Greetings Fellow Bobber/Speedmaster Enthusiasts,
I have now been running white-wall tyre's on my 'SpeedBobber' for a few weeks now, so thought I would post a review and some comments in the hope it may help those who are considering this option.
I must confess I have never had any vehicle fitted with white-walls and was on the fence for quite some time as to whether or not this upgrade was the right choice for me. Now I have lived with them fitted for a few weeks and done around 1,000 miles or more I can say that 'for me' it was the right choice, I'm thrilled with my decision and would certainly do it again. However they may not be the right choice for you, so wanted to share some thoughts.
First off locating and purchasing a set of Avon Cobra white-walls was not as easy as I had expected. I could not find a suitable pair of these tyre's here in the US. I ended up having to go through my Triumph dealership who ordered them in from the UK and shipped them on to me. I forget the exact cost but with purchase, shipping and fitting the final cost was a little over $600 USD as I recall, so not an inexpensive option. Fortunately I was in no rush but the whole process did take some time.
As a tyre option Avon Cobras speak for themselves, superb as always so no need to comment further.
The while wall I have since found out is solid white rubber, so this is very durable and one can clean them up to your hearts content without concerns of reducing the white wall itself. Something I did not know.
There are lots of products but to be honest the best I have found is an ample amount of 'elbow-grease' a kitchen scrubby and some warm water with washing detergent. Nothing special is needed at all.
Chain lube is a pain by the way, so hardly put any on mine and plan to get a belt-drive conversion at some point.
I would hesitate running white-walls IF A: you don't like or have the time for cleaning, or B: you live in an environment that makes it hard to keep your bike clean. I currently live in the dry, sunny state of Arizona and I love to putter with my Bobber finding something to clean every day, so no problem for me at al..
Aesthetically, I love the look. As a contrast to the 'black' of my Bobber Black and especially as it pics up the white in the (Speedmaster) tank badge, I think it looks splendid.
So there's my tupence worth for your interest.