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MH900e Tire Sizes
« on: December 26, 2012, 01:40:09 PM »
I thought I'd start this section off with a quick note on tires for the MH900e.  The OE sizes for the bike are 170/60-17 rear and 120/65-17 front.  If you prefer long wearing rubber it's fairly easy to find tires in the OE sizes.  However, if you ride your bike the least bit "hard" you might want to get rubber a bit stickier than is available in these sizes. 

I mounted several sets of tires to my bike during its stay in the garage, and I never had the least difficulty with 180/55-17 rear and 120/70-17 front.  This small change makes all the difference if you want sticky rubber.  I mounted Pilot Power (single compound) and Power Pure (dual compound) units to the bike to excellent results.  The Pilot Power set lasted a bit longer, and I don't believe the MHe's suspension was fully up to exploiting the extra grip from the Pures.

Take this for what it's worth....

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Re: MH900e Tire Sizes
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2013, 11:30:23 AM »
I found the original tires on mine were hard and glassy new from the factory.  A near washout on a dry roundabout made me change tires even though they only had 3,000 miles on them. 

Couldn't believe the difference in handling when I went to new tires (Michelin Pilot Power 2CT. 120/70F - 170/60R).  Other owners in the UK had the same experience.  The small change in front size is not felt (original is actually 120/65). 

Just found out the rear 2CT is no longer available in 170/60.  Good to hear there's no problem with 180/55.

Think of all the low-mile MHe's out there with 11 year old rubber on them! 
« Last Edit: June 26, 2013, 12:02:15 PM by Bob H »


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Re: MH900e Tire Sizes
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2014, 02:26:44 AM »
I have also similar case. Bought a motorcycle with very low miles which was standing indoors. Original Michelin tires which came from the factory look like new. But when trying to get out for a daily ride felt they are extremely hard like brick, sliding on every careless twist of wrist. Went to dealers to check what they have in stock. They said even tire label indicators show that they are 14 years old - should be careful in twisting. Although OEM sizings don't offer too much range in sport tires. Dunlop only has RoadSmart II and Qualifier II in stock for 170/60 and 120/70 sizes. Which supposed to be touring rather than sports range.