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post #1 of 29 Old 02-07-2018, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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Tire Size 200/50

Hey guys I've been off the site for awhile and not kept up so I hope I hope I'm not rehashing, It's time for me to replace me tires at 6k and am considering bumping up to a 200/50 on the rear, has anyone gone this large and doe's it fit with no problem?

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i tryed the 190 55 after reading many reviews...and seeing 50 to 55 side by side parked next to my buddys ..changed the ride and turning for the better
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I can tell you the 2008 Suzuki Bkings come with a 200/50 stock and I hated that tire size. Promptly switched it to a 190/55.

Now we do road race the 1000's on a 200/55 rear slick but it is a whole different animal of a tire verses a street tire. We also use a 190/55 on the rear slick of race bike 600s. Go figure.

I personally use the 190/55 on my GSX street bike and I like it a lot.
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I can tell you the 2008 Suzuki Bkings come with a 200/50 stock and I hated that tire size. Promptly switched it to a 190/55.
I went down that road with my B-King but I could not get used to it. I was hitting apexes too soon and having to lift the bike up to readjust. Plus it felt like the bike was "falling in" to slowish tight turns. I went back to the 200/50 and enjoyed the slower more controllable turn in. It's that experience that stops me from trying a 190/55 on the gsx-s.
But I'm getting on in years and maybe the phrase "old dog new tricks" applies.

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I have a Road Smart 3 190/55 and will never go back to 190/50. Turn in is just a tad quicker but much more linear with the 55 profile. In fact, I don't feel the bike turns faster really, it just turns BETTER. It rolls over smoother due to its rounder shape and gives confidence, where the 50 resists the initial roll and then falls in quicker.
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To complicate matters, every 190/55 tire does not have the same shape. You can tell this just looking at same-size tires in the store. The stock 190/50 seems to have a flatter profile than some others of the same spec. I recently put on a set of Michelin PR4 and went with the 55 rear. I really like the easier turn-in, it feels much more natural to this bike. The only down-side I've noticed is in steep lean angles and slower speeds, it starts to feel a little squirrley. Of course, not sure how much of this is the tire and how much is just my inexperience under those conditions - maybe a 50 would feel similar. The tread on the 55 tire goes farther around the edge and is more vertical at the edge...you have to lean it over further to get to the edge of the tire than with the stock. I strongly suspect that the 50 series PR4 would have a sharper profile than the stock tire and would also turn in easier.

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I run a Pirelli Supercorsa SC2 in 200/55 and i love it, its actually not much bigger than the 190/55, Seems to turn in better and more consistent when leaning over
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Thanks for your input guys, I'm going to go backwards a little and roll with a pilot power 2ct instead of the 3, i remember getting good miles on the 2ct , the 3 only gave me about 4500. It doe's not come in a 200 so I'll go 190/55
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My son has PP 2ct on his Gixxer (stock size), and they are excellent tires, as you obviously already know. I try to use the term sparingly, but it "totally transformed" that bike from the OEM tires that were on it.
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Waste of time and money going with the 200, to some might look cool but that's about it, stick with the stock size it will always be better then going oversize and will always turn and be more agile as engineered to be. If your not into extreme cornering then maybe it's an option however.
Either the 50 or 55 profile is personal preference - some tyres will work better with either profile and is debatable for rider setup or preference.
Good luck

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