Author Topic: Just curious, anybody go back to 50-series rear tire after trying the 55-series?  (Read 488 times)

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Offline Charliedog

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I realize the 55-series rear tire is popular, and that was what was on the 2013 when I got it used last fall.  I stayed with the 55-series when I replaced the tires this spring.  When I rode to Austin this past weekend I planned my gas stops-station to station.  Pilot Truck Stops that were 222 miles apart according to Google maps came up about 213 miles apart according to the bike.  I makes me wonder if the taller tire is throwing off the odometer.  The speedometer was right on according to my GPS, so that cannot be coming from the rear tire.  I think for my next set of tires I'll go to 50-series.  So, has anybody gone back to a 50-series rear tire after trying a 55-series?   

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Yes, ran a 55 on PR4-GTs for the first tire change. Since then, have been through about nine sets of 50's and wont go back to 55's. Its a personal preference but without starting an argument with anyone, there is no benefit to me or the bike for running 55's. Good luck with whatever you decide to use!

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Yes I went back to 50's after a 55 to get slightly better foot ground contact at stops and during pushbacks. 


The speedometer was right on according to my GPS, so that cannot be coming from the rear tire.

Your speedo / odo variances are consistent with tire size changes, imo. 
Speedo reads high with stock tires, which is true of almost all MC's that I 'know of.' 
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Offline Daytona_Mike

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I went back to a 50 after trying a 55.  I like the  handling of the shorter sidewall and the more rounded profile for a bigger center contact patch and how a more  rounded profile comes back up out of a turn exactly how I rolled down into a turn...like rolling in and out of a turn on a basket ball.

My history with my C14 is different than most otbers have experienced. I would not ride or enjoy riding my C14 for about a year after buying it because I disliked how harsh and rough the stock shocks were. I also had to 'hold ' the bike down in a turn..and it would pop right back up on its own.  Yuk!  My modified C10 handled and felt better...not as fast but still...better

Then I installed AK20's and and Ohlins (with new springs to match my weight) and had a suspension guru adjust and set up my chassis geometry/sag for my weight. Wow!! Now I love my bike..rolls into a turn and rolls back up...no 'falling ' into a turn..no popping back up ..it stays right where I put it ..perfection.

Then I tried a 55. Dam bike falls into turn..easily..too easy..because now with the 55 I have to bring the bike up out of the turn...it does not roll back up..the bike wants to stay down in a turn.Yuk!

So bottom line...If we dont adjust the bikes sag settings for our weight..or we dont know how..or we just  dont want to..than we are the people who like 55's because all we are doing is raising the rear of the bike upwards so it falls easier into a turn.

I prefer getting the chassis gemetry correct and riding on the better profiled / smaller sidewalled  tire..the goal is for the bike  to be neutral when rolling in and out of a turn and not to fight it one direction or the other. ...
One way or the other..we both want the same results and there is more than one way  to get there.
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Offline Sailor Rich

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I also went back to the 50, I found better seat angle for me and much better front tire wear and milage. The last 3 sets I've run are the Continental Road Attack 3's. Love them for a cold weather tire. If I need quicker tip in it's trail braking for me.

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I tried one 55 and went back to 50. I did not notice any difference other then the speedometer and odometer. Went back to 50s as they were less expensive.

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I have not switched back, because I never went to a 55 in the first place. I would not even attempt 55 series because I do not care for any additional height. I prefer to leave the geometry of the motorcycle as set by mother Kawasaki.
  I'm sure that many do it and prefer it, and that's fine... just not for me.
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Yes I went back to 50's after a 55 to get slightly better foot ground contact at stops and during pushbacks. 


This.  I thought the 55 corrected the speedo??  But, I lost a bit of footing.  Not a deal breaker, glad I tried it, but I'll go back to the 50.
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I won't try a 55 as I spent so much time and effort to lower the bike - lower links, raised forks, custom lower seat, lower pegs, short side stand and now I can flat foot. I am inseam challenged so I'm good with the 50.