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    vintage race tires again

    What are folks running for tires on old TZs (a '78 E model for example) these days? My previous post listed the sizes that worked in the olden days, and got no response.


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    bigk,

    you got two choices....avons or dunlops. you can get your dunlops from r.c. barker in florida (there is also a canadian importer too). avons you can get a lot of places. google avon, and they will have a list of dealers. probably will have to order the vintage tread racing tyres, but they will be able to get them.

    i saw your old post and i was baffled by the numbers myself.

    i'm sure someone else from the board will chime in soon.

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    BigK,
    I am running the Avons on my honda 350. I am using the 110-18 front and 130-18 rear. this is the AM22 and 23. They are really quite good. Some think the front is too big, but I am a pretty big guy and like a heavier feeling front end. I tend to transfer a lot of my 250lbs to the front wheel and muscle it. I think most of the guys running the 350 Hondas are using the AM18 and 20, or something like that. They must work ok since they are going faster than me. I got my Avons from Motorcycle Accessory Warehouse. I just ordered them online, they had the best prices that I could find.I ma running these on WM-3 (2.15) rims. If you have narrower, you may need to use the smaller size tires.
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    yeppers! i run a 90/90-18 front and a 100/80-18 rear (avons). i have a wm2 front and a wm3 rear rim.

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    ken,

    good to hear from you. i thought a polar bear ate you!

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    Hey Tex,
    I'm still here. Mostly lurking, I don't have too much time these days. We have just finished our major testing for NCLB and our High School Graduation Qualifying exam. Plus we still have 20ft snow drifts around here. I have been riding my snowmobile some to the post office and the dump. I dug the Honda 4 wheeler out and rode it to the store today.Some fun, but at least I got out. We have had a couple of weeks of blowing blizzardy type weather. We are looking for a couple of high school teachers for next year, interested?
    I am still bummed that I won't be able to even see my bikes until the end of June. If I am lucky I may get in one race weekend in July. Interested in going to Grattan? It is a way cool track. We could run the endurance race.
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    Thanks for the info guys.


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    WHat are your rim sizes?
    If you have the stock 1.85 front and 2.15 rear, run the Avon 90/90r18 front and the special 130/65r18 rear. Make sure its the 65 profile tire, as its specially made for narrower rims.

    At least that's what I'm going to use this year on the TZ.







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    I have 2.15 rims on both ends. Back in olden times 10/64-18 and 13/66-18 Michelins worked very well. I was hoping to find a lower profile front to maintain steering quickness and brake power. Fairing clearance when on the brakes is an issue too, but that can be dealt with.


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    Thanks Ungawunga,

    What year is your TZ? A 250?


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