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Old 04-04-2012, 12:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Cool VL800 Tire Size ?

I have a 2003 VL800 and it has the original 170/80-15 on the rear and 130/90-16 on the front.
I am getting ready to replace both tires and was wondering if it is possible to go to the next size wider on the rear tire without creating any problems. Any help would be great on this. Thanks Hoolio
P.S. Also which tires do you recommend as I have read you guys have many choices.
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You probably can using the oem rims but you have to watch the space between the tire and the drive shaft cover...
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Hi have heard you can go to a 200 on the back, but it;s pretty tight
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You can go to an 200 size tire without the chrome shaft cover, but most folks say that's its really unnoticable and not worth the extra money that you pay for the larger tire.
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I say stick to the OEM specs for the tire. Just get better quality rubber, I have metezler ME880's and they are a very nice upgrade to the OEM tires.
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The widest tire you can fit on the bike is a 200mm (200/60-16) It makes no difference to the bike visually, as the narrow rim distorts the profile, making the tire slightly taller and slightly narrower than normal. It also carries a $100 price premium over the OEM size. Stick with the OEM size and be happy.
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