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New rear tire

That should be easy, you choose 1 of several possibilities, place an order and in no time the tire should arrive at your doorstep.
Well in December 2012 it was time to change the rear tire of my TW 1996.
A phone call to the shop in Tel Aviv and they had no tire but promised they would have one for me in a few months.
Called some more shops and nowhere in the country is a tire to be found.
I could order one from Europe but that would result in a battle with the bureaucracy here.
A friend had some bad experience with that.

So in March 2013 I phoned again to that shop in Tel Aviv, but no tire.
By that time I was desperate for some rubber, this is my daily commuter.
They told that if I order a tire and pay in advance $50, they will order it ASAP and the tire will be there in 2-3 months.
There is not much demand for this tire size and they want to be sure that I buy the tire.
So I jump on the bike and ride to Tel Aviv to place the order, that’s 140 km, round trip.
In June I phone them, no tire.
In July I phone them, no tire.
All this time I am commuting to my job on the old tire, there is not even a hint left of any profile that may have been on the tire.
August, no tire, but by the end of September a container should arrive with tires.
Phoned on 29 September and they tell me that the container will be there by the end of the week.
October 3 in the morning, another phone call, the container has arrived and they are unloading it.
They check the packing list and yes there are 2 tires 180-80-14”
I tell them that I am on my way to get it.
On arrival at the shop there is indeed the new tire, Kenda K761.
The lady at the shop apologizes that it took so long.
Tires are expensive here, this one was $240.
All summer it was no problem riding on the bald tire, it does not rain here in the summer.
Now it is October and rain could be possible, it would not be safe riding in the rain with the old tire.
I have already been in contact with the importer of the Maxxis tires to get a Ceros , ATV tire, just in case the Kenda would not arrive.
Some pics: This tire is good for 130 MPH

The old and new:

There was 5.5 mm thick rubber left in the middle


53786 km on the old tire, I hope that I do not have to do this again.

Later back at home the old tire was taken off.
New spokes mounted and the wheel lined out.
New tire mounted and I am ready to go again.
 

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My guess would be that next time you need to order tire(s), contact someone on this list in North America; send 'em a money order/traveler check (some form of money). Have them "purchase & ship" the tire for you that is gift wrapped. From what I've seen on other threads (Israel may be the exception) is that you don't get all of the bureaucracy crap with a "gift". Sure, its skirting the system but there is no reason you should have to pay $240 for a tire that should be $140 at most. Bridgestone tw204 looks similar if not identical to the kenda and it's $140 or $109 for the shinko. I'm pretty sure shipping isn't going to run $100 or take 6 months to get there. In any case, you probably won't have to worry about it for the next 10000km. If you decide you like the tire within the next 1000km, order it from your own supplier now if you don't find someone comfortable with sending you a "gift" to account for the order time you have to deal with. Best Wishes!
 

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Thanks for the reply, the plan is for next year to ride around Eastern Europe, Turkey and Georgia, on the TW, for a few months.
Then on the way back I will pick up some new tires overthere.
This was the first time that there was no tire available, in 2008 and 2011 I just had to order the tire and it was delivered the next day.
 

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I just noticed your mileage/km... How many km total? That last tire alone has you at 53786km or 33,421mi. How many rebuilds/rings/pistons/jugs have you done to keep it alive?
 

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Or a picture of your entire bike?
Would love to see how your TW looks after so many kms

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So far 123604 km, one engine rebuild with TTR225 cylinder and piston, the old cylinder and piston was still fine, just wanted some more power.


With 3" extended rear swing and 20 liter Acerbis tank.
 
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