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Front tire
« on: August 08, 2017, 01:54:05 pm »
Tire size for 2006 Kawasaki concourse front and rear

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Re: Front tire
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2017, 01:59:56 pm »
The stock size front tire for the 94-06 Concours is 120/70-18 and fits on a 3.0 inch wheel. For both the stock rear tire is a 150/80-16 tire fit on a 3.5 inch wheel.

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Re: Front tire
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2017, 02:09:28 pm »
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Re: Front tire
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2017, 02:41:18 pm »
The stock size front tire for the 94-06 Concours is 120/70-18 and fits on a 3.0 inch wheel. For both the stock rear tire is a 150/80-16 tire fit on a 3.5 inch wheel.
Quite so. However, for radials on the front, the stock 120/70R18 Dunlop was really only about 110mm wide.

Most modern 120/70 radials (ones that are actually 120mm wide) do not recommend mounting on a 3" rim.

One solution is to use a 110/80R18 radial which is quite happy sitting on a 3" rim. Gives approximately the same running circumference.

I just mounted one on my C10, a Pirelli Angel GT 110/80R18, seems fine on the road, in 2 or 3 years I'll know how it wears.

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Re: Front tire
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2017, 04:00:21 pm »
The stock size front tire for the 94-06 Concours is 120/70-18 and fits on a 3.0 inch wheel.
Actually the stock front tire size is wrong for the rim size. Why Kawasaki wont correct this is unknown.
The correct size is 110/80-18.  The handling is better all around with this size.
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Re: Front tire
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2017, 04:42:18 pm »
The correct size is 110/80-18.  The handling is better all around with this size.

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Re: Front tire
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2017, 08:02:35 pm »
The stock size front tire for the 94-06 Concours is 120/70-18 and fits on a 3.0 inch wheel. For both the stock rear tire is a 150/80-16 tire fit on a 3.5 inch wheel.
Quite so. However, for radials on the front, the stock 120/70R18 Dunlop was really only about 110mm wide.

Most modern 120/70 radials (ones that are actually 120mm wide) do not recommend mounting on a 3" rim.

One solution is to use a 110/80R18 radial which is quite happy sitting on a 3" rim. Gives approximately the same running circumference.

I just mounted one on my C10, a Pirelli Angel GT 110/80R18, seems fine on the road, in 2 or 3 years I'll know how it wears.

+1 I had a Dunlop Sportmax Roadsmart III in the same size installed. It's nice at 2500 miles or so.

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Re: Front tire
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2017, 09:23:46 pm »
I've had three different types of tires on front, Stock Dunlops, and Avons in the 1120/70 and 110/80. Both Avon sizes worked very well.

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Re: Front tire
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2017, 10:15:02 pm »
The stock size front tire for the 94-06 Concours is 120/70-18 and fits on a 3.0 inch wheel.
Actually the stock front tire size is wrong for the rim size. Why Kawasaki wont correct this is unknown.
The correct size is 110/80-18.  The handling is better all around with this size.

i don't dispute the handling thing with the 110, would nver stuff a 120 on my 88 , but did you actually measure a post 94 vs a pre 94 rim, internally between the bead seats?

I dont have a post 94 handy. So this is why I ask... I can't get my arms around a generic "change" in front tire size, based on anything other than a rim change... I do have a post 94 rear rim on COGZilla, but that size never changed... just asking....

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Re: Front tire
« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2017, 11:57:04 pm »
Based on a search, I think the pre-'94 front rim width is 2.15", while the post-'93 is 3".

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Re: Front tire
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2018, 09:31:08 pm »
Thanks everyone. I mounted two new tires, but alas had to go back to Arizona. My Connie now sits in the garage until April 2018 when I can again jump on it and ride. I think I'll bring it back to Arizona this year so I can ride my BMW 1150 and my Connie swithching between each bike. I miss my Connie when I'm in Arizona, and miss my 1150 when in Ct.