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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Jun 1st, 2007, 10:06 am Thread Starter
 
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That old tyre question!

I am about to replace my tyres on my 2000 K1200 RS.
I am also replacing the existing larger 5.5 inch rear wheel with the std 5 inch one , this means the rear tyre will go from 180 to 160 profile.

So what is the best tyre for the UK weather, that is stinking dry to terential rain?

Any thoughts?

(Current tyres are Avons Azaro AV49-SP on front and AV50-SP on rear.)
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Jun 7th, 2007, 11:06 pm
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I read the UK M/C bike mags since they're so much better than the US mags.

I've read in them that the Bridgestone BT-20 is the most popular tire in the UK. I have gone through several sets of them on my K. Tried others and keep going back to them. I guess there's a reason for all the above.

They have just been replaced by the new BT-21.

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Hi, this might seem like a stupid question but, why are you changing from the 5.5 to a 5?

I have a 98 K12RS with a 5.5 rear wheel and just sold a GSXR 1100 with a 160 on the rear as standard so what is the big difference aprt from tyre choices?
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Jun 8th, 2007, 9:34 pm
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I've had my 98 K12RS for ten years now. I've got the 5" rim and I've lost count of how
many rear tires ( note the proper spelling) I've gone through.


And every one of them has been a 170.

Where are you getting this 160 nonsense from? :wtf

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5.5" rims come with 180's, 5" come with 170 from the factory.
Some have gone to the 5" to get the 170, thinking there's a bit quicker turn-in. Don't know 'bout that. If that theory is true, they you might get a bit more on the turn-in with a 160, but keep in mind you're also stretching the ti(y)re a bit more, making it wider.

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