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    Cool Biggest tire size

    My factory back tire is starting to get fairly bald and i wanted to replace it before i start the season. Does anyone know what the BIGGEST size tire i can fit on the factory rim and swing arm without altering anything, I was originally going to buy a warrior before i got this bike because i loved that fat back tire and if i could get a tire similiar to that on my mean streak, i would be so happy. any suggestions?

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    200 series is the biggest you can go without doing any mods to the rear end. Do a forum seach and you should be able to find previous posts about this subject
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    I stuffed a 200 Metz on mine on the stock rim....you have to loosen up the final drive to fit it in....but it will fit.

    Couple of cons though.....whatever shop you take it to do the work will whine and cry that they had a hard time getting it to fit (poor babies lol).
    And there is a slight difference in handling....seems like you'll have to lean just a little harder as you near peg-scraping cornering.
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    Although a 190 or 200 can be pinched on, you are actually loosing contact patch to the roadway. The sidewalls have to be pinched so much that the contact area is rolled away from the road. A 180,although narrower, is probably the best compromise between appearance and function ....
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    I have to agree with troop. 180mm is the best compromise to a fatter look than the 200mm tire, which on the stock rim, is no wider looking than the 180mm, and you won't give up anything in the handling dept.

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    without altering anything

    The only thing you will be altering is the performance. The larger the tire size the farther down the performance drain you will be going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jbomb919
    The only thing you will be altering is the performance. The larger the tire size the farther down the performance drain you will be going.

    Ahhhh I wouldn't say that. Yes the Mean Streak handles well but I felt like the tires were way to narrow for my taste. I modified my rear swingarm and wheel to accomodate a 210mm Metz and lowered the forks and this beast is right there in the handling dept. but hey that's my opinon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeanOneSIx
    Ahhhh I wouldn't say that. Yes the Mean Streak handles well but I felt like the tires were way to narrow for my taste. I modified my rear swingarm and wheel to accommodate a 210mm Metz and lowered the forks and this beast is right there in the handling dept. but hey that's my opinon.


    It is just my I am coming off of two naked bikes and I love the technology of motogp(That's why I hate nascar soooooo much.) So I am always thinking technology and performance first. Just a qwerk of mine. Its sad but I am trying to think of ways to make the meanie as light as possible. I need help LOL!!!!!!!

    All that matters is that you like it. If your on two wheels is all that matters.

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    I'm with you on the Moto GP thing. I also love F1 racing since it takes more skill to pass someone on a track that has multiple turns as apposed to just left. LOL I met a lot riders over the years but since being here in Germany I've got to say that Rossi is boss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeanOneSIx
    Ahhhh I wouldn't say that. Yes the Mean Streak handles well but I felt like the tires were way to narrow for my taste. I modified my rear swingarm and wheel to accomodate a 210mm Metz and lowered the forks and this beast is right there in the handling dept. but hey that's my opinon.

    I think that I would agree with you guys that I lost a little handling putting the 200 on the stock rim...it looks wider...but not enough. I need a wider rim to let the tire roll better. Question though....I've kinda been paying attention to what you have done to your wheel....and have looked into Kosman to do the same..do you think if I widened the rim, but stayed with the 200, I wouldn't have to bend the fender to clear the tire??...If not, and I have to mess with the fender anyway, I think I'm just going to get a set of chrome customs from RC Components...
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    Staying with the 200mm vs the 210 means that you only have to widen the stock rim to 6.5 inches. That way you don't have to roll the fender nor would you have to shave the inner fender struts. Also you retain the stock mounting configuration without having to spend $1200-$1800 for an after market wheel. RC only makes a 5.5in wheel. and that means you'll still have a pinching problem with a 200mm. Kosman only charged $550.

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    Cool.....I think thats the route I'm going to go. I was happy with the looks of the 200 before I had it crammed onto the rim.....I just want it to fit right...If I remember right Kosman is in Windsor....which is just over the bridge from me...I may just swing over by there and chat with those guys and see what they suggest as well..

    Thanks dude!
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    MeanOneSix--What did you have do to the swingarm???
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    Pretty much you have to contour the shaft drive cover to clear the wider tire. I sectioned off a piece and made it into an access panel that I can remove whenever I need to maintainance it. If you do a search on here you will find the post of everything I did. Streaker posted it for me a while back.

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