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post #1 of 9 Old 04-29-2016, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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Tire size.

Would it be bad juju to go up to a 160 70 on the rear?


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It would fit but might slow down the turnin when cornering due to the change in profile, it would also raise the back if going from as 150/70 to a 160

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Would it be bad juju to go up to a 160 70 on the rear?


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as a darkside experimenter I can absolutely say no problem, go for it, if ya don't like it, when the tire wears out, next time, go back to stock, any difference in handling you will get used to within the first 3 miles you ride, being a slightly larger tire, it may also have a better load rating



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It's not for dark side.. But I may look into that. I want to run a Michelin commander 2 and they make the front in our size but the back is a 160 not a 150. If the wheel is the ride width it won't bubble in the middle.


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It's not for dark side.. But I may look into that. I want to run a Michelin commander 2 and they make the front in our size but the back is a 160 not a 150. If the wheel is the ride width it won't bubble in the middle.


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don't worry about the shape of the tire, I mentioned darkside only as an extreme example of changing tire size



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What I mean is that I put a 170 on a 160 wheel once and it destroyed the center patch in like 4500 miles. Because it arced the tire more in the center being on a smaller wheel width


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What I mean is that I put a 170 on a 160 wheel once and it destroyed the center patch in like 4500 miles. Because it arced the tire more in the center being on a smaller wheel width


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it wore in center note cause of arc but cause you didn't have enuf air and the rubber squirmed more and got hot

4500 miles on the rear of a 1000, while not great, is not bad either

other than darkside, best I have got with MC tire is 5000-7500 on rear of my Vee, don't expect the 10k+ that the 650 can get on a rear



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it wore in center note cause of arc but cause you didn't have enuf air and the rubber squirmed more and got hot



4500 miles on the rear of a 1000, while not great, is not bad either



other than darkside, best I have got with MC tire is 5000-7500 on rear of my Vee, don't expect the 10k+ that the 650 can get on a rear


The 170 was a pr4gt on a st1100. It for sure had more arc in the middle of the tire.. At 42psi. Any extra weight even my wife would destroy it fast on the highway...

I do have a heavy throttl hand. I can get 18k out of a commander 2 cruiser tire on a heavy Harley... If I go 10mm wider I can run that. That's my plan right now because until I see a dark side v2 laying peg down.. I'm not down to try it yet
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I'm sure it had more arc, but that's not the cause of center wear on a motorcycle tire, get car tire mentality out of your mind, center wear comes from riding straight roads, accelerated wear is from inadequate pressure

tire temperature is derived from rubber squirm and is regulated by the pressure you run in your tires it 42psi isn't enuf, pump it up to 44 or 45



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