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I need a new rear tire for the 1500 meanie...200? 190? 180?

what are you running and how does it handle?

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Just put a shinko 190 on a 1600 marauder. The tire handles very well. I don’t know if there are any swing arm differences between the 1500 and 1600. I had to deflate the tire then put it on.
 

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If I recall right, the widest you can go on our Meanie's is a 210 or so and that requires notching the swing arm (see the Rider Forum's for a write up). Otherwise, I think 200 is the biggest for a direct swap. I just run stockers myself.
 

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it aint the size of your tire, its the lugs on your nuts that count ;)
 

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I need a new rear tire for the 1500 meanie...200? 190? 180?

what are you running and how does it handle?

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I got a 200 Avon Cobra. Feel no diff from stock.

As mentioned, the 200 is the widest you can go w/o mod.
 

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I have a 2002 1500 and I was wondering the same thing. Mine has 160, but I would like to go wider....now, would the size of the rim matter?? bc if the rim is gonna press the tire in, then it would make no difference as to 170 to 200, I would think, no?
 

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if the rim is gonna press the tire in, then it would make no difference as to 170 to 200, I would think, no?
Yes, it does make a difference. Not all 30 mm, but closer to 25mm diff. I've measured.
 

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For reasons I'll not go into I'm currently running stock size(170/60). Prior to that I had a Darkside(195/45) which I only ran
for 2200 miles cause I didnt like the way it tracked. Prior to that I had a 200/55 Commander II
on & loved it. Could not tell any difference from stock in handling. I will go back to 190/55 minimum next time I need a rear tire.
 
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