What rub­ber Q will take me to the V-max?

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

I en­joyed MCN’S re­cent tyre sup­ple­ment, how­ever there was no men­tion of the tyre sizes for a Yamaha V-max. I know they are an un­usual size, but for a bike that could shred a back tyre in one day, tyres are a sig­nif­i­cant out­lay. A lot of the tyres I saw in the sports tour­ing sec­tion had an 18in rim but were only 160mm wide. I was quite keen to try a Met­zeler Road­tec 01 or pos­si­bly Conti Roa­d­at­tack 3. Are tyre man­u­fac­tur­ers go­ing to broaden their sizes for those of us with quirky bikes? Keith Carmichael, Northum­ber­land

A An­swered by Bryn Phillips, Cam­brian Tyres The orig­i­nal equip­ment Bridge­stone BT-028, as well as the Dun­lop Road­s­mart II and Met­zeler ME880 Marathon are avail­able for your bike, and what you have to bear in mind is that Yamaha chose to equip your bike with an un­usual size com­bi­na­tion – the only bike in the world that uses this combo – and that the V-max has rel­a­tively low pro­duc­tion num­bers.

Tyre man­u­fac­tur­ers will only gear up for pro­duc­tion when they ei­ther have an orig­i­nal equip­ment con­tract, as Bridge­stone does on your bike, or when they think they can make money from own­ers wish­ing to try some­thing else.

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