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Old 05-02-2020, 06:36 PM   #1
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Let's talk tires

So I'm new to street/sport bikes and have been making it to some of the Waller rides. I'm in need of new tires pretty soon and not sure what to look for. Bike sees the back roads as much as I can get out there and some general commuting. Give me some guidance y'all. Thanks.
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Old 05-02-2020, 08:51 PM   #2
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Iím biased to the Dunlop Q3+ at the moment. Gives me full confidence in the corners.
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Old 05-02-2020, 09:17 PM   #3
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Pirelli Rosso Corsa 2. Trackday/Backroads shredder
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Whatever you decide look up cycleshack north on the here. I’ve drove over an hour to go there cheaper, fresher and mfgr rebates on most popular tires. Say you’re from MotoHouston and they give even another discount. There are several posts under their sponsor page that may help you see what’s out there.
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Back when I was trying to take corners hard and fast, I would use Michelin Pilot Power 2CT. But now I look for longevity so I run the Road 5... Still brand loyal, but lately been considering switching over to Dunlop.
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switched over to dunlop

I was running the pilot road tires but Patrick talked me into trying dunlop since i was getting lots of cupping.
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You can't go wrong with any of the major manufacturer's offerings, just pick the "class" offerings that applies to your intended use that each has.

Find Bill Drake and call him. He will set you up with good options and the best deals.

Some of the sport touring tires of today are better than the "sticky" tires 15 years ago...for street riding.

Everyone has their biased preferences. I like Michelin, Bridgestone, Dunlops, and Pirelli.

I just recently bought a set of Bridgestones S22R from Motomummy here in Round Rock because I needed them locally. Just under $250 for the set with a $60 rebate form to submit. So all in for 190 or so. Great tires, but the T30's (or latest version) last a little longer with very similar characteristics.

Seriously, stay away from something like Shinkos and you'll be fine.

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I was running the pilot road tires but Patrick talked me into trying dunlop since i was getting lots of cupping.
This typically happens with the front tire if you are not daily riding your bike or going on long trips often. Sucks because I really like my Road 5's, but I experienced the same as well as others I've spoken to about the Michelin's

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You can't go wrong with any of the major manufacturer's offerings, just pick the "class" offerings that applies to your intended use that each has.

Find Bill Drake and call him. He will set you up with good options and the best deals.

Some of the sport touring tires of today are better than the "sticky" tires 15 years ago...for street riding.

Everyone has their biased preferences. I like Michelin, Bridgestone, Dunlops, and Pirelli.

I just recently bought a set of Bridgestones S22R from Motomummy here in Round Rock because I needed them locally. Just under $250 for the set with a $60 rebate form to submit. So all in for 190 or so. Great tires, but the T30's (or latest version) last a little longer with very similar characteristics.

Seriously, stay away from something like Shinkos and you'll be fine.
These tires are not that bad if you are using them on light cruisers... especially if you are running inner tubes. For performance applications, stay away from these tires.
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Thanks guys. I've sent Bill a PM and plan to call him Tuesday. I'm in Tomball, so he's nice and close.
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Absolute best tire value bar none...Dunlop RoadSport 2...many in our group use them and iíve heard no complaints. Why pay $185 for a rear you can get the RoadSports for $95. Call Bill Drake and he will take care of you.
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Pirelli Angel GT's give excellent wet weather grip and wear like iron, they definitely aren't the best for aggressive sporty riding. If you happen to install your own tires, these can be an absolute to mount

Pirelli Supercorsa's are the absolute best, grippy, confidence-inspiring tires I've ever ran..... until you hit roads that are to any degree damp. Even the 2ct's don't last very long

Conti Sport Attack's are excellent tires that can be had for cheap. they warm up quickly, grip well, and provide decent wet weather traction. like any single compound tire they wear out quickly

Dunlop Roadsmart's, I hated them

Bridgestone BT016's, I do not like these tires. The front is very skittish and will deflect off of just about any road irregularity. The set as a whole doesn't provide a whole lot of confidence and for tires that are "triple compound" they don't last long at all. I had the early models and the re-released newer variants that supposedly have different compounds, they were a little better. I dont recall really getting to experiment with different tire pressures, but I think I usually had these at 35psi front and back. I'm sure if I had them lower the handling characteristics would improve

Michelin Power Performance Cup, currently running only the front tire on Bumblebee and it is amazing so far, better than the supercorsa front. I want to try out a brand new set front and back

Michelin Pilot Power's, you're good, average, run-of-the-mill sport bike tires. they handle and grip well but don't last long. the mount up BEAUTIFULLY by the way


from personal experience I'd rather have a very grippy tire that doesn't last long versus something general purpose that doesn't grip the best. most of my riding is on hot sunny days anyway, my wet weather experience is based off those unpredictable houston showers
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Michelin Pilot Roads - I was a skeptic forever on "Sport Touring" Tires, but these are great. Handle anything you throw at them on the street dry or wet. Also have excellent milage. Not sure about track, but that is not where I ride the most....bike is FZ10.
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I was running the pilot road tires but Patrick talked me into trying dunlop since i was getting lots of cupping.
I just ditched a set of Michelin Power Sport 2CT due to severe front tire cupping. It was so bad I thought the front wheel bearings were bad. If you google Michelin power sport 2ct it tries to auto finish with front tire cupping so it is obviously a problem many are experiencing. I had a set of Dunlop Roadsmart 2 spooned on and so far I love them.
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