Slicks for 17 x 4.50 rims

Discussion in 'Motorbike Technical Discussion' started by Bummers, May 31, 2005.

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    I've recently started racing a VFR400 in a class which allows the use
    of slick tyres.
    I swapped the standard 18x4.5" back wheel for a RVF's 17x4.5" thinking
    there would be a better choice of tyres.
    So far I've only used a Bridgestone 165/630R17 YCY (Med) on the rear
    but noticed that I wasn't using all the tyre. Then I found that this
    tyre was the recommended tyre for a 250GP bike with a 5.00" rim (or
    ideally 5.50), according to
    It seems Bridgestone don't make a slick for a 4.5" rim. (In fact they
    do make one for the 18x4.5" rim but only in a soft compound.)
    I've been looking for a tyre selection table for Michelin or Dunlop
    slicks so I can find something better suited to the 17 x 4.5 rim.

    Can anyone give me any advice or a url?

    Bummers, May 31, 2005
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