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Tires: Looking for better traction on 170i

 
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drinkingthestars
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2020 4:23 pm    Post subject: Tires: Looking for better traction on 170i Reply with quote

I feel like the factory tires on my Buddy 170i lack good grip, especially in wet conditions. I really like the look of the whitewalls, however. Are there any tires that fit the 170i and offer better traction along with sharp looks? I would prefer not to sacrifice speed for traction, if that's even a thing.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2020 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are very limited choices in whitewalls, and the ones that are available in the US are not first rate choices IMO. I think the Continental Zippy 1 (blackwall) is a good tire, and is the one I use on my Buddy. Others seem to like the recently available Pirelli Angel (also blackwall).
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2020 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you. I realize blackwalls are going to offer the best traction. I just wondered if there are whitewalls that are superior in this regard. I want to avoid replacing my factory tires with tires that don't offer appreciably better traction. I'm looking at these, which are made. by Shinko: http://www.scooterloungeonline.com/primaww
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The stock whitewalls are pretty terrible, so almost anything else will offer better traction. Shinko is a good brand.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why not buy a good set of tires and paint the whitewalls on?
https://www.rangerpaint.com/products/white-sidewall
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drinkingthestars
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that's an idea.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I’ve been running the Prima whitewalls for the last 8 or 9 years on my Buddy 150, been generally happy with them.
https://www.scooterworks.com/Prima-Tire-Whitewall-350-10-P366.aspx

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the feedback. I'm leaning towards this solution. Did you find that they were better than the factory tires?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

drinkingthestars wrote:
Thanks for the feedback. I'm leaning towards this solution. Did you find that they were better than the factory tires?
Mine came from the factory with Maxxis whitewalls, I was happy with those too, highly disappointed when I couldn’t get them.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2020 4:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

scootERIK wrote:
Why not buy a good set of tires and paint the whitewalls on?
https://www.rangerpaint.com/products/white-sidewall



Because if you paint like me, it's going to be clear that you painted them. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2020 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pro tip: paint the entire tire white and let the road wear some of it off.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2020 2:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

scootERIK wrote:
Why not buy a good set of tires and paint the whitewalls on?
https://www.rangerpaint.com/products/white-sidewall

Wow! Didn't know such a product existed. There's hope in dressing up the new Michelin S1 tires.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2020 2:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tenders wrote:
Pro tip: paint the entire tire white and let the road wear some of it off.

LOL!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 3:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sometimes you gotta give up looks for safety and performance.
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