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Old 08-20-2012, 11:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Advise on stock rims and tyre

Hey guys, I own a Thruxton 12' with original rims(Front 100/90 18 x 2.5in---Rear 130/80 17 x 3.5in). I want a wider rear tyre minimum of 140 and not exceed 180, but i need advice.

Now, I know if I want the 180 i should buy the wide rear wheel kit, but how much does the stock rim can handle? 140?150?160?


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Old 08-20-2012, 11:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Check out this tire/rim size chart...


http://www.mtsac.edu/~cliff/storage/...Size_Chart.pdf
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Old 08-21-2012, 04:14 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Rear will work OK with a 150. Need to keep pressure up to keep profile. It is not ideal but it does work. I am running Conti Road Attack 2 with a 150 rear. Works very well with aggressive sports riding as well as just tooling about.

If you want bigger than 150 (why) then you will need a wider rim.

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I've had three combos of tires on my 2010, Running PR3s 150 and 110, absolutley the best tires yet.
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T...bill, how have you found the PR 3's in 'sports' riding. I have tried PR2's and while they were slow wearing they had limitations with traction under heavy braking. The conti's are heaps better than PR2's but they are wearing rapidly. Are you able to describe what type of riding you do and sort of rate them for the varying tasks, if that makes sense.

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T...bill, how have you found the PR 3's in 'sports' riding. I have tried PR2's and while they were slow wearing they had limitations with traction under heavy braking. The conti's are heaps better than PR2's but they are wearing rapidly. Are you able to describe what type of riding you do and sort of rate them for the varying tasks, if that makes sense.

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Great questions. Ya know I thought the stock metzlers and then the avons were both trash. I really wanted to go to a radial tire and have always liked the dual compound that Michelin offers, the PR2s were a great tire for my FZ1 and the PR3s are pretty much the same only better in the wet. Are they as sticky as a power? ...no but I live in Michigan where the roads are way to straight so a power would be squared off rather quickly. Now I do get down to S/E Ohio where the roads are twisty and I can tell you I was very happy with the way the PR3s performed. I can tell you that both the metzlers and avons would step out on me from time to time but have yet to have that happen with the michelins. I will confess that the turn in takes slightly more effort but it's minimal and the 150 looks perfect on the thrux.
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Typically on a Thruxton a 150 will be the largest you can fit. I've gone through a number of them of the dual compound tires I'd go with the Michelin PR2's much better feel then the Metzeler Roadtec Z6's and the wear is phenomenal. At 5K plus on the current set of PR2's they show no signs of squaring off at all but they do have a little blistering on the very edges. As a side note the have the best appearance of any of the 150's I've run you can utilize the whole tread and the shape is great.
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NO!!!!! don't do it. you will ruin the handling. if you want a bike that handles like a boat, buy a Harley
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NO!!!!! don't do it. you will ruin the handling. if you want a bike that handles like a boat, buy a Harley
So not true.
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140 rear 110 front pirelli sport demons-only combo that works on my thruxton
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