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Tires

Postby Mooseman » Fri Jul 01, 2011 7:35 pm



Little update on the tire situation.
Back in Oct. I replaced Dunlop elite II with a Continental Conti Tour (TK 17).
I used the Conti Tour tires on my 85-A till I sold it in 92. I really liked them.
Well I can’t say the same now. When I installed the rear tire there was very little space between the sidewall and the swing arm. When riding double and go over a bump I would get a little rub coming from the top of the fender well, wouldn’t clear the little plastic pieces at the top between the bags. The tire just seemed a little too wide. So I measured it, 6 5/16” or 160mm. I don’t know what the limits are for a 150/90-15 but I think it’s a little wide. Plus it won’t make 10K miles.
I just purchased a Pirelli Route 66 rear tire and it measured 155mm wide. If I don’t get good mileage out of the Pirelli I’ll just go back and try the Elite III. I got maybe 12K out of the Elite II that came on the bike.
So during the first part of the year I had also purchased a Conti Tour (TK16) front tire. That tire wanted to rub on the fender mounts and a few other places right out of the gate just to be ornery. Got all the little spots to work but man is it tight under the fender. Width is 5 5/8” or 142mm. If I pick up a little rock in the tread, makes a hell of a racket till it spits out the other side.
I see that the Continental is now made in Korea and not Germany. Wonder if quality control went south?? Maybe they changed the molds??? Who knows?
So I guess if you want to run Continentals be very cautious about fit.
That’s the tire situation for now.
Everyone have a great 4TH


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Re: Tires

Postby Mooseman » Mon Jan 02, 2012 11:35 pm


Updat on the Continental front tire. I put it on in Mar-2011 @ 37k. Well it went south at 51k. Lucky I didn't have a blow out. The Gods were with me on my New Years day ride. No tread seperation prior.
More Pictures in my gallery.

Also the Pirelli I put on the rear has been great. Installed Jul-2011 @ 42k. Still going strong and sticks like glue. So I ordered a Pirelli for the front today. Will let everyone know how that goes when I get some mileage on it. Plus I love the prices.
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Re: Tires

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jan 03, 2012 1:21 pm

That's just scary. This is the kind of stuff that makes me check my tires on a very regular basis.

How old were the tires when you put them on? What did the date code say?

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Re: Tires

Postby Mooseman » Tue Jan 03, 2012 8:05 pm

The date code, 2907. Mauf. 07/16-22/2007. So when I bought them they were just over 3 1/2 years old. I don't think you should use anything over 5yrs. Anyway with the size problems and this one, I won't be using Continental's.
Conti Tour, TK16, 130/90-16, 73H front tire made in Korea.

I check my tires often also.
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Re: Tires

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:44 pm

I think I would be taking that up with the manufacturer. Not that you'd want another set of the same tires, but they should not have failed like that.

I found this online - you wouldn't even need your receipt:

Hold on to your sales receipt. Most tire manufacturer's warranties cover their tires for four years from the date of purchase or five years from the week the tires were manufactured. So if you purchase new tires that were manufactured exactly two years ago they will be covered for a total of six years (four years from the date of purchase) as long as you have your receipt. If you lose your receipt, your tires' warranty coverage will end five years from the week the tire was produced (resulting in the tire manufacturer's warranty coverage ending only three years from the date of purchase in this example).

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Re: Tires

Postby Mooseman » Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:59 pm

I'll check it out thanks.
Will let you know what happens for future referance.
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Re: Tires

Postby Mooseman » Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:24 pm

Well I sent off the information to Continental and got this reply.

"Your recent inquiry was forwarded to the Two Wheel division of Continental Tire the Americas. You do not mention whether this is a front or rear tire. Recommended
pressures for this Conti Tour size is 36-38 psi front and 40-42 psi rear. Without seeing the tire it is difficult to make a determination as to the cause of the problem. We recommend that you bring the tire back
to the dealer you purchased it from. The dealer can then send the tire back thru the proper channels to our adjustment center for inspection by our engineers.

Thank you for your interest in Continental motorcycle tires.

Regards,

Janet DeCandia
Continental Tire the Americas, LLC
Coordinator, Operations/Administration
Two Wheel Tires"

So I have sent an e-mail to the company I purchased the tire from.
Waiting to hear back from them.
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Re: Tires

Postby Mooseman » Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:04 pm

Another update. I just replaced my Pirelli Route 66 rear tire with another one. I got 12K and it still had a little life left. But now I'm good for most of the spring and summer months. I like them. The front has been wearing well and no signs of cupping yet.
I have also started buying my tires from Rocky Mountain ATV ( http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/ ) also know as Jake Wilson ( http://www.jakewilson.com/ ). Delivery time is fast and the prices are good.
Tires are not old like they are thru Tire Express.
Plus I recieved no response from Tire Express about the defective Continental Front Tire.


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