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Old 07-20-2010, 01:20 AM   #21
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Different brands of tires have different shapes, and compounds. A 180/55 is not the same profile across the brands. Some are rounder than others. They "feel" different, although not everyone can tell.

I prefer the feel of the Pilot Power "shape", but haven't tried the Stones yet. I like the Roadsmarts as well. The Metzler I don't care for at all. The new Pirelli are supposed to be quite good.

The newer sport touring tires will give you all the grip you'll need on the street, unless you are really pushing it 110% (and I mean in the top 98% of those who "kill" the streets, and you know who YOU are).

The 190/55 drops in easier compared to a 190/50 because it is not only taller but more of a triangle shape. You can get a similar feel by dropping the front 10mm or raising the rear of the bike.
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Old 07-20-2010, 01:33 AM   #22
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I run bt016 on my Busa and love them, ran them since day one, had a dent number of sets, I've had close to 8k out of a rear and close to 10k out of front before... IDE have to geT my records pullednat Motorcycles Unlimited to know exact but if u take care of them with proper pressures all time u will love them!! They are plenty sticky for whatever you do, and r good in rain also.
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Old 07-20-2010, 01:57 AM   #23
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Old 07-20-2010, 06:08 AM   #24
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I bought my 016's last year and have been commuting to work and back on them. Got caught in the rain twice. Not just sprinkles full on downpour..... I have a little over 7k on them and still probably have another 1k before I get to the wear bar. They feel great turning in, never slipped on me, felt solid in the rain, and have lasted a of alot longer than had expected. Cant beat all that for 130 bucks for a rear tire. Try it, I think you'll be surprised. If you hate it sell it......I need a new tire pretty soon anyways!!!

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Old 07-20-2010, 10:21 AM   #25
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I run the 016s on one of my bikes and have numerous bikes with different tires Pirelli, Michelin, Dunlop, Bridgestone, etc) on each of them.

The best as of late seems to be the Pilot Pures, and will likely be the tires I install on my personal bike next.
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Old 07-20-2010, 10:33 AM   #26
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So mileage wise what do you get out of a good commuter tire? My 2ct didn't seem to last that long, I used to go through tires 2,500to 3k miles, then I got a set of straight up street compound wow did they last....
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So mileage wise what do you get out of a good commuter tire? My 2ct didn't seem to last that long, I used to go through tires 2,500to 3k miles, then I got a set of straight up street compound wow did they last....

well like i said i will prob get close to 10k out of my rear maybe more . which i consider pretty good. 1 track day, one drag strip day, and a whole lot of street /conroe back roads and i dont take off of lights very slowly either.

so the 021 was and is still great to me
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