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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-22-2011, 01:38 AM Thread Starter
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Help With Some Tires Guys!

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Buying some tires tomorrow for my bike. Just wondering where you guys have all found the best prices?? I think so far I have found the best prices at BikeBandit. I'm looking at the Pirelli MT 66 Route Motorcycle Tire. Front tire 110/90-19. Back Tire 150/90-15. I welcome all feedback on the brand of tire I have picked to the size... and of course if anyone knows of any deals or sales out there. I appreciate your time!

Ps... Both tires are coming to around $185 at that site.

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Those are good tires, but the front size is wrong. It is supposed to be 100/90-19. Using tires that are two sizes too big will likely cause clearance and handling problems. As far as prices, there are a couple dozen well known places online that sell tires, and any one of them could be having a sale at any time. A 150/90-15 is not going to be cheap anywhere. I wish the Vulcan had narrower 18" rear tires (kind of like the 1500 Mean Streak) but it was designed for the 150/90-15, so that is what I use.

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Jerry-

Thanks for the reply and your thoughts!

Question. I had been searching a lot on tire sizes and it seems many members are upgrading the front tire for better handling and to make the speedometer more accurate. May I ask your thoughts on that?

https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2880

That is a link to one of the places I got that information.

And in my original post I put the tire size I was going with incorrectly. It was the 110/90-19.

Thanks again for your feedback and time!

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Most people that have tried Shinko tires seemed to like them. Under $135 for both delivered. I bought some but haven't put them on yet. Try rockymountainatv.com. I did upsize both.
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Kelly THanks!

They have the front tire but not the rear..... It's ok I will keep looking for it on another site. Does anyone have an experience with these tires they would be willing to share?

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I just got a shinko 110/90/19 on the front of my bike. I am very happy bike seems to handle a lot better though my front tire was very shot. I think it came to 80 installed.
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Put the Pirelli's on shortly after I got the bike. Went one size up on the front. Got 14,000 miles on the rear and replaced with car tire. Front has a thousand or so miles left on it. Performed well for me.

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I got the Shinkos too from a local place that's now out of bussiness. I went with the 110 up front and the 170 out back and didn't have issues, much much better than the old worn out Dun-flops that were on it when I got it.

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I haven't tried to change the front tire size because I haven't had any problems with the stock tires performance. I have used 3 different brands (Bridgestone, Pirelli, and Metzler) on my Vulcan 750s, in the stocks sizes, and am totally satisfied with all of them. The VN750 handles exceptionally well for a cruiser. I wouldn't mind trying a 110 front tire, but the problem is cost. If I didn't like it as much as the 100, I'd be out the cost of the tire. I already made that mistake on a Honda Rebel. I went with one size larger in the front, and had clearance issues. I wound up replacing it with the stock tire, and throwing away a perfectly good tire, just because it didn't fit. Many others on the Rebel forum claimed they ran that tire without problems. But I have read on other forums about people elongating the mounting holes in the front fender so they could raise it to get clearance for a larger tire. As far as I am concerned, that destroys the fender.

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