Going to a lower sidewall question


Nmexico

New Member
I run the stock tires at currently run 120 70 17 and 160 60 17.

If I change to 120 60 17 and 150 60 17 will it change to a lower center of gravity feel? Will giving the bike less sidewall make it a bit less top heavy. My feeling is no but its worth a thought.
 

Marthy

World Most Bad A$$ 6R
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Chucker

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The bike is designed to be run with the stock sizes. Changing tire sizes doesn't usually improve handling. Might change it, but not necessarily for the better.
 

Bert-Aus

Well-Known Member
Practice your throttle control & counter steering skills.
Greater throttle inputs helps stand the bike up.
Counter steering tips it over.

The FZ6R/ XJ6 is sizeable for the displacement but still flick-able
 

alaskanflyboy

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RoadTrip

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Riding a motorcycle or even a bicycle is a strange sensation for sure, it can take a long time for the brain to accept the gyroscopic phenomena that keeps them going upright when moving. Like Bert said, though, the things we do can make the bike less stable, really it takes very little input to make the bike stable and happy. The bike needs to lean at speed to carve out an arc for a turn, the counter steer puts the bike into the lean, but once in the lean it can remain balanced there with only minor input to maintain the arc, again due to gyroscopic force. I think of a frisbee rolling on its edge at an angle with the wind pushing it along and it continues to roll and not fall over, that is kinda what a lean in a turn feels like to me, its a balance of forces and your brain discovers it and learns to accept it, and then you just set the bike up as you enter a turn and throttle smoothly through it, and you smile real big. Just keep riding and learning, it takes time, and it just gets better and better.
 

ksanbon

New Member

I run the stock tires at currently run 120 70 17 and 160 60 17.

If I change to 120 60 17 and 150 60 17 will it change to a lower center of gravity feel? Will giving the bike less sidewall make it a bit less top heavy. My feeling is no but its worth a thought.
If you want better performance, change the tire to a different brand and model of the same size specs. Do not change the tire sizes. It will put you at risk since there are only two tires on the ground instead of 4. I use Michelin Pilot Road 4s. They are phenomenal tires and would recommend them. I am eyeing the Perelli Angel GTs in the season after this. Still have lots of tread on my tires from 5k of use.
 


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