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axman88

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on: August 26, 2020, 06:41:58 am
I like the look of 100% profile tires, and was shopping for some recently.  The following is a list of exclusively 100% profile tires, although some makes and models come in modern metric "reduced profile" sizes too.  I'm only listing 19" rim tires and only sizes 3.00, 3.25, 3.50 and 4.00-19 on this list.  If a particular tire also comes in 18", 100% profile sizes I put a "YES" in that column.  Manufacturers site links are included, if folks want to do more research.   If the manufacturer didn't list information, like whether it was a Front, Rear, or both, I don't list the information either.   I have no opinion about the quality, suitability, durability, etc of any of the tires listed.

I found quite a few more options than I had imagined I would.

Make         Model               F/R    19" rim size   18" sizes    Link   
                        
Avon   Speedmaster MKII   F   3.00   3.25   3.50      No      https://www.avontyres.com/en-gb/tyres/speedmaster-mkii
Avon   Safety Mileage MKII   R      3.50        Yes    https://www.avontyres.com/en-gb/tyres/safety-mileage-a-mkii
Avon   Roadrider MKII         F or R    3.25        Yes   https://www.avontyres.com/en-gb/tyres/roadrider-mkii
Dunlop    K70                F or R      3.25             Yes     https://www.dunlopmotorcycletires.com/tire-line/k70/
Dunlop   K70                  R      3.50        Yes     https://www.dunlopmotorcycletires.com/tire-line/k70/
Duro          HF-301             3.00   3.25        Yes https://www.duro.com.tw/en/product/motorcycle/5efe9e1f026130337e48b827
Duro          HF-307         3.25   3.50   4.00      Yes   https://www.duro.com.tw/en/product/motorcycle/5efe9e1f026130337e48b83e
Duro          HF-308        F or R   3.25   3.50   4.00       Yes   https://www.duro.com.tw/en/product/motorcycle/5efe9e1e026130337e48b80c
Duro          HF-317            F or R   3.25  3.50       Yes   https://www.duro.com.tw/en/product/motorcycle/5efe9e1e026130337e48b81f
Duro          HF-314         F or R      3.25          Yes   https://www.duro.com.tw/en/product/motorcycle/5efe9e1e026130337e48b822
Heidenau   K34                 F or R    3.00   3.25   3.50   4.00   Yes   https://www.heidenautires.com/product/k-34/
Heidenau   K67                    3.25 3.50 4.00   No   https://www.heidenautires.com/product/k-67/
IRC        GS-11 AW           F      3.25  3.50      Yes   http://www.irc-tire.com/en/mc/products/commuter/gs-11/
Metzler   Block C        F or R   3.00 3.25 3.50      Yes   https://www.metzeler.com/en-us/products/tires/block-c
Metzler   ME77           F      3.50               No   https://www.metzeler.com/en-us/products/tires/perfect-me-77-cruising
Metzler   ME11 "Perfect"   F     3.25            
Shinko   SR241        F or R     3.50              Yes    https://shinkotireusa.com/product/trail-pro-sr241-series-tire/211922
Shinko   Classic 270   F     4.00                   Yes   https://shinkotireusa.com/product/super-classic-270-tire/211905

I'm sure I missed some makes and models of 100% profile, 19" rim tires, between 3.00 and 4.00-19 sizes.  If you have additional candidates to suggest, please do.

If you can afford to purchase tires from Coker, they offer some tires that qualify that will not be found on my list:  https://www.cokertire.com/tires/styles/motorcycle-bike.html?tire_rim_diameter=2902

A note about Duro.  Duro is a tire manufacturer with a factory in Thailand and offers a wide variety of tires for Scooters, Mopeds and smaller motorcycles such as are used in Asia.  They offer an amazing range of small and narrow tires, including tires that should fit classic bikes of years past.  If looking for moped or scooter tires, give their product list a look.  They had very many 18" 100% profile tires that are not included in my list.


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Reply #1 on: August 26, 2020, 08:22:55 am
I'm not entirely sure I understand what is meant by "100% profile tires". Are you referring to the "Aspect Ratio" as described at https://www.mad-ducati.com/Technical/TireInfo/TireChart.html, where the height of the tire section equals its width?

As for the brands and models you list, I suppose I'm happy to see my Dunlop K70s listed, and I think they look, wear and handle just fine for the plodding likes of me.
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Reply #2 on: August 26, 2020, 09:05:50 am
Hidenau K67 4.00x18 is what I use on one of my enfields.
You have a NO for this being available?
One of my other bikes has 4.00x18 Avon roadrider.
As they are imperial sizes both these tyres are 100% profile.
Off route, recalculate?


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Reply #3 on: August 26, 2020, 10:06:34 am
I've used a variety of tyres on my 350. A make I've used is missing from your list i.e. "Cheng Shin".

There's presently a 3.50-19 "K-70 copy" on the rear wheel.

https://www.longstonetyres.co.uk/tyres/350-19/350x19-cheng-shin.html

No particular problems with them, very good handling and grip, wet and dry, but they quite soft compound and don't last as long as harder types. They also make "trials" type tyres, again, quite good grip but don't expect more than 3K miles on tarmac.
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Reply #4 on: August 26, 2020, 03:23:25 pm
Good effort Axman88 - nice shopping list! Save a lot of sifting when it comes time for "retirement"...  ;D
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Reply #5 on: August 26, 2020, 06:23:34 pm
I'm not entirely sure I understand what is meant by "100% profile tires". Are you referring to the "Aspect Ratio" as described at https://www.mad-ducati.com/Technical/TireInfo/TireChart.html, where the height of the tire section equals its width?
Yes, the old "Inch designation" sizing system had tire profiles that have an aspect ratio of 1.0, i.e. the height of the cross section is 100% of the width of the tire.

I was a bit surprised to find a few "Metric designation" tires with 100% profiles, like for example 90/100-18.  Although technically a 100% profile, these didn't make my list, I was going strictly for the "old timey" inch designation options.

The majority of the tires on my list fall into ( to my simplifying eye) three categories:
      - "zigzag tread" road tires like the K70,
      -  semi-knobby trials or adventure type
      -  Old school Ribbed tread

The modern looking tread designs will generally put you into a "metric designation" tire.


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Reply #6 on: August 26, 2020, 08:56:03 pm
I’ve noticed that tubed tyres tend to keep the old Imperial sizes and tubeless are designated metric.
Paul W.


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Reply #7 on: May 04, 2021, 09:04:42 pm
Good list axmann88. Here are a couple more.

Mitas H01  2.75  3.00  3.25  No http://www.mitas.co.uk/Classic/Mitas-H-01.html

Mitas H02  2.50  3.00  3.50  No http://www.mitas.co.uk/Classic/Mitas-H-02.html

Seem ok to me. Good for the price in the UK at least.

I run 24-25 psi F and 29-30 psi rear. Still trying to find the sweet spot. 23 seemed good on the front but I found I had a lot of vibration. Might just need the wheel balancing really. Hmm.




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Reply #8 on: May 05, 2021, 12:30:38 am
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