V-ROD tire width, can you put a 280 on stock wheel?

If you're active on social media, you've probably seen this question thousands of times: "Can I install a 280 on my original rim? or "What's the widest tire I can put on the original rear wheel?" The goal, I guess, is to have the widest possible tire at the lowest price. (Knowing a complete kit of wide tires can cost between $4,000 and $6,000.)

Keep in mind, further you deviate from stock the more you're contorting the tire to fit on a rim that is too narrow for what it was designed to be put on. You don't end up with a wider tire, you end up with a taller one with a pinched crown because the sides had to be pushed in to make it fit.

So, what's the best move? Here are some measures to help you make the right choice.
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Oem V-Rod muscle wheel with 260mm tire: (9.85")
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Oem V-Rod NRS wheel with 280mm tire: (9.93")
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Aftermarket wheel 18 x 10" with 280mm tire: (11")
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The width of the tire may vary slightly from manufacturer to manufacturer. In conclusion, you can mount a 280 mm tire on an original wheel but for price and safety, this is not the best deal. The 280 mm (on original wheel) will only give about 1/16" wider than a 260 mm. You can also compare a "real 280mm wheel" vs the 280mm on oem wheel: the difference is more than 1".

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  • I have 2016 V Rod muscle with 240/35/18. What’s the widest size I can push on the stock rims? 280? 300?

  • So today I had a metzler 280/35/18 tire installed on my 2008 night rod special and it fit .. road about 300km ,slow, fast,twisty ,hwy , bike handles fine, looks pretty good as well . So to answer the question…. Yes you can install a 280 on a stock night rod special with the stock wheel.. its TIGHT ,only 3/16 gap between the tire and the belt..

    Wayne Boutilier
  • No one has answered the question, So I did some measuring and it looks like a 280 will fit .. I ordered the tire yesterday, I will let you know if it fit or not as soon as I know ….

    Wayne Boutilier
  • Hey , I have a 2008 Night Rod Special, I been doing some customization to it like ape hangers , changed out the signals so far and now I’m waiting to put new tires on it , I’m having difficulty finding out if a 280 mm metzler would fit on the rear , Can anyone confirm if this tire will fit or not ?? It’s the stock wheel and it comes factory with a 240mm rear ..

    Wayne Boutilier
  • Good day. I have a 05 vrsca I want to put a larger tire on rear. What is the biggest tire that will fit on rear rim. Or do I need to upgrade swing arm etc. currently has stock 180.
    180 / 55 R18


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