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I've had my Monster for about three months... it's a 2000 that had only 2300 miles when I got it, but the tires have to go.

My 900 stock rear wheel is 5.5 inches with a 170/60 Dunlop... I'd really like to go with a 190/55 instead. I like the badass looks...

I saw some older threads debating 180 vs. 190 on a 5.5 inch wheel... nothing really conclusive. Does a 190 fit well on a 5.5 inch wheel, or does it need a 6 incher?

Also, any recommendations in terms of brands?
 

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i opted for the metzeler me-z4's. HUGE improvement over the stock tires. These are so much better than stock, they actually stick to the road. Once i changed them i was amazed at the difference, it was like night and day.
anyways, just my 2cents
 

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The typical 190 is a 50 series 55s are rare. The clearance between the chain and the tire is really tight some tires hit so you are taking a chance. Also your rear tire will always have a "chicken stripes" because the tire is rolled over more then it is designed for which makes it impossible or nearly so to get that far over. A 190 on a 6 wheel is spread out and the tread is flatter so it is easier to get it down. 180 is probably a better choice. Also somebody makes a 190/55 they don't look as wide and are taller.
 

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Yeah, that's why i was thinking 190/55, not 190/50. Is anyone running a 190 on a 5.5 inch wheel? Is the clearance really tight? I guess the 180 is the smarter choice... but d*mn a 190 would look nice...
 

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I did, there was no problem here. I ran a Pirelli Diablo 190 on a 2001 Monster stock wheel with no conflicts at all.
 

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Ran, as in past tense? Did you notice any difference riding-wise between that and the stock 170?
 

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On the 170's I could lean all the way over to the shoulder and the Michelin has a steep one. Made for some interesting riding. The 190 gave me more tire than lean. Then I went to a 180 and was still OK. Now I am going to a Dunlop 208 170 to see how that works.

With clipons and the rear end raised I do not have to worry about slowing down the turn in with a larger rear. Figure that and the other bike I ride is a 630 sport touring bike and the Monster does just fine with a 190 for me. I may go back, but right now I am trying to find the right combo.

BTW ever since my low side into a guardrail, I don't ride as hard any more so I think the 170 will be fine for now.
 
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My Duc Mech told me that I would need new tires soon. I have 6500 miles. Is this about average guys? He said it is really balding down the center strip, which is due to my quick take-offs. I'm sure the HOT AZ sun doesn't help either!Standard tires on the 03 Monster dark are Pirelli's. Should I go for the same or try something new?
 

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My Exeperience with tires and mileage:

Michelin Pilot Sports: 3200 miles
Pirelli Diablos: 2500 miles
Dunlop D205's: 7000

I ride the Dunlops pretty hard too. They just seemed to keep on going. The Diablos were the best performing, I just cannot live with that kind of mileage.

You need to go to the mtns to wear the edges more to keep up with all your burnouts.
 

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The only thing you will achieve with a 190 is slower turning in and a flt spot in the center of the tire.
Use a 180, it will last longer and possibly even look a little wider than the 190.
My new S4 came with a 180 and suits it just fine.
Just my .05 cents. (inflation)
 

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I have a 180 on back of my 95 M900. Looks plenty wide to me.

Current tires are Avon AV 45/46 ST installed both ends at the same time. They stick good, even in the twisties. Only been in the wet twice, but they felt pretty secure. And they are wearing really well so far.

Mark J
 
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