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RE: [T TBS R] potholes, tire and rims

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  • Bartholomew Steinhorn
    I too have a lot of dents in my rims, 2000 TBS. The roads are getting worse in NYC and only the Republican Convention can get any of them paved. ... From: Guy
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      I too have a lot of dents in my rims, 2000 TBS. The roads are getting worse in NYC and only the Republican Convention can get any of them paved.

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Guy [mailto:goodnuph@...]
      Sent: Wednesday, June 30, 2004 6:32 PM
      To: triumphthunderbirdsportriders@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [T TBS R] potholes, tire and rims


      why is it when i had bias ply tires, I never had problems with
      dinged, dented rims?

      The lip or flange has recieved dents, but doesn't sem to have
      effected the ride any.

      These radial tires have great traction qnd control, but when it comes
      to potholes -bang-dented rim--now i know most of your locations are
      much better than New York City at keeping your roads nice and smooth.
      Between the corruption and pennypinching-these streets are worse than
      a teenager chocolate addicts face.

      I hit a crater so hard that I probably looked like a trials rider
      jumping over a log, that crater dented both front and back rims.
      and that road was smotth the day beforeBut they started placing
      cables or pipes or whatever in the road bed that same day, and since
      I travel the route almost nightly home from work. I didn't think
      there would be any changes in the surface.

      I want to put those 80.20 on/off road tires on my bike but they're
      mostly bias ply or too small. I rarely travel faster than 120-but i
      do carry passengers often enough to not want to lose carrying
      capacity from the 160/70x17 rear, and i would like to go to a fatter
      tire like 130/70x17 up front just for a smoother ride, better
      stopping, and to protect the rim.-i rarely see those tourer bike get
      dented rims because they have the larger tires.

      I was thinking about putting a 16 inch in the rear so i can use those
      tires from the bigger tourring rigs-they are radials and come in
      larger sizes.

      and at $700. to $800. a pop per wheel or $400. for a replacement rim
      but then it needs to be laced and trued-the cost is aproximately the
      same.

      The chopper guys even are going to the now defunct 18 inch wheel in
      the rear these days.

      If there are any ideas besides moving out the big rotten apple as far
      as rim replacement goes please let me know.

      Guy (GoodNuph) NIchols
      y2k TBS-'78 gs750e suzuki





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