Greetings, I need tires for my 82 R65. What is a good set of tires for my bike which will work well on oil gravel roads?
It's always been my experience that round black ones are a good start - after that everyone has a (usually divergent) opinion.
Both my R65 and my wife's R65/80 currently wear Pirelli city demons.
In my opinion they are lovely tyres that grip wonderfully, but they are also quite soft so I suspect that they will not have a long life.
Best of all they are available in Imperial sizes.
My R65 wears a 4:00*18 rear and a 3:00*18 front. Sadly Pirelli do not make a 3:50*18 front.
The Wife's R65/80 in deference to the extra weight of the R80 engine got a 4:00*18 rear and a 3:50*18 REAR pattern turned 180 degrees.
My bike handles well, in fact much better than I am ever likely to explore, but the wife'sis even better - when I wea rout my rear I intent to buy two tyres and do the same to mine as I did on the R65/80.
Dunlop are making a number of "heritage" tyres in our sizes in the K81, K181 and TT100 moulds, I was considerign them but there were none in Australia when I was looking.