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    Vintage looking tires for /5

    I would like to replace the Avon Roadriders that came on my 71 R60/5 to a more vintage looking tire. The look I am going for is that bulbous semi-knobby, what would have come on it originally. What can I get away with size wise with stock fenders and suspension, and what options are out there? The Avons just do not look like they belong on that bike at all, to me. I would much rather prefer some Heidenau K somethingorotherz, or the like. My bike is not the purdiest in the world and I do not carve corners scraping knees like on my K-bike so I am basically looking for that old original balloon look. Thanks for any advice.
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    What about the tires mentioned in this thread?

    http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthread.php?t=64223
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    J.C. Whitney sold Cheng Shin's with the vintage tread. During special sale, I bought front and rear, tubes, and shipping for less than $100 but Cheng Shin went out of business I think. They were great tires. Still got them on my /5. Dunlop makes the vintage tires and lots of people use them. They are more expensive but not too bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 20774 View Post
    What about the tires mentioned in this thread?

    http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthread.php?t=64223
    Yeah, I guess I shouldn't have thrown the word Knobby in my query. Those looked cool on his bike, but that is not the look I am looking for.

    The Vintage Dunlops are lookin pretty sweet!
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    What tires actually originally came on the 71 R60/5? Brand, Size?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KBikeKev View Post
    What tires actually originally came on the 71 R60/5? Brand, Size?
    My guess is Continentals - RB2 in front (3.25x19) and K112 in rear (4.00x18).
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    Quote Originally Posted by 20774 View Post
    My guess is Continentals - RB2 in front (3.25x19) and K112 in rear (4.00x18).
    Oh, I like the look of those Continentals. That may be the ticket! Thanks
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    RB2's became the thing along about '75 or so...Metzelers came new on my R60/6...put some sticky RB's on for the next set, but, even though they handled nicely, I went back to the Metzeler for mileage purposes.

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    I just picked up Heidenaus for my Aermacchi, very vintage looking. Haven't mounted them yet so no opinion on performance
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    Decisions, decisions...Continental RB2, K112, or Heidenau K44, K36, or Metzler ME 11, ME77, or Dunlop K70s?

    I am good with the style of any of these sets, but I really want to make sure I fill the fenders. Anybody got any idea which one would be the fullest looking? I hate the big gap of the current tires between the tire and fender.
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    Fill the gap which way? Inch-sized tires will have a rounder profile vertically and may be slightly taller for a given set of tires. As for the width across the tire, you can look at the specs of the tire to get the approximate dimensions - a 4.00 tire is supposed to be 4 inches while 110 is the width in millimeters. But those will only be approximate.

    Hmmm...I'm more interested about good performance from my tires...how they looked was a little down my list!
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    In the picture attached,(first post) you can see the huge gap between the tire and the fender on the especially on the front. I attribute that to the low profileness of the Avons. I am hoping to yes, get a taller tire , and if it fills up the sides some too, thats cool with me, as long as there are no clearance issues. I want a period looking tire, not too concerned about performance, besides all the ones I listed above should be more than adequate in that category anyway. I don't ride the Rbike very aggressively.

    My "performance" tires are on the Kbike - Metzler Z8 Interacts!!!

    Like I mentioned in the earlier posts, I was looking for that vintage, balloonish looking, fill up the fender area, stock looking 1971 tire.
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    I like Dunlop K70 tires for /5 - a true old school tread design and soft rubber gives good grip
    easy to mount and dismount - true inch size tube tires such as bike was designed for

    Available Motorcycle Superstore and other places online

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    Quote Originally Posted by 20774 View Post
    My guess is Continentals - RB2 in front (3.25x19) and K112 in rear (4.00x18).
    Yes indeed, those are in fact the originally supplied tires from the factory for that era machine. As far as correct look, they are the concourse essential.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doktortim View Post
    Yes indeed, those are in fact the originally supplied tires from the factory for that era machine. As far as correct look, they are the concourse essential.
    Ok, thanks. I think those are the ones I will go with. Now on to my first at home tire change project! Whoopee!

    Thanks again for everyones input.
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