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Well the time has come to replace the tires. For those of us with the CM400 it seems like there are only 2-3 choices for the rear which originally was a 4.60s-16. The metric equivalent is a 120/90-16.
Browsing eBay I found the following options. Wondering if anyone has any opinion on these tires?

CHENG SHIN C-907
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120606219062

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KENDA CHALLENGER K657
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayI ... 0406908627

There is also a tire by Bridgestone, the G534, but it is $20 more...

Thanks!
 

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Alan F. said:
Shinko 230. You can finally mount a matched set again and they're pretty good tires too.
And under $100 at your door!
http://motorcycle.motorcycle-superstore ... shinko+230
Thanks for the link Alan. They didn't have a rear in a 120/90-16 so decided to go with the Kenda's. Speaking of the Kenda's I received them today and decided to change the tires myself after the discovering the local motorcycle shops wanted $45 to mount/balance EACH tire :shock: . So instead I bought some tire irons and made some rim protectors out 3/8 ice maker pvc tubing. Total cost $25.00.
Mounting and balancing was very easy (back in high school/college I worked at full-service auto repair shop so wasn't too concerned about difficulty). After some effort the old tires came off (didn't have a bead breaker so used some large c-clamps). According to the date stamp the old tires were cast in 2002 and I had put nearly 6,000 miles on them. The rear clearly has flattened a bit:



Here are the Kenda's mounted and balanced:




Did some lazy figure 8's for 15 minutes to scuff them up a bit and then went on a ride around town. Gotta say the new tires were a nice improvement in both handling and road noise. Will be interesting to see what kind of miles I get out of them.
 

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I put a set of these Kendas on my '71 CB450 this past spring. I don't think you'll be disappointed with them. I can't think of any complaints with them as of yet. They're sticky enough for the riding that I do, they look great, and the price is definitely right. I put about 2000 miles on them this summer. The front tire still looks brand new, and I think I'm starting to see an ever so slight amount of wear on the back tire. Based on how they've worn for me so far I don't expect to wear them out any time soon.
 
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