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Offline Harrison5868

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Struggling to buy tyres
« on: Aug 15, 2021, 05:33 AM »
I am currently in Thailand and I need a replacement set of tyres . I am finding it difficult to source a 160-60-17 rear I can however get a 150-60-17 my question is how much would it effect the handling , if at all , your thoughts please

Offline JC

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Re: Struggling to buy tyres
« Reply #1 on: Aug 15, 2021, 01:18 PM »
 I really doubt you would notice the difference, effectively itís 10mm narrower and 6mm lower tyre height. Often bikes steer better on narrower tyres for example I ride a vstrom 650 with a 150 rear tyre, recently I rode an Xsr 900 Yamaha fitted with a 180 section rear tyre and the steering was really heavy in comparison. 

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Re: Struggling to buy tyres
« Reply #2 on: Aug 15, 2021, 02:38 PM »
You can use that 150/60-17 w/o any issues.  I prefer a 150/70-17 (which is a more common adv-tourer size, so more tire options).  As JC mentioned, a narrower tire will make the bike turn easier, it also requires less lean for any given arc through a turn. 

If you use a 150/70 rear, you speedometer will be a little less off than it is from the factory, which is an added bonus.

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Re: Struggling to buy tyres
« Reply #3 on: Aug 18, 2021, 01:34 AM »
Thanks for your replies guys , clear and concise answers . I will get on and order a pair . Not a great deal of choice here its either an unknown brand or Pirelli Diablo or Metzeler . Im leaning towards the Pirelli's. I will report back when I have them fitted . Cheers