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Rear Tire 50 or 55 series ?

I have read a few posts regarding people saying that the " proper tire " to use should be a 190/55/17 ... but the OEM tire is a 190/50/17 ..

What I don't understand is WHY the 55 is supposed to be the correct size?

I currently have a 120/70/17 PP front, and a 190/50/17 PP in the rear... I really like the PP's but since they currently don't have an offering for 55 series then I would consider using a different tire in the rear like the Continentals that are available in the 55 series but I'm still not convinced as to what benefit I would gain from doing that ?

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I have read a few posts regarding people saying that the " proper tire " to use should be a 190/55/17 ... but the OEM tire is a 190/50/17 ..

What I don't understand is WHY the 55 is supposed to be the correct size?

I currently have a 120/70/17 PP front, and a 190/50/17 PP in the rear... I really like the PP's but since they currently don't have an offering for 55 series then I would consider using a different tire in the rear like the Continentals that are available in the 55 series but I'm still not convinced as to what benefit I would gain from doing that ?

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55 is stock size on 06 10R. I'm not sure about the 04/05, but I'm thinkin' the stock size is a 50.

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the 04,5 10's came with a 190/50 rear where as the 06 came with a 190/55 so perhaps you misunderstood the posts/threads you read

anyway your fine using the 190/50 so no worries however what the 190/55 profile gives is a taller sidewall which in turn raises the rear, gives a larger contact patch at full lean angles, aids in quicker transition side to side and more compliant.

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the 04,5 10's came with a 190/50 rear where as the 06 came with a 190/55 so perhaps you misunderstood the posts/threads you read

anyway your fine using the 190/50 so no worries however what the 190/55 profile gives is a taller sidewall which in turn raises the rear, gives a larger contact patch at full lean angles, aids in quicker transition side to side and more compliant.

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the 04,5 10's came with a 190/50 rear where as the 06 came with a 190/55 so perhaps you misunderstood the posts/threads you read

anyway your fine using the 190/50 so no worries however what the 190/55 profile gives is a taller sidewall which in turn raises the rear, gives a larger contact patch at full lean angles, aids in quicker transition side to side and more compliant.

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I have read a few posts regarding people saying that the " proper tire " to use should be a 190/55/17 ... but the OEM tire is a 190/50/17 ..

What I don't understand is WHY the 55 is supposed to be the correct size?

I currently have a 120/70/17 PP front, and a 190/50/17 PP in the rear... I really like the PP's but since they currently don't have an offering for 55 series then I would consider using a different tire in the rear like the Continentals that are available in the 55 series but I'm still not convinced as to what benefit I would gain from doing that ?

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The powers do come in a 55...They are 180/55's which is whay I have been using for the past year.

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the 04,5 10's came with a 190/50 rear where as the 06 came with a 190/55 so perhaps you misunderstood the posts/threads you read

anyway your fine using the 190/50 so no worries however what the 190/55 profile gives is a taller sidewall which in turn raises the rear, gives a larger contact patch at full lean angles, aids in quicker transition side to side and more compliant.

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Would the 55 rub against my hugger.
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The powers do come in a 55...They are 180/55's which is whay I have been using for the past year.
yeah Bob, the thought of using a 180 on a liter bike kinda scares me though for sure
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Would the 55 rub against my hugger.
more than likely unless you have the wheelbase extended...just do what I did and take the hugger off.
you could give it a try though i guess
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