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Motorcycle Tire Speed Rating

Just like load capacities, buying a tire with a larger speed rating than specified by your manufacturer isn't going to do any damage. It might sacrifice a bit of ride comfort, but that's a small sacrifice to make. Of course, buying a tire with a smaller speed capacity is potentially dangerous.

Even if you never plan on going fast, you should stick to the manufacturer's recommendation. That's because speed ratings are indirectly related to cornering grip and braking distance - things that should matter to every rider. Getting the right speed designation is one way of ensuring that your tires' performance is well suited to the bike.

And remember - motorcycle tire speed ratings are calculated at appropriate inflation pressures and loads. So if you're running overloaded or under-inflated, don't assume that the tires will hold up to their speed limit.

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Speed Rating Code Physical Meaning
F Up to 50 mph (80 km/h)
J Up to 62 mph (100 km/h)
K Up to 68 mph (109 km/h)
L Up to 75 mph (121 km/h)
M Up to 81 mph (130 km/h)
N Up to 87 mph (140 km/h)
P Up to 93 mph (150 km/h)
Q Up to 99 mph (159 km/h)
R Up to 106 mph (170 km/h)
S Up to 112 mph (180 km/h)
T Up to 118 mph (190 km/h)
U Up to 124 mph (200 km/h)
H Up to 130 mph (210 km/h)
V Up to 149 mph (240 km/h)
Z 149+ mph (240+ km/h)
W Up to 168 mph (270 km/h)
(W) 168+ mph (270+ km/h)
Y Up to 186 mph (299 km/h)
Scooter Up to 62 mph (100 km/h)
Flotation Type Up to 50 mph (80km/h)

 

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