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on: May 04, 2021, 02:48:46 am
To revisit (sorry) an older thread, I’d really like to put larger tyres on my GT. Does anyone have any knowledge/ experience with the Continental CR (Classic Racer) range? Are they so skewed toward racing that they have a ridiculous warm-up time? The 110\80 & 150/65 look exactly like what I’m looking for size-wise, and they’re designed for our rim sizes.
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Reply #1 on: May 04, 2021, 04:45:52 am
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Reply #2 on: May 04, 2021, 04:48:39 am
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Reply #3 on: May 04, 2021, 09:01:46 am
To revisit (sorry) an older thread, I’d really like to put larger tyres on my GT. Does anyone have any knowledge/ experience with the Continental CR (Classic Racer) range? Are they so skewed toward racing that they have a ridiculous warm-up time? The 110\80 & 150/65 look exactly like what I’m looking for size-wise, and they’re designed for our rim sizes.
The only things I know about them is that they are horrendously expensive and as a race tyre they will not last long on the road and unless you have good quality suspension you will thrown through a hedge long before you ran out of grip.
what do you want them for? Grip? there are plenty of other tyres out there with plenty of grip. Looks? that's up to to you, the GT is a slow turning bike and those tyre sizes will slow it down even more. Bigger is not always better.
When I replace my tyres it will be with the Conti Road Attack3 in OE sizes.
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Reply #4 on: May 04, 2021, 10:04:20 am
The only things I know about them is that they are horrendously expensive and as a race tyre they will not last long on the road and unless you have good quality suspension you will thrown through a hedge long before you ran out of grip.
what do you want them for? Grip? there are plenty of other tyres out there with plenty of grip. Looks? that's up to to you, the GT is a slow turning bike and those tyre sizes will slow it down even more. Bigger is not always better.
When I replace my tyres it will be with the Conti Road Attack3 in OE sizes.
Slow turning bike?. Thisl little beauty is as nimble as you could hope for.
 
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Reply #5 on: May 04, 2021, 10:45:05 am
Slow turning bike?. Thisl little beauty is as nimble as you could hope for.

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If mine was any quicker turning you'd call it twitchy.

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Reply #6 on: May 04, 2021, 11:27:01 am
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If mine was any quicker turning you'd call it twitchy.

TWITCHY ... nervous and worried, sometimes showing this through sudden movements or movements that do not appear smooth or relaxed.
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Reply #7 on: May 04, 2021, 11:37:26 am


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Reply #8 on: May 04, 2021, 12:12:17 pm
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Reply #9 on: May 04, 2021, 12:13:16 pm
Compared to the Interceptor the GT is slow steering and compared to my GS very slow steering.  And no there is nothing wrong with my bike. They have conservative steering geometry and a heavy wheel/ tyre combo that has a lot of gyroscopic resistance to direction change. Try riding something like a Yamaha mt07, now that is a quick steering bike.
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Reply #10 on: May 04, 2021, 12:54:30 pm
Compared to the Interceptor the GT is slow steering and compared to my GS very slow steering.  And no there is nothing wrong with my bike. They have conservative steering geometry and a heavy wheel/ tyre combo that has a lot of gyroscopic resistance to direction change. Try riding something like a Yamaha mt07, now that is a quick steering bike.
You're not wrong. But it is so subjective. One rider's "quickness" is another rider's "twitchy".
The physical effort to initiate a turn can be effected by the leverage of the handle bar and profile shape of the tires, etc. Mind you the basics have to be in order. For me the test of a bike being "right" is if it can handle changing speed during a curve without making me look drunk ;).
   In the end, when I switch bikes, after the first couple of curves my brain and mind adjusts and whatever motorcycle I'm riding at the moment is my favorite.
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Reply #11 on: May 04, 2021, 01:25:12 pm

it is so subjective.

when I switch bikes, after the first couple of curves my brain and mind adjusts and whatever motorcycle I'm riding at the moment is my favorite.

I rode my GT for 6 months before I checked the tyre pressure, found each to be 10 lbs low. Pumped them up, huge difference for 5 minutes then it just felt like MY bike again. If you want to go fast, don't pi** about adjusting stuff, just ride harder  ;)
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Reply #12 on: May 04, 2021, 05:35:09 pm
Try riding something like a Yamaha mt07, now that is a quick steering bike.

My son's 390 Duke is so quick steering it borders on ridiculous. But what a fun bike!!
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Reply #13 on: May 04, 2021, 05:45:43 pm
I rode my GT for 6 months before I checked the tyre pressure, found each to be 10 lbs low. Pumped them up, huge difference for 5 minutes then it just felt like MY bike again. If you want to go fast, don't pi** about adjusting stuff, just ride harder  ;)

So are you saying "It's about the rider"?  8)   (joke about another thread)

I agree with several of you. A ton of minor or major adjustments can be made. Be willing to experiment a little and document your changes, so if you ever want to go back to "what it was"... you can do so.
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Reply #14 on: May 04, 2021, 06:25:01 pm
Ok sorry to jack your thread. But iv been wanting different tires also but I'm have trouble finding the Front :-100/90-18, Rear :-130/70-18. What other sizes will fit our stock wheels with out modifications to the bike.