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Has anyone tried a 120/70 on the front of a 696. I was told that the change in aspect ratio was okay for the rim. Is this correct? Has anyone tried it? Also I seem to have really tore through my first front tire. I am at 4000k on the bike and have already wore out the lateral aspect of the tread and I am not that aggressive of a rider.
 

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Get sport touring tires, they'll give you plenty of grip and last alot longer. The 70 will be fine as long as it doesn't rub the fender.
 

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Even if it does clear the fender, you have to remember that the change from a 60 series to a 70 series will change the geometry of the suspension, you may have to raise the rear to get proper turn in.
 

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Agree to above....
will also add that i liked the handling better with the 170 vs the 160
a side benefit is some additional protection against denting your wheel by having more rubber in between

i also run sport touring tires.
Avon Storm on my SS (really like these)
Diablo Strada on the Monster
Dunlop Roadsmarts have been getting really good reviews too

jeff h
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I figured you'd let us know. If it doesn't, just ovalize the fender mounting holes a little.
 

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I have a 120/70 on the front of my bike '02 620, clears the fender fine, looks good, have no idea how any handling changed, I bought the bike with that tire on it, but I am due for a new front, debating staying same, and going to stock size as well.
 

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The difference in geometry is negligable, I wouldn't give it much thought.
 

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Has anyone tried a 120/70 on the front of a 696. I am at 4000k on the bike and have already wore out the lateral aspect of the tread and I am not that aggressive of a rider.
If you go to a 70 series tire, the shape of the tire will make you feel as if the bike 'was going to fall'; this from personal experience so I saved a bit and got a new 120/60/17.

Now, what tire preasure were you running on that front tire? I went 8000Kms[5Kmiles] on the OEM tires, but, has to replace due to a "rear brake lock up" that took a lot of rubber of it; now I'm using Dunlop Touring D220 and have 5000Kms[3k miles] and wear is/was as even as it could be, I weight 195lbs no gear and run 33/35psi, usually I ride heavy since bike was used on daily home/work commute.
 

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D220 is a nice tire, but the core and shape of a tire will determine how it feels during turn in - the 60 vs 70 won't effect it at all.
 

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D220 is a nice tire, but the core and shape of a tire will determine how it feels during turn in - the 60 vs 70 won't effect it at all.
So why with these tires, Sport Touring, I feel more of everything than with the OEM Pirelli Diablos that are rated to be Sportbike Tires?
 

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Different tire, different everything. The sport bike tag is primarily for softer compound.
 

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Also I seem to have really tore through my first front tire. I am at 4000k on the bike and have already wore out the lateral aspect of the tread and I am not that aggressive of a rider.
If you haven't bought one yet...try Michelin Pilot Power 2CT. You won't be sorry. But be sure to install Pilots on both wheels.
 

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If you haven't bought one yet...try Michelin Pilot Power 2CT. You won't be sorry. But be sure to install Pilots on both wheels.
That's probably what I was planning to do. My bike came with Bridgestone Battlax BT-16 which are a dual compound, but I have heard good things about the Pilot Power 2CT. Unfortunately I have to burn through another front as my rear tire has plenty of tread left. I am just sort of shocked that I went through the front twice as quickly as the rear.
 
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