Replacing old rear tire with wider one.

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Replacing old rear tire with wider one.

Post by rummer70 » Tue Feb 07, 2012 8:47 pm

I have a 1980 Goldwing that the rear tire needs to be replaced. Looking at it it just doesn't seem wide enough. I was wondering if there was a wider tire I could put on it without changing original rim? Thanks.

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Re: Replacing old rear tire with wider one.

Post by cbx4evr » Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:02 pm

Stick to the OEM recommended size and you won't have any problems with rubbing or fitment.
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Re: Replacing old rear tire with wider one.

Post by RoadRogue » Wed Feb 08, 2012 12:29 am

Stock size tire is a 130/90-17, the widest tire that will fit in the swingarm is a 140/90-16. thats only 3/8 wider than you have now. Is it worth buying a new wheel just so you can add 3/8 of an inch in width to the rear tire? I think not.Check your clearence between your tire and the swingarm now.See ? not much room.

Wider isnt better, wider just adds more wieght,more expense, makes the handling more difficult. Wider is just trendy.
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