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PostSubject: Replacement Tyres   Mon Aug 19, 2013 3:24 pm

Hi, I know this has been covered but the last post seems to have been last year. Anyone any updated recommendations for tyres for the Swing? Mine's a 2010, currently still on the factory fits of Bridgestone Hoops which I think are fine in the dry and just ok in the wet.

Also, can anyone provide instructions as to removing the rear wheel? I don't have a manual but pretty competent DIY mechanic.

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PostSubject: Re: Replacement Tyres   Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:03 pm

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Also, can anyone provide instructions as to removing the rear wheel? I don't have a manual but pretty competent DIY mechanic.

cheers
You're probably overqualified. Smile  Seriously using the procedure referenced by The Bern, I was able to do it. Therefore it should be easy for anyone with any ability. sunny 
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PostSubject: Re: Replacement Tyres   Tue Aug 20, 2013 5:18 am

Thanks guys, missed seeing that post. Must get a 27mm socket then.

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PostSubject: Re: Replacement Tyres   Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:20 pm

Damhunter, i have tried Metzelers, Perelli Diablo's and Mitchelin tyres, i have gone back to Bridgestones. In my opinion, they are the best tyre for all year round performance and wear.Smile  
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PostSubject: Re: Replacement Tyres   Sat Aug 24, 2013 4:27 pm

FWIW, if you can raise the swing above an open area (I have a removable panel on my motorcycle lift under the rear tire), you can work the rear tire out without removing the muffler. You have to play with it a bit to do it and won't be able to do it if your swing is just on the ground instead of raised.
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PostSubject: Re: Replacement Tyres   Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:47 pm

Wow, this is an old thread.

I've been using Bridgestone Hoops but I recently saw a SW with a Pirelli rear tyre which had a much better looking tread pattern across the tyre. On my recent MOT the guy told me that my rear tyre was looking a bit worn, it's not that old!

The Bridgestone seems to wear in the middle, leaving an almost new tread on the outsides. Now I'm not a throttle-heavy rider and I'm wondering if a Pirelli rear tyre might do a better job?

The Bridgestone Hoop on the front seems to last forever but I'm thinking of using a Pirelli on the rear. The tread pattern seems much more 'useful' along the centre of the tyre with a much more complex tread pattern.

Is it wise to use different types back and front?

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PostSubject: Re: Replacement Tyres   Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:58 pm

Is it wise to use different types back and front? <<>> TYPES, to me mean radial or bias, different brands and thread styling never made a difference to me or others that I know that have done it.
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PostSubject: Re: Replacement Tyres   Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:16 pm

Interesting point oldwingguy. What appealed to me about the Pirelli was the amount of tread pattern across the centre of the tyre. Does this provide better water dispersal and longer life?

The centre of the Bridgestone Hoop doesn't seem to provide much water dispersal. It's almost like a 'slick' before the edges wear out ????

I don't know what 'bias' means. I'm guessing the Hoops are radial.
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PostSubject: Re: Replacement Tyres   Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:38 pm

Loosebearing

this is an old thread, tyres create as much debate as oil (not going there) but think you'll find all modern scooter tyres are radial.

As for mixing brands I can see no reason not to but remember different makes dispel water beads in different ways (within reason)

Bridgestone hoops I think are the best for the S'wing but also my dealers only seem able to get them at fair price.

Most seem to think hoops last up to 10K but I find the rear gets skittish after 5K so would look to change every 6K.

If yours are balding in the middle are they overinflated (usual reason) I certainly find the wear fairly even
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PostSubject: Re: Replacement Tyres   Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:11 pm

My 2013 Swing still has the original IRC tires with 15k miles. I need to have them replaced soon. I have a new set waiting in my storage. Won't be riding for a while. Will probably replace them next summer.
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PostSubject: Re: Replacement Tyres   Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:18 pm

For me, in use in about 7 or 8 new scooters since 1990----never had good luck with Bridgestone, either quick wear/wearing square or in case of Helix (Fusion) in Japan tire fell apart after long high speed toll road---with new Reflex 3 rear failures in US---Bridgestone did pay for replacement tires or sent them to me.

