Can anyone think of any potential negative impacts for running a 180 rear tire? I have a set of Dunlop Q3's laying around that I'm strongly considering putting on. I really don't care about the tire wear. Any thoughts?
To be completely honest, I'm most excited to get rid of the stock garbage front tire. I took the advice of a fellow forum member (apologies for not remembering the name to be able to give credit) to inflate it to 42 PSI to round it out a little bit, and that really helped turn in, but I've run the Q3's on two other bikes (an RSV4 and GSX-R600) and loved them.
I'll probably be swapping them this weekend, so I'll post some feedback as soon as I can.
I ran one on mine and didn't really care for it. Besides being a total battle to get it seated on the rim, it actually wore out way too fast (PR 3's). I replaced it with a 190/55 PR 4 and am much happier. No more 180's for me.
The Dunlop Q3's were a massive improvement over the stock tires. The turn in is extremely linear and smooth, and really make the Ninja feel like an actual sportbike. When I go to replace the rear, I'll swap it with a 190/55, but for now, the 180/55 worked quite well. It also was pretty easy to seat the bead, so no complaints there either. Cheers to getting rid of stock tires!
Oh, and for those curious, I'm running 36PSI front and 38PSI rear.
I haven't had a 190/55 on this bike before, but I do have experience going from a 190/50 to a 190/55 on my old Tuono.
I agree that on a 6" wide rim, a 190 is (albeit marginally) a better choice. When the 180/55 wears out, I'll be getting a 190/55. I don't expect the change to be as significant since the major driving factor is the 5% section height change from a 50-series tire to a 55-series, but I would tend to think that the 190 would be even a little bit better still.
I have tried. Q3 190/55 on our bike for about 600+ hard backroad miles, then picked up a nail, and replaced it with a 190/50 q3, and it felt almost the same with the 190/55 but a lot different from the 190/50 oem. 180/55 is not ideal for a 6.0 rim but it would still accept it, and probably be easier to get chicken strips out of!
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