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Old 02-11-2007, 10:24 AM   #1
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What is a good set of aftermarket tires for my bike???

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Im running lower and lower on the list of things to do to the bike so im thinking id like to ditch the stock tires and pick up a nice set of tires on it next. Bike is an 06 ZX6r and i have the Bridgestone Batlax tires on there from the factory. Front still looks new and rear is getting a little worn now but not bad at all. Still has plenty of tread all the way around, just looking to upgrade to a better tire.

What brand/model would you guys suggest? I want something that will perform well under aggressive riding but also something that will last longer than a week! lol I was thinking Pilot Powers but ive never used them before so im looking for some options and suggestions on which ones i should consider or avoid or if the tires i am running are good enough to just keep running after i wear these out?

Also, Im considering going to a 190/50/17 for the rear instead of the stock 180/55/17. What would be the advantages or disadvantages to doing this? I just like the wider tire look but if its a bad idea, ill stick with the 180.

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metzler m3's or pirelli corsas3 or the mich. 2ct's

and i'm not sure but i'd stay away from the 190...unless u have a 1k rim to fit it on....180's r cheaper and from what i hear they turn into corners easier and quicker...
Ok, if thats the case, ill stick to a 180 tire.
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Pirelli Dragon, thats the best tire.
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metzler m3's or pirelli corsas3 or the mich. 2ct's

and i'm not sure but i'd stay away from the 190...unless u have a 1k rim to fit it on....180's r cheaper and from what i hear they turn into corners easier and quicker...
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All of the tires that are currently being offered by the major manufacturers are really good, especially for street use.
All have a "characteristic" endemic to the design, but at the end of the day, they all can outperform how most of us ride, especially if you're not searching for the outer limits of traction on the track.

IMO, one of the main questions that you need to answer is; what's higher on your list; mileage or traction?

I'm not saying that it's an either / or decision, but there is a dividing line; you can have great mileage with good traction to 8/10ths riding, or you can have great traction at a "race pace" but with reduced mileage.

To a certain extent you also need to be realistic about your riding style and abilities.

If you're the average motorcyclist that's just street riding, even at a fairly agressive pace, you really can't tell the difference between say a Pilot Road, Pilot Power or Power 2CT, IMO.

The only difference you'll be able to tell is in your wallet when you have to change the tires more frequently if you go with a "track day specific" over a more "general purpose" tire.

I'd beware of some of the advice you may get from riders that proclaim:
"Get this tire! It's the !!"
Especially when all they've ridden on is 1 or 2 different sets of tires.
It's really hard to get an objective opinion from someone that has a very limited range of experience.

Taylor,
I know I probably didn't give you the answer you were looking for, i.e.; "This tire is the !"
But, I hope I gave you, and some of the others, some parameters to use when making your next tire choice.

As usual, my 2 cents, YMMV.
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One last thing on the 180 vs 190 debate. If you're street riding, and your bike came with a 180, I'd recommend staying with it.
A 190/50 will negatively change the geometry, and because of it's flatter profile, it will slow down your turning.

For track use however, the current trend seems to be moving towards a 190/55 set up, although some of it is subjective to a racers riding style.
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^ The 180 rear as well as the geometry set up you have done on the Honda has made a wold of diffrence :
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i would try pirreli corsa tire-cost a little more than power pilot but it "bite" the road both "concrete and ashfault" pavement well,less time "warming up" needed,tread pattern is distintive on low/high speed-dry/wet (you don't ride in the rain any way)-single/dual riders...etc.just my guess.
180 or 190 ? it depend on alotof facts that may involve...like "why choose 190 instead of factory set up for 180 ?"---for "look" or "more traction" or "handle more carrying weight".most 180 have 71W or 73W but 190 may have 75W-same speed rated W(168 mph) but more weight.plus 190 is 50 series verse 55 series on 180 mean less "radial movement" even on low tire pressure....alotof things.don't let me "confuse" you.
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Powers, Corsas are great I have them both and multiple sets. Didn't like the M1's but thats just my opinion. The Bt014's that came with my bike were so so and more on the negative than the positive side of so so. I'll probably be mounting a set of 2CT's in the near future or Pilot powers.

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All of the tires that are currently being offered by the major manufacturers are really good, especially for street use.
All have a "characteristic" endemic to the design, but at the end of the day, they all can outperform how most of us ride, especially if you're not searching for the outer limits of traction on the track.

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To a certain extent you also need to be realistic about your riding style and abilities.

If you're the average motorcyclist that's just street riding, even at a fairly agressive pace, you really can't tell the difference between say a Pilot Road, Pilot Power or Power 2CT, IMO.

The only difference you'll be able to tell is in your wallet when you have to change the tires more frequently if you go with a "track day specific" over a more "general purpose" tire.

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I know I probably didn't give you the answer you were looking for, i.e.; "This tire is the !"
But, I hope I gave you, and some of the others, some parameters to use when making your next tire choice.

As usual, my 2 cents, YMMV.

Thanks for the help man! Honestly, i am an experienced rider but im obviously not a pro rider/racer by anymeans. I wouldnt want to run an all out race tire for daily street use as i wouldnt be able to use it to its absolute full potential on the street anyhow and it would wear entirely too fast for the pocket book to be replacing them that often! I suppose im looking for a tire with excellent traction but also good tread life if thats possible to find in one tire. Im just wanting to make sure i have a tire that will outperform me as i would hate to push the bike hard into a corner and have it slide out due to running a crappy set of tires on the bike. I dont mind paying extra for quality tires!

IMO, penny pinching when it comes to buying streetbike tires or a helmet is just plain ignorant! Your life is depending on both of them when riding the bike.

As for the 190/180 question, ill probably just stick with a 180. The bike is setup for that size already and it will work fine for me, i kinda like that look of the wider tire but not if it will make the handling of the bike suffer.

Thanks for all your help guys!!

Oh, the Batlax's i have on the bike right now from the factory are an alright set but i prob wouldnt buy them again!
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Keep in mind, the BT014's that came with your bike are different than the BT014's you buy off the shelf. Typically they are not as sticky.
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If you're the average motorcyclist that's just street riding, even at a fairly agressive pace, you really can't tell the difference between say a Pilot Road, Pilot Power or Power 2CT, IMO.

With that said... I would go with the Pilot Roads... great traction for everyday riding and the occasional twisties and awesome length in the life of the tire.
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I liked the Metzlers, but they seemed to wear pretty fast, My BT014's lasted longer and stuck great even at a "spirited" pace

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