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    Default 2010 RT, what is the going consensus for new front tires

    I almost hate to ask this question since tire threads are so contentious, but I'm still running the OEM tires on my 2010 RT. Now to be very honest, it doesn't get that many miles on it these days since I have two other bikes I ride and we haven't even used it as a TOAD this year behind the camper. The original Kendas still have plenty of tread left and I don't see any sidewall cracking but I figure its about time.

    It has 14" rims, and from what I see the original size is 165/65R14. It doesnt look like there are too many choices for that size these days, tirerack is showing about 4 and one or two are winter tires. Amazon has the Federal SS657 for about 44 which looks ok I guess, but the others it shows are about double (Bridgestone Potenza) or are off brands like Nexen and Nokian.

    So any good suggestions for some decent rubber that will fit the 14" rims?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eviltwin View Post
    I almost hate to ask this question since tire threads are so contentious, but I'm still running the OEM tires on my 2010 RT. Now to be very honest, it doesn't get that many miles on it these days since I have two other bikes I ride and we haven't even used it as a TOAD this year behind the camper. The original Kendas still have plenty of tread left and I don't see any sidewall cracking but I figure its about time.

    It has 14" rims, and from what I see the original size is 165/65R14. It doesnt look like there are too many choices for that size these days, tirerack is showing about 4 and one or two are winter tires. Amazon has the Federal SS657 for about 44 which looks ok I guess, but the others it shows are about double (Bridgestone Potenza) or are off brands like Nexen and Nokian.

    So any good suggestions for some decent rubber that will fit the 14" rims?

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    I don't know if my advice would be worth anything to you, . But your tires are probably 10 years old, I don't think it's Legal for any tires over 5 years old to be sold by manufacture's . Currently the best tire for any Spyder is the Vredestein Quatrac 5 .. You need 14 inch size they have a very good size selection ( un-like most tire makers ) .. Do an " advanced search above " and see what other owbers are saying . Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by BLUEKNIGHT911 View Post
    I don't know if my advice would be worth anything to you, ……. But your tires are probably 10 years old, I don't think it's Legal for any tires over 5 years old to be sold by manufacture's …. Currently the best tire for any Spyder is the Vredestein Quatrac 5 ….. You need 14 inch size they have a very good size selection ( un-like most tire makers ) ….. Do an " advanced search above " and see what other owbers are saying ……. Mike
    Hi Mike. Not sure why you think I wouldnt value your advice. I am seeing the Vredstein tires listed at a few places, Tirerack has them for about 76 plus tax. That my be the default unless I get some other leads. Thanks.
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    I think you will be pleased with the Vredestein solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eviltwin View Post
    Hi Mike. Not sure why you think I wouldnt value your advice. I am seeing the Vredstein tires listed at a few places, Tirerack has them for about 76 plus tax. That my be the default unless I get some other leads. Thanks.
    From my experience with different brands of tires the Vredsteins are now my first choice. If unavailable than I would have to default to a different tire. These Vredstein Quatrac 5's on the front of my F3 are unbelievably good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eviltwin View Post
    Hi Mike. Not sure why you think I wouldnt value your advice. I am seeing the Vredstein tires listed at a few places, Tirerack has them for about 76 plus tax. That my be the default unless I get some other leads. Thanks.
    try these two places …. Vulcan & Simple tire …..other members here have bought them there also ….. V or S may have the 215/60-15 size ….. Tire Rack used to, but don't anymore ….. any of the three sizes will be fine ….. Mike

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    Valcon Tire does show the Quatrac 5 in 165/65R14 size on there website for $67.00 each. Tire Rack also shows having that size as well for about the same price.
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    For what it's worth, I jsut put the Vredesteins on my 2016 (fronts). Only have about 600 miles on them so far, but it made a HUGE difference in the ryde and the handling.
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    I've got Kumho Solus on the front of my 2014, but they're a different size than your 2010.
    I found the Kenda OEM tires weren't really bad in the front. I got about 25,000 miles on a set with my 2010, once the front end got lined up correctly.
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    If you can easily get better tires for the front, by all means do so, but if Kenda is all that's available to you, I wouldn't be too upset.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThreeWheels View Post
    I've got Kumho Solus on the front of my 2014, but they're a different size than your 2010.
    I found the Kenda OEM tires weren't really bad in the front. I got about 25,000 miles on a set with my 2010, once the front end got lined up correctly.
    It's the Kenda REAR tire that sucks eggs.
    BIGTIME !!!!
    Move Heaven and Earth to dump the Kenda rear tire.
    If you can easily get better tires for the front, by all means do so, but if Kenda is all that's available to you, I wouldn't be too upset.
    In truth, although the Kenda's are weakly made, and have the highest " Defect rate of any tire I've ever heard of " . If you have a pair that is balanced, and well aligned ( ie. Lazer ) ….. I would just wear them out ….. then switch to an Auto tire ……. good luck, … Mike

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    How many miles are there on the 2010 RT? if those are the original tires I would replace even if you don't see sidewall cracking, just to be safe. I ride pretty aggressively and would not want to have a blowout. On the side of the tire it will say the year manufactured. Also a lot of negative reviews here about the Kendras, I for one have not had. With the 60K+ miles I have put on mt 2010 RT, all have been with OME. On my 4th set of rears and up front replaced I believe once, er maybe twice. Have works performance shocks, made a big difference in handling in twists and after having squared away alignment everything is good.

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    Thanks for the responses. I'll probably order a set of the Vredsteins this winter when I do my off season maintenance. 60 something bucks seems to be the best price online.
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