Buell Blast Tire Replacement FelixWong.com

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Buell Blast Tire Replacement

My Buell Blast—a.k.a. the replacement for Goldie the MGB —has proven to be a remarkably reliable, economical, serviceable and fun runabout. In stock form, however, there were two things I wanted to improve: 1) the handlebar height and reach, and 2) the tires. The former was accomplished by installing Bikemaster Superbike handlebars that resulted in a sportier, aggressive appearance more befitting of a sport bike.

And this summer, I finally replaced the latter.

The stock Dunlop K330 tires had a fair amount of grip, but their useful life—especially the rear—was atrocious. I was only able to get about 3,800 miles off the rubber rolling at the back of the bike—and I am neither a portly nor heavy-handed rider with a habit of peeling out at every green light. The front tire was able to get about 7,500 miles before the tread bars started showing, which was acceptable, but still not stellar.

A search of the motorcycle forums revealed a couple of superior options for tread life, grip, and appearance: oversized Pirellis front and rear. The recommended tire for the front was the Pirelli Diablo Scooter 110/70-16, and for longest life in the rear, a Pirelli ST66 140/70-16. Both tires, according to Internet forum members, should last about 10,000 miles.

The front Pirelli is about half an inch wider than stock, and the rear one a full inch wider. In addition to looking cooler and meatier, their visibly rounder tread profile allows for easier motorcycle leaning and corner diving, and it’s not hard to imagine that they result in lower rolling resistance too.

No modifications were necessary to the motorcycle to accommodate either of these tires. (Reportedly, other oversized tires may not fit in the rear—even if they are labeled the same size as my new Pirelli ST66—without some hammering of a bracket which the rear shock is mounted to.)

Even though the front is a different model Pirelli tire than the rear, the Diablo Scooter and ST66 have similar tread patterns and hence seem like a good aesthetic match.

After a couple weeks of riding with both tires, it seems like my average fuel economy has remained the same: about 65 MPG in the summertime.

A final benefit is that in addition to having to be replaced less frequently than the stock Dunlops—saving both time and money right there—the Pirellis cost about $10-20 less than the stock tires! I purchased the Diablo Scooter and ST66 tires from AmericanMotoTire.com for $66 and $76, respectively, and shipping was free and no sales tax was collected. Motorcycle Superstore is another good source that I’ve ordered from in the past with good experiences.

Let me tell you that flogging the Buell along Centennial Rd. by the Horsetooth Reservoir was even more fun with these two new Italian shoes.

Summary

Original Tires

Dunlop K330 100/80-16 (4″ wide, 22″ outside diameter)

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