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post #1 of 18 Old 01-23-2017, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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Rear wheel swap - wider tire?

Has anyone been successful with a rear wheel swap for a wider tire? I ride 95% street and ride edge to edge. I know the ABS would be an issue, but was hoping someone has swapped to a wider rear tire/rim combo? I know people were experimenting with the last generation.

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You need a wider rim to use a wider tire. Putting a wider tire on a stock rim make extreme lean very squirrelly. Getting a 17" wheel and tire on the front will help cornering more than a wider rear tire. Are you moving some body weight to the inside of the turn? That will allow more lean. Most importantly though, the combination moving weight inside and using all your tire tread is a bad practice on the street. Riding at 10/10ths leaves zero room for error. That should be saved for the track where there are no potholes or clueless cagers.
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Has anyone been successful with a rear wheel swap for a wider tire? I ride 95% street and ride edge to edge. I know the ABS would be an issue, but was hoping someone has swapped to a wider rear tire/rim combo? I know people were experimenting with the last generation.

thanks - joe
A wider tire will not help. There's nothing wrong with using all of the tire.

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I like the looks of a wider tire but there's not much room between the chain on the left and the swingarm on the right for a larger tire. I thought of cutting the "sides" off the existing rim and having bands added to each side by welding. I would think you could go to a 180 perhaps if you did that. It's a bunch of effort. I have a 6" TL 1000 wheel if you'd like to play with it.
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A friend found his R1100S handles better with the 5 inch wheel/rim combo than the 5 1/2 inch bigger tire combo. The bike felt more sluggish in the twisties with the fatter tire.
The looks of a big rear don't necessarily make the bike do stuff you only imagine it will.
But to be sure, you should pursue the effort and let us know if it is better.
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Not to start the DS debate here, but my DS tire is a LOT wider than the stock tire. I didn't have to change my riding style or speed with the wider tire.
Ride comfort, noise, handling, wet conditions...none of that is compromised with the wider tire. It does, however make my ABS kick off. I"m willing to make that sacrifice for the $ savings.
If someone chooses to put on a wider motorcycle tire I can't imagine the results would be much different than mine.






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Hey, nice sticker! Where can one possibly get something like that?
Oh, funny looking tire too. Kinda square isn't it?
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Hey, nice sticker! Where can one possibly get something like that?
Oh, funny looking tire too. Kinda square isn't it?
Yes...when I posted that pic it reminded me that I need to start designing the #4 sticker.
And yes the tire is kinda square, like the guy that rides it...



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Yes...when I posted that pic it reminded me that I need to start designing the #4 sticker.
And yes the tire is kinda square, like the guy that rides it...



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I once put a trials tyre with a square profile on my Yammy XTZ750 and it was positively unsettling in the curves - the rear always seemed to feel so insecure on the lean.
Good luck to you but I would suggest that what works for you may not work for everyone.

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Good luck to you but I would suggest that what works for you may not work for everyone.
^That goes without saying.

I've put around 70,000 miles on DS tires, I don't have any problems in the corners..

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