Originally Posted by wobbly
Hi all, had a visit to my local bike shop todayand got on to the subject of tyre and pressures. Hang on a minute he said, have a look at these, just what you need for commuting. He then showed me a pair of Bridgestone BT45's in 90/90-21 and 130/80-17. A 21 inch ROAD tyre!!! Just the right size for my KLE500. They got them in for another local to go onto a Honda Dominator.
So good news for regular road users. I think I'm gonna need another pair of wheels so I can swap around.
Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe the BT45 is a very old spec Bridgestone
tire. Also, its probably profiled more for a Harley than your KLE. I've seen the
KLE while travelling in Italy, UK, Spain, France et al. but don't know the bike
well as the US does not get it.
What is the stock tire on the KLE? This should be your guide. Don't try to
become a tire engineer in your spare time.
If the BT45 is the tire I think it is then its a late 80's / 90's design done before
the big late 90's break through into high Silica content tires. Modern tires
stick much better in the wet, warm much more quickly, are more stable and disperse water better. Win Win Win.
From what I've seen of the UK it seems you get a lot of rain. I would much rather fit something like a Michelin Anakee up front. I'm fairly certain this tire
is made in a 21" and the profile should be ideal for your bike. The Anakee not
only lasts well but is the best tire I've ever used in the rain, on grit covered
roads and sticks great on dry as well.
The 21" street tires we get here in the states are for Harley's mostly (as stated).That sort of profile may not work well on a dual sport type bike. The profile is too "flat". Look at the tire when mounted, you can see this.
I would go with either the Anakee or a Metzeler Tourance. Neither are cheap
but contain more modern elements in their rubber blend to make them far safer and better performing over all.
San Francisco Bay Area