Knobbie tire options/ front wheel conversions for 11" L
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Mon Jan 18, 2021 11:05 pm quote
Just picked up a cheap 2009 LX 150 I want to turn into a little adventure machine. I found a few 10" options for off road tires for the rear wheel but am coming up with nothing for the front wheel. I really want to be able to brake and turn so I'm looking for options? I know the newer LX 150's use 12" front wheels. Whats involved in swapping to a 12" wheel? Any other options I should consider? Cheapest option wins, ideally I would just find an off road tire to work for me with the 11" rim but i've pretty much given up on that.
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Mon Jan 18, 2021 11:57 pm quote
Welcome to MV from Latina, central Italy.
I don't have a Vespa but you will see they will get back to you soon. Ciao
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Tue Jan 19, 2021 7:18 am quote
i use pirelli SL60s on one of my aprilia mojitos ...

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Tue Jan 19, 2021 7:56 am quote
jixaw wrote:
i use pirelli SL60s on one of my aprilia mojitos ...

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In 11"? I only see 10 and 12 options?
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Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:48 am quote
sorry..i am running a 12" in the front and a 10" in the back
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Tue Jan 19, 2021 9:35 am quote
jixaw wrote:
sorry..i am running a 12" in the front and a 10" in the back
Can you share how you were able to convert your 11" to 12?
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Tue Jan 19, 2021 10:28 am quote
the Pirelli SL60's im running arent for a Vespa, its for my Aprilia Mojito Retro 50 that I'm building

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Tue Jan 19, 2021 11:35 am quote
jixaw wrote:
the Pirelli SL60's im running arent for a Vespa, its for my Aprilia Mojito Retro 50 that I'm building
Looking attractive, what about its driving experience?
Did you buy this New?
What is the fuel average?
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Tue Jan 19, 2021 11:40 am quote
I wonder why Piaggio decided to brand a small-wheeled, small-engined scooter "Aprilia."
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Tue Jan 19, 2021 11:58 am quote
this is a 2004 that i have had for several years in many different colors and conditions...its my favourite bike

It hasnt been stock in many years....i have redone the motor maybe 5-6 times....i have blown the motor at least 2x..once was cuz i drove it in a blizzard (yeah those tires rock) and i sucked up some pre-icer road treatment crap into my intake..

Mods:

Malossi Full Circle crank w C4 bearings
Lower cases ported and polished
70cc Polini cast iron sport BBK (ported and polished)
Top Performance 8 pedal reed cage
21 mm polini intake
19 MM PHBG w/manual choke
k&N 1100 filter
Malossi Multivar
Yellow contra spring
Malossi torsion controller
Malossi X drive belt
Naraku 4k rpm clutch
Turbokit exhaust
Motoforce R6 rear shock
Mojito 125cc front shocks
Stainless steel brake line
Sintered pads
Pirelli SL60s

I love this bike...its so fast...it goes over 60 mph but im afraid at that speed...i think i get about 35 mpg .... not bad for a 50cc (now 70cc)
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Tue Jan 19, 2021 4:40 pm quote
your front is 11" not 12" so you're kind of limited on tire selection.

personally i'd go with Heidenau K58 front and rear. it's great tire and you have matchy-matchy front to back.

kenda also sells the K701 or the 761

there's stuff out there if you aren't concerned with a matching set or playing with tire size a little bit. or, you could always put an ET rim up front and be 10" front and back making it a little easier to get a matching pair.

hth

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