Tire Sizing - how many out there stray outside the specs?
Hey all, so since I bought my bike in Jan of this year with 5700 miles on it and about 1/2 the tread gone.. it now has 11,500 and looks like time for it's (my) first tire change..
I noticed the guy that had it before me had put what looks to be a larger tire on the rear when I compare them to what in my service manual..
2005 Victory Vegas 8-Ball
Rear - Dunlop D417 180/55-B18 74V
Actually on the bike:
Rear - Dunlop E3 200/50 R18 76H
**Ignoring front for this discussion since the front tire is to spec***
But for the rear I'm wondering.. I've never witnessed any rubbing or odd feeling/smell that would indicate the tire is hitting the swing arm or rubbing after tire warm up however it is rather close... I realize it's very stupid to ask anyone on this forum to stray from anything that the service manual tells you.. since we obviously realize you make that decision solely at your own risk.. but I'm wondering since I've driven this bike with no issues for 5000ish miles would/could it be safe to say that I can slap another one of these "out of spec" but slightly wider and "cooler" looking tires right back on..? or did I just get lucky and I'm asking for trouble if I cont with this out of spec setup; should I go back to the 180...? The guy did chop the back fender a bit so the rear tire is slightly more visible than the ave Vegas - this is truthfully the only reason I'm asking this.. worried the bike will look odd with a skinny back tire that's more exposed.
looking for advice and what others out there have possibly done in similar situations/scenarios.
2005 Victory Vegas 8 Ball
S&S Air Intake
FMB Chopper Custom Drag Bars - 4" straight rise, 2" pull back
Dead Creek Cycles Solo Swing Arm Bag
Conquest Customs - Ground Pounder Exhaust
Power Commander III USB Fuel Controller
Port Saint Lucie Florida
Been riding for 21 years
Previously Owned Bikes:
Suzuki GS750E (1st Bike)
Honda Aero 750 (2nd)
Triumph Daytona 675 (3rd)