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Old 06-10-2009, 11:08 AM   #1
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So my front tire is getting bald and this has prompted me to look into getting at least a new front. (With me so far? ) Currently I have 120/60-17 & 170/60-17 F/R. The rear is wider than the stock 160 that came w/the SV while the front is stock. Now I'm convinced that going back to the stock 160 when the time comes is the better decision (unless you can offer up reasons why it's not). But I digress.

My front tire is the one that is balding and needs to be replaced pretty soon. Checking online, I've seen comparisons of the 120/60 to the 120/70 for front tires. I'm reading that the 70 makes the speedo more accurate, but requires me to adjust my forks to correct the rake and trail. (still don't completely understand that part so more reading is necessary on my part)

Can anyone tell me with certainty if going with the 70 profile will effect my speedo? Also, what will be the end result? If I adjust my forks will it end up feeling just like the 60 except the speedo will be more accurate? Or will it be completely different and allow me to flick it into turns so easily that I'll ask myself why I even 2nd guessed going w/the 70?

Also while we're @ it, if you can talk to me about the 160 vs 170 rear tire that would be cool too
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Old 06-11-2009, 03:54 PM   #2
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Old 06-11-2009, 05:40 PM   #3
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Going from a 160 to 170 as far as height goes isnt that drastic of a change. Your only talking about 6mm taller (assuming the sidewall profile on both tires are 60) so I doubt it would effect your speedo to much. If you can get your hands on a gps; strap it to a tank bag or your left arm and with your current 170 mounted check various highway speeds. If gps speed is higher than bike speedo indication then dropping back down to a 160 would help this, if gps speed is lower than bike indicated then dropping back to a 160 would only worsen your bikes speedo.
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As far as the front goes I'm not to sure on. BTW, isnt the speedo sensor in the tranny? Therefore making the front tire size irrelevant when it comes to speed?
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