50gary said:John, refresh my memory what size tires are you going to fit? I should go back through the build and look it up?
Edit> Ha! Found it on page three, 17" x 3.5" frt and 17 x 5" rear. You said you'd use a 4.25" rear width?
johnu said:Ok guys, will be getting wheels powder coated and it's time to buy some tires. I don't know much about street tires as I have really only used slicks for racing so I am looking for suggestions. I don't want to break the bank buying tyres so I will be looking at moderately priced items ideally. I mostly used Michelin slicks for racing and have been happy with them, but their street tyres seem to be pretty expensive. Are there different compounds of road tyres?
Interestingly I picked up the stock rear wheel with tyre and the Kawi wheel with tyre (the one I'm using) and the new wheel and tyre must be close to half the weight of the original, I couldn't believe the difference. I will have to get the bathroom scale out to check the actual weight difference.
johnu said:Just ordered a load of stainless bolts so I can get more stuff bolted on! Cheap fasteners at www.allensfasteners.com I just found the place through google. They don't gouge you on the shipping unlike a lot of the suppliers.
johnu said:Actually Gary, I ended up using a 17 x 4.5" rear. I want to use the narrowest tire that can be fitted to the 4.5" rear.
jfman said:I put a 150 rear on my 4.5 wheel and looks quite nice.
oxford said:I followed your tank build in the other thread with great interest, I never realized there was a bike build to go with it. Great job on everything. I have a question on your pipes though. What did you do for the final finish? It looks like you polished them out and then went back over the seems with the torch to get the heat marks back in. Is this correct?