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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-17-2011, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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Red face I am stupid confused on finding tires...

The kawi website lists the size as:
F 120/70-17
R 160/60-17

I'm looking for tires, and was hoping to get shinkos (I'm taking a 2000 mi roadtrip and want some cheap cruisers since I'll have to replace them in 2 weeks anyways), but I'm looking online and I can find barely anything in these sizes... Then on JC Whitney when I put in 2009 ER6n for it to match my "tires" to my "bike" it's giving me different variants of close sizes... so...

If I remember correctly, on some of the numbers, I can be flexible and others I can't (like the rim, right?)... I feel rediculously stupid for asking but I feel pretty desperate lol.

What size tires can I look at??

Bonus: Do you have any brand recommendations? My rides are 70% highway 15% city and 5% twistiescurvyturnies


[[[I did a search and couldn't find anything.. I may be new to this forum, but I'm having a hard time getting results from the search page... so dont yell at me if this has already been discussed!]]]

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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-17-2011, 12:05 PM
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i think you should forget the shinkos.
spend a bit more, get a better tire. it will last a hell of a lot more than 2000 miles.

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and i do think you're going to want to run the same size.
go to a reputable store, be it online, or in person. you shouldnt have too difficult a time finding a good tire in the correct size.

i use www.motorcyclesuperstore.com a lot.

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motorcyclesuperstore is where I started looking but it didn't seem to give me the options I thought I should have lol maybe I'm expecting a lot more variety like I had with my Buell (hence why I went to JP) lol and reputable stores are HARD to come by where I live
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the tires i saw said the size as 120/70zr-17, is that still good to go?
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motorcyclesuperstore is where I started looking but it didn't seem to give me the options I thought I should have lol maybe I'm expecting a lot more variety like I had with my Buell (hence why I went to JP) lol and reputable stores are HARD to come by where I live
what options are you looking for? what criteria? i just looked, and the few that i checked came in that size.

Continental Conti Motion Sport Touring Radial Rear Tire - Street Bike - Motorcycle Superstore



i run these. my favorite tire so far.

Pirelli Angel Sport Touring Rear Tire - Street Bike - Motorcycle Superstore


and the search page. this is for the rear.

Street Bike Rear Tires Sport Touring Tires - Motorcycle Superstore

and to make it easy, for the front.

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...res-Tires.aspx

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the tires i saw said the size as 120/70zr-17, is that still good to go?
yes. same size. the letters are only a speed rating.

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I've heard of a few guys loosing their front end mid turn on newer Shinko's - Junk.

I just purchased a set of Continental "Conti Motion" from DennisKirk.com - Motorcycle, Harley-Davidson, ATV, Dirt Bike, Snowmobile, PWC / Watercraft Parts, Apparel, and Accessories for $149 shipped.
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Thanks Nevada! I know a carburetor inside and out but damned if I don't know a thing about tires haha
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should my front and rear be matching or does it not really matter?
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