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Old 09-05-2012, 04:53 PM   #1
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Q2's or S20's

Apparently I ran over a piece of glass and now I'm in need of a rear tire. The front looks a little dry rotted and "cupped or scalped" withever is the right term.. So I'm just going to replace them both. The bike currently has Q2's on it and I've been happy with them. Although it's my first bike so I haven't compared them to any other brands. Wild west honda has a sale on the S20's so I'm curious which one is the superior tire.. Any other tire suggestions are welcome as well..
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Old 09-05-2012, 05:06 PM   #2
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I have an S20 on the rear of my streetfighter. After around 2500mi I like it a lot.
It's wearing well, grip has been awesome. Never used Q2's but I'll be using S20's again.
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Old 09-05-2012, 05:07 PM   #3
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More than likely you are not "outriding" either tires capability. Especially if you are just riding the street, I would go for whatever tire is cheaper.
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I used to be all Q2. They are a good street/ entry level track tire. No complaints.

Bought the S20's the last time I needed tires. LOVE THEM! They are so sticky. Did a track day on them this weekend and not one complaint. I ran no warmers and felt great going into turn 1 at TWS (Texas World Speedway). I never once questioned them.

They are relatively the same price and apparently the S20's last longer.

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Great tire, great grip, ahd the rear wears like iron because the middle has a harder compund. You need that for our great Tejas flat expanses.

Do not get fooled by the term "Sport Touring" tire. The sides have more grip than most have .

Not the cheapest but you will get a longer life out of a rear offsetting some cost.
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Had Q2s and now S20s. Go with the S20s. Or Michelin Pures if you don't mind spending the cash.
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I had Q2's and went to S20 and love em. Don't have alotofmiles so I don't know how they will wear but when pushed hard they stick!!!!
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I've got a set of used Pures I'd be willing to part with if interested. Slight flat spot on rear but plenty of tread left.
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Go to Wild West Honda and see Bill, he'll hook you up with a set of S20's.

I am running them on my Triumph Daytona 1200 and like them so far. All street miles, moderately aggressive at times.
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Q2 great tire wont last long...S20's? A whole nuva leva of greatness for a better price. Got them on sale when they first came out for 98$ for rear. Got three sets of those hoes before they went up. compacc.com ftw ...at least for that sale.
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S20's, Love em. I've never ran Q2's but have thought of going that route. You can put Q2's on tire warmers right, the s20's I guess there is no need for them? They do warm up pretty fast.

The S20's perform really well in wet conditions too.
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thanks for all the info guys. One question, what causes cupping?? Also is it safe to ride my bike with the tire plugged? I need to get it to the wild west in katy but I dont have a truck. Katy is Probably a good 25 miles or so away.
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Can't answer the cupping and you will get mixed answers on riding a plugged tire. It's really all up to you. Iv rode one for 1000 miles before and esp just taking it easy getting to the shop wouldn't be a problem. But that's just me
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thanks for all the info guys. One question, what causes cupping?? Also is it safe to ride my bike with the tire plugged? I need to get it to the wild west in katy but I dont have a truck. Katy is Probably a good 25 miles or so away.
If you ride the speed limit you should be fine on the plugged tire. Low pressure is a common reason for cupped tires. Tire pressure should be set when tires are cold before you ride. Set tire pressure per owner's manual or tire info placard
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Also is it safe to ride my bike with the tire plugged? I need to get it to the wild west in katy but I dont have a truck. Katy is Probably a good 25 miles or so away.
I once bought a brand new tire, and in the same week I had picked up 2 nails in two days. That really sucked. , a member on here picked up these s20's, and picked up a nail on the way home! I plugged the tire myself after each nail, So I felt a little more confident that I did the work and not some random person. The plugs held up just fine and I probably put a good 1000 or so street miles on it before I replaced it. The quicker you can get a fresh tire on with no plugs, the better. You only have 2 tires - If you can afford the new tire, then why risk it?



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you will get mixed answers on riding a plugged tire. It's really all up to you. Iv rode one for 1000 miles before and esp just taking it easy getting to the shop wouldn't be a problem. But that's just me

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I once bought a brand new tire, and in the same week I had picked up 2 nails in two days. That really sucked. , a member on here picked up these s20's, and picked up a nail on the way home! I plugged the tire myself after each nail, So I felt a little more confident that I did the work and not some random person. The plugs held up just fine and I probably put a good 1000 or so street miles on it before I replaced it. The quicker you can get a fresh tire on with no plugs, the better. You only have 2 tires - If you can afford the new tire, then why risk it?






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I think he's worried about riding the bike on the way to get new tires (25 miles).
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I think he's worried about riding the bike on the way to get new tires (25 miles).
correct.. I'm definitely getting new tires, just concerned about getting to the shop to put the tires on
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I still have S20's on sale for Motohouston members, $199 a set. Wild West Honda, 281-392-8850. Please ask for Bill.
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I still have S20's on sale for Motohouston members, $199 a set. Wild West Honda, 281-392-8850. Please ask for Bill.
Dang! that's a steal...I just might switch to s'20.. the price is awesome and the tire quality is awesomerrr...
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FWIW, Bill at WWH should be able to hook you up with a great deal on Q2s as well. I got S20s for the street bike and Q2s for the track bunny just to try them both. No need for warmers for Q2 and plenty good enough for my track use.
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