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« on: April 02, 2009, 12:08:21 PM »

I'm in the market for a new set of tires. I like the Dunlop D220's I have now since they're fairly good mileage and sticky enough for anything I need to do around here(and the track) but I'm in the mood to try somethign different. I've considered Bridgestone BT016's with the multi-compound or the BT014's. I haven't talked to enough people that prefer a particular brand of tire. I'm not a fan of Michelin for sure but that's not to say I wouldn't use them.

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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2009, 12:18:29 PM »

Have you thought about the Dunlop RoadSmart tires?  Here's a review.  I can't say that I ride anywhere near as quick as you do, but they're good tires for the street as far as I'm concerned.

http://www.motorcycle.com/products/dunlop-roadsmart-tire-review-75375.html
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2009, 12:26:24 PM »

I was looking at those. They're the successor to the D220's. Anybody tried Pirelli ?

The prices on Shinko tires are pretty cheap too but you may get what you pay for and tires are pretty important.
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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2009, 12:50:40 PM »

Kevin has Pirelli on his 1098 now
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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2009, 12:54:36 PM »

Dont  even think about shitco tires. I have heard really bad things on those. they're like 10 yrs behind in tire development. I've read good things about Dunlops. I may try those, as my next set of tires on the SS
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« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2009, 01:09:20 PM »

I still like the Michelin pilots on my bike.
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« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2009, 01:22:59 PM »

Just put a BT016 on mine, but haven't had a chance to put them to the test. I will let you know as soon as I do.
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« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2009, 01:50:56 PM »

to date i've used the bridgestone battlax bt016, pirelli diablo, and pirelli corsa iii.  i just got another set of bt016, as they give the best treadlife of the three.

the michelin pilot power 2ct is a good tire as well, i just don't like their steep profile.  don't know much about dunlops, but have heard good and bad.

 
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« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2009, 04:05:37 PM »

speaking of tires,
whats a good tire that isn't as sensitive to the well known indiana strip
(flat in the center portion)
and yes i know ... ride twisties there isn't many around here thats the problem
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« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2009, 05:08:12 PM »

I'm gonna try the BT 016's, see how they go.
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« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2009, 05:36:24 PM »

I'm using whatever Matt @ Indy has on his. He talked me into them Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2009, 01:53:38 PM »

Give us you're opinions of them once you get a few miles and/or track days on those Jason
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« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2009, 02:44:36 AM »

I'm not doing any track days until next spring so they'll be scrubbed in nicely. I just hope I don't fall down again, I'm starting to get tired of having to fix shit.
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« Reply #13 on: April 04, 2009, 08:15:32 AM »

If anyone's interested, here's the results from two tire tests last year in Bike magazine (UK).  Given is number of stars overall rating and track time at Bruntingthorpe proving grounds.  Listed in track time order.


Litre sportbikes:  Overall Winner is the Pirelli

Pirelli Diablo Rosso - ***** - 1:09.71
Dunlop Qualifier D209 - **** - 1:10.58
Avon Viper Sport - *** - 1:11.09
Bridgestone BT016 - **** - 1:11.10
Continental Contisport Attack - **** - 1:11.59
Michelin Pilot Power 2CT - *** - 1:11.61
Metzeler Sportec M3 - **** - 1:11.67
Maxxis SuperMaxx Sport - ** - 1:11.32


Sport Touring: Overall Winner is tie between Dunlop and Pirelli

Dunlop Road Smart 3TC - ***** - 1:13.45
Pirelli Diablo Strada - ***** - 1:13.53
Metzeler Roadtec Z6 - **** - 1:14.01
Michelin Pilot Road 2CT - **** - 1:14.79
Bridgestone BT-021 - **** - 1:15.42
Avon Storm ST - **** - 1:15.42
Maxxis Supermaxx M6029 - **** - 1:15.57
Continental Contiroad Attack - *** - 1:16.03

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« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2009, 10:22:30 AM »

cool keep em rollin.
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« Reply #15 on: April 04, 2009, 06:54:21 PM »

Thanx Hedge, good info. I already had my local shop order the BT 016's.
I don't know if coming off of some corners of the racetrack it felt like the front end was pushing a little on hard acceleration or if was the forks unloading a little to make it fele like that. With all the little dingleberries and gumballs I'd dare say I was sliding them a little. I think that will be remedied.
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« Reply #16 on: April 05, 2009, 04:16:33 AM »

A good tire will give you feedback like that Jason so you can predict "when its time" is about up.

The pilot race tires I had on my sv650 did the same thing, only in my case the rear tire started getting a bit "slippery".
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