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post #1 of 16 Old 01-30-2010, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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Another which tires to get thread

Well its time... i bought my 04 919 with 3600 mi on it and the PO had put on a craptastic set of shinko advance 005 tires front and rear after the OEM's were done (weird 2 sets of tires in such a short span but w/e)... needless to say these tires have been HORRIBLE... provide HORRIBLE grip 5k rpms 2nd gear around a corner you can roll the throttle and feel it start giving. Needless to say these have not been confidence inspiring tires. Also when i got the bike the shinkos were almost new (less than 500mi) and now with my constant playing in the twisties all but 1inch from the edge of the rear tire is completely gone. this is at 5400mi.

So now i have come to look for tires. I have read the awesome review of the Pilot Road 2's and thats my first choice as of now, but i was wondering what else people like. It seems as thought everyone here says PR 2's or Pilot Power 2CT's... it seems as though the 2CT offers just a marginal amount more grip for significantly less mileage.

Also what about the brigestone BT-016? or others.

My riding habbits... i am a weekend warrior of sorts.. i try to get out on a santa monica mountian mob at least once a week... i dont use the bike for commuting of any sorts, sometimes i will do a short 10 mi or so roundtrip to grab something at the local hardware store but other than that my only commuting is the commute to twisties.

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post #2 of 16 Old 01-30-2010, 04:58 PM
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Pilot Road 2's on mine and I am most impressed.

I like a neutral feel from my tyre - most of the pure sport ones have a definite 'tip-in' that feels more like a tip-over that I do not like. I like to be the one controlling the roll over and the PR2 are superb for this on the Hornet - light, but defined turning right to the tyres edge - great for the twisties!

Grip wise, I have noticed no difference what-so-ever between these and 'sports' tyres. The dual compound edges have a sticky rubber on the edges and IMO if you require more stick on a public road then you are riding way to fast and should take it to the track ....... plus, if we are honest, the pure sport tyres are designed for the 150-180 hp bikes that seriously work a set of tyres. The 919 is just not pushing out that hp to warrant super sticky rubber.

In addition the PR2's look like they will get at least double the kms from a pure sport rubber. :001_smile: And that's on my New Zealand, course tyre shredding roads.

Did I mention I was impressed with the PR2 on the Hornet 919?

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I bought the first set of Dunlop 616's to arrive in Missouri for mine when I had it, I really liked them.

Plus, when the tire was in the right position, they read "919"



Give them a look and consideration

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Just picked up my 919 the other day and as part of the deal got the dealer to throw in some new tires. THey talked me in to Dunlop 'Roadsmart' tires for my 99% commuting use, so far I like them. I'll come back when I've got some miles on them but they feel pretty goood. I have BT016s on my gsxr and they are sticky but def. have that 'tip in' feeling mentioned above.

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I just bought a set (F & R) of Michelin Pilot Powers for my 2005 919, $250 installed OTD. Same rubbers as the one that were on the bike from the prior owner. They are getting installed Monday and I'm super stoked. Good luck with your tire search I hear great things about the Pilot Roads too. BTW - Got the (what I feel was a deal) at Superbike Nation in Orange, CA. --- Cheers brother.

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Pilot Road 2CT's all the way!! I had a set of the BTO16's and they went away way too soon for me! Great grip, crap milage!! Love the 2CT's..


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For the price, I thought the offerings from Continental were a truly good value.

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Yeah... The collared spacer goes on the throttle side unless you live in New Zealand.

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Here's my report on the Pilot Road 2's:
https://wristtwisters.com/aftermarket...ct-report.html
The thread pretty much says it all.

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Since there is usually a disparity in wear between front & rear, I chose:
Pilot Power 2ct = Front
Pilot Road 2 = Rear


In my mind, better grip up front is more critical.... losing traction in the rear is a bit more forgiving. The rear usually wears faster.

This combo has lasted me 5,700 miles (including one track day) and still looks like it will last several thousand more miles. I am very pleased with these tires.

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Here's my report on the Pilot Road 2's:
https://wristtwisters.com/aftermarket...ct-report.html
The thread pretty much says it all.

Rob
ya i read through your entire thread, it has pretty much made the decision for me but i have yet to close my mind if you know what i mean.

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Since there is usually a disparity in wear between front & rear, I chose:
Pilot Power 2ct = Front
Pilot Road 2 = Rear


In my mind, better grip up front is more critical.... losing traction in the rear is a bit more forgiving. The rear usually wears faster.

This combo has lasted me 5,700 miles (including one track day) and still looks like it will last several thousand more miles. I am very pleased with these tires.
i was considering this as well anyone else ran this?

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That's what I am going to get next set! I would just as soon replace both tires at the same time!


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