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PostSubject: A Tire Question   Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:26 am

So I just ordered a new set of tires for my 2012 Kawi Concours 14 .... 120/70 ZR17 Front and 190/50 ZR17 Rear.  I accidentally ordered the Pilot Power 3's when I thought I was ordering the Pilot Road 3's and the order already shipped. So I'm wondering, can I hold onto these and put them on my 17 GRiSO instead when it needs new tires (probably the end of this season)? I know the front size is the same, but do you think the rear size difference will be a problem (180/55)? I don't ride the track or race at all, but I do get aggressive.... occasionally. If they wont work, I'll just put them on the Concours and probably wear them out quicker than I'd like.... Thanks So Much!
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PostSubject: Re: A Tire Question   Fri Apr 27, 2018 1:56 pm

Clearance is tight on the swingarm with a 180. I’d expect the 190 to foul it.

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PostSubject: Re: A Tire Question   Fri Apr 27, 2018 2:14 pm

Ya, after you said that I went and looked and Crap! You're right, I didn't realize the clearance was that close to the swingarm. Holy Crap, that's close. Looks like I'll be burning those tires off on the big bike.... at least I got them for 100 bucks less than the pilot roads. Thanks Pete!
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PostSubject: Re: A Tire Question   Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:09 pm

I ran Avon Storms on my GRiSO once. The rear actually measured 188, and it didn't rub, but there was bugger-all clearance. A 190 might work if the true width is less. However, the wider rear made it handle like an overloaded barge. For that reason alone, I wouldn't do it.




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PostSubject: Re: A Tire Question   Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:34 pm

Yes, You're Right. Thank You! I'm stuck with my mistake. That's ok though... Maybe I can get the big bike onto the track up in Loudon, NH on a track day and put those new tires to the test!
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PostSubject: Re: A Tire Question   Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:53 pm

A Concours on the track? That'd be a sight to see! Very Happy


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PostSubject: Re: A Tire Question   Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:09 pm

My personal opinion,but I prefer the Powers over the Roads. I beleve the Pilot Powers have been discontinued.....
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PostSubject: Re: A Tire Question   Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:25 pm

That's good to hear. I was thinking they would be better to run on the GRiSO than on the heavier bike cause I've been reading that they wear pretty fast, but I'm hoping they'll be ok. I'm sure they'll be fine. I do like the feel of softer, stickier tires...makes me do things I probably shouldn't be doing though. Smile I got the pair for a good price.
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PostSubject: Re: A Tire Question   Sun Apr 29, 2018 3:51 pm

If it fitted it would slow the turn in rate a tad.
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PostSubject: Re: A Tire Question   Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:16 am

beetle wrote:
A Concours on the track? That'd be a sight to see! Very Happy


cheers

The Concours Owners Group had a track day in Jennings FL this past Feb. There were a gaggle of Connies in attendance and make a great showing. The track personnel thought we would slow down the other riders. No so if you know how to ride. :-)

I was running the GRiSO
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PostSubject: Re: A Tire Question   Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:03 pm

The Connie really does get up and go. Got it mostly for the girlfriend and the long trips, but its got a rocket engine in it and it handles so nice for a heavy bike. But playing on the GRiSO (2nd one) is the most fun I've ever had on a bike ... that, and the 400 thumper in the woods!
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