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Old 03-11-2013, 10:39 PM   #1
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Question for the SV guys

I just found out that Michellin is no longer making race tires in the 160 size. From what I could see neither is Bridgestone.....

What tires are people running this year that don't to resort to changing wheels out to run big tires?
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:35 AM   #2
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Old 03-13-2013, 02:31 PM   #3
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:10 PM   #4
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Yes, fact on the Michelin,

I bought up most all of the 160's from Dave last season to make it through 2012 on the CBR 250r and a couple for Steven Skobel on his SV 650 (which BTW is for sale). Sorry, don't get mad fellows. I got the news early last year from a Michelin bulletin sent to my e-mail.

I don't know about the Bridgestones & the 160 sizes. I've never really cared for the Bridgestone product.

We went with the Pirelli @ MSRH and had a good run and Kevin had a good feel in the set of the CBR. I did notice the Pirelli was just a bit softer then the Michelin in the wear department . A quick fit was to slow down the rebound on the Penske a click. Could go one more to clean up the tire a little more.

For what it's worth you can still get the REAR Motard Slick and it will fit the SV's nicely. Of course this put Superstock in question for a class of competition. The Motard rear slick is TOO big and slightly too wide for the CBR and EX 250's. Just not recommended.

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There is the Rear Motard Slick that does if the SV's nicely. Of course this put the question of Superstock class for competition.

The Motard slick is not recommended for the CBR or EX 250's due to some clearence issues and the width of the 250's rear wheels.
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:35 AM   #6
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bridgestone has a 165 slick, pirelli has a 160 DOT and 160 slick, and dunlop has the 209gp & 211gp-a 160 DOT & KR108 165 slick
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