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post #1 of 14 Old 04-22-2006, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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Tire side profile changes diameter?

As other 06 owners, I'm having trouble finding a replacement 190/55 rear tire.(At least one that's not on back-order for a month) I might just get a 190/50, but I thought that would change the overall diameter of the tire. My dealer said motorcycle tires are different than car tires, in that the side profile dosen't affect the diameter, merely the sidewall height itself. I just want to double check that this is true so my geometry of the bike and suspension isn't thrown out of whack by throwing on a 190/50 tire. Thanks.

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post #2 of 14 Old 04-22-2006, 01:46 PM
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Yes a 190/50 will change the geometry from stock! how much remains to be seen or experienced for the 06 owners. Its enough of a change you'll notice while riding and perhaps you'll like it but then maybe not. I do recall a couple of mag testers commenting a 190/50 improved the feel of the 06 but its all relative to each of us so...........

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Thanks BD.

Fuking evil dealer's trying to put the hocus-pocus(sp?) on my mind about tires!
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Thanks BD.

Fuking evil dealer's trying to put the hocus-pocus(sp?) on my mind about tires!
yea them dirty rat bastids will do that if ya let um.

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new tires on 06 already
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new tires on 06 already
Was this a question or a statement? Either way, I have 2600 miles on the tires, all street, and the rear is a hair away from the tread wear indicaters. Decent mileage for a liter bike rear tire, I think. No complaints for the grip or feel of the qualifiers on the street either.
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He probably rides the hell out of it.

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Yep, the higher the sidewall number the taller a tire it will be. 190-60 is much taller than a 190-50, about a inch I think, this makes a huge difference on handling.

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After getting that dang nail in mine at 300 miles I put on Dunlop Qualifier 190/50ZR17 to replace the 55ZR17 since as you said, the stock size is hard to come up with, my dealer told me he could get one from another dealer for 295.00!!WTF!! I don't think so, throw me on the 50ZR17 please, and I can't tell a bit of difference in handling, but then again I'm not burning up the track either.

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I was told that all oem 190/55-17's were to be bought through Kawasaki. The non oems were 180/55's or the 190/50's for the Q's. The sportmax gp's had the 190/60's. What a suspension nightmare.

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