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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-28-2003, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
 
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Does anyone who makes good stickey sport tires in an 18" rear and a 19" front. Am working on switching my 83 KZ750 to 17" wheels, but until I can would like to find some good tires. Ones on the bike are Metzlers, a ME1 on the rear and a ME880 front and they just don't stick that good in the twisties.
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19 on the front/18 on the rear?

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rhino105 I understand your problem 100% asd I also have 2 bikes (BMW R75/6 and Yamaha SR500) with 19 front and 18 rear and have the same problem finding tires.
I never managed to get really sporty tires for them, so I have Metzelers on the BMW and Bridgestones on the Yamaha.
Both bikes had standard sizes 4.00-18rear and 3.25-19 front.

On the BMW I have a Metzeler ME77 4.00-18 (not too sticky but last long) on the rear and ME33 Lazer 100/90-18 (much better than the rear) on the front.

On the Yamaha I use Bridgestone Exedra 120/90-18 on the rear and Bridgestone Exedra 100/90-18 on the front.
The front Exedra (I don't recall the exact Model number) is originally designed for Customs but it's soft and gives good handling. If you want me to go and see the actual model number just let me know. It's something like G5XXX I think.

I also ride a ZR7 with the legendary KZ750 engine like yours, it's got 17 inch wheels!! Maybe you should get a pair of these, then you can use 120/70-17 and 160/60-18.

I hope this info is useful to you.
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Thanks for the info, I will look into it. I am planning on switching over to later model wheels in the future when time and finances allow it. Just wanting to find something that sticks better till that happens. Yes, wantanaprilia, back in the dark ages most sportbikes of the time had 19" front and 18" rear wheels. Bike is an 83 KZ 750.
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Re: Tires for older bikes

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Does anyone who makes good stickey sport tires in an 18" rear and a 19" front. Am working on switching my 83 KZ750 to 17" wheels, but until I can would like to find some good tires. Ones on the bike are Metzlers, a ME1 on the rear and a ME880 front and they just don't stick that good in the twisties.

im riding an XS750 D cafe racer and i dont like long lasting hard tyres and am currently in love with the BT45's they stick like glue and are available in the sizes you will need.

gorilla at heart forever
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Check out Avon. They make race compound tires for all of the Vintage bikes.
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