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Oh No - Not Tires

Discussion in 'Cal 1400 8V' started by abbienormal, Jun 4, 2014.

  1. James Chance

    James Chance Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    No, I said nothing funny... ;-) To get the 200 tire off, had to remove all bolts, and spend a good 20 minutes figuring out how to bend/twist it out of the way without damaging the hydraulic line. It was not easy. Reinstallation went much easier. And, no, I haven't done the recalibration. I had forgotten we had the function available. Thanks for the reminder...
     
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    roadventure GT Reference GT Famiglia

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    True, But when removing the wheel with OEM tire size the rear caliper has to be physically moved up and away (taking care to not bend or crimp the brake tube) from the installed position to make clearance for the rear tire. That also means that the left rear shock needs to be unbolted at the bottom and swung out of the way.

    If the 180 wide tire can slide out without relocating the caliper this is a huge simplification to rear wheel removal.
     
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    roadventure GT Reference GT Famiglia

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    I agree. It was all dead serious.
     
  4. James Chance

    James Chance Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    I've not had to remove the wheel since going to the 180, so don't know if the caliper can simply swing, or has to be completely freed. Pretty sure the shock is no longer such an issue though....
     
  5. Amory

    Amory Just got it firing!

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    So…

    I’ve just read 19 pages of comments on tires for the California. It seems like the “consensus” is that running a 180 rear tire is the way to go to save work on removing the wheel without sacrificing handling. I’m looking at the Avon Cobra Chrome F&R for my Cali Touring. Does that seem to sum up the current view?
     
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    It noticeably speeds up handling. I've done the "Calibration" procedure outlined in the manual, but my speedometer is still approximately 8-12% off though (i.e., reads faster). The "procedure" changed nothing to my eye. FWIW....
     
  7. John L

    John L Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Famiglia

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    I'm on my 3rd pair of Cobra Chromes, so yeah i like them, they work well in all conditions. Not sure about making it easier to remove the rear wheel though, I have an Eldo which runs a 180 tyre standard and I still have to remove the left hand shock to move the caliper out of the way.
     
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  8. Amory

    Amory Just got it firing!

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    How many miles have you gotten on each set?
     
  9. John L

    John L Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Famiglia

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    Around 11,000kms (7,000 miles) They wear pretty evenly so replaced as a pair each time.
     
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    The calibration is for the ABS not to make the speedometer work correctly. Unfortunately!
     
  11. Robert Gibson

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    I’ve found the Cobra’s far superior to the original Dunlop’s. Didn’t have to remove the shock or muffler when I removed the wheel. I cannot replace the original 200 with a 180 as the bike would not pass the road transport inspection.
     
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    Are you suggesting that the gov't has the spec for the oem tires on every motorcycle ? Peter
     
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    Car or motorcycle, if the size is different as to what’s on the vehicle documents it won’t pass the inspection.
     
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    Moto-Uno Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Gotta get yourself a friend that's good with rubber grafting :) . Just an idea ! Peter
     
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    I confirm that the cobra chrome are very very good in all conditions, even on wet roads, and very easy to run in the mountain roads .
    I carry on with 200 size , no problem for me on my touring, very handy .
     
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    Huh, so other than tires size, what eilse will fail inspection?

    Brake lights, Turn signals, exhaust ?
     
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    If you’re in Spain, all of the above and then some. :mad:
     
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    DeadEye High Miler GT di Razza Pura

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    Geezzz, do they have a standard “Reference card” for every make and model that they use to validate that your vehicles adheres to the original spec?

    Or if they think it looks off they fail you ?
     
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    Vizir Tuned and Synch'ed

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    In France, we fight the government against the technical control . My group, "FFMC" , French federation of angry riders in english, is very activ for the defense of riders . It's quite difficult, but we have a lot of success over the years .
    The political class has always disliked the bikers, strangely . I think that we represent freedom, and they prefer repression and control .
     
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    Has anyone found a set of whitewall replacements for an Eldo 1400? TIA!
     

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