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#1 Unread post by BOAR » Tue May 21, 2013 11:03 am

Gota put new rubber on the front, any sugestions? bikes a Suzuki blvrd, pluse what exactly is speed rating? The recommended speed for the tire, an what typers of numbers do I look for? Thanks, been rainy here for 3 days, need the rain but chomping at the bit to get out.

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Re: new rubber

#2 Unread post by Johnj » Tue May 21, 2013 10:32 pm

Hello Jeff, and welcome to the forum. The same sized tire should work, or check the owners manual to get the size. Speed rating is how fast you can go safely??? Most likely over 100 mph (160kph) will get it. If your planing to run in a Bubblegum Rally you may need to go higher.
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Re: new rubber

#3 Unread post by BOAR » Wed May 22, 2013 8:06 am

thanks John for the feedback.

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Re: new rubber

#4 Unread post by Wrider » Wed May 22, 2013 11:34 am

Yup, what JohnJ said.

Your stock front tire is a 130/90 - 16.
That means it's 130 mm wide, it's 90% of 130mm tall, and it fits a 16 inch wheel.

Get a speed rating of R or S (106 or 112 MPH). The speed rating on the tire is how fast the tire is designed to travel for extended periods. Most cruiser size and style tires have those speed ratings.
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#5 Unread post by BOAR » Thu May 23, 2013 7:05 am

thanks wrider, much appreciated.

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#6 Unread post by Wrider » Thu May 23, 2013 11:16 am

No problem.

A little advice on tires, if you're happy with your current tires, stick with the same manufacturer and model as the rear. If not, stick to the same manufacturer, but change the model.
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#7 Unread post by MmeMagpie » Thu May 23, 2013 9:02 pm

Or try something new. I decided to take a pair of bargain tires for a spin, with interesting results. Somehow, the cheap Shinko tire on the front is wearing longer than the Dunlop tires I'd been getting. On the other hand, the Shinko on the back wore out faster than the Dunlop. Drives my mechanic crazy that I'm riding on mismatched tires :)
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#8 Unread post by Wrider » Fri May 24, 2013 12:01 am

That's because different tire companies use different rubber formulations, carcass stiffnesses, etc to get their grip. When you mix and match them, it screws up the handling of the bike on more performance oriented bikes.
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#9 Unread post by MmeMagpie » Fri May 24, 2013 10:04 am

Mine is far from a performance bike. More like an easy chair with handlebars.
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#10 Unread post by BOAR » Fri May 24, 2013 3:25 pm

offdah, I got a lot to learn. good stuff guys thanks for the replies.

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#11 Unread post by BOAR » Fri May 24, 2013 3:27 pm

As I tink of it, I don't really have any thing to compare the current tires too, just got the bike this spring. Seem pretty great so far, just got an onion skin on the front that leaves me a little concerned when cornering.

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