Tire size (width) question - Sportbike Forum: Sportbike Motorcycle Forums
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-21-2004, 02:16 AM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 78
Tire size (width) question

Recently, I have heard/read about people replacing 190's with 170's or 180's on their liter bikes.
I have also read about someone replacing a 160 with a 190 on a 600 bike.

What are the advantages of switching to a smaller (narrower) tire?

What are the advantages of putting a wider tire on?


I have did a search but can't find any info.

Thanks in advance, troops.
Crescent Fresh is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-21-2004, 05:07 AM
S370HSSV 0773H
 
spicersh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Terrible Hole, IN
Posts: 7,437
Send a message via Yahoo to spicersh
I've heard of people changing one tire size up or down, but not anything as drastic as a 160 to a 190. Not without buying a wider wheel anyway.

To answer your question, the advantage of going from say a 190 to a 180 is that you get a quicker turn in in the corners. Going from the 180 to the 190 will slow down your turning, but will give you a bit more traction.

As far as which is better, well that's personal choice. There's a reason all the pro's use a 180 though.

SportbikeWorld Supermoderator

The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all of fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomanical, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully. - Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion
spicersh is offline  
post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-21-2004, 05:59 AM
Registered User
 
Slip-On's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Japan
Posts: 1,173
I went from a 180 to a 190 because I didn't like the feel of the 180, specifically for the reason that spicersh pointed out. 180's, you can whip it into a turn VERY fast....almost too fast for me. 190 gives me a bit more confidence I guess... Like spicersh also pointed out - it's all a matter of preference!

BTW, Crescent Fresh, who do you know that switched from a 160 to a 190!?

--There is a wrong way to eat a Reese's, and I will find it.
Slip-On is offline  
 
post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-21-2004, 07:25 AM
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 6,400
On my Yamaha 600r I have stuck with the stock 160 & on my Honda 929 I have gone from 190 down to 180 as it give me a bit better handeling. I had the choice of 190 or 180 (that was woren out) just last week & not only did I go with my preference to 180, but also put on a Bridgestone BT 010 instead of the Michelin Pilot Sport. Well I just want to see what it is like in matter of MAKE.

I will be shifting the 160 to 170 in a short while ONLY because it is a tyre I have on hand & knowing this bike is so easy to flick around I do not think it will make any drastic change. When that wears out I will go back to 160.
Smitty is offline  
post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-21-2004, 08:58 AM
Registered User
 
Slip-On's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Japan
Posts: 1,173
Quote:
Originally posted by Smitty
On my Yamaha 600r I have stuck with the stock 160 & on my Honda 929 I have gone from 190 down to 180 as it give me a bit better handeling. I had the choice of 190 or 180 (that was woren out) just last week & not only did I go with my preference to 180, but also put on a Bridgestone BT 010 instead of the Michelin Pilot Sport. Well I just want to see what it is like in matter of MAKE.

I will be shifting the 160 to 170 in a short while ONLY because it is a tyre I have on hand & knowing this bike is so easy to flick around I do not think it will make any drastic change. When that wears out I will go back to 160.
How old are you sir, if you don't mind me asking?

--There is a wrong way to eat a Reese's, and I will find it.
Slip-On is offline  
post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-21-2004, 11:19 AM
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 6,400
Unfortunately I will be 74 yrs of age in the middle of this July. So a tip to all of you, in m/cing & life, is DO NOT BECOME OLD. LOL

_
Smitty is offline  
post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-21-2004, 11:36 AM
Registered User
 
Slip-On's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Japan
Posts: 1,173
Quote:
Originally posted by Smitty
Unfortunately I will be 74 yrs of age in the middle of this July. So a tip to all of you, in m/cing & life, is DO NOT BECOME OLD. LOL

_
Well the fact that you will be 74 years old and you still ride says a lot for you, considering a lot of your counterparts have young pretty little nurses to wipe you and give you sponge baths. Damn....when can I be 74?!?! Ha ha ha, just messing with you!

What do you ride?

Since I can't PM you... You were too young for WWII, but did you ever have to serve in Korea and/or Vietnam? I am assuming that you haven't lived in Canada all your life...if so...oops.

--There is a wrong way to eat a Reese's, and I will find it.

Last edited by Slip-On; 06-21-2004 at 11:38 AM.
Slip-On is offline  
post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-21-2004, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 78
Quote:
Originally posted by Slip-On Rapist
I went from a 180 to a 190 because I didn't like the feel of the 180, specifically for the reason that spicersh pointed out. 180's, you can whip it into a turn VERY fast....almost too fast for me. 190 gives me a bit more confidence I guess... Like spicersh also pointed out - it's all a matter of preference!

BTW, Crescent Fresh, who do you know that switched from a 160 to a 190!?
Well....assumption is the mother of all fuckups.
I assumed that you had a 160 (F4i under your avatar). I didn't know you had a 180. I just assumed. That's where my confusion was. On a previous post where you said you went to a 190...I thought "damn, that's a big ass jump".
Sorry if I sounded like a smart-ass. I was just ignorant.
Crescent Fresh is offline  
post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-21-2004, 05:22 PM
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 6,400
Slip-on R there might be a message on its way to you.
Smitty is offline  
post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-21-2004, 05:32 PM
Registered User
 
Slip-On's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Japan
Posts: 1,173
Quote:
Originally posted by Crescent Fresh
Well....assumption is the mother of all fuckups.
I assumed that you had a 160 (F4i under your avatar). I didn't know you had a 180. I just assumed. That's where my confusion was. On a previous post where you said you went to a 190...I thought "damn, that's a big ass jump".
Sorry if I sounded like a smart-ass. I was just ignorant.
LOL, dude no sweat. I figured you just made a mistake..none of us are perfect, and anyone who watches me post on here knows that I mess up too. ha ha ha... that's what makes it so great when you can take it in stride. BTW, you are right... 160 to a 190 is a HUGE jump. I wouldn't be caught dead with a 160 on my F4. Or...maybe I would be caught....DEAD.

--There is a wrong way to eat a Reese's, and I will find it.
Slip-On is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Sportbike Forum: Sportbike Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome