Best tyres for 25-year-old Sportster

Published: 04 August 2011

Q. I have a 1986 Harley Sportster 1100XLH, currently fitted with an Avon Venom-X MT90B16 on the rear (half-inch chicken strips) and a Dunlop Roadmaster TT100 4.10H19 61H at thefront (worn to the edge).

I ride briskly, usually two-up, and this combination gives sure-footed and predictable road-holding in the dry, with onset of understeer as I get on the edge of the front tyre, although the rear has poor grip in the wet.

My front tyre is now worn down to the tread indicator blocks so it is ripe for replacement. Motorcycle tyres for sale. Before I get an identical replacement for the front tyre, is there a better choice?
Tetley, East Yorkshire
 
A. The OE front tyre size on the bike was MJ90-19, an Alpha-Numeric size that equates to 90/90-19 in metric sizes. The 4.10-19 size fitted is equivalent to 100/90-19 in metric sizing, so it’s one size up from OE.

Whether you fit another ‘larger’ tyre or go back to a 90/90-19 is up to you, but there are far better tyres these days that give improved performance in all weathers.

Thinking about matching up with the rear tyre, Avon has approved the fitment of their Roadrider, although only in 90/90-19. This tyre has very good grip levels. This could then be matched with a Roadrider on the back when the rear tyre wears out.

You could also fit a Dunlop Arrowmax GT501, which has better wet road grip than the Avon Roadrider. Again think of fitting a matching GT501 on the rear when a replacement is required. This tyre is available in 90/90-19 or 100/90-19.

I wouldn’t worry too much that the current front tyre is worn to the edge and the rear isn’t. This will be more down to the different profiles used on each tyre.

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