Metzeler Motorcycle Tires - Your Metzeler Tire Warehouse

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Determining which motorcycle tires to use on your vehicle is one of the most important parts of the process of selecting and modifying your vehicle. Putting the correct size and type of motorcycle tires on your vehicle will improve its overall gas mileage, performance, top speed, handling and more, and will extend the overall life of the vehicle and the tires as well. Picking out which tires are best for your bike can be difficult though, as there are three different types of sizing systems; Alphanumeric, Inch, and Metric systems. Read on for a brief overview of all three of these systems.

Tire Sizes Inch System: The inch system for classifying tires is relatively straightforward. It is either set up as a set of numbers followed by a dash and then another set of numbers, or as #/%/@, where the first # is the size of the tires in inches, the % is a letter classifying the series of tire, and @ is the size of the rims for those tires. The different series of tires are typically either S, which refers to tires that are rated to go up to 112 miles per hour, H, which refers to tires that are rated to go up to 130 miles per hour, or V, which refers to tires that are rated to go up to speeds of 150 miles per hour, or sometimes higher in certain cases.

Tire Sizes Metric System The metric system also makes use of ther S, H and V symbols in order to classify the series of tire and the top speed that is available. Otherwise, it's very much like the inch system, except that the measurements for the tires are given in centimeters instead of inches. In order to convert from a centimeter reading to an inch reading, divide the centimeter value by 2.54. Metric system readings for different tire sizes are usually found in Europe and other parts of the world where they use the metric system, such as Asia and Canada.

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Tire Brands:
A few of the tire brands we carry: Metzeler, Michelin, Dunlop, Pirelli, Shinko, Avon, Bridgestone, Continental, Shinko, Continental, Kenda, Maxxis, IRC, and Shinko.

Tires Size Cross Reference Chart:
Tire Sizes