Street Twin Tyres

Discussion in 'Tyres' started by Paul Bamsey, May 27, 2022.

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  1. Paul Bamsey

    Paul Bamsey New Member

    May 27, 2022
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    I have just done 2800 miles and my Pirelli F-100/90-18 M/C 56H tyre needs replacing...Is this normal or should i go for a different make?

    thanks

    Paul
     
  2. Geoff Butler

    Geoff Butler Never too old for Biking!
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    Welcome Paul :cool:

    Replacing the factory fitted Pirelli Phantom tyres is a recurring conversation on Triumph forums.

    I personally replaced mine at about 2000 miles because I lost confidence in them and found the handling a bit unpredictable at times. I went for Avon Roadrider MkII tyres front and back, which transformed the handling.

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  3. Paul Bamsey

    Paul Bamsey New Member

    May 27, 2022
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    Magic. Thanks I’ll change my tyres.
     
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  4. ian650

    ian650 Well-Known Member

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    I have not long got rid of my ST. I found the Phantoms bloody awful to be quite honest. They may look "period" or whatever other adjective you want to use but they white line terrible, my back one (radial)wouldn't wear out but the front (cross-ply) wore out in no time at all. I fitted Conti Road attack 3. Fabulous tyre for me. Pity the bike didn't match the tyres, but that's another story.
    I'm sure you'll be pleased with anything other than the Pirellis. Let us know how you get on
     
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  5. triumph900

    triumph900 Active Member

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    I ditched the crap OEM tires on T120 early on. Went to Avon Storm initially now have Conti Road Attack 3. So far the RA3 are my favorite.
    My wife still has OEM on here Street Twin. I am trying to talk her into RA3 but she seems content with originals so far. I hope she wears the out soon!
     
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  6. Pokitren

    Pokitren New Member

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    I have a question. If Pirellis are not very good tires, why doesn't the factory make them better? Is this a marketing ploy for other tire manufacturers? :)
     
  7. Geoff Butler

    Geoff Butler Never too old for Biking!
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    Good question and I suspect that only Triumph know the answer! :confused:

    To be fair to Pirelli, it seems that the Phantom tyres aren't all bad but it depends on where they are made (according to my local tyre fitter).
     
  8. Pokitren

    Pokitren New Member

    Jun 15, 2022
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    If not in China, is it possible to try? :)
     
  9. Geoff Butler

    Geoff Butler Never too old for Biking!
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    I got the impression from my tyre fitter that the ones you buy in the UK are not the same as the ones fitted in the factory. I don't have mine anymore but I think the country of manufacture is stamped on the side walls and the front and back tyres come from different countries.
     
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  10. triumph900

    triumph900 Active Member

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    Looks for one. They supposedly look like retro tires. That may be, but the problem is they feel retro. I suspect cost is involved as well.
    I suppose they aren't the worst tire, but given a choice, I certainly would never buy them.
     
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  11. Pokitren

    Pokitren New Member

    Jun 15, 2022
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    They probably didn't put enough rubber in the tires, so they're not as good. Thanks, I will choose.
     
  12. Pegscraper

    Pegscraper Elite Member

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    OEM tyres are matched to the bike for a variety of reasons. The Street Twin is at the budget end of the Triumph range so I reckon cost will come into it. Obviously much depends on the rider and how he/she rides as to wether they like a particular tyre. I remember the OEM tyres, possibly Bridgestones, fitted to the 1000RX back in the '80's were great, until they got to about 3/4 worn, then the bike developed a horrible head shake at 130+ (autobahns only) which was very unnerving. I replaced them with some Metzelers, ME99A's IIRC and you could wear those almost bald with no falloff in performance.
    I fitted some Dunlops Sportmax's to my FZR1000 in '91 and I thought they were great they so a mate of mine fitted them to his early GRXR750 fully expecting the same result but he said they were garbage, bordering on dangerous. We went to the RR&SB show at Ally Pally that year and he asked a guy on the Dunlop stand for a tyre recommendation for his GSXR. He recommended Kxxx's, can't remember the number, upon which my mate said, "not Sportmax's then?", to which the guy replied, no no no, don't fit those, they'll destroy the handling, he was going on about suspension geometry and frame rigidity. My mate bought a pair, right there, and they were perfect, as you might expect! :joy:
     
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  13. Obijohnkenobe

    Obijohnkenobe Member

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    Just fitted Conti RA3's to my Street Cup. Has become a different bike! Wish I had dumped the Pirellis years ago.
     
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