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I have the v star 1100 and it has a stock rear tire of 170/80 15. The metzeler web site lists that it will take a 200/90 15 with the stock rim.

What are the benefits or downfalls of doing this?
 

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Looks great

It will change gear ratio some and speedometer some. Not sure how much. Bigger tire travels farther on each turn. But, I think it is mostly for looks. Wide tire looks cool.

Dave
 

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The thing you have to becareful of it the clearance between the tire and drive shaft. I was told that the largest tire I could go on my 1100 was a 180. Never tried a larger tire.
 

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You can run up to a 200 tire on the stock wheel. Same holds true for both the 650 and 100; can't say for sure on other models! I just put a 200 on my 650 and I can't tell any difference in performance or speedometer change. My dealer told me the differences would be so small that they really can't be detected.

And yes, the look is very nice!
 

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Bigger is Better

I changed My rims and tire I was able to get 200 to fit without changing the fender or putting a wide tire kit in. I think besides looking great I have better traction and no i havnt realy noticed the speed chang. Go Big it Just is BETTER
 

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If you use a 200 width to not see a speed difference you should be using between a 50 and 55 aspect ratio. Otherwise the circumference will be larger and you will be traveling faster at a given indicated speed.
 

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my bike still rides the same i did the front and rear together it got rid of almost all the road tracking. the tire shine on the front tire looks the same but the rear is a little more because the tire is wider so i am leaning about the same as far as stiff ride it still has the same ride as before. I live in oklahoma and you will know if the tire rides stiff because the roads here suck
 

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I was told a 200 wouldn't fit under my stock 1100 classic rear fender without modifying the subframe. So are you guys definitely telling me a 200 will fit? If so my new rear is about to get thrown for a 200!
 

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Some simple math tells you the 200mm wide tire will be between 1/2" and 5/8" wider on both sides of your stock 170. Stick something about that thick to the edge of your tire's profile and spin your wheel to see if it hits anything. If not then sit on the bike and roll yourself down the driveway and observe if it hits anything.
 

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My ride has custom wheels on it, so can't compare to stock, but the tire on the rear is a 180 55/ZR18. And i'll tell ya, i can not get my finger inbetween the tire and the metal fender support. It's that close. I'm not so sure a 200 would be a wise choice for clearance. You must allow room for flex. I have no rubbing issues at all, but no way would I squeeze a 200 on mine.
 

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my bike still rides the same i did the front and rear together it got rid of almost all the road tracking. the tire shine on the front tire looks the same but the rear is a little more because the tire is wider so i am leaning about the same as far as stiff ride it still has the same ride as before. I live in oklahoma and you will know if the tire rides stiff because the roads here suck
I have to agree Oklahoma sucks at keeping their roads up unless it is a toal road, whats sad is their are alot of great rides in Oklahoma
 

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Strato, I wish I could but i work away from home so wont be able to do that for a while. But if it does fit I could just order one online so it's ready when I get home hahaha
 
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