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I am a big fan of Bike In­dia and, as a mat­ter of fact, this is my first let­ter to the mag­a­zine. I am very grate­ful to you, for you guys have taught me so much about mo­tor­cy­cles. I am fas­ci­nated by your sto­ries and love the fact that you go be­yond just the de­sign and fea­tures. Your way of ex­plain­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle is sim­ply the best.

I have a ques­tion re­gard­ing my Ba­jaj Pul­sar 220 F (2018 model). I want to upgrade the rear tyre to a wider 160 sec­tion one. I wanted to know if you think it would be a good idea to go for a wider tyre as com­pared to the stan­dard size. I want my bike to sport a cool-look­ing rear end, so please ad­vise me.

Prashant Gupte, Pune

All of us at Bike In­dia would like to thank you for all your kind words and your sup­port. As for your ques­tion, it is pos­si­ble to fit a wider tyre; how­ever, there are a few fac­tors that come into play, such as the swing-arm and chain clear­ance. We would not rec­om­mend the swap as it will void the war­ranty of the bike and the in­sur­ance will also not be valid, be­cause fit­ting a wider tyre is a ma­jor change. We would sug­gest that you stay with the stan­dard tyre. A wider tyre will ham­per the bike’s ride qual­ity, fuel ef­fi­ciency, and ac­cel­er­a­tion on ac­count of the ad­di­tional drag.

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