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Old 03-23-2006, 12:04 PM   #1
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I need a new rear tire on the RR. The front looks good still, but my rear one is getting worn. Question is? Do I need to change both at the same time, or can I just change the rear. It have Dunlop tires on it now. Rear is D208 180/55 and the front is D208F 120/70. I have heard alot about the Pilot Powers. Would that be a better choice than the Dunlops?

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Old 03-23-2006, 12:06 PM   #2
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IMO if the front is fine then leave it until you need one. No reason why you cant just change the rear.
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i prefer michelin over dunlops, you might wanna consider the michelin roads, longer lasting then the powers, giving up al lil bit of traction, unless your doing trackdays or "aggressive" riding, powers are overkill.

i run roads on both my bikes, and have run sport-touring tires basiclly for the life of my bikes....done trackdays w/ them as well.

IMO, you should run both the same name brand tires, vs mix matched. i usually replace 2 rears to 1 ft tire.
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You can replace just the rear but, I would not mix the brand of tires.
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You can replace just the rear but, I would not mix the brand of tires.
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Old 03-23-2006, 12:18 PM   #6
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Thanks guys! I wasn't about mix brands. I understand ya'lls point, but I wouldn't do it cause the treads would match! LOL.

I think I will just put a Dunlop back on the rear for now and the change both next time out!
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sounds like the deal

fyi, treads really don't match ft and rear, even on similar tires.......208ft/208rear

another thing i do is run the "sport" tire up ft, and "sport-touring" tire on the rear......
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Dulop tires SUCK, IMO, but they may be different for SS's I had one which lasted me only 3K miles on the rear and I don't do burnouts (well not until I can see the cord). I replaced it with a 200mm Metzeler Marathon and it's like a differnent bike now. I left the Dunlop front on and it's starting to cup a little but it's OK.
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Keep your burn outs minimal and you should get better life out of your tires. :icon_bigg
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another thing i do is run the "sport" tire up ft, and "sport-touring" tire on the rear......
Why? What is the benefit? Better traction or handling?
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mainly i prefer to have the "sticky" tire up ft, and the fronts wear longer then the rears anyways. so i can do the 2 rears to 1 ft tire as well.

if i loose traction, i'd rather loose it in the rear, then the ft.
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depending on how hard you ride i had pretty good sucess with the metzler z6 time it griped pretty good and i thrashed on it pretty hard ...took a while to warm up but it wasnt to bad...lasted me about 3000miles my stock dunlops sucked i hate dunlops they take for ever to heat up and when they do they still dont grip....Now i have pilot powers and funny thing is i havent been out to very many twisty roads lol i have hardly even road my bike since i got them on there....BUt they are awsome tires warm up incrediably fast and have great feedback....

But as racer stayted they dont last very long and are over kill for most people but hey so is a superbike lol....
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Keep your burn outs minimal and you should get better life out of your tires. :icon_bigg
so, thats why my rear tire is worn faster than the front. dammit, I knew it was something easy:icon_bigg

since I put the turboneum on, I laread have a bald assed rear tire in one month of riding, and I dont ride daily
I'm gonna replace with another whitewall to match the front
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I don't ride very aggressive at all! So I haven't noticed anything bad about the Dunlops that are on it. I just noticed that it was getting worn in the center so I need a new one. I do ride the twisties pretty good. I have worn off all my chicken strips!! LOL

Ed, should I go back with the D208 on the rear on does Dunlop have a longer lasting one that I can use with the 208 in front.
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how many miles does your bike have, assuming they are the orig. tires?
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how many miles does your bike have, assuming they are the orig. tires?
It has 4,690 it had 3400 on it when I bought it a couple weeks ago. I think they are the original tires.
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dunlop makes a 220......might look into that, get some more miles

also when replaceing look into the bridgestone bt-020, they have a dual compound. the centers wear for a long time, if thats all where you ride , it might be a better choice for ya.
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Pilot Road is a good tire for a sport tourer , good mileage tire
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