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Hey guys,

I am nearing the end of my rear tire lifespan... I have about one season left with it and am therefore shopping around for a new one. The standard rear tire size is 140/70-17 but I am hearing some people say I can go up a size or so to 150/70 or even 160/60. Ideally I would not want to alter the power or the speedometer of the bike. What do you guys suggest? What are your tips to buying new tires?

Also, if you know any good websites to purchase tires from, please share! Note that I am purchasing from Canada and would prefer Canadian websites.
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As to where, I typically end up finding the bestest price and selection on Ebay . And I'm talking about new and from reputable vendors. The competition there is brutal so prices are either equal or lower than anywhere else. Especially if you take advantage of CouponCabin and Ebay bucks.

haha saying your from Canada already makes me think of Ryan from Fort Nine. It feels like you guys just have one motorcycle store from here.


As far as sizes goes, I did the 120-70 in the front and 150-60 in the back. Handling is best in stock sizes, but the aesthetics of a large tire are nice and going a size up just for aesthetics is nothing to be embarrassed about. Just don't tell yourself it's for any other reason.

Regarding speedometer, ratios, etc; if you have to ask about what it will change, you probably wouldn't be sensitive enough to notice any differences due to size (you wouldn't know if it was the shape, size, compound etc). By that I mean the differences are subtle to the vast majority of people who only change tires once a year, and not once every few laps or weeks. Basically I'm saying narrow down tires with good reviews, decide what you wanna pay, decide if you want to go stock or size up for aesthetics, and then pick whatever you like best.

For anything else, search the forum first. This subject has been beat to death already. At the end of the day it's simply a matter of personal opinion.

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I prefer the stock sizing for quicker turn In. I think my race bike uses a 150/60. If you want a fat rear tire, get a liter bike.


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Last tire I ordered (for my Honda) was through FortNine (before they became FortNine). No hassles, quick shipping, no complaints from me at all.
I would stick with stock sizes unless you were specifically looking to change something that you knew a different size would make happen. From what I hear (haven't looked into Ninja tires yet) there's a bit of a limited selection in stock sizes. You can still get a pretty good variety of tires, but if you are already looking at a specific make/model of tire, it may not come small enough. Sizing up will have a (minor) effect on handling and may make the bike feel lazy in the turns.

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I prefer the stock sizing for quicker turn In. I think my race bike uses a 150/60. If you want a fat rear tire, get a liter bike.
Liter bike?! Why stay with the puny tire sizes of a liter bike when you can go with a beefier tire like those on a ducati diavel?
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Liter bike?! Why stay with the puny tire sizes of a liter bike when you can go with a beefier tire like those on a ducati diavel?
Or what about building a custom bike with a "can't-turn-for-crap" wiiiiiide tire on the back? Why settle for less?! (I have seen a few of these kicking around downtown here every summer and the looks of it makes me want to puke, not to mention they seem to struggle with even the easiest of corners.)

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Liter bike?! Why stay with the puny tire sizes of a liter bike when you can go with a beefier tire like those on a ducati diavel?
Why do that? Just get a busa with a 300 wide rear tire.

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C'mon girls, behave!

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I prefer the stock sizing for quicker turn In. I think my race bike uses a 150/60. If you want a fat rear tire, get a liter bike.
Exactly, your race bike. I'd dare say that most users, the OP included, don't have a separate race bike. The average user isn't going to notice a "quicker turn in", and in things that matter (like not getting into an accident, traction, and brake stopping length) most users wouldn't notice, care about, or take advantage of the difference. I'm sure you're the type of person that agrees that a Ninja 300 is probably faster than what the majority of normal riders can push it, so given that that's already the case, I see no harm in going one size up simply cause you prefer it over a 110 in the front or 140 in the back.
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As far as answering the original question, my plan is go with stock size front and 150/60 rear Bridgestone Battlax Hypersports. Couple guys at work have used them, and have had nothing but good things to say about them.
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As far as answering the original question, my plan is go with stock size front and 150/60 rear Bridgestone Battlax Hypersports. Couple guys at work have used them, and have had nothing but good things to say about them.
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