Back to SilverWing---2 new ones and over 90,000 miles---Rear, Michelin Power Pure SC, these wore round, lasted up to 10,000 miles or so. Front, SilverWing was never tire fussy for me, SilverWing tires are Bias ply from maker Honda.
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PostSubject: Re: Replacement Tyres   Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:37 pm

I don't know what 'bias' means. I'm guessing the Hoops are radial. Usually the tire has the word radial on the sidewall. The two types made by the same mfg. may look alike and THAT can be a problem.

A radial tire is constructed with steel belts of the tire running at a 90 degree angle of the tread center line.
A bias ply tire is constructed with nylon belts of the tire running at a 30-45 degree angle of the tread center line.
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PostSubject: Re: Replacement Tyres   Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:39 pm

Don't mix radial and bias. Nobody makes a radial rear 150/70/13. Front MAYBE 120/80/14.
Pirelli makes 3 different types for SW. All bias. Diablo Rosso newest. Rear is a dual compound center is a harder rubber and sides softer this helps it last longer.

Diablo is a older design been around awhile I think there going away. Middle of tire no tread.

Angel is another newer one maybe the one you saw tread is across center of tire. They make a rear tire in SW size but no front 120/80-14 strange. I've used Angel tires on other bikes before OK tire.
Angel name has been around a few years just not in scooter sizes.
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PostSubject: Re: Replacement Tyres   Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:16 am

Radial tires are generally more expensive than the older bias design. Dunlop makes a bias Elite-3 and a radial Elite-3 for the Goldwing. These should not be mixed. I had the radials on mine and they last a long time, over 15K on the rear one! Never done that with a bike before.

Not sure on the Silver Wing as I use the stock IRC's (on 2nd set)and am very happy with them.
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PostSubject: Re: Replacement Tyres   Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:35 am

Not to fan the flames of controversy but... On my '03 Silverwing, I ran a 165/70R-13 Sumitomo radial car tire on the rear. It lasted over 40,000 miles until I retired it (no pun intended) because the corners were wearing a bit. The tread depth had another 20K miles still remaining though.

If Sumitomo still made that tire size I'd have one one my current Silverwing.

So yes, you can mix radial & bias ply tires.

Re Pirelli tires; Pirellis are excellent and about half the price of Hoops. Great traction especially in the wet, but expect to replace the rear tire ~8000 miles.

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PostSubject: Re: Replacement Tyres   Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:02 pm

Thanks everybody for your input. I told you it was a minefield, yes, a bit like the 'oil' topic ! Anyhow, I think I'll check out the Pirelli for the rear. We're going to Southampton next week for a few days and I reckon it's gonna be wet and it got me thinking about my borderline Hoop on the rear. No time to change it now.

I'll do some research on a replacement rear when we get back.

BTW, Cosmic_Jumper, how did you go round corners with a car tyre on your SW?.... Upright?
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PostSubject: Re: Replacement Tyres   Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:44 pm

Loosebearing wrote:
BTW, Cosmic_Jumper, how did you go round corners with a car tyre on your SW?.... Upright?

Radial car tires have more flexible side walls than do bias ply tires. So when cornering the car tire contact patch stays flat on the road surface and the side wall flexes & squishes.

It takes a bit of getting use to when switching from a MC tire to a radial CT. But that difference in feel is somewhat like riding an underinflated MC tire over tar snakes. Sometimes too it can take a bit more concentration (wrong word) to put the bike into a turn, mainly because the bike wants to stay straight upright. But you soon come to terms with that and become one with the ride. It's the same as coming to terms with the quirks & nuances of any bike.

I really appreciated my time with the Sumitomo radial tire and wish they were still available.

Here is a link to Bandito2's informative piece of Darksiding: http://mcdarksiders.forumotion.com/t7188-for-maxi-scooters-the-darkside-according-to-bandito2-part-1-2

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PostSubject: Re: Replacement Tyres   Sat Nov 10, 2018 5:59 am

Dramhunter wrote:
Hi, I know this has been covered but the last post seems to have been last year. Anyone any updated recommendations for tyres for the Swing? Mine's a 2010, currently still on the factory fits of Bridgestone Hoops which I think are fine in the dry and just ok in the wet.

