Can One Go One Size Up?

Bike India - - Technomail -

I am a reg­u­lar reader and also a big fan of your mag­a­zine. I love it be­cause it helps me find the an­swers to most of my bik­ere­lated ques­tions. I wanted to know about tyres. I own a Ba­jaj Pul­sar 200NS that has clocked about 17,000 kilo­me­tres. I would like to change the stan­dard Euro­grip rear tyre and wanted to know if I could go up a size. I am plan­ning to fit the Con­ti­nen­tal 140/70 R17 tyre. Will up­grad­ing from a 130/70 R17 to a 140/70 R17 be a good idea? Will it af­fect the pickup and fuel con­sump­tion? I also want to fit a K&N RC 1060 air-fil­ter for bet­ter per­for­mance. I hope you can help me with th­ese ques­tions.

Suresh, by e-mail

Fit­ting the Pul­sar 200NS with a 140/70 R17 will def­i­nitely have some neg­a­tive ef­fect on fuel ef­fi­ciency and pick-up. We would rec­om­mend that you stick to the tyre size that is spec­i­fied by Ba­jaj. If you still want to up­grade to a wider tyre, we would ask you to look for a 140/60 R17 tyre. As for the K&N fil­ter, you can go ahead and fit it. It will help the en­gine breathe bet­ter.

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