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PostSubject: New Tire Experience   New Tire Experience I_icon_minitimeTue Oct 20, 2020 5:40 pm

Although I no longer have SilverWing----I like to ride/have new bikes with warranty---I have new KymcoXTown 300i-ABS----somewhat lighter than SilverWing for old farts, and of course much cheaper.

XTown uses same size tires as SilverWing----my favorite tire for The over 90,000 SilverWing miles I rode was/is Michelin Power Pure SC---like them because they wore round!

Right now just installed fresh,pn XTown, F & R Heidenau K-66 Not the cheapest in US market K-66 Run at standard pressures they work well, great in wet. I am familiar with this factory from DDR days and MZ sidecar outfits---in this use they lasted long and never had casing failure.

I think they would work well with SilverWing 600.
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PostSubject: Re: New Tire Experience   New Tire Experience I_icon_minitimeFri Oct 23, 2020 8:13 am

John, I have heard of the Heidenau tires, always good stuff. Please keep us posted on your experiences with them.
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PostSubject: Re: New Tire Experience   New Tire Experience I_icon_minitimeFri Oct 23, 2020 9:01 am

Heidenau is the name of of the tyre manufacturers formerly known as Pneumant in pre-unification Germany. Pneumant were the OE tyres on the East German MZ motorcycles, one rather hard wearing compound and old style front and rear tread patterns.

They were an OK tyre, our bike journo's slated them in MZ magazine road tests back in the day. MZ riders and enthusiasts who rode all year round used them until worn down and then replaced them with better rubber. I found them no worse than the early  Bridgestone tyres the UJM's of the Seventies were fitted with.

Heidenau is now part of Dunlop and they do have quite an interesting range of scooter tyres including winter tyres. Their tread patterns are interesting too, and any German scooter magazines I buy on my travels usually have an advert or two for them.

How easy they are to purchase in the UK I've no idea,.tyres are similar to fuel and lubricants. There are certain brands you prefer over others and stick with.
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PostSubject: Re: New Tire Experience   New Tire Experience I_icon_minitimeSat Oct 24, 2020 6:30 pm

I just got new tires on my SW this week as well. Dunlop Scoot Smart. What a difference they make .  I suspect the tires that were on the bike were originals since the bike had been ridden only 19,000 miles when I bought it. The Scoot Smart tires make the scooter handle the twisties as well as my BMW C650GT. Not only that there's no head shake. I can go hands off at highway speed and let the scooter coast down to a near stop with no head shake at all. I had though it was built in just like my Goldwings but apparently it isn't.  Part of it might be that the shop has balanced the tires very well. No vibes up to the 90mph that I tested them to.


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PostSubject: Re: New Tire Experience   New Tire Experience I_icon_minitimeSat Oct 24, 2020 7:23 pm

exavid wrote:
I just got new tires on my SW this week as well. Dunlop Scoot Smart.


I am not familiar with these tires but a new set was on my Forza when I got it and I have no complaints. They handle well and stop straight. May consider them when my Wing needs new shoes.
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