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Old 24th May 2016, 19:56   #586
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The MRF Zapper C tires on my Pulsar 220 are running weird. The motorcycle is fishtailing in all directions. It happens even when the tires are inflated with required tire pressure.

Have to check for alignment. Else will be replacing the tires.

Had made some inquires for the rear tire that comes on the Himalayan - 120/90 - 17. Checked with Cherry agencies who are the distributors for Ceat. They were not aware the about that size.

Left a message on the Ceat facebook page. They confirmed the tire is available in the market. However still unable to get them. Plan to have some fun offroading this monsoon.

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One fine day I saw this :

Attachment 1509891

2 bikes with relatively thicker rear tyres than average commuter bike.

You can easily see the contact patch of each tyre:
OT : Contact patch area isn't very important for grip. The formula for grip doesn't contain the contact area at all. Where tyre width comes into focus is shape of the contact patch which affects flickability and tyre life.

It's been shown that wider tyres don't increase contact patch proportionally, rather they change the shape of the contact patch from oblong rectangular towards a more squarer shape. Narrow tyres deform more under the pressure, making a longer contact patch, vs wider contact patch for wide tyres.
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Changed to new MRF rubbers for the Karizma, Nylogrip Zappers.
Don't we have any other option for tubeless in 18", any international brand that offers 18" tyres in tubeless?
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Don't we have any other option for tubeless in 18", any international brand that offers 18" tyres in tubeless?
Ceat was available for both front and rear. Ralco was available but only for rear and I was highly impressed with that tyre. Even it's front, although tube type, was a 6 ply tyre unlike 4 ply of other brands.. MRF was the safest bet for me. Michelines were both tube type in the stock size of Karizma.
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Hi Folks,

It's time to change both tyres on my Apache RTR 160. The OE sizes are front - 90/90 R17 & rear - 110/80 R17. The rear OE size is available only in TVS Tyres, which I don't want.

I checked some other options at a shop near my house, and the owner recommended Ceat Zoom tubeless in these sizes: front - 90/90 R17 & rear - 100/90 R17. Stock is from mid-April 2016, and total cost for both would be Rs.3800/-

Should I go for it? Any other recommendations?

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The MRF Zapper C tires on my Pulsar 220 are running weird. The motorcycle is fishtailing in all directions. It happens even when the tires are inflated with required tire pressure.

Have to check for alignment. Else will be replacing the tires.

Had made some inquires for the rear tire that comes on the Himalayan - 120/90 - 17. Checked with Cherry agencies who are the distributors for Ceat. They were not aware the about that size.

Left a message on the Ceat facebook page. They confirmed the tire is available in the market. However still unable to get them. Plan to have some fun offroading this monsoon.

If you want Off roading ability go for Ceat Vertigo in 120/80-17 size.However.But this tyre braking is bad and sucks in wet. Easily locks up. If you want good all round capability, go for Michelin Pilot street radial in 130 section size. Else the IRC Roadwinner of Ninja 250/300 are also excellent if you can get them.

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Hi Folks,

It's time to change both tyres on my Apache RTR 160. The OE sizes are front - 90/90 R17 & rear - 110/80 R17. The rear OE size is available only in TVS Tyres, which I don't want.

I checked some other options at a shop near my house, and the owner recommended Ceat Zoom tubeless in these sizes: front - 90/90 R17 & rear - 100/90 R17. Stock is from mid-April 2016, and total cost for both would be Rs.3800/-

Should I go for it? Any other recommendations?

Cheers,
Vikram
Check if you can fit a 120 section tyre without fouling anywhere. If you can, then go for MRF Zapper vyde. It is an excellent all round tyre.

If you want in 110 section only then Michelin Pilot street radial in 110 section is available. Although it is a front tyre you can use it at the rear by changing the rotation direction. I am using it since 12K kms and its excellent. A couple of notch better than vyde. But it is pretty costly @ 4000 - 4300 rupees

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If you want in 110 section only then Michelin Pilot street radial in 110 section is available.
110 is not a must. I was thinking of Michelin Pilot Sporty, which is available in 90/90 R17 & 100/90 R17, but haven't been able to find a shop near my house that has it in stock; might have to cast my net wider
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110 is not a must. I was thinking of Michelin Pilot Sporty, which is available in 90/90 R17 & 100/90 R17, but haven't been able to find a shop near my house that has it in stock; might have to cast my net wider
That Michelin Pilot Sporty is no better than the crappy TVS tyre. Read my review of the same in the first page of the thread. Avoid it
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That Michelin Pilot Sporty is no better than the crappy TVS tyre. Read my review of the same in the first page of the thread. Avoid it
Thanks Sagar. What's your opinion about Ralco tyres? Worth a look? Their site doesn't seem to work, so don't know yet if they have comparable sizes or not.

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Thanks Sagar. What's your opinion about Ralco tyres? Worth a look? Their site doesn't seem to work, so don't know yet if they have comparable sizes or not.

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Have no experience with Ralco. So cannot help you out with it.

What kind of riding you do? Are you specifically looking for grip in mud,slush?
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What kind of riding you do? Are you specifically looking for grip in mud,slush?
Daily commute of 45 kms over concrete and tar roads, not exceeding more than 60 kmph any time. My current TVS tyres are still in decent nick, but they are useless when the road is wet - had a couple of close shaves during last monsoon. That's why I want to fit tyres with better wet grip before this year's rains start.

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Daily commute of 45 kms over concrete and tar roads, not exceeding more than 60 kmph any time. My current TVS tyres are still in decent nick, but they are useless when the road is wet - had a couple of close shaves during last monsoon. That's why I want to fit tyres with better wet grip before this year's rains start.

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Then go for either Zapper Vyde 120/80-17 or Pilot Street 110/70-17 .

You wont be disappointed with either.

EDIT - Saw "Not exceeding 60 kmph" . Drop Pilot street . Go for Vyde
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Question Tyres for Zeus

MRF tyres on my Suzuki Zeus has served me well for last 9 years and 25K Kms. The buttons does NOT show any wear, but there are minor cracks between treads.

Thinking of changing both the front and back. The sizes are:

2.75-18 FRONT 42P 4PR
3.00-18 REAR 52P 6PR

Questions:

1. I plan to keep my bike (and new tyres) for 6 more years (at least) which tyre should I go for. Mostly driven in Chennai at sedate speeds.
2. My priority is riding comfort and good dry/wet grip. Should I go for wider tyres?

Looking forward to your recommendations.

(Thinking of buying Michelin tyres.)

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If you have alloy wheels, safest and commonly available options are

Front : MRF Zapper FS 80/100 18" tubeless approx price 1700/-
Rear : Ceat Zoom R or Gripp 80/100 18" or any other decent Tubeless tyre

Both are wider than your current tyres, but I give preference to a tubeless tyre to +-2-3 kmpl.
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I am using MRF Zapper Vyde at the rear and Zapper FY1 (Yamaha R15 OE front tire) at the front and I would say that they make a great combination. Great wet and dry grip.

This setup should satisfy most users.
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