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Re: Tyre recommendation for VH500

Postby simon.holyfield » Tue Mar 29, 2016 9:47 am

Dave.Barkshire wrote:I'm currently on the other side of the world from my Ariel but found this profile picture of the tyre on the net.


Mine looks exactly like that. Much less square than they used to be.
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Re: Tyre recommendation for VH500

Postby Dave.Barkshire » Wed Mar 30, 2016 5:01 am

I never did trust those old square tyres. The handling and steering on the VH is fantastic and I tend to put around 24psi in both tyres.
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Re: Tyre recommendation for VH500

Postby Mickypic » Wed Mar 30, 2016 9:00 am

Thank for the advice. Have ordered a set of avons from vintage tyres who are doing a deal on EBay of £128.50 for both tyres including postage.
Cheers Michael

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Re: Tyre recommendation for VH500

Postby simon.holyfield » Wed Mar 30, 2016 11:08 am

What tubes are you buying?
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Re: Tyre recommendation for VH500

Postby Dave.Barkshire » Wed Mar 30, 2016 11:35 am

I don't remember which tubes but do remember a lot of chatter on old bike forums about some being much more reliable than others. Have look at this...
http://forum.arielownersmcc.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=3880&hilit=michelin
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Re: Tyre recommendation for VH500

Postby Mickypic » Thu Mar 31, 2016 2:32 pm

Tyres and tubes arrived today . The tubes they sent are Michelin Airstop , hope these are good ones.
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Re: Tyre recommendation for VH500

Postby simon.holyfield » Thu Mar 31, 2016 2:47 pm

That is certainly my experience. I had un-named cheapo tubes in my SQ4, until I learned better; After a flat, fortunately on the rear, which was clearly caused by a moulding fault I am now using Michelin tubes.

The un-named tubes were obviously more porous to air - they will drop 3-4 psi in as many days. The Michelin ones drop 3-4 psi in 3-4 weeks.
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'30 Model A
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Re: Tyre recommendation for VH500

Postby Mickypic » Thu Mar 31, 2016 8:39 pm

What air pressure should I be using in these Avon tyres ?

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Re: Tyre recommendation for VH500

Postby simon.holyfield » Thu Mar 31, 2016 10:13 pm

I use 28 in the front and 24 in the rear, but the SQ4 is obviously a very heavy engine. I'd go with Dave's suggestion of 24/24.
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Re: Tyre recommendation for VH500

Postby Mickypic » Sun Apr 03, 2016 3:32 pm

Picture of Avon SM rear tyre Mk1 square profile and the newer MK2 rounder profile.
Hope it corners better now
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