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Old 11-02-2012, 06:42 PM   #1
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200/50-17 Sportbike Tire

Who makes a good 200/50-17 sportbike tire? I acquired a dinosaur and need to put some new shoes on it.
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I have a Pirelli diablo 200/50/17 in stock at my shop. We are blowing it out at $130. Great tire with a great balance between tread life and traction.

Shinko is also another popular 200 rear tire, but mainly because of price.
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What do you plan to use the dinosaur for?

A 190/55 is a much better choice for handling and has a much better variety

The Diablo is a good all arounder; Shinko 003 Usoft are good for the drags and not much else.

There are actually quite a few choices these days.. all around I would look at a S20 or Q2..

http://www.jakewilson.com/t/53/-/344...torcycle-Tires
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It depends on what you are looking for.

Good life? Sticky? Straight line? cornering?

The Diablo is a great tire; handles well, and decent wear.
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:00 PM   #11
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Thanks for the info. I just ride the back roads. No drag racing.
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FWIW, I do agree with the previous comment. Using a 190 would give you a much better selection, and probably (dont want to GUARANTY) easier tip in.
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FWIW, I do agree with the previous comment. Using a 190 would give you a much better selection, and probably (dont want to GUARANTY) easier tip in.
A 190/55 will give better tip in, not so much on the 190/50, but then again it depends on the manufacture, as tire profiles vary quite a bit even in the same sizes.

Not long ago the 200/50 was a rare tire, but I see quite a few avail now.
There are also some 200/55 showing up now, so that is an option if you want a little more handling oriented, but will most likely not clear a rear hugger if you have one. Some of the 190/55 won't clear a hugger either, the Pirelli I tried was exceptionally tall.
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What are you running on your ZX-12R's?
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What are you running on your ZX-12R's?
00 dragbike, Shinko U-soft 200/50. Good traction, wide, but heavy and took a lot of weight to balance. Sold those rims and tire is on the shelf, I'll try either the Q2 or S20 in the same size next

02 runs either a 190/55 Q2 or 190/50 Roadsmart, depending on whether it's in touring or hooligan mode....

The 190/50 sport touring size handles fine for 90%; when you are trying to run roads like the Tail of the Dragon and keep up with those pesky sportbikes, the 190/55 Q2 or S20 has much better grip at full lean/WOT use.

Haven't tried the 'stone S20 yet but it is getting pretty good reviews. I really like the Q2 but the rear is gone in under 4000 miles the way I abuse it. I didn't care for the feel of the BT-016 but grip was fine.
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The bike came with a 200 Q2 rear, and it has some life left, so I will probably keep it. The front came with a worn Michelin Pilot, so I will swap that out with a Q2. Maybe I will try the S20's next go around.
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Tex, where did you get the heat shield from on the Muzzy exhaust? Is it this one: http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...atshield.aspx?
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Tex, where did you get the heat shield from on the Muzzy exhaust? Is it this one: http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...atshield.aspx?
yep, that's the one.
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yep, that's the one.
Thanks, just ordered one a little while ago.

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