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Old 09-17-2010, 12:13 PM   #21
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The turn in on the 180 is much better, but it is just too narrow for my 6 inch rim. I can get to the edge of the tire way too easy, where the 190/55 makes me work harder to remove those chicken strips.

The front BT016 turns pretty colors of blue after some hard use on the Dragon..
I used to run a 180/55. I don't like the 190/50, but tried a 190/55 and liked the feel of it best.

LOL I noticed the blue on at least one set and wondered what had happened to my tire!
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Old 09-17-2010, 01:33 PM   #22
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The turn in on the 180 is much better, but it is just too narrow for my 6 inch rim. I can get to the edge of the tire way too easy, where the 190/55 makes me work harder to remove those chicken strips.
i always thought it was the opposite. The narrower the tire, the harder it is to use the edge and the wider it is, the easier it is to remove chicken strips..
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I have the pilot power races on mine, and they seem so far to be a pretty good tire.

But then again I am not the best evaluator of tires LOL
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i always thought it was the opposite. The narrower the tire, the harder it is to use the edge and the wider it is, the easier it is to remove chicken strips..
It is more related to the tires profile. Short, wide you get to the edge easier, tall/narrower it's harder.

In my case, I have a 6 inch rim that is designed for a 200 tire. Running the 180 stretches it out and makes it a flatter shape.
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Further review of the BT016's:

Seem to be wearing well, past 3500 miles on the set.

Still on the fence about the feel. They have yet to do anything wrong.. but are a bit "wooden" in feel.

Have noticed that they are a bit sensative to pressures.. much over 33-34 cold and they get hard when they warm up, but much lower and I feel the front start squirming.. again, my bike weighs close to 500# and I am another 250 so we work the rubber a bit.

Next up, Dunlop Qualifier Q2.
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Don't have a ton of experience with tires, so take this with a grain of salt...

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Dunlop Qualifiers - They were the stock tire on the bike when new. Front tire scalloped/cupped after about 800-1000 miles. For some reason I found it very hard to regulate tire pressure in these tires.
Michelin Pilot Road - Great tires so far. Went through one rear tire in a season and that was with a track day. The front still has plenty of wear/grip. Have moved the front tire to the Buell and trashed the rear after 6000 miles.
Michelin Pilot Power Pure - Loving them so far. Rear isn't flattening out too much yet. Front has given me a lot more confidence over the Pilot Road. Probably have 2000 miles into them now and more than half tread life left.

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Michelin Pilot Road - Seems to be a great tire for the bike. I cruise for the most part on the Buell. Look for durability and grip when necessary but don't need it all the time. Rear has about 300 miles on it and wearing lightly. Front is from the Yamaha and still looks in great shape.
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Next set up on 02 ZX12R:

Dunlop Q2, 120/70 and 190/55

Initial impressions after 100 miles are favorable

Took them to 1/4 strips already, very stable.
Carcass feels softer than the Stones even tho they are supposed to be stiffer.. different belt technology perhaps?

Front noticeably "heavier" at low speeds compared to BT-016, must be a different profile. Same air pressures, so I will try uping a pound or two.

I'll know more in a couple days after some more miles.
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Done several TD's on them and love em...

On two conditions...

you HAVE to let them get up to temp, or it gets scary.

AND Make sure your Tire pressure is proper!
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Done several TD's on them and love em...

On two conditions...

you HAVE to let them get up to temp, or it gets scary.

AND Make sure your Tire pressure is proper!
yup, 'stones are definately sensitive to pressure
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Im warming up to my Q2's. I have a put 200+ on them the past few days. The rear is no longer spinning due to the short arm. The front will carry through the top of 4th with 0 wheel spin at 38 psi. Not a ton of feed back from the front. Confidence in them is building.
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I have a new BT016 190/55 on the way, so a review will be forth coming.....
Bridgestone BT016 Currently one of my favorites, great wear for an SS tire, excellent traction and feedback, good traction even as it wears.


I second this. I will be purchasing a second set... If I dont try the Q2's
the BT0016's offered Much improvement over my stock tires. Great for commuting, even wear. Much more confident on turn entry at higher speeds, once warm the sides are nice and sticky.
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Currently rolling on Pilot road 2ct's with a 190 rear, they are 60% gone with 7,500K miles. the contour gives me a little "dive" into a turn which helps overcome the fight of the 190's resistance to cornering.
I'd like to hear more about the new Pilot road 3's out now, getting ready to swap out the rubbers for this season and I'm highly considering these.
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I'll either go back to Roadsmarts or try the new Continentals on my touring wheels.. really liked the Dunlops tho
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I run BT 016's on my 1098 and love them, as far as tire wear on the front is aprox 5k miles and the rear aprox 2600 miles, which is a lot better than the stock pirellis that only lasted me 1800 miles.

On the S1000RR i am trying the new Pirelli Rosso Corsas, so far they seem to be excellent tires but i am at 1400 miles and the rear tires is showing a lot of wear already. I got the Pirellis pretty cheap so i think i will stick with them for a while now, i believe it was only 20-30 bucks more than the BT 016s.
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250 mile update on the Dunlop Q2..

definately a "happier" tire than the Stones.. much more feedback as to whats going on down there

Upping the front a couple PSI got rid of the heavy low speed feel

Follow road irregularities more than the Stones did

Hit multiple tar snakes at a good lean with no apparent slips... (at 95+ air temps)

Very quick to warm up...
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Pilot Road 3's

we got them in our parts dept a month or two ago. the tread looks crazy, has lots of small lines/cuts across it. the TR rep said it is designed to move more water, and also it creates lots of edges that are supposed to "bite" the road better.

no one has bought them yet, so i have no feedback. but if you like the PR2's the 3's are probably worth a try.
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i'm on my 2nd set of BT016's on the street bike. no complains from me. might try some BT003's (for street use, i've raced on a rear for the mini), or i might try the dunlop's or pirelli's, just for fun.
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Pilot Road 3's

we got them in our parts dept a month or two ago. the tread looks crazy, has lots of small lines/cuts across it. the TR rep said it is designed to move more water, and also it creates lots of edges that are supposed to "bite" the road better.

no one has bought them yet, so i have no feedback. but if you like the PR2's the 3's are probably worth a try.
I'm currently on my second set of PR2's, and I've been reading up on these. I think I'll give them a try as soon as I have money for new tires. I'm only about six months in the game, so probably not as spirited a rider as some of you guys, but I just kno the PR2's keep me pretty confident as long as I let them warm up. I'll probably love the PR3's, as long as they aren't worse than their predecessors
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1000 mile update on Dunlop Q2's

I really like these tires, best so far "for me"

They need next to zero warm up time

Excellent grip, seem to work fine on wet roads as well

After spirited runs on the Dragon they didn't ball up like the BT-016 did.. which seems odd since they feel softer?

No appreciable wear patterns yet.. I'll post up a final review when they are done in.
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i'm on my 2nd set of BT016's on the street bike. no complains from me. might try some BT003's (for street use, i've raced on a rear for the mini), or i might try the dunlop's or pirelli's, just for fun.
I'm on my 3rd set of Bt016's.........mostly street but they have done a couple of TD's. I've been getting ~5400 miles out of the rear and ~7000 miles out of the front's. No complaints at all.
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