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    Quote Originally Posted by Kadmos View Post
    Nice bike Lost Cause. That's a great look!

    Would you agree with longdistance rider that my best bet is 3.00 19 front 3.50 18 rear?

    Or should I be measuring my rims?

    Are there common metric equivalents?
    3.00 * 19 front and 3.5 * 18 rear is the stock setup for a reason... it's great for geometry and handling etc...

    But none of the good makers are making quality rubber in those sizes ... ultimately that's why I went to 2.15" rims.

    In metric you want to shoot for 80/90 front and 90/90 or 100/90 rear. Good luck finding a good set in those sizes though

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    Ugg. Basically not finding much of anything in those sizes. I'm guessing 100/90 X 19 isn't going to work? I'm barely finding 90/90.

    So what are most people doing? Spending about $100 on one or two choices? Going outside of spec to some common size? and if so what? Switching rims? And if so to what?

    I hate buying tires. I get the same brand in the same size for my Jeep and have been doing that for 20 years.

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    Well, I found a Duro ribbed 3.00-19 for about 60 bucks. Sound about right? Opinions?

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    Changing rims one size wider can be done, you're talking about a new rim plus spokes then relacing the wheel. Not a cheap solution.
    The thing about wider tires, other than the rim width safety factor, is that the bead is still the same width when installed so now the tire is bending inward further which has the effect of decreasing the rubber contact patch to the road.
    $60 isn't a bad price, I don't know anything about Duro tires. I view tires as the most important thing on the bike. If you suddenly get a flat things get really ugly really fast, not like a car. So for me I'll gladly pay for the highest quality tire I can find.
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    I can get wanting the best. For me this bike is likely to get really occasional light use.

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    Nothing wrong with duro tires in general, I'm not affiliated nor do I have them personally, but googling "duro motorcycle tire reviews" gets some reviews to read both positive and negative.

    It looks like the 317 front pairs with the 314 rear for a vintage look, but probably vintage performance too...
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    https://www.shinkotireusa.com/produc...-series/211922
    There is also the Shinko Series 244. You would have to go to a 2.75 x19 front.

    You would get better selection by lacing an 18 inch rear rim onto the front hub but you would need 18" front spokes as mentioned. The CL fender also looks a little strange with an 18" rim. I use a 3.00 x 18 on my CL with the rear rim on the front hub.

    I prefer the Shinkos over the Duro but either one will be fine for what you want. Also it won't hurt to go to a 2.75 front tire on your CL with a 3.50 rear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomer343 View Post
    https://www.shinkotireusa.com/produc...-series/211922
    There is also the Shinko Series 244. You would have to go to a 2.75 x19 front.

    You would get better selection by lacing an 18 inch rear rim onto the front hub but you would need 18" front spokes as mentioned. The CL fender also looks a little strange with an 18" rim. I use a 3.00 x 18 on my CL with the rear rim on the front hub.

    I prefer the Shinkos over the Duro but either one will be fine for what you want. Also it won't hurt to go to a 2.75 front tire on your CL with a 3.50 rear.
    That's an interesting idea, I do have a decent rear rim on my parts bike. Any specifics I should know about what spokes to use? or can I use the spokes from the rear I already have?

    That Shinko 244 seems to be a dual sport, does it handle well on the streets?

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    You cannot use rear spokes on the front ... the rear hub is a difference size than the front hub

    I had custom stainless spokes turned by a guy in thailand. Cost 120 for the pair. Then put TUSK impact 2.15*18 rims om bith yhe front and back. Cost 100$ a rim.

    The 120$ for custom spokes is a great deal of you can get it. Mine fit perfectly. Buchannons is more than twice that.

    I have no complaints about the TUSK impact rims they are a steal at 100$ ... my wife crashed the bike into a tree ... many parts needed replaced... the rim was perfect still though.

    If you go to 2.15 ... you can get any rubber you want. All in you are looking at about 350$ before rubber to do so though.

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    I have a pair of Duro tires on my CL350. They have 3000 miles on them so far and I'm happy with them. They handle well, perform fine in the rain, and seem to be wearing well, too. I bought the 2 tires, 2 tubes, and 2 rim strips from Dennis Kirk a few years ago and the whole order was less than $120. The tires I bought were a 3.25-19 front (HF317) and a 3.50-18 rear (HF314). The stock front tire should be a 3.00-19, but the Duro 3.25 I bought is on the narrow side of that size tire.

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