Reply To: Another R80 sidecar build
- Location: Wellington
- Bike: BMW Supertanker, R80 & Velorex Sidecar, Gilera Runner ST200
I saw you’d got that…
My tyre choices are weighted towards the gravel end of the spectrum
I use TW 18 100/90 x 18 fronts – these were going cheap ($30 – $40 ea) as farmers were buying DR200s with road legal tyres & replacing them with more aggressive tyres. The TWs have good grip. I’ve salted a few away as they were too good a price to miss. You would need to check that they don’t interfere with your hard brake lines if you have twin disc though – I’ve replaced those & routed them elsewhere
On the rear I use Heidenau K60 Scouts in 120/90 x 18. More spending, but wear well & have a flatter profile which works well for sidecar use. Bit more spendy at $160 – you’ll go thru rears in 6k kms.
For the tub I look for cast offs from GN125 Sakura 350 x 16 – once again farmers were buying these bikes & the rears were going cheap ($25/tyre). Last well, & it doesn’t matter what is on the tub as long as its round & black, & more importantly – slides. You don’t want a grippy tub tyre.