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Old 05-06-2011, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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ZX6r wheel on a versys

Has anyone done this?

I know they can put zx6r wheels on a 650r and the 650r is essentially the same chassis and what not.

I sent a email to Z to see what he thinks because he is selling these
http://www.twfracing.com/images/zparts/636ex650bg.jpg

so whats the word?


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to fit a 180/55 tire


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And what are you planing on gaining with this change?

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greater contact patch.


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Pretty sure our bikes are designed with a specific size tire in mind. Not thinking that toolbox engineering is going to have a positive effect. That said though it sounds pretty cool. Post some photos when it's done.

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Some have on a 180/55-17 on the stock rear rim: http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ead.php?t=7160

A few have a 170/60-17: http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ht=larger+tire
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Wondering if that rim will fit in the swing arm and how the chain alignment works out.
Those people pinching a 180 on a rim designed for a 160 could wind up with less contact patch than a 160.
I keep thinking what great grip that guy bhp133 had with the 160's. 160's flick faster.
Let us know how you make out.
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greater contact patch.
I don't think this does what you think it does. The contact patch depends on weight and pressure. If you don't change the weight of the bike or the pressure in the tire, the contact patch remains the same size, regardless of the tire cross section. If you install a tire with a different profile (keeping weight and pressure equal), what changes is the shape of the contact patch, not the size.

To get a larger contact patch, you simply reduce the pressure in your existing tire. It's a lot cheaper than buying a ZX6 wheel and new tire.


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Another thing to consider is that a bigger tire will be harder to get warmed up and maintain that warmth. If you're not scuffing the sides of the tread and getting them hot enough to roughen and roll the rubber up, you don't need a bigger tire because you haven't used all the traction available on the present one.

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Another thing to consider is that a bigger tire will be harder to get warmed up and maintain that warmth. If you're not scuffing the sides of the tread and getting them hot enough to roughen and roll the rubber up, you don't need a bigger tire because you haven't used all the traction available on the present one.
Also takes more power to turn a bigger wheel.

A litre bike needs a bigger tire so it does not break loose on power. The V only has 60HP so it will not break the back end loose as easily.

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Eddie Lawson and men of his ilk raced 150 HP bikes in the 80's with tires thinner than the V's, so I don't think it's the tires. The V is a fun bike which moves quickly through the corners but if you want a sport bike buy one.
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GEEZ all this bs

i guess if i dont put fog lights and sidebags on my V its a bad idea.

go ahead and lock/delete.

you guys go on with your farkling of cheese graders to your radiators.


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Just gave my thoughts.

But in my defence:
That said though it sounds pretty cool. Post some photos when it's done

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GEEZ all this bs

i guess if i dont put fog lights and sidebags on my V its a bad idea.

go ahead and lock/delete.

you guys go on with your farkling of cheese graders to your radiators.
I especially like the cheese grater part, maybe even the lock/delete but I don't know what that means. Have fun, post pics.
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ok look everyone with the smart remarks. you can put the 600 wheel on no problem. if you use a 05-06 ninja636 rim the spokes should match and the rim is lighter. then u can run the bigger tire, more comfort, more stable, and you can now get the over stock deals when buying tires. i love my mod... i am also trying to get a versys swing arm for my 650r. please sell me one..lol
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Poser mode +on

Versys doesnt need 180 tyre
Only needs a GOOD SPORT TYRE

I cant imagine how there are people who wants 180 tyre and then they install a touring tyre like bt-023

Sometimes my friends you surprise me with your choices

It is so simple, do you want to twist your throtle just like me? ---->install a sport tyre
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I do a lot of riding and i would like the larger contact patch. i put 30,000 miles in my first year. it felt more stable, so dont knock it unless you have driven one with the mod.
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