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Old 06-05-2011, 05:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Which would be the next best size to put on my 08 400? OEM is 150/70-13.

These are the only available sizes for the Continental Conti-twist tires. I'm looking at these due to employee discount.

130/70 - 13 M/C 63Q TL
130/60 - 13 M/C 53P TL
140/60 - 13 M/C 57P TL

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You might wish to look further. An employee discount is nice, but what would another tire like a Pirelli Diablo cost you in comparison? (Actually, Motorcycle Superstore has it for $53.)

A couple things jump out at me in considering these tires.
1. The speed ratings are lower. I look at speed ratings as being a measure of how well they are constructed and will they meet the demands of the bike.
2. What is the load capacity of the smaller tires? Is it enough? This is related to #1 above.
3. The rim width is an issue. The smaller tire is designed for a narrower rim and this will possibly affect the tire contact patch.
4. Your speedometer will be off more than it is now.

I'd keep the tire in mind for the future, but till they get your tire size, I'd look elsewhere.

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+1 To what chris has to say. I get the Pirelli online and compared to what a dealer would sell them for its half price.
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Colossal, I can recommend an independent shop on Warwick Blvd to do the tire change.

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All those tires are dramatically smaller in diameter than stock. That will cause all sorts of problems with suspension geometry. They're also more sharply curved, which will unbalance the steering front/rear. I don't know if they'll cause ground clearance issues, but that's a risk, too. Others have pointed out the load capacity issue.

Sometimes you can get away with a small change in tire size. Those tires are not small changes (the 130/60 would drop the rear more than two inches), and I don't maintain my scoot according to what I can "get away" with anyway.

Really bad way to try to save money.
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Thanks for the feedback guys. The 2" drop sounds appealing though, since I tip toe with a shaved seat
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I looked into a WeeStrom for awhile. I actually like the looks of the bike, while many think it is ugly. Anyway, the only way it would work for me is to lower the bike. As usual, I did my research and found that yes, it can be done. However...it comes with penalties. You lose your cornering clearance when you go into a corner. That's not cool. I saw a picture of a guy on a big Harley going through the Dragon. He leaned over, touched some hard parts. Sparks went flying. He leaned over just a wee bit more...and that's all she wrote. The rear wheel was off the ground and there's no recovery.

I go over some speed bumps at the neighborhood Costco. A couple of those I have to be going very slowly, to avoid bottoming out.

While it may seem like a nice idea to get you lower...and I understand totally being another short rider...the only way that happens is if your bike is closer to the ground. And that can be unhealthy for it.

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agreed this bike is short, it can't lose much height without dragging metal in a turn and losing control of rear, speed bumps, sidewalks, gutters , all are concerns for bottoming out,
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Thanks for the feedback guys. The 2" drop sounds appealing though, since I tip toe with a shaved seat
I presume you're kidding, but...

The drop would be accompanied by changes in handling that are likely to be dangerous.
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No, he's not kidding about having to tip toe and wanting to find a way to not have to do that.
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