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3) Pirelli MT66 worked well from edge to edge. Never had traction issues in the dry or rain. Even did a 2000 mile 2-up camping trip on this tire and it lasted just over 8000 mi.
You're getting slightly better than I am on the rear tire. I've got about 6500 on my MT66 tires, the front still looks good but the rear is getting near replacement time. Tread grooves are just barely visible in the center on mine, the amazing thing is it's still pretty decent in the rain.
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I always bought the hd Dunlop 401 tires . They did alright for me in dry weather but made me nervous in the rain. A few years ago I bought the American elite h raided Dunlop front and rear. I hated them. A buddy of mine ran a tire place around here and he did the mount and balance for me. I put maybe a hundred miles on them and just hated them. I took my bike back to his place and told him I didn’t like them and just wanted to buy a different set. He asked if he could try something before we changed out the tires I said sure. He pulled the old lead weights off and then bead balanced them. Now I don’t know if it’s just in my head or what but it seemed like a totally different set of tires. I got good mileage out of them and they are good in the rain and stick in the curves well. I have been using them every sense and every set get bead balanced . Call me crazy awe... never mind.

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I suspect the difference is due to the tire pressure. To put in the beads he would have to pull the valve core. Perhaps when he inflated the tires for the second time he put in a different amount of air.

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I am a boring xxxx that never rides hard and never pushes the tyres so hard that i can even tell the difference. Just bought a 1993 XLH 883 with only 2500 miles on it and the original tyres.

Yes the side walls have a crack or two in them, but the tread is like new. Yes they are a bit hard, but they do me just fine. I'd not take them out on the highway though for high speed rides.
In the summer last year 2019, I put some Avon Cobra's on my other ride, a 2004 XL, that was still running its original tyres form 2004. I only shaped to new ones as the tread was below minimums.

Can I tell the difference... hard to say ..do they grip a bit better on wet drain covers..maybe but otherwise not really any difference to my sedate riding style.

If they have tread and are circular as opposed to flat at the bottom then they will do me!
I suggest replacing the tires on your 93 as they are likely dry rotted, otherwise your boring ride may suddenly be not so boring
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Exactly! When the sidewalls start cracking it leads to the tire suddenly losing it's circular shape. Things get real exciting when that happens.
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So now I had to google Jersey. Very interesting place. Many Sportys there?
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Most of the HOG members seem to have the bigger Harleys, but yes, there are a few, but I guess most owners are not in the HOG local chapter.

Harleys only really been readily available over here since after about 1990’s I think before that, they may have only got here by private import... but that could well be all of UK too, not sure.

I know that my 1993 bike is a “1HD4CAM..... serial which the first digit indicates US market I think...later UK bikes I believe are all 5HD.... VIN .

There are earlier too, a mate is restoring a pair of WLA’s, and a year or so ago I slung together a box of bits for the owner ... and I really do mean ‘slung together’ It was a two day job, just to see if his box of bits did actually contain a complete bike.


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Like the 1993 I bought the other day. It had sat unused since 2002, hence only 2504 miles on it. I’ve already put 500 on it in the few months I have owned it.

Majority of the HOG chapter are ‘new’ riders... middle aged bankers and business types with money to spend on the big shiny Ultras / Electras etc, There are long term ‘proper’ bikers too, but not so many amongst the HOG members,

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Most of the HOG members seem to have the bigger Harleys, but yes, there are a few, but I guess most owners are not in the HOG local chapter.

Harleys only really been readily available over here since after about 1990’s I think before that, they may have only got here by private import... but that could well be all of UK too, not sure.

I know that my 1993 bike is a “1HD4CAM..... serial which the first digit indicates US market I think...later UK bikes I believe are all 5HD.... VIN .

There are earlier too, a mate is restoring a pair of WLA’s, and a year or so ago I slung together a box of bits for the owner ... and I really do mean ‘slung together’ It was a two day job, just to see if his box of bits did actually contain a complete bike.


https://youtu.be/hWq0u--mYmU

https://youtu.be/dEqvEupAxPI


There are many many more bikes that, like mine get used occasionally on the island, but are more used when on vacation in Europe.

Like the 1993 I bought the other day. It had sat unused since 2002, hence only 2504 miles on it. I’ve already put 500 on it in the few months I have owned it.

Majority of the HOG chapter are ‘new’ riders... middle aged bankers and business types with money to spend on the big shiny Ultras / Electras etc, There are long term ‘proper’ bikers too, but not so many amongst the HOG members,

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Was one of the most satisfying jobs in years ��
Over the next couple of weeks bought some new parts, but NONE of those parts changed how it looked ! ��
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A pig to ride with no front brake!
He wanted a big ‘open ‘ front wheel look, skinny 21inch 70’s style spoked with small drum. Never found one, ��

As far as I know, it is still the same now,
The owner was the big guy with the beard and no shoes. He had lots of toys. That garage of his has lift to take cars in to the downstairs garage !
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