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Rear tire: 170/60 vs stock 160/70

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  1. Rufus2010

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    There are a lot more 170/60 rear tires available than the stock 160/70 size the Octane comes stock with. Has anyone tried a 170/60 rear tire on their Octane vs the stock 160/70? The Octane rear wheel is 4.5 inches wide, so it’s wide enough to properly hold a 170/60 tire carcass.
     
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    Not familiar with the Octane, as long as it doesn't rub anything go for it.
     
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    Has anyone who owns an Octane tried a 170/60 rear tire?
     
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    Not many Octane owners here. I'm not a subscriber of facebook, but have you tried the octane owners group there?
     
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    Thanks for your FaceBook recommendation. I may look into that. In the meantime, this is the Octane specific forum on the VOG. I was and still am hoping to hear only from some Octane owners with first hand experience on this matter.
     
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    Been on here for close to 3yrs. very few Octane owners have posted since I've been here.
    I like the Octane, if I ever kick my Buell habit I intend to try one.
     
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    You have no first hand knowledge about this bike, therefore I have limited respect for your opinion on the rear tire or your opinion of this forum.
     
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    I just picked up an Octane with original tires (5 years old) and replaced them with original sized Avon's... seems better tracking...but low suspension height stops me from more aggressive cornering... scraping foot pegs often. So can't comment yet on better grip etc.
     
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    Yeah, I have abandoned the idea of using a 170/60 rear tire. The 160/70 is a taller tire and therefore gives you more cornering clearance.
     
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    Have you gone the new taller size rear yet. In Australia tire stores are not keen to fit non standard sizes in case an accident or insurance claim is investigated and gets traced back to a variation in tires fitted...I tried my best to get them to fit a taller tire and finally gave up...and went with the Avon's. My current path is to fit taller rear springs and then level up with the front springs/spacers...I am hoping to see the new bits at the end of the month.
     
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    160/70 is the stock size. 170/70 was just an idea because I was thinking of getting a certain model tire that wasn’t available in 160/70, but was in 170/60. 160/70 isn’t talker than stock, it is stock, therefore no problem.
     

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