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Title: Tyres
Post by: AndyD on December 03, 2020, 04:37:09 PM
Having finally built the wheels and then been distracted from the workshop for a while, it's now time to sort the tyres.
First set is for the CJ250T but as wheels are the same as the 400 I'm hoping for a bit of advice / recent experience.

After many calls I've found the local KTM garage seem really helpful and are happy to fit tyres and also check over the wheels I built to make sure they are true and tensioned properly.
Happy at that as I can well remember fitting tyres many years ago and have no desire to revisit that painful struggle!

Are there any recommended tyres for these bikes - not after anything sporty (CJ250T and sporty don't really go together!!) but ideally reasonable cost and a bit classic look.
I've had a Google and have no idea what tyres are good or bad these days so any help appreciated so I can get them ordered up and over to the garage.

Cheers,
Andy
Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: Bryanj on December 03, 2020, 07:17:36 PM
Metzeller is what i fit when available try m&p
Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: Macabethiele (Ted) on December 04, 2020, 12:34:12 AM
Metzeller is what i fit when available try m&p

I fitted Metzeler to my XJ900 I found they were much less inclined to tram line on overbonding.
Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: AndyD on December 04, 2020, 07:47:12 AM
Would that be the ME77 tyres?
Google pops up the ME22 as well but this looks to be a lower rated tyre so presumably not suitable

Cheers,
Andy
Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: TrickyMicky on December 04, 2020, 08:02:05 AM
Have always used Dunlop K82's since I got the bike in 1988. Classic style and tread pattern of the 70's, but made using modern materials. Have to admit that I don't push them to their limits now that I'm in my 70's, but in the past have been known to feel the toe of my boot kiss the tarmac. Plus I always use Michelin inner tubes, if you're unlucky enough to pick up a nail or suchlike, they don't rip open but deflate slowly.
Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: bobv7 on December 04, 2020, 10:14:37 AM
I have used Bridgestone BT45s on a wide range of bikes and they worked well, plus their profile would match that of the original ones Honda fitted which you may or may not think important.
Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: waffey on December 04, 2020, 10:29:31 AM
Just ordered a pair K82 from Demon Tweeks, seem to be quite cheap compared to other sites

https://www.demon-tweeks.com/uk/search/shop-by/q/k82/

i wont get then until 21st December though  :(
Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: AndyD on December 04, 2020, 10:48:41 AM
Thanks all,
Must admit I'm struggling a bit to decide!
Looks like I an get ME77's quite quickly and they do have a familiar look to them from years ago on bigger bikes, but maybe not the most classic appearance.
Dunlops look to be on long lead time and I'm keen to get the wheels back on the bike, haven't looked at BT45s but will do shortly
Guess then it's take a stab time and pick one and get them on order - if so looks like it may well be the ME77's as M&P (thanks Bryan for the steer) appear to have them available and at reasonable cost along with inner tubes and rim tapes etc.

Cheers,
Andy
Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: Green1 on December 05, 2020, 10:03:22 PM
I had the ME22 on my CD250u great tyre always pushed to hard and out performed the bike.
Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: bobv7 on December 05, 2020, 11:40:28 PM
I think that is going to be true of just about any modern tyre fitted to our older bikes. Mine stops and handles a lot better than those I rode back when they were new.
Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: AndyD on December 09, 2020, 06:06:21 PM
Sorry, another question...
Ordering rim tapes for the wheels and there seems to be a range of widths - 20, 22 and 28mm - and I wondered which is correct for these wheels or if it makes any difference etc?

Cheers,
Andy
Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: TrickyMicky on December 10, 2020, 08:54:22 AM
Y'know, as old and wise(daft!) as we might be, the width of rim tapes I have never even considered! I have just ordered tyres/tubes/tapes all together and fitted what was delivered. Thinking about it, I suppose that as long as it is wide enough to cover the ends of the spokes, but does not protrude out of the 'well' so as to be in the way of the tyre bead seating you should be ok. Maybe wait for a more professional reply from someone on here, you don't want mistakes when it comes to tyres.
Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: AndyD on December 10, 2020, 09:27:20 AM
I Know - I've never even thought about rim tape before!
Back in the day all the local bike shops just supplied and fitted the tyres without question.
More recently the bikes I've restored were largely tubeless and the one bike that needed tubes was done by a local bike shop which has now shut down.
The other shops just don't want to do classic / old bike tyres so I've resorted to getting all the bits and getting them fitted - luckily it seems a local guy is happy to fit the tyres and also check over the wheel building / truing I've done so hoping that works out.
I'll hold off ordering the rim tapes for a bit and see if anyone has any feedback - chances are I guess any width will do but just in case...
Cheers,
Andy
Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: Nurse Julie on December 10, 2020, 09:41:58 AM
We use 24mm on all our CB SOHC/4's
Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: waffey on December 29, 2020, 06:41:57 PM
AndyD,

did you get the tyres? My original order for the Dunlops has a delivery of March!

Now looking at ME77's

What sizes did you order?

Thanks
Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: paul G on December 30, 2020, 02:16:26 PM
Tyres seem to be a nightmare at the moment. I ordered a set of Conti RB2/K112 which they said was in stock. Then got a message saying they would be a week then another saying a month😬 finally got a refund and rang around they all seem to use the same supplier.
Ended up going for a set of Conti Go as I needed to get the wheels back on as the bike was stood in the middle of my garage with no wheels on it.
Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: AndyD on January 01, 2021, 06:35:38 PM
Waffey, sorry for slow reply.
Yes I finally got the tyres sorted after a bit of a struggle.
After much googling and checking availability (or lack of), Central Wheel showed they had the K82's in stock so I called to double-check and was told they were in stock and could be sent out for delivery quickly. All good so ordered up, but a few days later got an email saying they hadn't got them after all. Not pleased so cancelled the order rather than wait or go for alternative tyres they had.
I then found the same Dunlops on National Bike Tyres showing in stock and they turned up two days later so very pleased and relieved. Worth checking their website as they show what is in stock and can't fault the service from my (single) experience.
Tyres are 3.00 and 3.50 x 18

Cheers,
Andy
Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: waffey on January 12, 2021, 01:44:54 PM
Gave up my order

Now going for TL Metzeler Perfect ME77 as M&P have them in stock
Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: Bryanj on January 12, 2021, 04:49:08 PM
M&P said mine were in stock but sent lasertech instead, much arguing and swearing later got Contis for same price
Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: waffey on January 23, 2021, 02:07:34 PM
Hi, goth the front ok, Waiting on the rear which the first email will be in stock 25 feb, next email to say my parcel is sent out and the last one to say my parcel is delay. god knows whats happening!
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