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110 vs 100 AspectRatio..wider = better??

It's almost time for a new set of Metzelers....I have just at 19,000mi on the set I put on just as my warrantee expired. I'm going to stay with the 880s, but has anyone tried 110s on our bike?? Pros/Cons?? It looks to me like they will just barely fit height-wise...
The 110 880s have only 4mm of tread up front, as opposed to the 6mm on the 100s. Metzeler says there will no difference in mileage bc the 110s 'will be more stable' due to the wider carcass construction. Anyone have any experience on this??
I'm going to mount and balance these myself for the first time...bought all the equipment. I'm leaning to RonAyers bc I am also going to get the stock wheel weights, and a few other goodies.
Any input on the above would be appreciated...
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OK...no takers, so I'll answer my own Q.....

I have abt 200mi on the new 880s with a 110/90/19 on the front.
And the verdict is...
The front end definitely feels more planted, more solid, esp when turning. Haven't gone thru any real serious, technical twisties yet, but I like the feel so far.
The taller tire also fills up the wheel well very nicely.
My speedo has been corrected (downward) slightly, by abt 1 mph I'd guess.
Bottom line....recommended!
We'll see if I get 21,000mi out of these w/ 2mm less tread depth than the 100s.
I'll let you know in abt a year and change....
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Re: 110 vs 100 AspectRatio..wider = better??

Have you heard of anyone here going one size taller on the rear as well?
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Re: 110 vs 100 AspectRatio..wider = better??

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Have you heard of anyone here going one size taller on the rear as well?
Joe...I thought abt doing that myself. Have not heard of anyone trying it. I was set on the Metz 880s, but they do not make a 160mm wide rear for a 15" rim. They do make a 170/80/HB15, but I think that may be a bit wide, and I didn't really want to go that wide and possibly radically change the handling characteristics.
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As the first number (150) is the width, and (90) is the height, going to a 170 should not affect the tire height. Sales people told me they don't make them taller than the 90.

I have the 110 on my front (a mistake by the shop), but have decided to keep it as I have not noticed any problems at all cornering (I put shorter foot pegs so I could lean over a littler further without hitting them), and I believe the ride is better - less transmission of road bumps.
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As the first number (150) is the width, and (90) is the height, going to a 170 should not affect the tire height. Sales people told me they don't make them taller than the 90.

I have the 110 on my front (a mistake by the shop), but have decided to keep it as I have not noticed any problems at all cornering (I put shorter foot pegs so I could lean over a littler further without hitting them), and I believe the ride is better - less transmission of road bumps.
SF...the '90' is actually the AspectRatio of the tire.
It means that the sidewall height is 90% of the the tire width.
On the 750, the 100/90/19 means 100mm across, 90mm (90% of 100) wide on a 19" rim.
That's why the 110/90/19 (wider & taller) tire will correct your 'optimistic' speedo and fills up the wheel well better...it is actually 90% of 110mm tall = 99mm tall. Almost a full centimeter....
To get a tire roughly the same height as the 150/90/15 rear (135mm) you would need a 160/85 (136mm tall) or such.
The 170/80/15 that Metz makes would fit the bill (136mm tall) but I'm thinking the 2 xtra cm width might be a bit too wide....
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You can't go any wider on the rear. You can however go to a smaller size and a few have done this.
The 110 on front is however the way to go...

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