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OK........ so here's where I show my rookie hand when it comes to modifying bikes. what's the concensus when it comes to changing tire sizes on a bike? More specifically, going to a skinnier front tire. This would be on my v2k.
 

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I'm running a ME880 130/60 on the front

FYI, I went with a 60 ratio, cause those are 18 inch wheels.

Since the wheel is bigger, I lowered the tire profile. Came out almost exact same over all diameter.

However, the WIDTH of the wheel is the same as the 16 inch stockers.

 

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rocnrol, a 130 is 20mm narrower than a 150.

Tire sizes break down like this: 150/80-16
150= width in mm
80= aspect ratio(side wall) 80% of width or in this case 120mm tall
16= rim diameter in inches

So by going to a 130/90-16, you would be going 20mm narrower and 3mm shorter sidewall (6mm total tire height).
 

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Thanks for the info guys. It sounds like it shouldn't impact the handling very much. I'll move forward with a different tire, and then the mounting of the new fender
 
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