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Race Tyres

Tyres need to be speed rated to the speed attempted.

The fastest Vespa tyres are rated "P" which is 150 km/hr

  • Sava 3.50-10 51P MC 18
  • Schwalbe Raceman 3.50-10 10327541
  • Continental ContiTwist Race 3.50-10 M/C 59P TL

The tyres I use are Sava 3.50-10 51P MC 18 tyre Code 72761.

Speed Ratings

Most scooter tyres are rated "J" which is only 100 km/hr.


Speed symbol G J K L M N P Q R S T U H V W Y ZR
Speed (km/h) 90 100 110 120 130 140 150 160 170 180 190 200 210 240 270 300 240+

Reading Notes

Reading Tyre Technology - Tom French

Internal heat generation is a problem and the times per second a tyre is deflected contributes to this heat generation. When the tyre gets hot enough the it "can lead to total disintegration". The book talks about a typical motorcycle tyre at 100 mph having 17-18 deflections per second. 

My calculations are that at 100 mph a scooter tyre has about 34 deflections per second (twice that of a motorbike!). This is based on a tyre having a circumference of about 1.3 metres.