T 120 Lack Of Tires On The Market.

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  1. Woodtickgreg

    Woodtickgreg Well-Known Member

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    Well I have riden my bonneville long enough to agree that the stock pirellis are garbage tires. Avon are non existent in the USA. I think the spirits are being discontinued and the mkll are impossible to find. So I don't have many options it seems. There's the new michelins that they are putting on the new bikes but I've read mixed reviews on them. Continental road attack 3's get good reviews but again are pretty hard to find. The have a road attack 4 but I've never seen it in the odd front tire size the Bonnie has 100/90-18 seems very hard to find. Bridgestone are just ok. If I'm going to change the tires I want something way better than what it came with stock. Anybody else have a hard time finding tires?
     
  2. learningtofly

    learningtofly He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!
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    Over here they're now supplied with Michelin Road Classics on them. I've only done a few hundred miles on mine but I have to say that I have no complaints... there are certainly none of the usual failings of the older stock tyres fitted to the modern classic range.

    Otherwise, I agree with regard to the limited options if you want the exact size. There is some leeway, though, and I'm likely to go for Dunlop Mutants when I change as they're more akin to the look I'd like for the bike.
     
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  3. jdwalmsley

    jdwalmsley Well-Known Member

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    I've had really good performance from the Metzler Roadtec 01 on my 2020 T120.
     
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  4. triumph900

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    I like Road Attacks but last time I was looking there was a pretty substantial back order going on. Hopefully things are better now...?
     
  5. Markus

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    You may take Bridgestone BT46. I used them on my T120 without any issues!;)
     
  6. Woodtickgreg

    Woodtickgreg Well-Known Member

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    Not any better, they are hard to find in the states. It seems like all tires are hard to find in the sizes our bonnevilles take. The new michelin classics are readily available and I may try those. Since avon closed the British factory the have been unobtanium.
     
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  7. Cape Cod Carl

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    Hi, had the Avons on my 2016 Bonneville and liked them but when they weren't available put on Avon Roadtec 01 , like them even better! have 21,000 on bike about 2,000 on the Avons
     
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  8. Woodtickgreg

    Woodtickgreg Well-Known Member

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    Cant find those either.
     
  9. Stu23

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    If you go up a size on the front, to a 110/80 you can fit Bridgestone radials front and rear. They are basically the same diameter, slightly wider, fit with no issues. I use BT023, which are an older design available for sensible money here in UK, but more than good enough for a retro style bike. I've used them on much more powerful Triumphs in the past. They are a massive improvement on the standard tyres. If BT023 are unavailable, or not cheap, the newer ones are T30, T31 and T32. All excellent, progressively newer and more expensive.

    Use 110/80ZR18 front, 150/70ZR17 rear.
     
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  10. Woodtickgreg

    Woodtickgreg Well-Known Member

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    That's great advice, thank you for that. I'll look into it and see what I can find here in the states.
     
  11. RevPaul

    RevPaul Senior Member

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    I think @Cape Cod Carl probably meant Metzeler Raodtec01 as recommended by @jdwalmsley, they’re also recommended by Ride magazine here in the UK. And I’m also curious why you’re considering changing front tyre size to go with Bridgestone BT023 when @Markus has recommended the Bridgestone BT46 also from ridden experience, or are Bridgestone and Metzeler not available in the USA?

    Hope you find something soon.
     
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  12. Cape Cod Carl

    Cape Cod Carl Member

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    I'm glad one of us knows what I was trying to say ! METZELERS is correct !
     
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  13. Woodtickgreg

    Woodtickgreg Well-Known Member

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    The batlax tires do not get a high score here in reviews, just kind of mediocre. If I'm going to upgrade the tires I'm wanting a much better tire than the stock pirelli tires.
    This is all just rather frustrating.
    The continental road attacks get good reviews but are also out of stock everywhere here.
     
  14. learningtofly

    learningtofly He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!
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    Bear in mind, too, that the stock tyres may well be a lesser spec than the retail version of the same. Triumph are quite naughty when ot comes to tyres (as, I'm sure, are many others).
     
  15. triumph900

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    #15 triumph900, Oct 6, 2023
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    A round 2X4 would be better than OE!

    On a more serious note, it's troubling that Road Attacks are still backordered. I ran into this in the US in the summer when looking for tires for my wife's Street Twin. Settled for Pirelli Sport Demons. They're OK at best, but they are an improvement over OE.
     
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  16. Woodtickgreg

    Woodtickgreg Well-Known Member

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    So right now the only tire I can get a set of are michelin road classics. That is the new oem tire for the bonnevile. I'm going to wait and see if tires come back into stock over the winter and maybe I can pick up a set of something better then.
    I have noticed on hard acceleration the rear of the bike gets real squirrely. It's the tires. Front end has a shimmy at certain speeds, it's the tires. A great bike with crappy tires. I had hoped everyone was wrong about the tires and that I could just live with them but unfortunately they where right, the tires are crap!
     
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