Also, can anyone provide instructions as to removing the rear wheel? I don't have a manual but pretty competent DIY mechanic.

cheers

there is an excellent video on youtube that shows the steps involved.

be sure you have a torque wrench available when reinstalling.  the 27mm socket is 1/2" drive and uses a big 'ole torquer..  I used 1/4" drive sockets for everything else.

remember the muffler attaches to the rear of the muffler mount (reminds me I need to properly reinstall mine!!)

I will ditto everything mentioned by bandito about using a car tire. I have about 250 miles on my darkside and his observations are spot on.
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PostSubject: Re: Replacement Tyres   Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:58 am

As pointed out before, Dark side is ideal for you American folk but out of the question in UK.

It invalidates insurances (Which you wouldn't get in the first case- but would love somebody to try) stopped by LEO fined and bike prohibited.

It was hard enough "sanding" the rear wheel only writing on the Suzuki RV125 to do the fat front conversion (which made the bike corner like a punctured space hopper
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PostSubject: Re: Replacement Tyres   Sat Nov 10, 2018 2:49 pm

Well, a can of worms for sure. Cosmic_Jumper, I read the 'Dark Side' write up...fascinating and certainly food for thought. I think I'll stick with the Hoops for now. As for removing and replacing the rear wheel, it's a sinch. As stated above, check out the you tube videos.

We're off for a trip tomorrow for a couple of days and expecting rain, just hope the rear Hoop holds out. It will be a steady ride. The trees are shedding their leaves in these high winds so got to be extra careful.

My main concern is finding totally waterproof gloves without using handlebar muffs....oops, another can of worms?
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PostSubject: Re: Replacement Tyres   Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:00 am

Keep a close eye on the tyre as the last bit of tread can disappear very quickly as I found out in the Black Forest! A good way to get dry hands is the Rain off lobster claw over mitts, mine did me very well in New Zealand so I brought them back to UK .
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PostSubject: Re: Replacement Tyres   Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:48 am

I also have a Rain-Off lobster claws, and a pair of their 1 plus 3 finger rain gloves too.
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PostSubject: Re: Replacement Tyres   Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:05 pm

Aerostich has three finger over mitts that do not leak---available in long or short cuffs. Really work, I use them in real dry cold, too with insulated ski gloves underneath.

Dry or cold hands can be real problem----maybe I will try heated grips on the future.
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PostSubject: Re: Replacement Tyres   Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:44 pm

Even though I've had heated grips fitted to last three maxi scooters and also had them on a few BMW's in my biking days, I've never really been that impressed by the performance of heated grips, and the latest ones fitted to Honda and Yamaha maxi scooters are more than £200 a set. They add nothing to the resale value of the scooter either.

I now think they're more of a placebo than an efficient way of keeping your hands warm. Thick glove palms or foam grips stop heat getting through to your palms, and even turned up full they're only warming the palms of your hands. The windchill on the backs of your gloves rapidly disperses their efficiency, especially if your screen doesn't block the wind and cold onto them.

I've tried various handlebar muffs and they're a bit of a faff too. They're OK for short rides, and I've never bought into this 'wearing summer gloves and my hands are toasty warm' nonsense. Try a night ride over the Pennines at night in Autumn or Winter when the temperature plummets and see if that theory holds up. Muffs can also foul switches and brake levers, and with a crowded left handlebar switch set up you and winter gloved hands you end up pressing the horn instead of indicators.

As I already have a Keis heated jacket, I bought a pair of their heated inner gloves last winter which I can connect to the jacket or use on their own. I haven't used them yet, mainly because I have winter gloves and lobster claw mitts, and I've usually done riding for the day when my extremities start feeling the cold.





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PostSubject: Re: Replacement Tyres   Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:51 pm

How about just wearing snowmobiler gloves, worked for me when I rode cold weather.
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PostSubject: Re: Replacement Tyres   Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:22 am

I have two pairs of gloves, one a Bilt mesh leather pair for most of the year (warm riding) and a pair of BMW kevlar gloves for winter use. I have ridden down to 30 degrees F and the insulated kevlar gloves do fine and I don't have to plug them in LOL Being realistic, I am sure most of us just choose to use a cage when cold weather hits...
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