how wide of a tire? - Sportbike Forum: Sportbike Motorcycle Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-21-2006, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 53
how wide of a tire?

Well I got a nail in my tire today. My question is on my 1995 yamaha fzr 600 I have a 150 series tire on right now, can I go any wider? Getting a new rear tire tommorrow and I thought I'd ask you guys cause the guy at the local bike shop likes to bs around alot.
doubledjj is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-21-2006, 06:06 PM
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 2,442
I've heard you can go up one width size or down one without problems, but again thats what I've been told. I've never actually tried it.

Sepias
SepiasSoul is offline  
post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-21-2006, 08:39 PM
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 414
I would stick with the stock width if I were you. Tire widths other than stock will cause handling issues. A wider tire throws the whole geometry off from how it is designed to work.
wheelie_steve is offline  
 
post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-21-2006, 10:24 PM
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 6,400
Stick with the stock rear tyre. You will find a boarder tyre will drag down speed, & make the cornering a bit lousy.

I have a '97 Yamaha YZF 600 with 160 in width which I stick with, while the Honda 929 & 954 are stock with 190, but reduce then to 180 again for better cornering.

Will admit when the rear tyre had woren out on the 600r I had in stock a 170 for a GSXR-750 & had sold. Put on the 170 since mine has a broader wheel. That is when I noted the bike did not handle as well & once that wore out I shifted back to stock.

Check on prices & you will find one size up often means a bit more money, but not longer life.
Smitty is offline  
post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-22-2006, 03:57 AM
Strength and Honor
 
kanwisch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Central IN
Posts: 6,144
Quote:
Originally posted by wheelie_steve
I would stick with the stock width if I were you. Tire widths other than stock will cause handling issues. A wider tire throws the whole geometry off from how it is designed to work.
+1

All the reading I've done indicates there's a careful balance of tire width with handling design and when you make an alteration you potentially throw the balance out of whack. This info has come from various long-time riders of 80's bikes, generally.

SportbikeWorld Supermoderator

Dragging knee is for the track, and dragging tail is for the lot. --Kane Friesen

When you're in a car, you're watching a movie; when you're on a bike, you're in the movie. --Robert Pirsig

Identity theft is not Fun
kanwisch is offline  
post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-22-2006, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 53
Thanks a lot guys. Stock tire size it is then.
doubledjj 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