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rear tire advice 150/70 handling

Hi in oZ i cant get the the 160/60 rear tires in the pirelli trails only 150/70, i have been told that the thinner tires do effect your turning into corners( not as good) and some else commented that a 150/ 70 is a higher profile so it should turn in better, has anyone gone from a 160/60 to 150/70 and care to comment if there is a difference?
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On my recent trip from NY to Alaska, I needed a new rear tire. Only tire available was a 150/70 Michelin Anakee 2. Got me home from Smithers, BC to NY with no problems and I did not notice any significant change in handling. Tire wearing very well by the way.
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I've got the Trail 150/70-17 on my bike... came from the PO that way. I love the way it handles, but I don't know any better...
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My experience with non stock sized tires on other bikes is stick with the stock sizes for optimum handling. The engineers that spec'd the bike knew what they were doing. Non stock sizes affect the tire profile (cross sectional curve of the tread) which can reduce the contact patch size and do other things that will affect optimum performance.

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My experience with non stock sized tires on other bikes is stick with the stock sizes for optimum handling. The engineers that spec'd the bike knew what they were doing. Non stock sizes affect the tire profile (cross sectional curve of the tread) which can reduce the contact patch size and do other things that will affect optimum performance.
i am of th same view but after real world advice of people who have gone from 160 to 150, i can get scorpion sync in 160/60,
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I've had the Scorpion Trails in both sizes for the rear. For sporty riding I felt the 160 gave a lot better feel. I think you'd like the Synch.
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My 150/70 Conti Trail Attack is relatively wide and low compared to other 150/70's, and it is also recommended for our 4.5" wide rim... Pirelli's Scorpion Trail 150/70 is relatively narrow and tall. It's about the equivalent of going from stock 15/46 sprockets to 15/43.5.


Dunlop D220 160/60-17 ----- Conti Trail Attack 150/70-17----- Pirelli Scorpion Trail 150/70-17

Inflated width: .... 6.4" ............ 6.25" (0.97656 %) .........................5.87" (0.91719 %)
Inflated diameter: 24.8" ...........25.82" (1.04113 %) .......................26.26" (1.05887 %)
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