Originally Posted by fixxr
Your stock rim is only 3" wide,some guy's run a 160 on it but your pulling the sidewall in on it to the point of handling trouble
nope! 160/80-16 Metzeler works great in the rear. 110/80-19 in the front... it's all good. Oh I just went from 150 metzeler to 160. 160 metzeler is highly recommended. Now heres the kicker.... the 160 metzeler is the same width as my 150 dunlop 401 that came stock on my bike. I just measured the two of em and set them back to back. Interesting how that works. Anyways, maybe the Avon is actually wider than a 150 dunlop, but, installing a 160 metzeler will give you no more visual width than the dunlop. It does have a taller sidewall though. I do not think dunlop has a 160/80-16 but I could be wrong.
Here's whats going on....The dunlop has a larger lip to it than the metzeler, the metzeler tread patten extends all the way to the sidewall(within a few mm anyway), where as the tread of the dunlop does not. So the 150 dunlop has a 150 tread with extra lip width that has no tread pattern, and the 160 metzeler is the same total width but has 160 tread pattern. Maybe on their websites the overall width may actually be measured as one being larger than the other,yet, you can not see it visually or by measuring with a tape measure. Oh and the sidewall of the dunlop looks to angle into the rim a lot more than my metzeler as well.
I have plenty of clearance on both sides of my fender bolts.