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I'm shopping for new tires for my project. From searching on the forums it looks like the tire sizes are 3.25 x 18 front and 3.50 x 18 rear? I'm having a difficult time finding a tire in the 3.25 x 18 size range. Any suggestions? Can I go a different size such as 3.0 x18?

Thanks in advance!
 

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I run a 3.0 X 18 on mine. Works fine. I use the Duro brand. Great tire for the money!
 

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Thanks for the answer, 3.25 is very near impossible for me to find, especially in a matched set. I'm a little leery of the Duro brand. Read some pretty nasty reviews on their car tires. I'll have to check see whats in my budget, maybe it will be a temporary solution because they are inexpensive.
 

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Ronny, his member info says Iowa, which is in the middle of the USA.

NVM, I see his info has updated.
 

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Yeah, didnt notice it till you pointed it out Znab. Thanks for the heads up : )

Anyway, looking at mid-priced tires, looking at IRC GS-11. Has a nice vintage look and not too expensive with decent reviews. I'd point to the site I'm looking at, but I hate to give free advertisements to a website that doesnt sponsor the forums. They dont carry Metzeler or Avon, at least not the my size.

This bike has been an expensive hobby so far, really expensive for a poor guy.
 

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I did a lot of work on a bomber with IRC vintage 'tribute' tires. The rear one started to come apart at around 2 years and 2500 miles. considering the price, that actually might not be unacceptable.
 

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I have seen these tires a few times, don't have any first hand knowledge or reviews for you, they do come in the size you are looking for in front and rear at a good price, and the tread pattern matches the period look for the K0, so they could be a possibility. Where in Iowa are you? I am in Dyersville.:)

Heidenau K34 Vintage Motorcycle Tire 3.25-18 Front or Rear - K3432518 - MotorcycleTire.com
They are the right size, but about 2x the cost of IRC's. Thanks for the link though!

I'm down in Iowa City. Sadly dont see many vintage bikes rolling around down here.
 

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Yep cost is alway's a factor, If your able you should try to attend the Vintage Motorcycle Rally in Anamosa, I went last year, got 2nd place cafe racer, was not planning on that. Its a great time and good place to meet up with some nice folks who have vintage bikes. Not to many vintage bikes around Dyersville either but my be I will see you at the Rally.

Vintage Rally 2014 » National Motorcycle Museum
 

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Yep cost is alway's a factor, If your able you should try to attend the Vintage Motorcycle Rally in Anamosa, I went last year, got 2nd place cafe racer, was not planning on that. Its a great time and good place to meet up with some nice folks who have vintage bikes. Not to many vintage bikes around Dyersville either but my be I will see you at the Rally.

Vintage Rally 2014 » National Motorcycle Museum
Thanks for the heads up on that, didnt know about it, looks fun!

I know its a ways away, ever go to the March swap meet in Humboldt,IA? Wondering if its worth the 3 1/2 hour drive.
 

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DevilClown,

You can see a post here I started about searching for K0 tyres in OEM dimensions - http://www.hondatwins.net/forums/59-tires-wheels-brakes/26414-450-k0-tyre-suggestions.html

I should update that post as I did go with the Heidenau tyres, though I just haven't had a chance to mount them, unfortunately. They've been sitting for the past two months.
The quality of the tyre looks really good, I'm confident they will perform ok from all reports I've heard.
I will update the thread once I get the tires mounted, hopefully in the next couple of weeks.
 

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DevilClown,

You can see a post here I started about searching for K0 tyres in OEM dimensions - http://www.hondatwins.net/forums/59-tires-wheels-brakes/26414-450-k0-tyre-suggestions.html

I should update that post as I did go with the Heidenau tyres, though I just haven't had a chance to mount them, unfortunately. They've been sitting for the past two months.
The quality of the tyre looks really good, I'm confident they will perform ok from all reports I've heard.
I will update the thread once I get the tires mounted, hopefully in the next couple of weeks.

Thanks, I did indeed check that out before I made my post. My tire souce doesnt carry 3.25 x 18, but good to know a 4.00 x 18 wont work well in the rear. I'm going with the IRC's for sure. Had that brand on a different bike ( not sure of model # tires ) and they worked out well enough for this Sunday driver.

You wouldn't happen to know if a 3.25-3.50 tube will work with a 3.00 tire would you?
 

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I had a set of IRC's on my K2, they wore out very very quick and did not have a good feel on the road. Would not recommend them. I now run Continentals, much better.
 

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I had a set of IRC's on my K2, they wore out very very quick and did not have a good feel on the road. Would not recommend them. I now run Continentals, much better.

Happen to remember the model # of those IRC's? I just, just put in the order for mine so no going back:eek: I dont really ride out of town anyway, most speed limits in this town are 25MPH so I should be OK, I hope.....
 
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