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Just fitting new tyres on my new to me RD04.
I have gone for Tourances, they seem to have a good rep and in my current financial state are cheap.
Fitting them? I have a local shop ho do it for a tenner the pair, lucky old me.
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Both wheels have those bolt on thingies that clamp the tyre to the rim. Are they neccessary? I remember them being a pain on my old Tenere in Ghana, but did enable me to ride 150 miles on a flat tyre in an emergency.
There is a horrible high speed vibratio, at around 80/85mph that I think is due to front wheel balance and I wonder if the clamp thingy might be causing this.
The other option is a slightly warped disc, but i figure address one issue at a time.
There is a load of balancing weights on the front rim opposite the clamp thingy. My guess the imbalance is due to this.
 

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My opinion only but mine hasn't got them and no problems so I would say you can take them off and the balance weights then see how it rides
 

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That is my plan.
They are good when riding in sand at low tyre pressures, we have recovery for flat tyres and not many deserts around here.
 

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Aren't Tourance tires tubeless?
BTW I have them on my 1150GSA and they suck on everything but tarmac or packed gravel. Sand and soft ground? Forget about that... :toothy9:

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I wont be doing sand and soft ground, that was referring to the clampy things.
I do some gravel roads when going paragliding but only in the dry.
 

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I started researching tyres again.
It drove me nuts. But they consistently got good reviews and £130 the pair seemed helpful.
I was not sure about tubes in tubeless tyres but the rear on the bike was fine with one.
Lets hope I can sort out the irritating vibration.
if it is not balance weight related it must be a warped disc.
 

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What I like with Metzeler's Tourance is that they get great milleage. They last and last. :D

If you are on a budget and want long lasting tires that will fair quite well on and off road, I suggest checking the Mitas E07. Had them on my RD03 for touring France, Spain, Italy and Tunisia's desert and mountains, and I was impressed. And they are cheap...
 
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