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  • Ralco Speed Blaster - User Rview after 2000 Kms

    Hello Friends,

    This is my first review ever on any site. Please excuse me for any errors/mistakes. Just wanted to share my recent experience with Ralco Speed Blaster tyres.

    Riding Style: I usually prefer taking the interiors and stay away from highways. It's just a preference as it allows me to explore that side of the world. However it also has a disadvantage, it also means bad to worst of roads, no roads, a lot of gravel and so and so forth. Unfortunately roads in rural areas in India are not in the best of the condition. I had hardly ridden around 10,000 Kms on my Avenger Cruise 200 and has started feeling a bit scared with the kind of traction that I was getting with my tyres. I mean even at a speed of around 40 KMPH on wet surface or gravel or uneven asphalt roads I would feel the bike will slip. Now it is quiet possible that it could be a flaw with my riding style, however considering that I am very slow guy (I barely go above 70 and average is around 45 - 50) I don't think that could be an issue.

    Background: None the less I felt a need to change tyres. I wanted to take a long ride to Rajasthan and after a long research on all tyre types picked up Ralco. I was looking for something which was dual purpose but the challenge was to get something that fits Avenger Cruise 220. There are dual sport wheels available in India, however getting a right fit for Avenger Cruise 220 was difficult. I mean a few tyre shops that I spoke to including tyre engineers from Ceat did not have anything that met my requirements. May be I didn't look enough, but tyre sizes of Avenger Cruise 220 are pretty awkward. Getting a dual purpose wheels of 90/90 - 17 and 130/19 - 15 was a challenge. This becomes another big issue especially when you are in a city like Ahmedabad which is not as active in riding like Bangalore or Pune.

    Selection: I finally picked up Ralco Speed Blaster. Got a 3.00 17 Speed Blaster for front wheel and 140/90 15 for rear. Both are Ralco Speed Blaster. Technically while changing sizes the tyre diameter must be in range of +/-3% and I ensured that these are well within the range.

    Experience: Faced all kind of roads from smooth asphalt to gravel to sand to off road. One thing is for sure that these boys love surface any surface. I never felt out of control at any point. Ride from Jodhpur to Jaiselmer especially after Ramdevra was a pain as that stretch of NH11 is under construction. Adding to that I was riding in the night and it was absolute gravel but tyres never complained. While riding to Sam Sandunes and to Loonar got them down the road on hard surface but they just stuck to ground. Good road, bad road, broken road or no road they did what they were supposed to do. Though I did get stuck in soft sand near Ranau while riding to Tanot, but I'd blame that on my riding skills. Being an amateur didn't realize that forward foot position on a cruiser is not the right position to get in with on soft sand. Overall I was extremely happy with the performance of tyres. I ma yet to test them on wet surface, mud, slush, etc. but I think they will hold on. Also tested them in rural areas near Polo Forest Gujarat last week and they did not leave a room for complaint. Below are some images of the kind of roads I took.

    Note: I am not a qualified expert on tyres and fairly new to riding. What I have shared is purely my personal experience. Please feel free to comment and criticize the review and/or my riding skills. I hope that this will help my friends who are looking for good tyres.

    Regards,
    Jaydeep
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    Manzilon ki talash mein na jane kitne fasle tay kar liye. Sukoon ki talash mein na jane kitne raste tay kar liye.
    Palat ke dekha in raston ko, to jeene ke maine samajh aaye. Bas phir kya tha.... humne raaston ko hi apni manzil bana liya

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    Re: Ralco Speed Blaster - User Rview after 2000 Kms

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      Re: Ralco Speed Blaster - User Rview after 2000 Kms

      Originally posted by The Monk View Post
      Thread Approved Please post pictures of the tyres as well!
      Added pictures of tyres. Also wanted to point out that:
      1. Due to higher side wall and block pattern 3.00 17 front wheel it touches the mudguard. My tyre guy raised the mudguard by using a combination of 2 aluminum corner braces and it holds tight
      2. Front wheel is actually specified as rear wheel by manufacturer, however I an using it as front wheel
      3. Both the wheels are tubeless type, however I use them with tube


      Thanks to my tyre guy who help identifying right alternative size. I referred to tyre upsizing calculator and initially got 100/90 17 for front and 140/90 15 for rear. Riding on that combination was scary. He then suggested we try 3.00 17 on front and 140/90 15 on rear and it worked well. I spent around 4.5K for entire set including tubes.

