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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-22-2013, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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Please help me select the right size tire

Tire sizing is like a foreign language to me.

The manual for my '09 Vulcan 1700 classic LT lists my rear tire size as 170/70B16 M/C 75H.

I want to put a Metzler 880 on it but I cannot find an exact match. Can someone who knows about tires look at the linked site and tell me which size will work best for me? Thanks. Heres the link http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...Rear-Tire.aspx
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170/70B16 M/C 75H.

Width of the tire is 170mm.

The aspect ratio of the tire is 70%. The tire's sidewall height from the edge of the wheel to the tire's tread is 70% of the width.

B Bias Belt

The tire is designed to be mounted on an 16" wheel diameter.

75: This number is the load index. 75 equals 853 LB

H: This letter is the speed rating of the tire. H equals 130 MPH

I would go with the 180/70HR-16 It's 10mm wider (.39 in) Radial instead of Bias Belt and same speed rating.
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Thank you for the great explanation and suggestion.

This is a great site.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-30-2013, 10:37 PM
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I have a similar problem for my 2004 nomad the metzeler tire on it is 150/80 B 16 m/c 71h will a 150/80 HB 16 work?


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