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Radial Tire Thread

Discussion in 'V7/V9 Chat & Tech' started by Bncprf, Mar 26, 2017.

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    Thinking about trying the road attack 3's for my 2016 V7 II Stone. Any thoughts on switching to radials?
     
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    Not yet available, but should be available in stock sizes soon, according to Continental. Sizes already posted on Revzilla website.
     
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    How about upsides to radials on V7? Any advantage to ride quality from radials?
     
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    Thanks for posting about them. Look forward to trying a pair. For those in SoCal, I will stock a pair at my GT Moto shop in Orange.
    Tire discussions are endless. Feel and less flat-prone are the two biggest factors to me. Bias ply tires were developed in the days of carbs and points.
     
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    Thanks! I plan to try a set when they become available. I will replace my rear shocks at the same time. I'm not a fan of the stock Olle's.

     
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    I've got the Conti Road Attack 2 radials on my V7 Stone and prefer them to the other two brands I've had (non-radials). The ride quality is good. I plan to go a size wider to 110 on the front tyre when it needs replacing, as the 100 section Conti tyre is narrower than the Pirelli Sport Demon, presumably due to a different (more curved) profile.
     
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    Thanks for the info on width. I will go 110 on the front as well. I like the Sport Demons but I am biased in favor of radials. Pun intended!
     
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    Just wondering if it would be ok to run these with inner tubes. I have a spoked Special.
     
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    I don't have any experience with tubes in radials. Hopefully someone else will chime in!
     
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    Yes, not a problem just be sure to run heavy duty tubes (or those spec'ed for radial use).
     
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    Ok...I'm a little embarrassed to ask this.

    The V7 Racer has tubed tires according to the manual and to this forum.

    However, when I go to the Pirelli website input V7 Racer, it tells me the best tires are the tube less Sport Demons.

    In my search for a suitable tire, all I need to know is whether I need to buy Tubed or Tube less. The topic of Which tire is best is available in the Tire Thread.

    Again, apologies for the dumb question but for some reason, this has me baffled.
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    It's ok to use a tubeless tire in a tube application, just not vice versa.
     
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    Thanks Kev, so the simple answer is, I can use either tubed or tube less tires?
     
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    The Sport Demons are tubeless, but on all spoked rim models (and disappointingly also on the new Stone III cast wheels), they are run with tubes. Common practice for a very long time now to run tubes in tubeless tires as needed.
     
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    Todd - really, they installed tubes on the new Stone cast wheels? Any idea why? Did they change the wheel rim at the tire bead?


    Yup
     
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    It looks like it, yes. Not sure, but I'm going to pop one off the rim to see, and hopefully convert it back to tubeless with the new Conti radials when they ship (hopefully soon).
     
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    Ok thanks guys, so the answer is;

    For the V7 Racer or any spoked V7 model, you can use tubeless but must run a tube.

    I wasnt sure if I was limited to looking for a tubed tire (TT) or a tubeless (TL).
     
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    V7III Stone parts manual shows tires but no tubes.
     
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    Yes, however the stem says otherwise.
     
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    it just shows how out of touch the factory is. i thought once they wasted all that money putting staff in California they might wake up. DUMB S----!
    I haven't owned a bike with tubes since my new 1990 Mille GT. It's also one of the reasons i sold it.
    I was seriously going to purchase a V7-3 latter this year but now it will be the new Ducati 950 Multi. not a lot of difference in price by the time I get done paying Todd to do the suspension and computer.
     

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