      I hope it helps.

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      Manzilon ki talash mein na jane kitne fasle tay kar liye. Sukoon ki talash mein na jane kitne raste tay kar liye.
      Palat ke dekha in raston ko, to jeene ke maine samajh aaye. Bas phir kya tha.... humne raaston ko hi apni manzil bana liya

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        Re: Ralco Speed Blaster - User Rview after 2000 Kms

        I am also going to add my views later. Am using same.

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          Re: Ralco Speed Blaster - User Rview after 2000 Kms

          Would definitely look forward to your review. Hope it was good.
          Manzilon ki talash mein na jane kitne fasle tay kar liye. Sukoon ki talash mein na jane kitne raste tay kar liye.
          Palat ke dekha in raston ko, to jeene ke maine samajh aaye. Bas phir kya tha.... humne raaston ko hi apni manzil bana liya

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            Re: Ralco Speed Blaster - User Rview after 2000 Kms

            Okay my views after 7k kms on speedblasters.
            The tyres have very good grip in slush and offroad, the on-road grip is surprisingly nice too. The only thing I find lacking is wet grip, it's just bad when it's pouring.
            Overall a very worthy touring tyre for the rear. I would not use this for the front in the rainy seasons. On the contrary, the grip on snow is very good.

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              Re: Ralco Speed Blaster - User Rview after 2000 Kms

              Originally posted by Jaydeep Vayeda View Post
              Would definitely look forward to your review. Hope it was good.
              Hi I am looking for new rear tyres for my Duke and I am considering Speed Blasters for my rear due to kind of roads I ride.

              I would like to know if these tyres can handle a fair bit of cornering. I not a knee scrapping cornering enthusiast. But at least a slight bit of cornering and I ll be satisfies.

              So could you share your experience at corners?
              The ride defines it..!!!

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                Re: Ralco Speed Blaster - User Rview after 2000 Kms

                Originally posted by Kriz View Post
                Hi I am looking for new rear tyres for my Duke and I am considering Speed Blasters for my rear due to kind of roads I ride.

                I would like to know if these tyres can handle a fair bit of cornering. I not a knee scrapping cornering enthusiast. But at least a slight bit of cornering and I ll be satisfies.

                So could you share your experience at corners?
                For fair bit of cornering and offroading I would recommend Timsun tyres.

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                  Re: Ralco Speed Blaster - User Rview after 2000 Kms

                  Hi guys,

                  Fitted the 100/90-18 ralco speedblaster (tubed) on Karizma rear about a week ago, and today had a puncture, mostly riding sanely on tar and rural roads of himachal...

                  Due to go on a Spiti circuit trip soon but I'm having doubts about speed blaster as it feels like a soft compound tyre and Spiti roads are harsh on every vehicle and human.... very confused please suggest if anyone has done spiti on these tyres....

                  Local store only has birla firemaxx as an alternative to ralco... any idea about this tyre? It felt harder than ralco and it is tubeless, but I can install tube as my rim is a bit bent.

                  Hoping for a quick response from any of you. Thanks!

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                    Re: Ralco Speed Blaster - User Rview after 2000 Kms

                    Originally posted by highwayhermit View Post
                    Hi guys,

                    Fitted the 100/90-18 ralco speedblaster (tubed) on Karizma rear about a week ago, and today had a puncture, mostly riding sanely on tar and rural roads of himachal...

                    Due to go on a Spiti circuit trip soon but I'm having doubts about speed blaster as it feels like a soft compound tyre and Spiti roads are harsh on every vehicle and human.... very confused please suggest if anyone has done spiti on these tyres....

                    Local store only has birla firemaxx as an alternative to ralco... any idea about this tyre? It felt harder than ralco and it is tubeless, but I can install tube as my rim is a bit bent.

                    Hoping for a quick response from any of you. Thanks!
                    People do spiti even on Metz, just get good chains for the snow, or use zip ties.

                    Don't worry, the tyre can do Spiti.

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                      Re: Ralco Speed Blaster - User Rview after 2000 Kms

                      Originally posted by Jaydeep Vayeda View Post
                      Added pictures of tyres. Also wanted to point out that:
                      1. Front wheel is actually specified as rear wheel by manufacturer, however I an using it as front wheel

                      From what i know, Speed Blaster is a rear only tyre. You have installed rear tyre on the front. have a look at the ralco website here:
                      https://www.ralcotyre.com/motorcycle...aster-rl-1034/

                      Anyways how are the tyres performing? Any issues with age of tyres?


