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Old 02-01-2013, 07:57 AM   #21
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I run a 180/55 on my trackturd litre. I wouldn't recommend it for the street, though. Just stick with 190/50. It puts down a bigger footprint stood up which, in theory, will allow it to last a little longer before squaring off.
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:23 AM   #22
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I RUN A 190/55 BECAUSE THAT WHAT YAMAHA RECOMMENDS.


That's your fault; and how does that help the OP?
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I have BStone s20s 190/55 had q2 like the bstones better
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I WENT FROM Q2'S TO THE S20'S AND SOLD THEM AFTER TWO RIDES. I LIKE THE FEEL OF THE Q2 BETTER. ALL PERSONAL PREFERENCE THOUGH. THE Q2'S SEEM STICKIER ONCE WARM.
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I felt the q2 were slower during turn in mabe cause the profile of them.
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Track/racing= 200/60 for a 6 or 1k but with that said Mr. P does really well with a 180/55 on his 1k, if you want to be cheap on a race tire. Kind of like a run what you found thing. haha.
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Rear tire size is more based on rim width than anything

If you have a 5 or 5.5 you can use a 180.
On a 6 in rim, don't. Especially if you corner hard.
You can run right to the edge and past too easily, and the profile goes to when it's spread that far

190/55 for more curvy riders
190/50 if you tour or spend more time commuting
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I have BStone s20s 190/55 had q2 like the bstones better



Same here I love the s20s. Had the q2s before really like them just not as much as the new ones. 190/55 is the way to go!
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I run 190/60 , great feeling for BORC riding
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the engineers went through long periods of testing and R&D to pick the perfect size for your bike so dont mess with engineering and stick with the 190/55's!

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190/55 for street, 200/55 for track
If you tell me where to get 200-55-16 I will buy all of them in stock !!!

I am changing the rim size as I cant get that tire anymore.
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Bigger bike, bigger rear wheel than a 600. They were designed for 190 series.

I've ridden the street on 190/50 and 55's. I can roll on either, doesn't make a difference to me. You will achieve a quicker turn in from a 55 series....taller tire

Keep what you have now, that is a great setup and tire for serious riding.
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I'd be willing to bet that - in a blind test - most MH riders won't be able to tell the difference between the 3 common sizes - 180/55, 190/50 and 190/55. The differences are very subtle and not something that the casual rider will ever appreciate, even in spirited riding. Some mfrs recommend all 3 sizes. Aprilia states so for the RSV1000R.

If you are deviating from mfr recommendation to get better performance, I'd say don't bother. Trying a different brand or model tire might be a better idea.

If, however, you are looking to save money, then it depends on how much you are saving. By the time you figure mount & balance into the cost, the normal cost difference between sizes are trivial. Now if you find a tire on clearance for dirt cheap, then it might be worth considering. But really... if you are that much of a tightwad, consider a different hobby.

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I think people overlook the Dunlop Roadsmart II sport touring tires. If anyone wants to try a set let me know and I'll sell a set cheap for someone to try and report their performance, good or bad.
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I think people overlook the Dunlop Roadsmart II sport touring tires. If anyone wants to try a set let me know and I'll sell a set cheap for someone to try and report their performance, good or bad.
Hehe... I think I got the bike Dunlop designed the RSII for:

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/402/11...II-Review.aspx

http://www.cycleworld.com/2011/12/12...roduct-review/

http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/ge...mart_ii_tires/
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I think people overlook the Dunlop Roadsmart II sport touring tires. If anyone wants to try a set let me know and I'll sell a set cheap for someone to try and report their performance, good or bad.
Those are awesome sport touring tires. I run them on my 12R for longer trips.

They take a bit to warm up and don't have the ultimate grip of a Q2, but you can definately roll a good pace on them.

I just wish they made a 190/55 in the RSII; that to me would be the ultimate sport tourer

My only other complaint to pass on to Dunlop is their front tire profile.
Compared to Bridgestone or Michelin it is decidely heavier steering at initial turn in. A couple extra PSI makes a world of difference so I guess it's a personal thing...
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What Volfy said is pretty spot on. The peeps here on MH wouldnt know the difference between the tires. Its a mental thing.. Nobody here even rides to the point of getting to the limits of tires to see the diff. Kinda like asking if a helmet makes you faster...
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