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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-08-2009, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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150/70 and tire questions

Yes, I know, there are other tire threads. Good god are there tire threads.

What I would like to know is what are the benefits and downsides to going with a 150/70 on the rear as opposed to a stock 160/60.

I have a Pirelli Scorpion Sync on the back and while I am happy with the tire overall the longevity seems to be sucking. Noticeable wear after 3000 miles or so. I have read several different accounts of very good mileage from the Metzeler Tourance. So I am thinking of mixing a Tourance rear with Sync front. Think this might be a decent combo that gives me a little off road-ability.

So, whats up with using a 150/70?

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The 150/70 has higher sidewalls (70% of 150 = 105 mm vs. 60% of 160 = 96 mm).

This results in several things:
- The overall diameter is larger, so it emulates larger gearing (lower revs at the same speed). I don't know if this will significantly change the bike geometry and therefore handling though.
- The higher sidewalls might flex a little more in cornering than the /60 tire, but that may not be significant either.

OK, so much for the theory, now I will let people with actual experience with 150/70 tires on their V chime in.
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There is better selection for dual-purpose tires in the 150/70-17 size. The slightly taller sidewalls are also a bit more compliant in the rough. For better offroad stability on loose gravel and sand, you'd be better off with Pirelli's MT 60 in front with your Metzeler Tourance rear... I have a 150/70 Conti Trail Attack rear with a slightly more aggresive Avon Distanzia front which works well. Next time, I might go with a Conti Escape 130/80 rear tire mounted backwards on the front by raising fender a bit.



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Thanks for the replies guys. Invader, I have looked at the Avon Distanzia before and I really like it. After checking out the Avon site again, and since I am now considering a 150/70, I notice that they make the tire in that size in two compounds. The normal one and the SuperMoto (stickier) compound. I havent considered the Distanzia in the past due to only coming in the sticker version for the Versys. But I could run the non-SM 150 on the rear and put the regular 120/70 SM compound on the front and with fronts usually lasting longer then rears this might work out ok.

Will keep you guys posted on what I actually put on the bike. Will need a front pretty soon.

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