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200/50 ok?

I am coming up on 2k miles, I don't think I'll get more than another 1000 out of these OEM tires. In the past on my ZX-10R I used Pirelli Diablo Rosso II's, which hold up really well mileage wise and are still plenty grippy. Unfortunately that tire isn't made in the H2's stock size of 200/55/17. Closest is 190/55/17 or 200/50/17.
Would the 200/50 be a problem at all?
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I am coming up on 2k miles, I don't think I'll get more than another 1000 out of these OEM tires. In the past on my ZX-10R I used Pirelli Diablo Rosso II's, which hold up really well mileage wise and are still plenty grippy. Unfortunately that tire isn't made in the H2's stock size of 200/55/17. Closest is 190/55/17 or 200/50/17.
Would the 200/50 be a problem at all?
Reportedly the new premium bmw with its 200 55 can experience tc issues with a different size I haven't heard anything about h2
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"200/55/17"...nope...H2 has a factory 200/50.

I'm running a 190/55,have been for two rears now.This'll be my 3rd.She's gripping fine,and cornering like she's on rails.I'm riding TC 1.No issues at all.



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Has anyone tried a 180/60? Visually the 180/60 and 190/55 are extremely close...


Out of curiosity, did you do a GPS check with either to see how the speedo accuracy if affected?
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A 60 is not really a good street tire;for track use sure its a great...not so much on the street.

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With bikes that use wheel speed sensors changing the circumference of either tyre is what will cause a problem with traction control, speedo etc. As long as the front-to-rear circumferences are the same as the OE there shouldn't be a problem. Obviously there's a tolerance, plus or minus, built in for wear. Changing the profiles should only affect the handling.
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"200/55/17"...nope...H2 has a factory 200/50.

I'm running a 190/55,have been for two rears now.This'll be my 3rd.She's gripping fine,and cornering like she's on rails.I'm riding TC 1.No issues at all.
The specs on the site say 200/55, and I just confirmed on my bike.
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I have done 1,000 ks on my metzler M7RR tyres and they perform really well considering the roads here are cold and damp im pretty happy with them
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... but given that it didn't really have a definitive answer in it, I just got back from putting a set of Dunlop Q3 on my bike, and the rear was 200/50-17. I questioned this at the shop but they don't have a 200/55-17 so I took it anyhow.

Answer ... Nope. Traction control on level 2 doesn't like it. Moderate acceleration from a stop - well within actual traction limits - results in TC cutting spark erratically.

For now, I put traction control back to level 1, and it seems OK. But obviously this size is outside what the traction control is calibrated for.

In theory, 190/55-17 is closer in rolling diameter to the stock size and I should have insisted on that instead, in the absence of 200/55-17. I haven't decided whether I will get it changed ... likely depends on whether the shop will do anything for me, and that depends on whether they have a use for a 200/50-17 tire with about 80 km on it.
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