How do these compare with the "Avon Speedmaster Mark II" tires that came on my B5? I know there's some other OEM tires that have a bad rap ("skidmasters"?).
Am I the only one who thinks the stock 'skidmaster' tyres are quite good on the tarmac? I haven't pushed myself to the limits (very rarely), but here and there I do tend to give it a bit on the turns and these Avons hold up quite well
........should I buy a few while the price is still good?.......
.......The SM front is good for nothing.....
......The SM front is good for nothing.....
the K70 will work wonderfully on your front wheel, you can expect 7K miles from the front.The rear ..... not so much ......
Which raises the obvious question of what longer wearing rear would match a K70 front.
My shop was trying to fit it to a G5 front and it just barely fit in there. It was really close to rubbing the fender at the sidewall. They even bent the fender in a bit by the fork tube to make more room and it was still too close for comfort.
...... 3.25 vs 3.5 is probably not enough of a difference to matter terribly much.
Tire sizes aren't tire sizes anyway. Some manufactures have posted actual dimensions and there are some surprises. K70 3.25 have very close to the same outside diameter as the 3.5 and you're talkin' less than a cm width difference. The Avon AM26 3.25-19 are really close to the 100/90-19 in width but the 3.25 have a much greater o.d. than the 100/90. Go figure!
For those interested, my Dunlop K70 front tire has over 1300 miles on it and it shows very little wear.I'm far from a 'canyon carver' like bare but based on his comments about how sticky the K70 is, I expected it to wear out pretty fast. Such is not the case with my riding style.
.........I really don't challenge my bike in any way - I'm a new nervous rider. I doubt anyone would call my riding style "sporty"........
...........The SM front is good for nothing..
Not true. It looks great on a concourse display bike that only gets rolled on and off the trailer for shows.Scott
Mattsz, I use to use just plain old duct tape on my desert bikes. Works like a champ !
How to avoid pinching tubes. Add enough air to keep the tube from wrinkling after you have it back in the tire, before applying the tire irons! It doesn't take much air and it saves a lot of tubes.Bare
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