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1X0/60-17 tire vs 1X0/70-17 REAR tire

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by ArtCuisin, Oct 13, 2018 at 7:27 PM.

  1. ArtCuisin

    ArtCuisin Adventurer

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    Anybody try a higher profile rear tire in pursuit of a more comfortable ride?
    And was it successful?

    Thx.
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  2. 350Rizzer

    350Rizzer Been here awhile

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    I would check pressure, check suspension, change tire brand before changing size. Increasing rear tire height will decrease rake and trail and make the bike twitchy.
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  3. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer

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    My dealer ordered a 160/70-17 instead of a 160/60-17 a few years ago and I was getting ready to leave on a trip so I had it installed on my Versys. It lowered the RPMs a bit. It raised the seat slightly and tilted me forward slightly more. I can't say it made the ride smoother or had a significant impact on handling. It did not make the bike twitchy. The tire did last longer than any of the lower profile tires I have had on the bike. I'd say it probably won't hurt to try it but don't expect that much of a difference.
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  4. ArtCuisin

    ArtCuisin Adventurer

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    Yes, twitchiness would not be a concern. I typically raise forks in triple clamps on my bikes a half inch or
    more, and I have even got a longer shock on one of THOSE with no abberant behavior. They always steer
    a lot better.

    My stronger concern is that Shinko--my preferred cheap-ass brand of tire--doesn't offer the /70 so
    I would have to spring for a more expensive one from a more expensive brand. For no discernible
    gain, I am unlikely to do that.

    Thanks for the information all.
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  5. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    Been there done that! I jacked the rear end up about 2" and went one profile lower on the front, about an inch lower, of a Zephyr 550 to get it to quit steering like a dump truck. It was a shade nervous when I got done, but now it really worked like I wanted. I am so used to the quick handling of my dual sports.
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