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Posted by mark_appleby at March 23. 2010

Hi everyone

I have just bought a 1953 ES2, it is my first old bike (apart from a 79 Kawasaki Z650), I have read about older bikes for a while before taking the plunge, so it is all a bit of a mystery to me.

I am really enjoying it, the right foot gear change and left foot brakes are taking some getting used to, its made a lot easier by the fact that wherever I am in the gear box I can always find a neutral somewhere... (is this normal?). The bike is a good runner but the tyre's are showing some minor cracking in the side walls, they are fine for local runs but I want to take her on some minor touring and would like to replace them, does anyone have any recomendations? She currently has Dunlop gold seal K70's which seem OK but I am thinking of replacing them with an Avon ribbed front and a safety mileage on the back. I have a couple of modern bikes, and would like handling as good as is reasonable for a bike this age, but have modest, hopefully realistic expectations, any thoughts appreciated.

Thanks

Mark

PS, I have plenty of more stupid questions like this.

Re: New to ES2

Posted by iain_brown at March 26. 2010

Mark,

i have heard favourable comments about the Avon tyres for your ES2, they are what i am planning for my 16H which also has tired tyres on it at present.

Cheers

Iain

Re: New to ES2

Posted by anna jeannette Dixon at April 20. 2010

Previously wrote:

Hi everyone

I have just bought a 1953 ES2, it is my first old bike (apart from a 79 Kawasaki Z650), I have read about older bikes for a while before taking the plunge, so it is all a bit of a mystery to me.

I am really enjoying it, the right foot gear change and left foot brakes are taking some getting used to, its made a lot easier by the fact that wherever I am in the gear box I can always find a neutral somewhere... (is this normal?). The bike is a good runner but the tyre's are showing some minor cracking in the side walls, they are fine for local runs but I want to take her on some minor touring and would like to replace them, does anyone have any recomendations? She currently has Dunlop gold seal K70's which seem OK but I am thinking of replacing them with an Avon ribbed front and a safety mileage on the back. I have a couple of modern bikes, and would like handling as good as is reasonable for a bike this age, but have modest, hopefully realistic expectations, any thoughts appreciated.

Thanks

Mark

PS, I have plenty of more stupid questions like this.

hello mark try avons ribbed on the front and K70 dunlop on the back you can sill get k70 tyres yours   anna j dixon

Re: New to ES2

Posted by anna jeannette Dixon at April 20. 2010

Previously wrote:

Hi everyone

I have just bought a 1953 ES2, it is my first old bike (apart from a 79 Kawasaki Z650), I have read about older bikes for a while before taking the plunge, so it is all a bit of a mystery to me.

I am really enjoying it, the right foot gear change and left foot brakes are taking some getting used to, its made a lot easier by the fact that wherever I am in the gear box I can always find a neutral somewhere... (is this normal?). The bike is a good runner but the tyre's are showing some minor cracking in the side walls, they are fine for local runs but I want to take her on some minor touring and would like to replace them, does anyone have any recomendations? She currently has Dunlop gold seal K70's which seem OK but I am thinking of replacing them with an Avon ribbed front and a safety mileage on the back. I have a couple of modern bikes, and would like handling as good as is reasonable for a bike this age, but have modest, hopefully realistic expectations, any thoughts appreciated.

Thanks

Mark

PS, I have plenty of more stupid questions like this.

hello mark try avons ribbed on the front and K70 dunlop on the back you can sill get k70 tyres yours   anna j dixon

Re: New to ES2

Posted by mark_appleby at April 22. 2010

Hi

Thanks for the replys, I think I will stick an Avon ribbed on the front and ponder the rear (which is not too bad) for a while.

Mark

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