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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-14-2018, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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I am getting new tires for my 04 vegas and was curious if there is anything else that I should inspect or replace while the tires are off?

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It's a good time to get a good look at your brake pads. Are you pulling the wheels off yourself then taking them to a shop to change the tires? Have you decided on any particular tire or brand?

On the rear you can take this opportunity to clean the teeth in the wheel pulley and inspect the belt (both sides).
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I have both tires off and ready to take to the shop tomorrow. I was planning on Avon Cobra tires but really I don't know much about them, it's just what the shop recommended. I'm completely open to suggestions. I would rather a tire that rides good and is on the gripper side. I'm not as concerned with tread life as I ride a lot but not long distances so I don't rack up a ton of miles.
I was also curious if I should get radial or ply for the rear tire?

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Based on the recommendation of my highly experienced Tire Guy, I went to Avon cobras and I have NOT looked back since. They are everything he said they would be for a Heavy Cruiser or Touring bike.
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Avon Tires are a good choice is Grip and Handling are the most critical.. Mileage Life is Not so Great, at least wasn't for me and I am pretty easy on Tires ..

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I will go with the Avon Cobras then as I am not concerned with longevity.
They come in Bias Ply and a Radial for the rear. Which works best for our bike?

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If you haven't already, I would flush your brake fluid, check your pads, and grease your clutch cable ends & lever pivot bushings.



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Looks like I am also in the market for new treads. I got back from my most recent trip to a wore out Dunlop Elite 3, with exactly 12,083 miles on it.
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I went the cheap route this time around for my KP with Shinko's. The front is mounted; I'm just waiting to wear out the back tire a bit more to swap it out.

I can say I like the way the Shinko handles so far but I've only been on one ride with them and barely broke it in.
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I got the cobras in bias ply as was recommended to me by the shop. I'm also changing rear brakes and fluid. Belt looks good to me.
Does it matter what type of grease I use on the axle and spacers or will a small amount of white lithium suffice so everything slides in freely?
Let me know how the tires turn out for you, I may try a cheaper tire next time if there's s big difference in price. The cobras set me back $380 with me bringing the wheels in.

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