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post #61 of 67 (permalink) Old 03-01-2019, 05:36 PM
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FWIW - I have a 130/80x17 front on my '08, and its overall diameter is about the same as that of a 120/70x19, BUT I can't find that info on the 'Net at this time.
Thanks again. i am looking more into this for my Versys even though I am about to sell her. I am 6'4" and even with the bar risers I am hunch over while standing up. A quick question for Fast Eddie; Most of the tires in the size you are using are rear tires. Is there anything I should be aware of or look for (ie tread pattern differences) before buying a rear tire to stick on the front.
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Thanks again. i am looking more into this for my Versys even though I am about to sell her. I am 6'4" and even with the bar risers I am hunch over while standing up. A quick question for Fast Eddie; Most of the tires in the size you are using are rear tires. Is there anything I should be aware of or look for (ie tread pattern differences) before buying a rear tire to stick on the front.
When I FIRST did it (using Metzler TOURANCE rubber), I just mounted the (rear) 130/80 on the front w/ the ARROW pointing forward (as did MOST of the others who used TOURANCE tires!), but NOW I'm using SHINKO E-705 tires, and THEIR 130/80 has TWO arrows, each marked for use either FRONT or REAR - so I just follow that arrow.

As an aside - I never had any handling issues when running TOURANCE rubbers as I indicated, NOR w/ any of the others I've run in size 130/80.


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...I am 6'4" and even with the bar risers I am hunch over while standing up....
Have you used footpeg lowering blocks? I use the motowerk ones which lower them 1.3" (as well as 2" bar-risers), so much better 'standing' for ME!

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Have you used footpeg lowering blocks? I use the motowerk ones which lower them 1.3" (as well as 2" bar-risers), so much better 'standing' for ME!
I do have the footpeg lowering blocks. I added the motoworks bar riser but it isn't more than an inch. I could maybe do some rox risers in addition. I hope I ordered enough length on the break lines in case I go for it, What about clutch and throttle lines. anyone know if there is enough to go 3" additional?
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I do have the footpeg lowering blocks. I added the motoworks bar riser but it isn't more than an inch. I could maybe do some rox risers in addition. I hope I ordered enough length on the break lines in case I go for it, What about clutch and throttle lines. anyone know if there is enough to go 3" additional?
I have had 3-inch Rox risers on mine for the past 3 seasons. The clutch cable needs to be moved behind the triple tree. That's it.

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I have had 3-inch Rox risers on mine for the past 3 seasons. The clutch cable needs to be moved behind the triple tree. That's it.

Good luck!
THAT is VERY useful info...!

THANKS!
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Here’s mine. Using a 130/80r17 shinko 705 upfront and a 150/70r17 in the rear. The front/rear diameter needs to be close in size to one another to not throw the ABS off. I was the other mentioned Versys owner with this upgrade. I’m looking at changing to a 19” DL1000 rim soon.
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