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Red face Rear Tires (I know...I know...)

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Quick question (and I know this is a varied topic...so...)

I need new rubber for the RC. I am looking at the B-stone BT-016 Pro's as I can get them cheap and they get great reviews. I ride 100% street. Anywho my question was I am currently geared 15/43 (which I hate ) and am thinking of going either 16/42 or 15/41 (heard good things on both) and I'd like to run a 190/55 on the rear (seems the best combo I've read about so far)
So, I apologize for being a noob but, if I change my gearing is there going to be any fitment issues with a 190/55 @ 15/41 or 16/42 ???
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16/42 will work with a 190/55 on a SP2. But you will have to put the chain on the sprocket before sliding the axle in with an OEM length chain. Kind of a pain in the ass

With 15/41, OEM length chain, no fitment issues. It's what I'm running now

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Howdy y'all!

Quick question (and I know this is a varied topic...so...)

I need new rubber for the RC. I am looking at the B-stone BT-016 Pro's as I can get them cheap and they get great reviews. I ride 100% street. Anywho my question was I am currently geared 15/43 (which I hate ) and am thinking of going either 16/42 or 15/41 (heard good things on both) and I'd like to run a 190/55 on the rear (seems the best combo I've read about so far)
So, I apologize for being a noob but, if I change my gearing is there going to be any fitment issues with a 190/55 @ 15/41 or 16/42 ???
Thanks in advance
You should be fine, clearance will not be an issue. I run a 16/41 with a 195 tire.



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I think the S20's are right in the same price range, check into those.

This page compares the S20 and the BTO16.
http://www.bridgestone.com/products/...ttlax/s20.html

I'm going to try the S20's next, every single review I've read from members is good. Everyone seems to love this tire.

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Next Spring the S20s are going on.



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S20's are about 20 bucks more from my supplier, but if y'all think they are that much better, might be worth a shot. Truth is, I'm 100% street, no track days in the near future, and a LOT of highway time, mostly straight (God bless the on-ramps for that adrenaline boost, I love going from 0-80 in a few seconds ) so I would like something with good life-span but I do ravage some twisty stuff on the occasion so I'd like some grippage too lol, I want it all!!! Thanks guys, you are always reliable for solid input
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Carlos has a set of S20's on the way. Best tires out there for sports riding, I think. But everybody has their preferred brand, etc. Bridgestone do make a multi-compound touring tire, so maybe consider those? I have some on the VFR (BT020's) and they've been no problem at all. Check Bridgestone's website for choices.

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S20's are about 20 bucks more from my supplier, but if y'all think they are that much better, might be worth a shot. Truth is, I'm 100% street, no track days in the near future, and a LOT of highway time, mostly straight (God bless the on-ramps for that adrenaline boost, I love going from 0-80 in a few seconds ) so I would like something with good life-span but I do ravage some twisty stuff on the occasion so I'd like some grippage too lol, I want it all!!! Thanks guys, you are always reliable for solid input
Sounds like you need a dual compound, im running the michelin road 2ct, awesome tire so far, and last forever on my previous bikes.

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Hi wicked, just got my RC and the rear was to the canvas, put pilot 3's on and they are dual compound, however I have not the saddle time to make a subjective assessment yet but talking to two bikers (man and wife) last night, both who have recently done coast to coast and back on one set of p3's, the tyres were shot at the end but that seemed good mileage, they were riding a Ducati monster and a FJR, they also stated they hit torrential weather and the p3's were very impressive with. I also echo Stigs comments about BT 's as I too had VFR, and I followed lots of pleased VFR owners advice and mixed (from new) 020 rear and I think it was 019's for front.... Worked for me.

But for the RC two weeks ago, I paid about $370 for the p3's fitted......... chikenstrips were free!

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I figured there'd be a spread of opinions... thats cool though, would rather have too much info than not enough. My main concern was doing the gear change and then having a fitment issue with the 190/55
Thank you all for the great feedback, I have lots of homework to do before I pull the trigger (well....and still waiting to start fartin' hunnit-dollah billz y'all)
I have my dream bike, and now I want to get her dialed in.
New rubbers, PCV (with proper dyno), Gear change (before dyno), speedo healer, and then some cosmetic stuff
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