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Old 09-12-2010, 12:22 PM   #1
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160 vs 170 tire???

I have a yzf600r and it takes a 160 stock, however it can handle a 170 without any issues. I have looked around a little and can't seem to find anything outlining any real advantages or disadvantages to running a 170. So what is everyones take?
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Old 09-12-2010, 02:07 PM   #2
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Stick with whatever the manufacturer recommends. 160/60-170/60 is not a huge jump, however it will ride a bit different. it will be more "egg-shaped", and should want to tip in a little easier.

Just stick with stock. I have a feeling that the people that designed the bike just might know what they are doing.
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Stick with whatever the manufacturer recommends. 160/60-170/60 is not a huge jump, however it will ride a bit different. it will be more "egg-shaped", and should want to tip in a little easier.

Just stick with stock. I have a feeling that the people that designed the bike just might know what they are doing.
That is the answer I was actually anticipating to get. I saw an article from a motorcycle mag where they took my exact bike and put some 170's on it so I thought there might be something to it.
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Initially it will make the bike "feel" like its tracking stronger.


When in reality what is happening the tire shape is mushrooming and picking the rear of the bike up as you turn in. Turn in effort increases(you're fighting the bike) whereas a smaller tire(new) will make the rear feel light and the bike would almost want to drop into a turn.

Ride w a tire you have confidence in. Tire patch contact is reletive to bike design/power and rubber quality.
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I was wondering about this situation also. Anyone else want to chime in?
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I usually run what is recommended by the manufacturer, i.e. usually the more narrow tire.

I think the bikes handle better in the twisties versus the wider tire.

I will note however that different manufacturers of tires have different profiles. The BT003RS 160 on my motard rubs, the Pirelli is perfect.

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so i guess the answer is, try and stick with stock
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