Happy
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Re: Opinion: What is the best tire?

Post  Dan on Sun Sep 07, 2008 9:15 pm

Rentman wrote:Thanks Dan for the reassurance. It will be next week before I get her mounted. I am looking all over around here for some 3M 5200 to seal my wheel. I think I'm gonna like it but it sure did look too big to me.
It will be close, but that's fine, as it spins the tire gets narrower and a little taller. Mine only has maybe 1/16" at rest, but never rubs, that's as close as it will get. You can just run a tube for your CT size with a rim strip. Have Fun!
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Post  Rentman on Mon Sep 08, 2008 2:40 pm

Thanks again. I am in the process right now of sealing my wheel. I could not find the 5200 but I do have some Sikaflex and after doing some research, I think it will work if anything will. I just got the valve stem put in and now I'm looking for the thread to see how thick the Sikaflex needs to be.
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Re: Opinion: What is the best tire?

Post  nodakbassmaster on Tue Sep 09, 2008 2:20 am

the more evenly you can apply it, the easier the balance...

food for thought. Wink

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Re: Opinion: What is the best tire?

Post  Rentman on Tue Sep 09, 2008 7:05 am

Well, I applied a thin coat yesterday afternoon and by 9:00 last night it seemed to be cured so I applied a second coat. This morning it seems to be very close but I will wait until late afternoon before mounting just to make sure. It seemed to do very well and I think is going to be good. Sikaflex 201 is some good stuff. I will let you know the outcome.
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