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jdilpkle

Anyone have a 160/60 X 17" rear tire on a XRL??

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When I placed into the swingarm, my new UNMOUNTED bare 160/60 X 17" Bridgestone sportbike tire, it has 1/4" gap between the tire and swingarm on the right side when tire is just touching the chain on left side. I mocked up the tire in the swingarm w/o wheels just to see how close a fit I had.

Once the tire is mounted on the new 4.5" Excel rim and aired up, will it pull in some and fit? Anyone done it? I already bought the tires and the rims are being laced now. I also bought custom spokes with more of an angle to help with the stock hub being laced to wider rim. If I have to, I will go smaller on the tire, but again, I do have the new tires now all ready in my garage to be mounted once I receive the laced wheels.

I'm sure I'm beating a dead horse, but I'm getting anxious - it's my first (baby) motard. Just getting my feet wet, looking forward to twisty, tight, off-camber, decreasing radus, bumpy, downhill, banked, wonderful Angeles Crest Hwy high above Los Angeles! I've had all the sportbikes I can stand - time for a change! :ride:

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When I placed into the swingarm, my new UNMOUNTED bare 160/60 X 17" Bridgestone sportbike tire, it has 1/4" gap between the tire and swingarm on the right side when tire is just touching the chain on left side. I mocked up the tire in the swingarm w/o wheels just to see how close a fit I had.

Once the tire is mounted on the new 4.5" Excel rim and aired up, will it pull in some and fit? Anyone done it? I already bought the tires and the rims are being laced now. I also bought custom spokes with more of an angle to help with the stock hub being laced to wider rim. If I have to, I will go smaller on the tire, but again, I do have the new tires now all ready in my garage to be mounted once I receive the laced wheels.

I'm sure I'm beating a dead horse, but I'm getting anxious - it's my first (baby) motard. Just getting my feet wet, looking forward to twisty, tight, off-camber, decreasing radus, bumpy, downhill, banked, wonderful Angeles Crest Hwy high above Los Angeles! I've had all the sportbikes I can stand - time for a change! :ride:

jdilpkle

I run a 160 Conti on a 5" excel rim. No rubbing, clears the chain by 3/16 and the swingarm by the 1/8. I did have to space out the rub plates so the chain doesn't slap the tire. Most 160 are too big for a 4.5 rim, but if you already have the tires....:ride:

Good luck,

MGS

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The 4.5" rim will probably pull it in some, and make the actual contact patch narrower. 160's had been run on those size rims, for a long time, back in the early 90's (CBR 600 F2, and others). I have an XRL with the stock rear.....I always wondered if that size tire would work, if I take the plunge and go Motard with it. Thanks for bringing up the issue, this helps me make the decision to think about it harder...

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Anything has got to be better than wailing around corners on knobbies feeling like I'm riding on rubber pencils!! WHAT contact patch!!!

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