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Tire size?

Hi guys. It looks like it's about time to replace my tires. My gut says to go with something in the factory sizes, but I'm considering going slightly wider in the rear (like 170 instead of 160) in an effort to soften up the ride a bit. Since it's only a 10mm difference, I assume the rim could handle it, but I really don't know. I usually go with the manufacturer's specs on these things, but I am tempted. Has anyone done this?

On another, related, note--what are everyone's thoughts about replacing only the rear? I've heard you should always replace both, but it seems like a shame when the front still has life left in it.

Thoughts? Thanks!

P.S. Sorry if this has been discussed before. I tried searching and didn't turn up much.
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As for the sizing I'm not sure how much you would notice a 10mm difference in width, equating to a 1mm difference in height.

If you decide to only replace the rear I would absolutely go back with the stock tire. I feel 2 rears to 1 front is generally acceptable.

For me when it was time to replace the rear I had been unhappy with the tire for a few thousand miles so I went Pirelli Angel GTs front and back, which I've been very happy with. As with anything though your smiles may vary. If you've been happy with the stock tires though I would recommend just sticking a new stock rear on and saving the $.
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2 rear to 1 front is ok. I even mixed a radial Dunlop rear to the stock exedra bias front with No problem. Then went Dunlop front, but can't get radial front for the Nomad. Dunlops are superior ride, handling and performance, really stick to the road full lean & braking, But I could only get 8k rear and 12k miles front. Tired (pun intended) of changing tires riding 8k per year, I've gone to Michelin Command er 2s. Hard rubber slips on wet lane changes at 70 & lays rubber on quick starts, but 9k on the rear & still looks good. I've thought about larger rear, but sizes for my Nomad were limited, but I might try next set, asking my Kaw dealer. Still may go back to Dunlop. 4 bikes over 40 years of riding on Dunlop, except for the Exedras & these Michelins. Hmmm, best ride ( Dunlop) or longest lasting ( Michelin)???

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Sticky the better. At least in Florida. I burn thru car tires every 15k. We use summer tires. I went from neros to Goodyear and what a mistake. My 2016' 5.0 can hit the off ramp posted at 20mph at 50mph as it digs in
on the neros with the performance package I paid for. The Goodyear slide right under me with a slight kick of the pedal. 2000 bucks for the perf package using Goodyear was a mistake.its useless on those tires. Nero cost double but handling great. Bottom line. Oem is not always bad. I like the stock tires on my bike. Handles my fatass well in corners. I don't ride in wet so can't offer opinion
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I'm guessing in SoCal you're going to have a similar climate to me. Between 5 and 45 degree C.
I only got 11,000km on the stock rear and currently up to 28,500km (17,500 tyre life) and counting on my Road Pilot 4's. Having said that it's on the markers but even in the torrential rain we've had, it still grips.

I found an increase in grip in both wet and dry compared to stock and they lasted way longer for just a 10% increase in price. It's a no brainer for me. I've already put one on the front after 23,000km and will put another one on the back again soon.
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not sure how good these tires are, but it's ~$210 for the front & back Vulcan s tires.

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As for the sizing I'm not sure how much you would notice a 10mm difference in width, equating to a 1mm difference in height.

If you decide to only replace the rear I would absolutely go back with the stock tire. I feel 2 rears to 1 front is generally acceptable.

For me when it was time to replace the rear I had been unhappy with the tire for a few thousand miles so I went Pirelli Angel GTs front and back, which I've been very happy with. As with anything though your smiles may vary. If you've been happy with the stock tires though I would recommend just sticking a new stock rear on and saving the $.
I am looking to get the Angel GTs, any feedback? Are they any good with cornering and the wet?

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stay with kawasaki stock tire sizes for your bike model, you can change brands but don't change sizes
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@B3Hulk Yes and yes. I've been very happy with the Angel GTs. They stick like glue in the corners, even surprisingly well when a bit of gravel or sand sneak up on you.

In the wet it's a night and day difference compared to the stock Dunlops, which inspired zero confidence. The painted lines and tarmac snakes are still a bit slippery but if you find a tire without that problem please let me know. One day I may tryout the Pilot series from Michelin, as I've heard great things about their wet grip.
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