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Old 09-02-2008, 09:34 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Product Review: Corsa III Tires

OK.... Finally burnt through both front and rear tires on the Busa, so it's time for a product reflection.

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Front Tire: 120/50r17, single compound
Mileage: over 10k miles
Worn in the center/left side due to uneven passenger positioning.

Rear Tires: 190/50 and currently 190/55r17, dual compound
Mileage: 6k first tire, over 2500k on second
Worn in center, killed by mileage.

I honestly can say I was surprised when at 14k miles I got a deal on these tires. The rounded profile of these tires will upset the poser who thinks the width of their rear tire has shrunk, but the turn in by design makes this heavy cadillac of a bike feel so much lighter. Now my mileage is over 25k.

I have made five trips to Galveston, all w passengers, one to Austin and back solo(on first rear tire) several forest rides and all the intown meet and greets throughout the week I usually track around to. Riding time is Fri night, sat and sun(rain or shine.)

The rear tire did require more time to heat up the center rubber then a Power Pilot but the sides warmed up very quickly when riding backroads; and retained heat longer.

In comparison to the Pilot Powers, the transition to the sidewall rubber on the rear cant really be felt but can be heard it seems. On acceleration w my normal set up for corners the bike prefers to nose up, drop and burn out even at highway speeds. If the rear is lowered it hooks up far better and will allow a floating wheelie a couple inches off the ground. I have noticed the rear will lock up easier at a panic stop.

Never had I ever second guessed the cornering ability of the soft compound. It hadn't come loose on me nor acted unpredictably even on moist roads. And I have been able to power up through a corner(once it hits the center rubber though I lose traction.) The bike has been ridden all the way over on the sides w smiles.

My biggest frown is riding in the rain with these tires. The rear tire center patch has very little tread to diffuse water. I ride far more conservative in the rain then with the Michelins after spinning the tires frequently on light throttle(for my bike, comparable about 50% on the 600.)

These tires do require a little more air then other tires do(as the manufactorer recommends.) As for track, I've seen them utilized and w my heavy clunker I hadn't any worries to knee down on street or track(keeping in mind we are limited to a certain speed on the parade laps.)

All in all, I have been happy with the tires and recommend them. Mileage wise it depends on how you ride. I may try a different pair of shoes after these come to and end. Long distance riding has been the deciding factor on tires for me since that is the predominant form my bike is exposed to.

Pic of first rear tire, when hit center cords, tire began to split a little(no tread in center to determine depth.)
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Old 09-02-2008, 09:47 PM   #2
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I love these tires, had them first on my RC51 and then again on my ZX10. Never an issue with traction......good mileage for what your buying.
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Old 09-02-2008, 09:50 PM   #3
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I love the Corsa III's! No other tire gets my blessing quicker for street/track duty
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Old 09-02-2008, 09:51 PM   #4
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I love the Corsa III's! No other tire gets my blessing quicker for street/track duty
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I've used Corsa3s for two trackdays at MSR-H and have been very happy with them. I'm pretty slow, but haven't had an issue yet.
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So there is a fan club... I knew Godsuki was in it from hanging around him at the track and hearing his recommendations for starting track.
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