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MadScientistMatt 06-25-2006 04:30 PM

Re: The Skinny on Skinny Tires...
If one wished to re-engineer a bike to allow it to handle wider tires, what changes would you make?

Tadgh 06-25-2006 10:12 PM

Re: The Skinny on Skinny Tires...
i dont think the gsxr 750 ever came with a 190 tyre at least not in europe anyhow, always had the 180 section. used to be michelin pilot sports oem but recently they come with bt-014s

eekadog 06-25-2006 10:34 PM

Re: The skinny on skinny tires...
that's why harley uses 200mm on softails...


azicat 06-25-2006 11:06 PM

Re: The Skinny on Skinny Tires...
I know a few people who have modern sportsbikes with a standard 190 section but have downsized to a 180 rear. They commented on improved handling with the narrower tyre.

pdad13 06-26-2006 04:15 AM

Re: The skinny on skinny tires...
I'd like to disagree with Dx, but I can't. He's exactly right. Putting a wider tire on a rim not designed for it will actually make the contact patch smaller.

Tires have gotten wider as the output of engines has gone up (and to a degree, as fashion has dictated). Putting a wider rim/tire combo on your bike won't help and it will only slow up the steering at best.

I know that some people have actually gone from a 190 to a 180 on some of the newer sportbikes, although, personally, I'd stick with the manufactures stock sizes to be safe.

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