schumacher62 Posted November 9, 2009 Share Posted November 9, 2009 my bike uses a 190/55 rear tire. the only tires available in this size are precisely the ones i dont care to use. they are the sport tires (diablo, qualifier, pilot power, sportec etc) which give me around 5000 miles of sport-touring to slightly aggressive riding before they need to be replaced. what i wish to use is a dual compound sport touring tire (pilot road 2, interact, roadsmart etc as they are perfect tires for my riding style and offer nearly twice the mileage over the suggested tires for my K1300S. the problem is, none of the dual compound sport touring tires come in the size suggested for use on my bike. they come in a 190/50 or a 180/55, but not a 190/55. my question is, if i were to use one of these sizes, which most closely resembles the fit of the original stock tire? my guess is it is the 180, which results in a slightly less wide tire while maintaining more closely the original profile of the 190/55. but i dont know for sure. and also, would a smaller (180) tire fit on my rims designed to hold a 190? i am prepared to suffer whatever minor performance issues associated with using a different size tire. meanwhile if anyone has some advice to lend, i would appreciate it. or knows of a dual compound sport touring tire i am overlooking... Link to comment
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