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Old 10-22-2008, 04:38 PM   #1
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Best Rear Street Tire for Daily Commute and Weekend Fun

After 5,950 miles I have come to the point of needing a new rear tire for my Versys. I checked yesterday and saw a 6" long section of a steel cord right in the center, just barely peeking through. All my riding is street riding. I want a street tire that has long-life harder compound in the center and a sticky, softer compound on the sides for handling the twisties like a champ.
I was thinking about going to the Bridgestone BT-016 that comes factory on alot of very good sportbikes like the GSX.
Any suggestions? This is my first streetbike, so I'm fairly green in this realm.
The OEM Dunlop Sportmax's that came on it New, didn't impress me at all. I've heard that Bridgestone and Conti's are better....
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another tire question. it depends on so many things and is really a subjective issue. if you want good grip and wear prolly go with a pilot road or pilot road 2 (michellin) just b/c its daily commute and your not trying to drag knees! if you want more agressive riding tires maybe try pirelli or bridgestone bt002's
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Old 10-22-2008, 04:53 PM   #3
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My daily commute is pretty straight down the Westpark Tollroad every day from Katy, but my weekends through the twisties is when I see how low I can go....without laying it down.....I heard the BT-016's gave good mileage in the middle and have a softer compound on the sides for more grip.......

My "chicken strips" are still about 1/2" wide, mostly because I don't trust these Dunlops.......
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i got a rear bridgestone bt002rs take off middle hardely used. i am selling it for 50.00 bucks
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After 5,950 miles I have come to the point of needing a new rear tire for my Versys. I checked yesterday and saw a 6" long section of a steel cord right in the center, just barely peeking through. All my riding is street riding. I want a street tire that has long-life harder compound in the center and a sticky, softer compound on the sides for handling the twisties like a champ.
I was thinking about going to the Bridgestone BT-016 that comes factory on alot of very good sportbikes like the GSX.
Any suggestions? This is my first streetbike, so I'm fairly green in this realm.
The OEM Dunlop Sportmax's that came on it New, didn't impress me at all. I've heard that Bridgestone and Conti's are better....
I have not used the BT016 so I can not really comment on that tire to much. But from what I have heard about it from reviews and people that use the tire, I think that tire would be perfectly fine for what you decribed it for.

From personal experience I used the Pilot Powers for daily driving about 3-4 times to week about 20-30 miles a day to work and riding just about every weekend, and never had a problem. The only time I had a problem with that tire was when I decided to take a trip to Austin on the tire, and it gave me one nice flat spot. If not for that the tire would of held up longer.

I am now switching to BT002 as I decided to quit riding to work and will basically only do weekend riding and track days with my bike now until I get my track bike.
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Old 10-22-2008, 04:58 PM   #6
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i got a rear bridgestone bt002rs take off middle hardely used. i am selling it for 50.00 bucks
I got the bt003 used for one and 1/2 trackdays at barber for $40. (dont you just hate competition fly? )
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Old 10-22-2008, 05:01 PM   #7
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Love the signature That's hilarious!

Looks like alot of you guys run Bridgestone's but are selling......not satisfued with 'em?

Anyone running Conti Street Attacks?
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Gixxerbill,
Love the signature That's hilarious!

Looks like alot of you guys run Bridgestone's but are selling......not satisfued with 'em?

Anyone running Conti Street Attacks?
I've heard nothing but good things about Bridgestones, which is the reason I am going to switch out my Pilot Powers for a set of BT002 and try them out.
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Old 10-22-2008, 05:08 PM   #9
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Love the signature That's hilarious!

Looks like alot of you guys run Bridgestone's but are selling......not satisfued with 'em?

Anyone running Conti Street Attacks?
I don't really ride street much anymore but the stones are a little cheaper than pirelles and last a little longer on the track.
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I'm running the bt-016r's with a pilot race tire up front. Not that I prefer it, but thats how it currently is set-up. I have completely scrubbed my 190 bt016r on the street and it has gripped great for me so far. mph turns too.
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Unless you are dragging knees the pilot roads will do you just fine and you will probably be able to get 7k out of them.
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I have been running M3's for several months. I have done a lil street riding on them 3 track days and they seem to be holding up pretty well so far.
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The Pilot Roads would be the choice. The outside is a little softer than the standard Pilot Power with a harder touring compound center.

Heck, I'm happy to get 5000 miles from a rear
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I agree with Pyro. I'm running M3's and they are plenty sticky for every day riding. The Pilot Road 2's are dual compound if my memory serves me right, and they are good also. I was going to buy Pilot Road 2's, but they were out of them when I went to buy them, so I tried the M3's. I have not been disappointed. I've had them a few weeks and have the chicken strips down to around 3/4"-1". DON'T GET THE DUNLOP SPORTMAX! I had them on my bike when I bought it and HATED them! The rear develops flat spots too easy and they are hard and take a while to warm up.
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i am selling because i bought them brand new put two track days on them. i wear out the sides but the middle are still good so i sell them to the street riders. they sre still good for the street but cashed for the tracked, and gixxerbill i hate you. i kid i kid.
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I have a road 2 rear with about 2000 miles on it. You would never guess by looking at it that it had that many miles on it.
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I like the pilot Road2

they are great tires
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The BT016 is the only production triple compound street tire on the market. For street riding it would be the best of both worlds. Great milage with a gradually softening edge. That way you don't have the dramatic difference in softness, it is more gradual. The more you lean the softer the rubber.

The majority of the racetire take-offs you see for sale are simply because they are buying more new tires. Not particularly a different brand.

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I run the conti heats up quick amazing traction has a larger footprint in the center have about 6k on it now and still looks good. they have a deeper tread pattern than most tires. the only thing you will dislike which i found out as the tire wears being that is more a commuting tire you give up some lean angle. But grip is awesome a wear is so far so good.
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just notice cyclegear.com will have 1 day this sat sale on BT016 and Diablo.
any ideal BT016 tread pattern design for wet / rain...cond. ?????
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