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post #1 of 21 Old 10-05-2008, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
 
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Advice on 919 Tyres

Hi, I currently have Bridgestone BT014 tyres on my 900 Hornet and I was wondering if anyone has yet gone through a complete set of Bridgestone BT021's which are supposed to last a lot longer. I do 9000 miles a year to work and back, so I dont fancy having to replace the back tyre 3 times in 12 months. I know that the BT021's have had good reviews so far, but nobody seems to have indicated final milages (which could be a good thing, maybe they last for ever!)

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post #2 of 21 Old 10-05-2008, 05:16 AM
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I have just over 7500 miles on my Micheline Pilot Powers and have heard really good things about the Meltzer Z6s

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I recently replaced a Pilot Power rear with a Pilot Road 2. For spirited riding, I think the Road 2 tires are great. I won't know the whole experience until I switch out the Pilot Power front for a matching Road 2, though...

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I just put on the new Dunlop RoadSmarts, but it's too soon to estimate the life of the tire. Read reviews on them, many say that are better than the Pilot Road 2's in wet and dry.

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RoadSmarts here too, I only have 350 miles on them so far but I do like them alot.

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Buy round rubber ones.

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Yeah the square metal ones suck!!!

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I had Dunlop Roadsmarts put on 'bout 4000 miles ago. Just measured tread depth today and still have 6/32 rear, 4/32 front. They start off with 9/32 rear and 6/32 front......thats pretty good, IMO, for just over 4000 miles. Especially since I have done a few "quick warmups"

Great in the wet, perfect everywhere else. Go to a shop, if ya can, and just feel the rubber on the different brands, you'll notice quite a difference, at least I did. You can actually feel a difference in the Roadsmarts. I couldn't be happier with 'em





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Buy round rubber ones.
yeah those work better than the wooden ones i was tryin... and ya aint gotta whittle em no more when ya break one...



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They just keep the rims from draggin' on the ground!

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post #11 of 21 Old 10-13-2008, 08:40 AM
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Tomlee, Doesn't seem as though there are to many Bridgstoners here. But dang it, if you want to know anything about Michelin, Pirelli, or Dunlops, we can help ya friend!


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The only thing I can say about the BT021 that I had on the rear of mine is that it absolutely sucked compared to the Dunlop Roadsmart that I have on now. I had less than 5,000 miles on the BT021 when I replaced it.

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nice guy

Are you measuring to the bottom of tread or to the wear bar?
I have 1/16" left to the wear bar on Shinko 009s. They are more tour then sport. I had 13,000 miles today.
I have another new set just waiting.

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I just put brand new Pirelli Diablo's on my 9er, much better than the Bridgestones. Picked them up from Cycle Gear. They're having a special on them on the 25th this month. $195 w/tax for a set is what I paid (convinced them to give me the deal early).

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Michelin Pilot Road 2CTs. I've been a staunch advocate for Michelins since 1988 when I first put them on my Hawk GT (Bros) -- at the time, M59s. They gave excellent wear, on the order of 15,000 miles on a rear, good traction in the twisties, superlative wet manners, and needed little if any warming up.

Fast forward to the present. After running Pilot Roads on my '02 since about 100 miles after buying it used and liking their manners at least as much as any I'd previously used, I spooned a Road 2CT onto the rear and immediately found out how deficient the Roads were when pushing hard on a canyon road. Suddenly I was carrying at least 500 rpm more in a corner than before with no dramatics whatsoever, and exits were quite a bit more, well, fun. The problem I had was with the front which was still a Road -- it was pushing out of practically every corner, obviously overloaded by the speeds the rear was capable of. Fortunately it wore out quickly (I had to drop the pressure to under 20 psi to keep it hot enough), and on went a front 2CT. Now I carry 1,000 rpm more through corners and have yet to feel any sort of indication that they are overwhelmed.

"Great" you may say, "and they last, what, 4000 miles?" Not a bit of it. The rear currently has 12,500 miles on it and measures about 3mm to the wear bars in the center, and while the margins are worn somewhat more I'd say they have at least another 2,000 miles left. Another characteristic they share with the previous Roads is as they wear the traction gets better.

In point of fact the only down side is they are about the most expensive tires out there, but given their longevity I'd say that balances out. Besides, my favorite skin deserves the best, and for my money these tires are the best bang for the buck by far.

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I just put brand new Pirelli Diablo's on my 9er, much better than the Bridgestones. Picked them up from Cycle Gear. They're having a special on them on the 25th this month. $195 w/tax for a set is what I paid (convinced them to give me the deal early).
Is that for the Corsa, Corsa III, or Stradas? Thats a very good price.
I run the Diablo Corsa III's on my RC-51 and have run the Diablo Stradas in the past. Great tires. Only complaint I have is lack of wear indicators in the center of the rear tire. Hard to tell how much tire is actually left.

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I measure at the bottom of the tread. I'm a mechanic by trade and that's the most widely accepted way to do it on car tires. Not sure what the "usual" way for bikes is...





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I measure at the bottom of the tread. I'm a mechanic by trade and that's the most widely accepted way to do it on car tires. Not sure what the "usual" way for bikes is...
The problem is that the corsas are slick in the center so there's no tread to measure.

I pulled a Diablo Strada off my bike and although there was some tread left on the outside the center was almost to the cord. Don't let that put you off the Corsas though. I still run them and think that they are great tires.

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Ive got Corsa IIIs on mine and I like them better than the bridgestones I used to run. I generally put bridgestones on my cars but, they arent working for my bike lately.

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post #20 of 21 Old 10-18-2008, 02:22 AM
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Pilot Road 2

LOVE them.

Transformed my Hornet. nice progressive turn-in that is controlled by YOU (no sudden dive in). Stickier than the sport tyres I ran before too!

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post #21 of 21 Old 10-18-2008, 06:09 PM
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i have bt021 on my and love them!!! I had a set previoulsy and after 4k the rear looked like it had another 1500miles to go. The side grip is phenomenal!!!

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