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New Rubber For My Ride! UPDATE

After long research and contemplating, I decided to get some new tires. I went with a stock size because I personally could not see much of a benefit of a 150 or bigger on a small & light bike. However when looking for tires I ran across something that tweaked my interest....a 130/70/17 tire with similar specs to a 140/70/17 and a 110/70/17 with similar specs to a 120/70/17. Now I know sometimes things can be misprinted or fudged, But i had nothing to lose if these particular 130/70/17's were in fact only 130/70/17. The tires I ordered to replace my OEM IRC Roadwinners were the Continental Conti Go. At first glance I really liked the tread pattern, then the profile. By all accounts they feel very sturdy and look a lil beefy for a 130 and a 110. I have yet to break them in good.

Check out the specs. from Dennis Kirk.

Continental Conti Go 130/70-17 M/C 62H

Dimensions:
Inflated Width/Measuring Rim Width: 5.59 in./3.50 in.
Inflated Diameter: 24.63 in.
Acceptable Rim Width: 3.50 in.-4.00 in.
Deepest Tread Depth: 7/32 in.
Balance DOT: No
Directional Arrow: Yes
Speed Rating: H-Rated up to 130 MPH

Capacities and Construction:
Load Capacity/Inflation Pressure: 584 lbs./42 PSI
Load Range: B
Bias or Radial Ply: Bias
Tread Plies/Material: 4 Nylon
Sidewall Plies/Material: 3 Nylon
DOT Approved for Road Use: Yes
Tube or Tubeless: Tubeless

Continental Conti Go 110/70-17 M/C 54H


Dimensions:
Inflated Width/Measuring Rim Width: 4.76 in./3.00 in.
Inflated Diameter: 23.46 in.
Acceptable Rim Width: 2.75 in.-3.50 in.
Deepest Tread Depth: 5/32 in.
Balance DOT: Yes-One Red
Directional Arrow: Yes
Speed Rating: H-Rated up to 130 MPH

Capacities and Construction:
Load Capacity/Inflation Pressure: 467 lbs./42 PSI
Load Range: B
Bias or Radial Ply: Bias
Tread Plies/Material: 3 Nylon
Sidewall Plies/Material: 2 Nylon
DOT Approved for Road Use: Yes
Tube or Tubeless: Tubeless

IRC 140/70-17 M/C 66H ROAD WINNER RX-01

Dimensions:
Inflated Width/Measuring Rim Width: 5.50 in./4.00 in.
Inflated Diameter: 24.6 in.
Acceptable Rim Width: 4.00 in.
Deepest Tread Depth: 7/32 in.
Balance DOT: Yes-Yellow
Directional Arrow: Yes
Speed Rating: H-Rated up to 130 MPH

Capacities and Construction:
Load Capacity/Inflation Pressure: 661 lbs./41 PSI
Load Range: B
Bias or Radial Ply: Bias
Tread Plies/Material: 4 Nylon
Sidewall Plies/Material: 2 Nylon
DOT Approved for Road Use: Yes
Tube or Tubeless: Tubeless

IRC 120/70-17 M/C 58H ROAD WINNER RX-01


Dimensions:
Inflated Width/Measuring Rim Width: 4.70 in./3.50 in.
Inflated Diameter: 23.8 in.
Acceptable Rim Width: 3.50 in.
Deepest Tread Depth: 6/32 in.
Balance DOT: Yes-Yellow
Directional Arrow: Yes
Speed Rating: H-Rated up to 130 MPH

Capacities and Construction:
Load Capacity/Inflation Pressure: 520 lbs./41 PSI
Load Range: B
Bias or Radial Ply: Bias
Tread Plies/Material: 3 Nylon
Sidewall Plies/Material: 2 Nylon
DOT Approved for Road Use: Yes
Tube or Tubeless: Tubeless-Can be used with a tube

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File Type: jpg Conti Go 130-70-17_5.JPG (80.8 KB, 21 views)
File Type: jpg Conti Go 130-70-17_4.JPG (95.5 KB, 17 views)
File Type: jpg Conti Go 110-70-17_1.JPG (175.2 KB, 4 views)
File Type: jpg Conti Go 110-70-17_3.JPG (197.1 KB, 4 views)

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Re: New Rubber For My Ride!

BTW, My IRC's had over 10,000 miles on them!!!

My next upgrade tomorrow will be new front and rear brake pads.
EBC FA197HH Sintered copper alloy pads on the front
EBC FA197 Pads on the rear
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File Type: jpg IRC RW(2) 130-70-17.jpg (97.5 KB, 12 views)
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Re: New Rubber For My Ride!

Nice, new rubber. I like the new thin ones, you can barely tell you have one on.


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Re: New Rubber For My Ride!

Stop riding in a staight line all the time, poor tires.

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Can't help it. There's not enough curves and twisties out in the country. 10-15 miles each way sends me past some corn or cotton fields. BTW I know what the roads are like in the OBX too.
Besides that was a good 10,000 miles on not so great tires

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I use more of my tires zipping thought traffic, juice and lean. Make your own twisties.

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Oh I do! Called exit off ramps!
Be careful In the OBX with all that juice and leaning. You know the sand can be a b****!!!
Say...does the stealth prototype have dune buggy wheels on it!!!

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Re: New Rubber For My Ride!

sweet tires Ghost. I've seen a lot of hype on the Go's for a while now. I think they'll be strong contenders to the BT-90's, which seem to be about the stickiest one can get with the 250... Correct me if I'm wrong.

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Re: New Rubber For My Ride!

Bike Magazine did an article in December 2008 (http://issuu.com/motorcyclenews/docs/bikedec08) on about 5 other tires along with the Conti. The Conti rated four out of five stars. It turned out to be the lightest and the cheapest in the test. Pirelli Sport Demon and Metzeler Lasertec.... 2 stars. :'(
The BT-90 is a straight up Sport Radial, so it is going to stick. You can definitely hit the track with them. The Conti Go is a Sport/touring Bias-ply tire. Continental says it is an all around tire. We will soon see which. I am not a racer myself. I prefer touring better, but let me find a track. I will definitely test them out.

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sweet, can't wait!

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