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Googling a bit, the only reference I found was a National Tire advertisement from 1980. Hope they're not that old. :o
Yeah. That's why I suggested checking the date code. I think they may be vintage.
Hard to tell as that is not a DOT date code, but I am guessing they were built the 14th week of 2009 ???I personally have found that while vintage tires look good they handle like sht. Look into Perreli sport demons or Avon Roadriders and be safe ;-Ti currently have these on my older bikes and really like them.My R50/2 has Heidenau vintage tires on it, brand new, and when you hit the cement rain grooves the bike is all over the road. It WILL be getting new tires come the winter tear down.Marc
The tires I got for my H2 when I bought the Lesters were the Continentals that these look exactly like. They were decent tires that were forgiving and gave a little warning before they let loose. I haven't seen that tread pattern for decades though.
I found a few more markings. Looks like maybe the front one was manufactured in 08, not sure about the rear... thought they look like they were maybe put on at the same time by the looks of them.
Looks to me that the front was November of 98. Or maybe 88.. 78? ~; :BEER:Oh, forgot. Getya some Sport Demons if you don't mind low mileage.. they rock on Tonti framed bikes.
You're right! I looked at the chart again, and it does look like the pre-2000 marking...I don't mind the low mileage on tires. I don't travel long distance with my bike anyway, so they better grip is my preference. I plan on refinishing the rims this winter I think, and at that point I'll get some new rubber. Pirelli Sport Demons seems to be the favored so far.Thank you all for the assistance, and I hope this has been a fun trivia game for everyone!
Unless you plan on pushing the G5 to it's limits, in my opinion, Sport Demons are overkill.
Groover, what tires did you end up going with? I just put a pair of Sport Demons on my Mille, and the difference from the worn Bridgestone S11s is far greater than I expected. On the first couple curves that I took aggressively, I almost rode off the inside of the road! I don't know how much the improvement can be credited to the new tires, versus getting rid of the worn S11 front with a pointed center tread area.
If cost and miles is not an issue then I also would suggest Sport Demons. I had both before andthey were really sticky. The rear only went fo a bit over 6kmiles. I still use one on the front of my T5 but I use a Shinko on the rear. It lasts the same as the Pirelli but is half the cost. It isn't as sticky but I don't get much time on wet roads :) The little that I have ridden in the wet the Shinko has done well. If Shinko made a tire to fit the front I'd try one there too.
I still haven't bought them because I'm also debating if I should convert my rims to tubeless, which I've been meaning to post a question on that but I haven't (I have the alloy wheels not spokes) - I think I have narrowed it down to the "Michelin Sport Activ". I typically ride two-up so I figured maybe the Michelin's would maybe last a little longer over the Pirelli's since the Michelin's have the bias-ply construction making that middle part a little more resistant to wear. The decision now is if I should get the TT or TL...These are the tires:http://motorcycle.michelinman.com/tires/michelin-pilot-activI'll need to get them ordered actually.What's involved in converting my rims to tubeless, and should I do it?
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