Suzuki 1250 Bandit car tire.

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by newellbc, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. cmaridersa

    cmaridersa Adventurer

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    Looking for photos to see what is being used already.
    Hacking my '08 with a Tx sidecar.
    Thanks!
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  2. Sidecarjohn

    Sidecarjohn Been here awhile

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    Whilst I cannot comment on the Suzuki, tyre type, make, or availability, just a thought.

    When we acquired our current outfit, the BMW K and Saluki, the rear tyre, mounted on a 15" car wheel, was a 185. Some experimenting with ratios, including bevel drive changes, saw the fitting of a 175, then a 165. Other than slight gear ratio changes that performed as required (well, one didn't, left me with a hardly worn tyre, so don't tell the missus), there was no appreciable disadvantage having the narrower tyres.

    More interesting is that the acquisition of narrower Wasp wheels now sees a 145 width tyre on the rear. So far performance remains as required. Maybe, just maybe, the big wide tyres are more about look than anything else.
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  3. newellbc

    newellbc Adventurer

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    Hi there. Sorry for not posting an update sooner. I have over 6000 miles on the Suzuki 1250 Bandit with the car tire on back. I'm running a Hannigan Supersport sidecar. I have had no problems with the tire. I have not spaced out the sprockets. All I did to the chain guard, was grind a little of it off were it was close to the tire. I have 3/8 inch clearance from the tire to the chain guard. It's never rubbed. I like to ride hard in the turns, and nothing has rubbed. I'm getting a good even wear on the tire. If I had to do it over, I would have gone with the 195 instead of the 205. My local tire dealer thought that the smallest width he could get was the 205. The biggest problem I had with this width of tire, was clearance of the brake caliper on installation. I had to take the caliper off to get the tire in. Then install the caliper. Just a little extra work. The 205/50-17 is larger in diameter than the stock motorcycle tire. I installed a two tooth smaller sprocket in front. If I had gone with the 195/40-17, I probably could have kept the stock gearing. Overall, I'm very happy with this set up. Blaine
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  4. TouringDave

    TouringDave Tri Moto Veritas

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    Like Nortwestrider I installed a 205/50-17 on my Strom outfit and it has been brilliant.

    nary a problem to be had and the mileage is incredible. :clap

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  5. Sidecarjohn

    Sidecarjohn Been here awhile

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    Has anyone had problems with a car tyre on a big Suzuki ? A friend has a 175 width on his 1400 and it has twice partially left the rim, thankfully not disasterously. Could it be a tyre rim design issue, or some other factor ?
    Ideas anyone ?
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