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The MBdotCOM Community Center / Blow me!
« Last post by frankenduck on Today at 03:34:48 PM »
K100RS in wind tunnel:




K100RS airflow:




K100RT airflow:




K1:




If you have any K bike wind tunnel or airflow pics then add them to this thread. Over at the Yahoo kbmw group there used to be a nice one of rain flowing over a rider on a K75S.  Does anybody here have a copy of that one?
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T32 tires in your sizes seem to be available here right now, but will not necessarily be available when you get around to looking for them later. :laughing4-giggles:

 icon_cheers Yes Thanks!  I do see them listed.  Also found the T32 set available (listed) at Dennis Kirk.
https://www.denniskirk.com/bridgestone/battlax-t32-sport-touring-tire.pfp546364.prdf?fs=546373&rs=546380

Shinkos are a size no go, but the T32 set is still significantly cheaper than the Metzler tires I have been using.
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Just curious, but how can we tell we are actually getting better contact patches, and so on?
According to what I've gleaned from the Web, it takes years of butt-sensitivity and remote cognition development plus single-minded devotion to exercises for those skills—some of which might not be agreeable to the ordinary rider—and the ability to obtain a number of motorcycles fitted with the appropriate sample tire combinations to allow the reviewer to leap from one tire-set trial moto to the next while butt-sensitivity is at its highest level.
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If anyone finds’em, I am not too proud to be shown where!!
T32 tires in your sizes seem to be available here right now, but will not necessarily be available when you get around to looking for them later. :laughing4-giggles:
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I find it curious that some K bikes use 17 front / 18 rear like mine, and others do the opposite? Regarding my original post, it has been frustrating searching tire vendor sites, eBay, and Amazon for a matched SET of tires! I find a Shinko front, but no rear, etc. Always one but not the other, Over and over again. What’s up with this, “supply chain”?  :idunno:  I guess quite possibly YES, but still seems odd. Really wanted to try Shinko Podiums or the Battlax T32, in the OEM recommended sizes: 120/70R-17 and 160/60R-18. Shinko does not list a 160/60R-18, really? Still looking………..    👀.  If anyone finds’em, I am not too proud to be shown where!!
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Among the parts are a tail case and Gen 3 side cases. Review here.


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Just curious, but how can we tell we are actually getting better contact patches, and so on? 

Is it because the people who make these tires spend millions of dollars sponsoring racing teams and events, and buying full page ads in Cycle World and the other motobike mags?  How much of that extra 50 bucks goes for ESG in the home country? 

How far above the legal limit would I need to ride to notice the difference?

Like I said, I'm just a curious, cheap bastard. 
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Come on Duck! When is the last time you got 10k out of a set of tires, remember I've seen how you rip.
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Math is your friend.

Let's say I spend $50 more per pair on a pair of 10,000 mile quality radial tires vs. inexpensive bias ply tires.

The whopping cost of ownership has risen by a grand total of one half of a penny per mile.

Is it worth it to me to get a better contact patch, better handling and smoother ride for a half of a penny per mile? Yes.
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The Motobrick Workshop / Re: cheap vs. expensive tires, is there a difference??
« Last post by Laitch on June 25, 2022, 06:23:52 PM »
The tour masters are radials I believe.
Tires that are radial tires will have an R in their size descriptor, e.g., 130/60ZR16 or 150/60R17. TourMasters are excellent tires by all accounts; they are bias-ply tires.
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