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post #1 of 5 Old 12-18-2017, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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Lower profile tires

Has anybody tried lower profile/wider tires?

120/130 70 front
160/170 60rear

Tire time soon.weighing options

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post #2 of 5 Old 12-18-2017, 08:21 PM
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I had a 160/60 rear once. It was very vague at large lean angles. The rim width is not optimal for wider tires.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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I also had a 160/60 on my DL1000 for awhile. It was an emergency fitment while I was on a trip. The bike was heavily loaded so I took it easy with the tire. It certainly changed the feel of the bike. It probably would have been fine to keep using but I changed it as soon as I got home.
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My situation was the same. I was on a trip when I discovered the Metzeler Road Attack was a poor choice for high speed touring. It was erasing itself and developed rubber strings like a pencil eraser. I replaced it with a 160/60 Michelin Pilot Road because it was the only tire the shop had that was even close to stock. I replaced it after I got back home as it was much less than confidence inspiring.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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post #5 of 5 Old 12-22-2017, 07:31 PM
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Yep, wider is not better on motorcycle tires, at least not without wider wheels to match.

Instead of a nice round cross-section and consistent smooth handling, you get a cross section more like a hamburger bun and spooky inconsistent handling.

That said, I believe a wider rear wheel is possible in a DL swingarm, and I know there are some who have put a 17" front on a DL (very, very bizarre looking). The overall effect on handling is questionable at best.

If you want your bike to handle better, here are the top three priorities. They cost money:

1) Learn how to ride better. Take a good class or three. You'll be a lot safer and you'll have a lot more fun. A good rider on a clapped-out bald-tired Tohatsu Runpet will outrun a wobbler on a racebike, every time.

2) Make sure your tires are always fresh. Replace them before they get squirrely, buy name brand tires appropriate for the surfaces you'll be riding on, and don't let them get more than a year or two old.

3) Pry open your wallet and invest a couple grand in premium suspension tuned to your weight and riding style and brakes. Springs, emulators, fresh oil, fork brace up front, premium shock out back. Install stainless braided brake lines all around and maybe upgrade the front calipers if you have weak hands.
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