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Old 06-22-2008, 04:14 PM   #1
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WHAT TIRE TO PURCHASE

Im trying to decide on what tires to purchase and looking for input.
My riding isnt to advance but I do planning on doing a Ride Smart Class.
My currant tires are Maxxis(they came with the bike).
Front tire is fine with plenty of tread, rear flat center with a plug.

Here are the choices:
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Old 06-22-2008, 04:18 PM   #2
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You do have a lighter bike, but I've noticed with dual compound tires (verified w R1s too) my bike won't wheelie anymore unless the tire is sticky on a hot, hot day. You lose grip in the center patch and I'll end up picking up, dropping and burningout on the freeway instead of wheelie-ing.

Ya, poor example, but I also came into a few set ups for the next corner and felt squirly before rolling over into the soft rubber. Just my experience. Would I get a dual compound again? Yes, strictly for mileage.
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Crud, but good to know. I read in MC that the BT016 is alil crappy on turns...
Thanks for your input. More home work to do now.
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TTD seems to love the Corsa IIIs on the 600s for bikes that go from street to track and they do just fine. It is alot more rounded and that's something I have enjoyed about the tire, but once again, the rear is a dual compound...
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I use the BT014's and they are great for street and track. But they do wear fast .
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Hmmm.... I do alot of straight riding to and from work at least 40miles one way... weekend are when we go for a 2 hour tour and sometime we get lost, and find more turns
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I've been running the Pilot Road 2CT in the rear and the Power in the front with no issues.

I've got some good friends running the same combo, one of them, Nox, even did a track day on his R1 with that set up.

I also have some friends / customers have good results running theBT016 / BT021 and M3 / Z6 combos.

The Michelin and the Bridgestone a multiple compound tires fwiw.

No, they're not race quality, or even optimum for track days at a good pace, but the traction is more than enough fo rhte street and wear life is much better than their stickier counterparts.

In the end, be honest / realistic with yourself about how much traction you really need.
For most of us, a good supersport street tire or a combo of that and a sport touring tire are the best bet.
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Alot of real good advice... DC maybe the way I'll lean to. Out of the three brands which one would be better as far as DC goes. Conti just came out-ish dont know how they perf. BT016 I read wear uneven. 2CT well I havent heard much good or bad... I'll pro do a combo of the same two brand F/R.
Patrick I might be calling or stopping by to get some prices
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2CT^^ yuup good tire. as well as regualar pilot powers
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1 for 2CT
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0 for Cont

anyone else?
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For grip, the 2CT... but don't expect long wear out of it. May want to try a regular Pilot Power first.
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Pilot Road 2CT FTW!

Great traction AND mileage!
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Pilot Road 2CT FTW!

Great traction AND mileage!
Question. Compared to a Standard Pilot Power, are the sides softer or harder?
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From my understanding they're about the same / a bit softer, it's the center that's harder, giving greater life and more resistance to squaring off.

I have them on my Bandit currently and on my SV1000 when I still owned it.

The new owner likes them as well.
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cool in that case I vote for the round, black one!
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I got the Michelin Pilot Road 2CT from Motorcycles Unlimited because the reviews are very good. So far the bike feels great with the new tires.

Here's the Michelin Press Kit for the Pilot Roads:

http://www.michelin.com/corporate/ac...ubrique=CP_ENG

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According to Michelin,the Pilot Road 2 was intended to create a sport touring tire that maximized wear while providing optimum grip. Michelin says they used their "2CT" (Two-Compound Technology), developed in MotoGP, to combine different types of rubber on the tread to optimize performance in each specific zone.

Michelin claims that "this technology provides excellent traction on wet roads owing to the soft rubber on the shoulders and less wear at the tread center where the rubber is more resistant. As a result, the new Michelin Pilot Road 2 combines qualities that were previously thought to be mutually exclusive. Its excellent grip on wet roads ensures a safe ride while its remarkable wear-resistance offers unprecedented longevity."
michelin pilot road 2 cross section

Hope the above info helps.
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