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For those thinking about the 160/60VR-18 these pics should help you decide. I've done a ton of searching and these pics decided it for me. Ordering it today along w/ the 260 Metz rear. Thanks for all the input guys. Should have done a better job of searching in the 1st place. Sloppy on my part :redfaced:

Hopefully this helps someone in a future search

Pics 'borrowed' for Whitestar and Nacnud109r.<--Thanks! Guess which tire is not stock in this pic on the left
 

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I've been thinking about this also, and decided to go for it next time. Not replacing my Metz 130 while it's still serviceable, however.

I was also told it improves ground clearance a little (taller tire) and that's a bonus!
 

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I've been thinking about this also, and decided to go for it next time. Not replacing my Metz 130 while it's still serviceable, however.

I was also told it improves ground clearance a little (taller tire) and that's a bonus!
You can always cut the 130 in 1/2 and use it as floss:bigthumbsup:
 

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Pro & Cons

What are the pros and cons of having the larger tire. I like the look of it but need to know what i am gaining and/or loosing by going up in size.

For those thinking about the 160/60VR-18 these pics should help you decide. I've done a ton of searching and these pics decided it for me. Ordering it today along w/ the 260 Metz rear. Thanks for all the input guys. Should have done a better job of searching in the 1st place. Sloppy on my part :redfaced:

Hopefully this helps someone in a future search

Pics 'borrowed' for Whitestar and Nacnud109r.<--Thanks! Guess which tire is not stock in this pic on the left
 

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front the recent searching I've done, w/ the metz 160 better handling and grip than the stocker. Could not find anyone who was not thrilled w/ the switch
 
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What are the pros and cons of having the larger tire. I like the look of it but need to know what i am gaining and/or loosing by going up in size.
Much more nuetral handling (less countersteering to maintain a line through corners). Much more ground clearance allowing greater lean angles and therefore smaller turn radius at speed. And better straight line stability. And with a stickier tire like the Metz better braking performance and shorter stopping distances. The brakes on the 9 will easily over power the stock front tire. It locks up easily. The taller tire has more leverage over the brakes but with a stickier compond and larger footprint you can brake much harder before lock up and stop shorter. It's all good here.:bigthumbsup:
 

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Ok so I am working super hard today, and have done nothing productive for the US Army, but I have done alot of research and found out that the Metz ME880 is what I am gonna go with for my next set of tires. Almost as much life expectancy as the E3 but much stickier. Sized 160/60/18 and 260/40/18 of course........unless I can find a killer deal on a 10'' rim, then 280 it is!
 
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Ok so I am working super hard today, and have done nothing productive for the US Army, but I have done alot of research and found out that the Metz ME880 is what I am gonna go with for my next set of tires. Almost as much life expectancy as the E3 but much stickier. Sized 160/60/18 and 260/40/18 of course........unless I can find a killer deal on a 10'' rim, then 280 it is!
I must admit that the 280/10inch combo looks good, the 260 on the stock wheel will handle better though.
 

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Much more nuetral handling (less countersteering to maintain a line through corners). Much more ground clearance allowing greater lean angles and therefore smaller turn radius at speed. And better straight line stability. And with a stickier tire like the Metz better braking performance and shorter stopping distances. The brakes on the 9 will easily over power the stock front tire. It locks up easily. The taller tire has more leverage over the brakes but with a stickier compond and larger footprint you can brake much harder before lock up and stop shorter. It's all good here.:bigthumbsup:
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Ok so I am working super hard today, and have done nothing productive for the US Army, but I have done alot of research and found out that the Metz ME880 is what I am gonna go with for my next set of tires. Almost as much life expectancy as the E3 but much stickier. Sized 160/60/18 and 260/40/18 of course........unless I can find a killer deal on a 10'' rim, then 280 it is!
Thats the combo I ordered today!!
 

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Much more nuetral handling (less countersteering to maintain a line through corners). Much more ground clearance allowing greater lean angles and therefore smaller turn radius at speed. And better straight line stability. And with a stickier tire like the Metz better braking performance and shorter stopping distances. The brakes on the 9 will easily over power the stock front tire. It locks up easily. The taller tire has more leverage over the brakes but with a stickier compond and larger footprint you can brake much harder before lock up and stop shorter. It's all good here.:bigthumbsup:
Ya, what he said!!!!!!
 

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i ride this with a dunnie 250 8.5" wheel winter&280 10" wheel come warmer weather (soon i hope)rides good on both looks great with both:bigthumbsup:

only issue is when u go over stoney roads,a little noisey because of the clearance,but not an issue.!
 

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I personally like the look of a taller slimmer tire myself. I wish I had the money to go with a 21" wheel but I don't so I will keep running the stock size tire. I don't like the looks of a fatter front tire at all.
It's your bike so I have no problem with you putting one on it. I just won't put it on my bike.
 
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