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tire size question

Discussion in 'Victory Gunner' started by bronze, Jun 4, 2015.

  1. bronze

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    Hi all,

    Hopefully I didn't get a reply in the tech forum, hopefully someone here can help.
    Quick question. I am looking for some sticky performance tires for my Gunner - I have my eye on the Pirelli Night Dragons (if you know of a better performer, please let me know!) Handling and grip are more important to me than tire mileage.

    The Gunner's rear tire is 140/90. The PND's closest size is 150/80 on the rear.

    Would it be safe to get the 150/80's for the Gunner?

    Thanks a million!!
     
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    Sorry bronze, I don't know about tires. But if you can could you make a quick video so I could hear those bassani's? And I love to see your swing arm bag thanks.
     
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    I used to run continental on my concours loved them not much for long mileage but great ability to hang the corners look up the sport attack another is Michelin sport series
     
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    vision_nut Moderator Moderator

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    don't think they make sticky tires in bias ply. Sorry you can't run radials
     
  5. russellh575

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    They should be radials unless I'm missing something and he has spoke wheels instead of the stock wheels
     
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    the 150/80 is a 1/2" shorter and a 1/2" wider. It'll make your speedo a hair optimistic, but the tire should be good.
     
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    steel frame bikes do NOT run radials. You can run one on the "back" but thats it.
    You do not have enough power to run a sticky tire. If your leaning over to far smartin up and don't do it
     
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    I ran Pirelli Night Dragons on our Vegas good grip and a nice tire. Avon Cobras are supposed to have a lot of traction as well
     
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    With the very limited cornering clearance on the Gunner I wouldn't think sport rubber would be applicable or needed. I will agree that the stock tires aren't all that great, but I've never had any cornering grip issues. When the stock tires are done on my Gunner (or maybe before!), I'm thinking about Michelin Commanders.
     
  10. rodhotter

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    night dragon radials on my 13 hammer are great! if you could a pair of 18" wheels from another Vic would allow low profile radials. not sure about clearances but checking specs on Avon + other sites will tell. try to get similar OD + the section width, the widest part of tyre is key! i would think even non radial pirelli's would be an upgrade + generally one size + or - will work correctly, again check tyre manufacturers sites for important specs
     
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    I call BS.
    Bias belted tires have a squared tread surface where Radials are round, hence the name radial. Besides who ever heard of an H rated bias belted tire? H Rated tires are good up to 130 MPH.
     
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    Here is a pic of a bias belt tire: image.jpeg
    And here is a pic of a radial tire:
    image.jpeg
     
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    http://www.victorymotorcycles.com/en-ca/2012/cruisers/hammer-s
    http://www.victorymotorcycles.com/en-ca/2012/cruisers/vegas-8-ball

    OP, lots of steel framed bikes come with radial tires from the manufacturer and many riders also change to radials when they wish. It all depends on what the manufacturer and you want out of a tire.

    Be aware though that tires are part of the bikes engineering process and changing may or may not be to your liking. Load makes a difference as does the flexibility of the bikes frame. Some here have had problems with high speed wobble while others have not. Others prefer one tire manufacturer over another. Due to the differences it would help to get input from someone who rides the same model of bike as well.
     
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    bias tyres are like damper rod forks cheap + underperforming, you can put radials on most anything, wire wheels include!! pirelli night dragon's are great but wear faster a typical tradeoff, traction or wear
     
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    You need to read up on tire construction. A bias ply tire can have a rounded surface just the same a radial. It has to do with the belt or lack there of in the carcass. A radial tire has a belted construction. Bias ply doesn't.
     
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