                      Originally posted by MidnightEvil Parth View Post
                      Okay my views after 7k kms on speedblasters.
                      The tyres have very good grip in slush and offroad, the on-road grip is surprisingly nice too. The only thing I find lacking is wet grip, it's just bad when it's pouring.
                      Overall a very worthy touring tyre for the rear. I would not use this for the front in the rainy seasons. On the contrary, the grip on snow is very good.
                      I have a pulsar AS200. I am thinking of doing a ladakh trip and generally mountain rides.
                      Im thinking of getting ralco speed blasters 140/70-17 for the rear.
                      What would you suggest for the front? Stock size is 100/80-17. Im curently using MRF Zapper FY 110/70-17.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Ralco Speed Blaster - User Rview after 2000 Kms

                        Originally posted by guptavis View Post

                        I have a pulsar AS200. I am thinking of doing a ladakh trip and generally mountain rides.
                        Im thinking of getting ralco speed blasters 140/70-17 for the rear.
                        What would you suggest for the front? Stock size is 100/80-17. Im curently using MRF Zapper FY 110/70-17.

                        I have the same query with NS200...... Planning to do ladakh in September 1st week. I'm thinking to stick to the Orginal size.

                        Currently I have completed 14K on the stock OEM fitted MRF (Zapper) tyres.... I think front will do another 10K (No punctures so far in the front)...

                        Rear had already around 7 punctures.... So I'm thinking to change the rear one....

                        I'm okay with the current MRF Zapper S 130/70 ... But I have a doubt whether it will skid or slip on those off road conditions due to less friction since it has very less treads.... ( The lower Sized zappers have more treads on them )

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                        So I'm thinking if more the number treads/buttons on the tyre the more it is good for offroad..... Is my understanding correct??

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                        And How can Michelin PS Radial perform there??

                        Any one here has done Ladakh on MRF zapper S 130/70 on NS200?

                        https://www.youtube.com/c/mallikarjunsadanand

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                          Re: Ralco Speed Blaster - User Rview after 2000 Kms

                          Originally posted by mallikarjunsadanand View Post
                          I have the same query with NS200...... Planning to do ladakh in September 1st week. I'm thinking to stick to the Orginal size.

                          Currently I have completed 14K on the stock OEM fitted MRF (Zapper) tyres.... I think front will do another 10K (No punctures so far in the front)...

                          Rear had already around 7 punctures.... So I'm thinking to change the rear one....

                          [B]I'm okay with the current MRF Zapper S 130/70 ... But I have a doubt whether it will skid or slip on those off road conditions due to less friction since it has very less treads.... ( The lower Sized zappers have more treads on them )

                          So I'm thinking if more the number treads/buttons on the tyre the more it is good for offroad..... Is my understanding correct??

                          And How can Michelin PS Radial perform there??

                          Any one here has done Ladakh on MRF zapper S 130/70 on NS200?

                          I'm doing ladhak 2nd week of September and looking for tyre change.
                          I found ralco in my budget.

                          Any tyre will do ladhak in September even stock. Roads are good now. Hardly 10-20% is off road.

                          MPS is very good tyre. I wanted to get ralco because i might ride in snow somewhere else later.
                          Last edited by paul.1911; 07-31-2019, 08:37 PM.
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                            Re: Ralco Speed Blaster - User Rview after 2000 Kms

                            Originally posted by paul.1911 View Post
                            I'm doing ladhak 2nd week of September and looking for tyre change.
                            I found ralco in my budget.

                            Any tyre will do ladhak in September even stock. Roads are good now. Hardly 10-20% is off road.

                            MPS is very good tyre. I wanted to get ralco because i might ride in snow somewhere else later.

                            I'm thinking to install JK blaze BR41 130/70 17 Heard its dual purpose... Good for both ON/OFF roads....
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                              Re: Ralco Speed Blaster - User Rview after 2000 Kms

                              Originally posted by mallikarjunsadanand View Post
                              I'm thinking to install JK blaze BR41 130/70 17 Heard its dual purpose... Good for both ON/OFF roads....
                              Its a good one but as per pattern is not proper off road. Will do ladhak but will not work on snow. In Sept 1st week there will be no snow but do carry rope, my opinion.
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