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RE: [vmaxtech] radial tires poll Tony M Sun Apr 08 08:00:16 2012



In actual fact because the arm tapers in, whether a 17" fits or not is
irrelevant, as the contact point for an 18" is commensurately further along
the taper.  However I can tell you that the Metz, Dunlop, & Avon 18" fit
without rubbing on my wheel.  The relevance of the words "my wheel" (RMS
Sportmax) is that its offset allows the tyres to run central.  Please note
other wheels might not do the same.


>From running a ME880, two D207's and currently using an AV72, the ME880
gives better mileage, the Dunlops better grip, and so far the AV72 appears
to be somewhere between the two of them.


The usual benefit of a 17" wheel other than the wider choice of tyre, is
that a large number of Vmaxers tend to be short arses, and that the lower
riding height of a 17" makes it easier for them to touch the ground, and
Yes, I am being serious here, it is a fact.


Lastly, I would be very keen to hear from anyone who had run both 180/55 and
160/60  '18s', to understand what if any, the differences were.


Tony M 





Of Your Friend, Rick
Sent: 07 April 2012 23:33
Subject: Re: [vmaxtech] radial tires poll



That is a relief, thanks Rudy.

On 4/7/2012 2:58 PM, Rudy Mercer wrote: 


The 180 should not rub, I had a 190/55 on a 17" on my 2000 with no rubbing
what so ever.


From: "Your Friend, Rick"  <mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Saturday, April 7, 2012 7:19:54 PM
Subject: Re: [vmaxtech] radial tires poll



Thanks to all that have replied so quickly thus far (Dan, Glenn, Terence &
Rudy). While I'm patiently waiting (pant-pant-pant)  for my Carrozzerio (how
do pronounce that?) 18" wheels I have been researching tires (see list
below) that come in size 180/55-18 (recommended size for the 5.5" rear rim).
I have more choices available in a 160/60-18 size. Manufacturers don't
recommend using that size on a 5.5" wheel but I've been told that it is a
common tire-mounting practice.  If that is OK to use a 160/60-18 I'd like to
go with the Michelin Pilot Road 3 in size 160/60ZR18 (70 W). The most
important consideration for me is that the tire does not rub against the
swing-arm.  All comments are welcome. Thanks in advance.

The list that I provided below

On 4/7/2012 12:57 PM, Your Friend, Rick wrote: 


Does anybody have anything to say (good, bad or indifferent) about the 
following radial tires to fit an 18" wheel?
Metzler ME880 Marathon Touring
Avon Venom R
Dunlop D207ZR
Shinko 003 Stealth
Avon AV72 Cobra
Pirelli Night Dragon
Bridgestone Exedra G850
Avon AM23
Bridgestone Battlax BT45 Sport