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Post by swells on Wed Nov 21, 2007 9:51 pm

I am a new owner of an ’87 K75S (43,000km). I am wondering what people are running for tires
on the older K bikes. The Metzeler’s on
the bike have just about had it, but the did work well this past summer. Has anyone tried something besides the
Metzeler Lasertec’s?
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Post by Bert on Sat Nov 24, 2007 5:22 pm

I am not a fast rider (most of the time) and I found a good compromise for the K75.
I am using Brigeton spitfires. I like the round profile and they make the bike easier to stear.
Years ago I was using Metzeler ME55 (I think) and they had a square profile. The bike was very heavy in the curves.
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Post by swells on Sun Nov 25, 2007 2:54 pm

I think the Lasertec is based on the ME55A, It has worked
very well and is still an option. Spitfire’s, perhaps, in Bridgestone I
was thinking of the BT45. They are $ cheaper, but I was wondering if they
are also of cheaper quality.
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Post by TREE on Sun Nov 25, 2007 6:33 pm

here's a review of the BT45. I don't think any H or V rated B'stones are cheap quality. YMMV

http://www.reviewcentre.com/reviews89566.html
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Post by r90sLifer on Mon Nov 26, 2007 8:23 am

I typically use Bridgestone Spitfires, S11 I believe on the rear. On
the front I prefer the Metzler LaserTec. I find the front Spitfire a
bit too blocky and if you don't get the tire pressures right or for
whatever other reason they scallop and at parking lot speed feel like
you're riding s 2-wheeled tractor. I have had no such effect from the
Metzler LaserTec . I find these wear evenly on the front. My 2 cents
worth.
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Post by r90sLifer on Mon Nov 26, 2007 8:24 am

P.S. My tire preference is for a 1974 R90S. Cheers.
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Post by swells on Mon Nov 26, 2007 10:16 pm

hey r90SLifer, what color is your 90S. I alway like the Orange/sliver.
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Post by blue-frog on Mon Nov 26, 2007 11:15 pm

r90sLifer wrote:I typically use Bridgestone Spitfires, S11 I believe on the rear. On
the front I prefer the Metzler LaserTec. I find the front Spitfire a
bit too blocky and if you don't get the tire pressures right or for
whatever other reason they scallop and at parking lot speed feel like
you're riding s 2-wheeled tractor. I have had no such effect from the
Metzler LaserTec . I find these wear evenly on the front. My 2 cents
worth.

I have to agree with Amedee about the scalloping of the front spitfire. If your pressure is not right, they wear really fast.

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Post by Alan on Fri Nov 30, 2007 7:05 pm

You might like to take a look at the Dunlop GT501. I've been using them on my R75 and they have been very good. They have a round profile and I have found them a very good tire on both curvy roads and 100 series highways. I typically run 32psi front, 36psi rear and have found them excellent in both wet and dry. Not sure what size the K75 takes,but you might try the following link to check that out.

http://www.dunlopmotorcycle.com/tirecatalog_tire.asp?id=8

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Post by Richard Herring on Sat Feb 02, 2008 9:39 am

I have been using Bridgestone BT 45 They have a rather small dia that puts the speedo out about 10 km/hr. they wear ok but I only get about 7,000 to 8000 km out of them.
Good handling but I am an old lady when I am riding. Mostly touring with a load .
A friend of mine in Chicago is using Metzlers and loves them but I am not sure of the model.
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Post by 1st on Tue Feb 05, 2008 7:45 pm

I mostly used Spitfires during the 55,000 KM I put on my K75s. I used the LaserTec for one fitting and found that they didn't wear any better than the Spitfires and they cost more, so I went back to the spitfires. I echo what everyone has said about tire pressure and scalloping on the front tire. I used to notice a distinct shake at about 75km/hr which would disappear again over about 80.
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