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Great ride + Tire review (190/55/17)

There's been quite a lot of tire discussion recently, so I wanted to share my experience. Even though they don't seem to be anyone's favorite on the forum, I've been avidly using Continental tires on my motorcycles for years...always with very consistent results and great grip throughout the length of the tires life...usually right down to the bars on the back. On my VFR I use Conti "Motions". I get both tires for around $160 and get them put on "off bike" for another maybe $70? Thats CHEAP in the motorcycle world and I usually get enough mileage from the front to last two rear tires. I decided to stay loyal and experiment with a longer lasting beefier Conti tire for the FJR and see how it goes. I went with the Conti "Road Attack 2" ($250 for both!). At the suggestion of RaYzerman and a couple others on the boards I went with a 190/55/17 on the rear instead of the 180 that comes stock. MAN was that a good choice! I spent 6 hours on the FJR in the NGA and NC mountains yesterday having a hoon of a time. The bike falls into corners soooo easy now....enough that it will catch you off guard the first ride after you get them put on. Once you get used to the new curve of the tire, it performs excellently! As for the tires themselves...amazing grip....quiet.....GREAT on wet roads....wherever there was shade on the road yesterday, the roads were still quite wet from the passover showers....I was a little more timid with the lean and throttle of course on those spots, but not once did my wheels slide at all, and I was still cranking it way over. The only CON I can see for some riders already struggling with standover height on this big bike, is that the tire adds another 1/2 inch or so to the height of the rear. I'm 6 feet tall and i am on the balls/toes of my boots when I put both feet down....but I'm used to that characteristic of this bike already. I'll attach a couple pics of the ride. You can see how much of the tire I used yesterday and I still had room for more. I scraped my boot toe sliders a couple times, but never the peg feeler....there's clearly room enough on the tire to go further as well. I remember on my 180 tire, I used almost the entire tire except maybe 1/8 inch....so I see this as another positive. What a bike!

One more thing. Speedo is dead balls accurate now.....cross checked with my Garmin 660. So it DOES fix the speedo error! Too many PROS and not enough CONS for this guy!
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excellent review
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Agree! I much prefer the profile and characteristics of the 190/55. Like Frank's Red Hot says, "I use that @$!# on everything!"
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No clearance issues? I always ran a 190/55 on my R1, but it had a 6 rim, not the 5.5 of the FJR.

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No clearance issues? I always ran a 190/55 on my R1, but it had a 6 rim, not the 5.5 of the FJR.
None that I saw. The only thing that could be an issue for some is trying to get the wheel back in with that stock mudflap. One of the first things I did was cut off the big reflector part of the flap when I got the bike.....and it's STILL a tight squeeze getting that tire in there. I'd say you'd need to put a piece of plywood or something under the center stand before lifting it up to get that extra space. As far as other clearances I had no issues. Tire doesn't look "squeezed" either....still has a very nice profile. You can tell it's bigger as well from the back.

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Most of the 190's are for 5.5" -6" rims. Used them for years no problem. It's only 5mm wider each side, so no clearance issues whatsoever.
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I realize that the radius of the same size tires of different brands can vary, but it would be very small. Going from a 180 to 190 with both having the same 55 aspect ratio, the difference in radius should be about 1/4 of an inch. So in theory, that should be how much higher the bike sits.

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I realize that the radius of the same size tires of different brands can vary, but it would be very small. Going from a 180 to 190 with both having the same 55 aspect ratio, the difference in radius should be about 1/4 of an inch. So in theory, that should be how much higher the bike sits.
Could be.....but given the "butt and feet height-ometer" feels like more than that. Be cool to know exactly though...
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Some tire manufacturers show the overall diameter for various sizes and profiles... but less specification details these days.....
E.G., Avon Storm 3DXM... 180/55 is 629mm and 190/55 is 651mm. So, the difference/2 = bike will sit 11mm higher or approx. 3/8". Handling and turn in will improve as I found and like. I suppose you can simulate this by keeping your existing 180 and raising the forks in the triple clamp by 10-11 mm.

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