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lanky50
22-05-07, 03:32 PM
Any of you V2K riders got any preferences to what tyre & prices I should be replacing my rear with.I've done 6500k & it might just stretch to 10,000k if I'm lite on the throttle.Is this the norm for this torquey monster? Thanks heaps if you can.

MIKER
22-05-07, 07:51 PM
i will be using the OEM bridgestone BT020 again , its hard to find a 16" 200 wide rear tyre from the other makers . i got 9000km on my rear tyre & still reackon i will get a few more km , before replacment is required ..

Lee_2061
22-05-07, 09:43 PM
Still planning to get this.
Metzeler Marathon 880XL :D

lanky50
23-05-07, 03:31 PM
Still planning to get this.
Metzeler Marathon 880XL :D
Does this size [240] fit the standard rim & are there any mods?What's the cost factor with the 240 & 200? It really looks the part,but I just don't see why we need tyres of this size.Especially, when you use only about 3 inches of the tyre centre.:cool:

MIKER
23-05-07, 03:44 PM
unless the actual rim size increases , the 240 doesnt look much wider than the 200 rear tyre . the 240 on the std rim only looks fuller IMO & may actually handle much worse than with the 200 , i'll be sticking with the 200 ..

StreakFreak
23-05-07, 04:29 PM
Oh dear.
I'm keeping my mouth firmly shut this time.:D

finallyridingagain
23-05-07, 05:00 PM
dejavu.....................:)

lanky50
23-05-07, 06:12 PM
unless the actual rim size increases , the 240 doesnt look much wider than the 200 rear tyre . the 240 on the std rim only looks fuller IMO & may actually handle much worse than with the 200 , i'll be sticking with the 200 ..
Yea,me to.I was just curious.;)

MIKER
23-05-07, 07:32 PM
Oh dear.
I'm keeping my mouth firmly shut this time.:D

pls do tell .. :confused:

Lee_2061
23-05-07, 09:59 PM
Been following the use of the 240 for over 2 years now.

Here is a summary of all I've read.

PROs:
1 - Fit is a drop in. No mods required. Most use the opportunity to also change their rear pulley bearings to stronger stainless steel sealed bearings (04-05 only, 06 onwards bikes have a stronger, beefier bearing and hub). I've had this whole changeover quoted by 2 dealers, one in Vic and one in WA. Both come to $450-500 including labour.
2 - No change in handling, even in corners where you would expect the cornering radii between front and back to be a concern.
3 - More traction esp if you have done some mods to your V2K and you tend to be doing a burn out rather than taking off faster. This tyre grips and let's you take off.
4 - Better absorption of bumps and other road irregularities.
5 - Bike prefers to stay upright and is more controllable in slow manouvers.

CONs
1 - Price for some.
2 - Softness. So far the life of the tyre appears to be about 75-80% of the stock stones. That's about 12k-15k instead of 15k-20k depending on your riding style. Not good if it's an everyday bike.
3 - Bike preferring to staying upright means it's more likely to want to do so if you give it some gas. Takes getting used to.
4 - Typically, any fatter tyre requires more lean angle to get the same cornering radius. Again, it takes getting used to.
5 - Wider tyres are also more prone to cup if you don't keep an eye on the tyre pressure. You should be doing that for safety's sake anyway.

Many owners are on their 2nd or 3rd Me880, while others have switched back. Then again, some have gone over to dunlop car tyres due to their extensive riding. Some others have actually gone the other way, down to a 180, to make the bike flip more easily through twisties and have some hope of keeping up with those darn Meanies. :rolleyes:

StreakFreak
24-05-07, 08:19 AM
pls do tell .. :confused:

OOOOOOhhh no!
I'm not falling for that one...:p

btob
24-05-07, 08:41 AM
Any of you V2K riders got any preferences to what tyre & prices I should be replacing my rear with.I've done 6500k & it might just stretch to 10,000k if I'm lite on the throttle.Is this the norm for this torquey monster? Thanks heaps if you can.

How much do you want to spend? And, what are you looking to do?

MIKER
24-05-07, 08:56 AM
OOOOOOhhh no!
I'm not falling for that one...:p

hhmmm , live bait may be required ?

btob
24-05-07, 10:12 AM
Any of you V2K riders got any preferences to what tyre & prices I should be replacing my rear with.I've done 6500k & it might just stretch to 10,000k if I'm lite on the throttle.Is this the norm for this torquey monster? Thanks heaps if you can.

Check out the 260 on the back of mine.

MIKER
24-05-07, 10:36 AM
Check out the 260 on the back of mine.

but you are running a wider rim size ?

btob
24-05-07, 10:50 AM
but you are running a wider rim size ?

Yes 18 by 8.5 inches.

MIKER
24-05-07, 10:58 AM
Yes 18 by 8.5 inches.

thank's , unless you get a wider rim . getting a wider tyre doesnt really increase in width , only goes higher .

lanky50
24-05-07, 03:29 PM
How much do you want to spend? And, what are you looking to do?

Under $300 aud.I hope. I've heard the 240 for the Rocket is up towards the $330 mark.I'll probably stick with the 200 or try the 180.

MIKER
24-05-07, 03:31 PM
Under $300 aud.I hope. I've heard the 240 for the Rocket is up towards the $330 mark.I'll probably stick with the 200 or try the 180.

the V2K will corner very well with a 180 , i was thinking of putting a 160 on my previous Meanie .