New Tyres

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I am a reg­u­lar reader of your mag­a­zine be­cause it helps me find an­swers to bike-re­lated ques­tions. I own a Royal En­field Elec­tra (2008 model). I have al­ready re­placed the rear tyre with the one which comes with the Clas­sic, that is, 18” 110/90, and for that to be pos­si­ble I have al­ready made the re­quired changes to the swingarm. Now I wish to change the rear tyre since I have al­ready done about 50,000 km. A tyre dealer sug­gested the CEAT VER­TIGO RAGE 18” 120/80, which is ba­si­cally a tube­less tyre, but with tuff-up tube as I have a spoke rim. I want to know if, as the as­pect ra­tio changes in the afore­men­tioned tyre, it will af­fect han­dling, mileage, chain set­ting and gear-shift of my bike. Please ad­vise me. Adarsh Satyawadi, via e-mail

Al­though it is all right to go up a size when it comes to tyres, we won’t rec­om­mend to you to go in for the men­tioned tyre size be­cause do­ing so will make the tyre buckle which can prove to be bad for the tyre and ul­ti­mately for you. We would rec­om­mend that you go in for the same size or a size up only.

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