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Old 06-28-2010, 09:07 PM   #1
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Got a 05 R1 needed a tire bad got a new one cheap but it's a 190/55 rather than a 190/50 will I notice or feel much difference? Thanks in advance....
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Old 06-28-2010, 09:12 PM   #2
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I thought about doing the same, but everybody said most riders wouldn't notice the diff. So I'll just stick to a 50
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I believe you would.

Bike will turn in quicker(feel lighter) and there will be more weight on your palms.

I always noticed a difference in the busa when even so much as changing a tire let alone going 5% higher in aspect ratio.
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I like the 190/55 best on my RC. For my preference, the 190/50 is too flat and makes the bike turn in slower. I used to run a 180/55 for the quicker turn in, but found the 190/55 feels better.
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I noticed 190/55
says W75 where as the 190/50 says W73 this is not going to cause a problem on my swing arm is it?
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wear value? That's how long it will last.

speed value? Still within specs.
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190 is the width of the tire in millimeters.

The aspect ratio is the next number, and that is a percentage of the first number (190)... so it will be taller, maybe even skinnier then the 190/50
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I am experimenting with a 180/55 versus the 190/50 I was running. So far, easier to turn in, and less prone to running wide on the gas mid corner.

The downside, on the wider rim (was a 200/50 stock, think 6 inch wide rim?) the 180 is flatter, and easier to run off the edge.
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Depends on the tire. They have different profiles. The width is in mm. but different tires will still have different profiles.
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Depends on the tire. They have different profiles. The width is in mm. but different tires will still have different profiles.
Yes, different profiles, different heights, etc. For example, the 190/55 BT016 is much taller than a 190/55 Super Corsa III. Changing tire sizes can have a big effect on handling.

One thing to look out for is if you have a rear hugger, make sure you have plenty of clearance with the taller tire. I was running the Super Corsa III in a 190/55 with no problems and then switched to the 190/55 BT016. I could clearly see it was taller as I had much less clearance on the rear hugger. I should have shimmed it but decided I would just "see how it goes." Well it took a few chunks out of it but oh well.
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