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post #1 of 10 Old 04-02-2010, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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Biggest rear street tire?

Can you put a 160 rear on? The road smart comes in a 150 but I am wondering if a 160 would work better on the paved twisties. I have shinko 705 for the dirt and love them.
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Maybe. Some 160s work and some are a very bad idea. As far as improved performance is concerned, it is definitely a bad idea. I have a 160/60-17 Michelin Pilot road on the back because it was the only road tire available that would fit when I stopped in New Mexico and needed a tire. There are 3/4" to 1" chicken strips because the outside edge tread portion is pretty much parallel to the mid line of the bike. It's turning in great touring mileage but is vague at hard lean angles.

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I don't know of any 160 that recommends a rim width less than 4½, it would be pinched on a v-strom rim and not have the same handling characteristics as it would on a 4½ or 5" rim that they are designed for



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A 160 wide BT-020 worked well enough though you couldn't get near the edge of the tire.

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I was under the impression that the biggert the # the wider the tire and all most of the sportbikes have those wide tires. I will go with a dual or mulit compound 150/17 so I get some better mileage.
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Yes, the larger the number, the wider the tire; but that tire has to be matched to the proper width wheel for it to work properly. The same tire on a 4" wheel will look (and handle) completely different than on a 5" wheel. Bigger isn't always better, and this is one example of that. If you managed to fit a matching wheel under the rear of the Strom, then you could try the wider tire and expect a handling increase. But sticking a 160 tire on the stock wheel will make it handle worse than a 150 tire.

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Rear tire size 150/70 R 17 M/C 69 V

150 = width of the tire carcass in millimeters
70 = aspect ratio; height of the tire from bead to tread as a percentage of the width; 70%
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17 = wheel diameter in inches
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69 = load index = 716 pounds at the max allowable inflation pressure
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Don't know about you guys.....

don't know about you boys but I'm running a 170 Roadsmart on my wee with the stock WHEEL (not rim, bicycles and dirt bikes with spokes have rims) and it handles just as good as a 150 or 160. If you think the wee should handle like an R6 or ZX6 you're crazy. I get around 58 mpg, I know my limits and my bike's limits and feel very comfortable with that tire. The Roadsmart has great wearability and I'll gladly get another when this one wears out, but what do I know.
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I was under the impression that the biggert the # the wider the tire and all most of the sportbikes have those wide tires.
they also have 5½ and 6" wide wheels

pinching a wide tire onto a skinny wheel does not = a wide tire



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Dunlop sportmax roadsmart

I found a set on the Dunlop site but I think the are only overseas. The US site does not show a 19" front. What would shipping be from the UK and has anyone ever got something out of the UK?
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