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was shopping around, and i'm probably gonna go with a dunlop roadsmart.

I'm searching the forums a little on the subject of tire sizes, and can't quite find my answer, so my question is:

For weekly commuting + weekend fun riding, should i stick with the stock tire size of 160/60ZR-17, or might i consider a different size, keeping in mind im using the stock rim, so nothing to drastic.

opinions?
 

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You have no reason to go with any other size tire on the stock SV rim. The 160/60 trie size works as well on the SV as a 180/55 size works on a GSXR. Don't get fat tire envy, k.
 

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See look how nice is looks on the rear end of the SV!!



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You have no reason to go with any other size tire on the stock SV rim. The 160/60 trie size works as well on the SV as a 180/55 size works on a GSXR. Don't get fat tire envy, k.
im not looking for somthing pretty, just optimal preformance. but point taken, ill probably end up going with the 160/60. thanks :)
 

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Well if the SV needed a 180/55 rear for better performance it would have it or we'd have all swapped out the 160 but it doesn't and we didn't.

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The 160 is a very good balance and gives spot on performance with the standard geometry, no reason to mess with it really. Though some people like 150 section rears.

Good choice of tyre, the Roadsmart.
 

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Can't go wrong with Conti road attacks or the Roadsmarts.... stick with the stock size....

but swap both front and rear.. it will handle much better sticking with the same matched set....

mix-n-match makes even the best tires crappy
well i just put a brand new dunlop d220 on the front, which was given to me, so i figured going with a dunlop roadsmart in the back would be a pretty close match...
 

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well i just put a brand new dunlop d220 on the front, which was given to me, so i figured going with a dunlop roadsmart in the back would be a pretty close match...
For now it should be okay but the rule of thumb is, you want the sticker tire up front. The Roadsmart tire will heat up much faster then the D220 front will and give you better grip when warm. Just remember that when you get out there on the roads throwing it into corners.

I'm not sure if I'm gonna put the matching Roadsmart on the front or a Qualifier when my Diablo wears out this summer.
 

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well i just put a brand new dunlop d220 on the front, which was given to me, so i figured going with a dunlop roadsmart in the back would be a pretty close match...
since they are the same brand... it is possible they might be ok... but I rode a bike with a bridgestone front and a stock dunlop rear and it was the worst handling SV I've ever driven... mixed tires is never a great idea... but that thing was terrible
 

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since they are the same brand... it is possible they might be ok... but I rode a bike with a bridgestone front and a stock dunlop rear and it was the worst handling SV I've ever driven... mixed tires is never a great idea... but that thing was terrible
I have had good experience with a sport tour tire on the back and a stickier tire on the front. ie Metzler M1 front, Z6 rear or Pilot Power front, Pilot Road rear. I haven't used different brands on the same bike so can't comment on that.
 

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so, the roadsmarts gonna be stickier than the d220, which means im probably going to want to get another roadsmart for the front, before i build up much confidence on the twisties?
 

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so, the roadsmarts gonna be stickier than the d220, which means im probably going to want to get another roadsmart for the front, before i build up much confidence on the twisties?
It's never a great idea to mix n match tires... you could do the same profile type of tire mix n match in some cases... but yeah the best bet is to get
a matched pair, roadsmarts or conti road attacks and you're tood to go...

you could put conti sport attack in the front and road attacks in the rear but they are the brand of same tire with essentially the same profile the difference is the sport attack is a stickier tire ... but generally mixing anything with the stock tire is terrible.... you might be able to get away with it but the handling can be weird when mix n matching...

I guess the only way to tell would be to toss on the rear roadsmart and see how it feels... then toss on the front one....

but as someone found here when they put a good conti road attack on the back and kept the slippery stock up front they ended up lowsiding when they took a good hard corner and the front slipped out on them....

just keep all that in mind if you do the mix-n-match....

if you are commuting and taking it easy then you can get away with it... but I would pair it up before taking to the hard corners...
 

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but as someone found here when they put a good conti road attack on the back and kept the slippery stock up front they ended up lowsiding when they took a good hard corner and the front slipped out on them....
that someone was actually me. that was when i had the original front tire that came with the bike. had just bought the bike used, and didn't know any better. but the new front tire i put on has a diff tread pattern, and seems stickier, but it still says sportmax on it...
 
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