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The Relic
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PostSubject: Front tires   Front tires I_icon_minitimeFri Mar 21, 2014 7:36 pm

Well...I know this is like  deadhorse but, what's the consensus on the Best front tire for a trike setup?
I have the DS tire on the back because someone told me to come to the Darkside because they have cookies applause 
Well, I came ...Now with your help hopefully I will find a good front tire.
Great group...thanks for the tons of info on this forum applause
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john grinsel
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PostSubject: Re: Front tires   Front tires I_icon_minitimeSat Mar 22, 2014 2:02 pm

First is trail changed?? Steering damper?? done right that will maybe lengthen tire life-----do you have handlebar wobble on decel?? That eats tire life

Ideal trike set up/conversion should include altered trail fork. steering damper, different rim so car tire can be used on bike that does not bank.

Front left stock----any low priced scooter tire that is as least S speed rated, proper load rated or maybe the max load capacity scooter tire in proper size Got lots of money? maybe EML in Holland can come up with car rim that would work.

My take-----SilverWing was not designed to be trike----strains on bike created by trike?? No safety approval standards for trike conversions in US.

I think a lot of old farts ( I am 75) who never had much 2 wheel skill when they were young find trikes appealing-----sidecar would be more fun (Texas Sidecar) but requires skill to go down road in a decent manner. Have considerable 3 wheel experience----2 Messerschmitts and 40 years of sidecar use.
3 wheels need to be watched----most roads --mud snow,groves tend to work better with 2 track vehicles.
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PostSubject: Re: Front tires   Front tires I_icon_minitimeSat Mar 22, 2014 2:46 pm

john ,just to let you know not all trike conversion kit needs to change the rack setting ( triple tree) . My trike kit does not require to replace the rack setting on any of there trike kit model. there is no head shake. I am not as old a fart as you are ,I am a experience rider that no longer can ride a regular MC or scooter other then triking my ride to keep on riding .( You won't get rid of me that easy). As for front mc tire my first tire was a Avon striker that fell apart , half the tire cupped 1/4" groves every 4"in less then 4k kl tire defect. Now I have Misheline pure sport with dual rubber compound.I have more then 10k kl with my trike and no sign of warring out with 2 once balancing bead's and runs very smooth no vibration .My trike kit came with balancing beads also. motorcycle
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PostSubject: Re: Front tires   Front tires I_icon_minitimeSat Mar 22, 2014 3:32 pm

I run Bridgestone on my trike. Now have over 6'000 Miles on it and she still good for another trip from Florida to Oklahoma. I keep a eye on and check for cupping. Am out to lunch on a car tire next time around but a 165/65 car tire for the rear going on next week. My front is starting is stock and Wing is a 2004 and has had Voyages kit on since New.

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PostSubject: Front tires   Front tires I_icon_minitimeSat Mar 22, 2014 3:52 pm

John, Tinman, thanks for the replies.
I have owned Bmw K75RT with sidecar: Needed new triple tree, rear conversion for car tire rim, and steering damper.
Apparently this bike needs none of that.
Time will tell.
I also am in the "old fart range" and probably owned 30 + bikes over the years. I love to do all of my own work as well as engine rebuilding and painting.
My number one priority is safety.
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