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200/50 or 200/55 ?

I need a rear tyre soon ,and phoned the local bike tyre people ,and said i would like a Avon 200/55 instead of the 200/50 that i had put on last time ?
they said they do not list a 200/55 for the zx12r ?
so question is just go with a 190/55 at £50 cheaper (Avon) and do not bother with the 200 ??
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I like my 190/55 tire better then the previous 200/50

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I like my 190/55 tire better then the previous 200/50
Why ? because it was cheaper ? i love info !
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I've used a 190/55, a 200/50, and a 200/55. I stuck with the 200/55 felt best to me. Any 50 profile I think sucks. Get a 55 whichever way you go an you'll be happier.
Way more choices in a 190/55 but I personally found the edge of the tire way to often. I ride mostly mountain rds an found the 200/55 more planted an stable feeling. I'm a way above size person not sure that has anything to do with it.

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I've used a 190/55, a 200/50, and a 200/55. I stuck with the 200/55 felt best to me. Any 50 profile I think sucks. Get a 55 whichever way you go an you'll be happier.
Way more choices in a 190/55 but I personally found the edge of the tire way to often. I ride mostly mountain rds an found the 200/55 more planted an stable feeling. I'm a way above size person not sure that has anything to do with it.
thanks for advice , so what will be the main difference with 50 / 55 profile ,is it that much difference ?
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Basically a 55 is "taller" then the 50. It'll turn in better an be easier to throw the bike side to side. Coming from a 50 the 55 will make the bike feel like it lost a few lbs. Did for me anyway. I've heard most here say they like the 190/55 better me personally I like the way a 200/55 feels. Good luck! Can be a real bitch finding the perfect feeling tire for your own taste but I'd be willing to bet you'll like the feel of a 55 much much better...

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the 200 55 is a huge tall tire. a 190 55 is closer to normal

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Basically a 55 is "taller" then the 50. It'll turn in better an be easier to throw the bike side to side. Coming from a 50 the 55 will make the bike feel like it lost a few lbs. Did for me anyway. I've heard most here say they like the 190/55 better me personally I like the way a 200/55 feels. Good luck! Can be a real bitch finding the perfect feeling tire for your own taste but I'd be willing to bet you'll like the feel of a 55 much much better...
thanks , i think i will put a 190/55 , i asked the tyre lady what speed rating is it ,she said 180 mph but for no longer than 15 minutes !!! i am not sure if the 200/55 does have a higher speed rating ?
the old avon storm 200/50 has a bit left in it ,about 200 so that means less than 2000 miles !! no burn outs either
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Think you'll be good, not sure the 12 can do 180+ for more then 15min. You'd be outta gas well before then...lol

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Don't whatever you do put another 200/50 on it. So far I've had 190/50, 200/50 and currently 200/55 which for me personally seems to have the best of what I want out of a tyre. Nothing would get me back to a 200/50.

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Don't whatever you do put another 200/50 on it. So far I've had 190/50, 200/50 and currently 200/55 which for me personally seems to have the best of what I want out of a tyre. Nothing would get me back to a 200/50.
No i will not put another 200/50 on it , the reason i put it on was i got caught out in Norfolk with a canvassed tyre ,so i had no choice to get the 200/50,that was all the shop had at short notice !!
so i can not get 200/55 so i will go with a 190/55 save a few quid and have a 12 that handles like a 600 . Thanks lads for all the advice .....
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200/55 is what I ride on my silver A1 ( with red wheels lol)

Ive had 3 sets supercorsas which are super sticky and do lots of miles for the street.
The handling is superb. Transforms the 12 into something else! I added a tooth on the rear to keep similar gearing to stock.
The rear hugger is ok if oem- aftermarkets may snag.
You wont get to the edge easily, but when you do you will know why the pegs fold :-)
Good luck with what you choose.
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I use Avon 200/50's but I have 2x5mm washers under the top of the rear shock.
This gives more peg ground clearance, 50/50 weight balance, more rubber on the road in the upright position, and a more constant rate turn in.

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I use Avon 200/50's but I have 2x5mm washers under the top of the rear shock.
This gives more peg ground clearance, 50/50 weight balance, more rubber on the road in the upright position, and a more constant rate turn in.
Now i am really confused ! mind you that does not take much

Today i went to one of my local bike shops and apparently H2 use the same tyres as our 12`s ?? the bike is only 7 kilo`s lighter !! but a pair of bridgestones work out nearly £300 fitted !! so thats a non starter .

I think if i can get a match for my front which is in very good condition ,then i will go for a 190/55 Avon .... or should i just change both at the same time ?
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Why ? because it was cheaper ? i love info !
Haha sorry

Going to the 190/55 opened up the selection to chose from more, cheaper and really made a difference with handling. I will never go back to the 200/50 tire size personally

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