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    rear darkside tire

    I have a 2013 f6b and the previous owner had a 195/55r16 tire on the rear, I came from a 2000 Valkyrie Interstate with a dark side tire, so when I needed a new rear tire I stayed dark side and the same size tire.
    My question is would a 195/60 or 65 tire work on the rear, the bike sits low and even lower with my fat butt sitting on it. Also would that affect the speedometer ? I know the Valkyrie keeps speed from the front wheel, is the f6b the same?
    Thanks in advance for any replies
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    Play with this online calculator. It will compare current and new tire sizes

    https://tire-calc.com/#

    I did an example of what I'm currently running for Darkside, comparing it to a tire size you are inquiring about:



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    Very cool calculator!

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    That site doesn't show my tire width! I can't believe I never noticed this before. Car/truck tires all have widths ending in 5, while motorcycle tire widths all end in 0.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F6Dave View Post
    That site doesn't show my tire width! I can't believe I never noticed this before. Car/truck tires all have widths ending in 5, while motorcycle tire widths all end in 0.
    This is true. It seems to be predominantly a car/truck tire calculator, but you can still plug in numbers for the Darksides that we use.


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    so you run a 195/65 tire? is that closer to the original tire ? and would a 205 fit on our bikes without rubbing anything ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Rick View Post
    so you run a 195/65 tire? is that closer to the original tire ? and would a 205 fit on our bikes without rubbing anything ?
    Yes, I run a 195/55R16, I just inputted one of your questioned tire sizes in my screenshot comparing it to what I currently have.

    I don't think you are going to be able to fit a 205 up in the wheel well. It's going to be too wide. Below is a picture of my wheel well with a 195/55R16



    Go to the link below and look at Bob109's post #2 in it.

    http://hondaf6b.com/showthread.php?6...the-Darksiders
    Last edited by willtill; 10-11-2020 at 02:49 PM.


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    There's a sticky on the Garage Board that links to a tire calculator that I believe you can input any tire size no matter what the last number is(5 or 0)

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