180/55/17 or 180/60/17

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  1. SFD213

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    Looking to get a new set of shoes for the bike. Can’t decide on sticking with 180/55s or bumping up to the 180/60s for the rear. The 60s should handle quicker in the corners based on the taller profile but I haven’t seen anyone say anything about going to 60s on a VFR. Has anyone done this and can add their 2¢ to this. Btw pretty sure I’m going with the Pirelli Diablo Rosso 3s. I commute occasionally and have found myself to avoid wet weather when possible. Thanks
     
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    It's all personal preference really. Personally, I always stick to OEM sizes.
     
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    I have Power RS in 180/60 on my 5th Gen.

    I have aftermarket suspension, front and rear. My fork tubes are in their factory location. My shock is shimmed and lengthened, so the lower shock eyelet is almost contacting the linkage, which means the rear is jacked up as high as I can get.

    With a 180/60, there’s zero instability with my bike up to an indicated 140mph and/or over rough pavement. The tire is ~20mm wider across the tread face, so it’s much taller than a 180/55. I wouldn’t say it’s much quicker handling, as that’ll mostly come from the front tire’s profile. However, rolling off-center, the rear feels much more soft and secure. The extra tire volume and tread width feel much better, to me.

    What you have to be aware of, with the 180/60, is tire tread-to-swingarm clearance. Because it’s so much taller, you may have an issue. I adjusted my eccentric back, mounted the wheel, then, cut the chain for the eccentric position. Ideally, a shorter wheelbase will handle better, but, I wanted to try the 60.

    I run a 180/55, on the street, but, prefer the rear tire feeling of the 180/60. Once my street tires are worn out, I’ll be permanently switching.
     
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    I ended up going with the 55s. My brother has pirellis on his and I know the switch from a worn Bridgestone to a new Dunlop would be drastic enough. Figured I’d start there and if I want to switch next time then I can then


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