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post #1 of 18 Old 06-19-2007, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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Dunlop 208ZR - Are they any good ?

Cycle Gear has a special on these tires front and rear for 150.00.
http://www.cyclegear.com/spgm.cfm?L1...98_G&tier2=214
Are they good tires, how do the compare to the Pilot Roads? What kind of mileage can be expected if anyone has used them? I missed out on the Diablo Stadas the last time they did this, don't want to miss twice ..

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In my opinion, I would never run Dunlops again, but that is totally my experiences with them. I have run Dunlop 208's as an OEM tire on nearly all of my bikes, as that is what was supplied with it. It is an old technology tire that has been around for a number of years.

I can't say much other than it is a mediocre tire at best from a mediocre company. Dunlop is trying very hard to fill in a gap where Michelin, and Pirelli have had great success. Michelin has the recall going right now, but at least they are admitting a fault with their product "before" anything bad happens to a rider.

My experience with Dunlops are best summed up by:
-Little to no wet grip
-Unsure of exactly what the tire was doing at any given time.
-Heavy as compared to other brands.

I grade tires on a "trackday" scale though, and the results may be completely different for someone just doing street riding. I'm sure others will chime in with their reviews.

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Do yourself a favor and go get some Metzeler Roadtec Z6's. 6k miles with plenty tread left, and AWESOME grip on pretty much any surface.(Dirt road/ditches/oil slicks excluded ) This is based on commuter use and the occasional twisty.

Good Luck!

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Those tires are magical. They came standard on my bike-o and lasted longer than anything I've put on since and had great grip when they heated up(didn't take long). I've gone to even stickier tires since then but all around the 208 is a great tire.

The front tire will probably start cupping after a while but, eh, no biggie.

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Do yourself a favor and go get some Metzeler Roadtec Z6's. 6k miles with plenty tread left, and AWESOME grip on pretty much any surface.(Dirt road/ditches/oil slicks excluded ) This is based on commuter use and the occasional twisty.

Good Luck!
Agreed.

208s are provided as OEM tires. I've had a few sets and never liked them.

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I use a 208Qualifier rear and a GP front. I like Dunlops...

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So the consensus is that it's an awesome tire that you are sure to hate, or something.

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First mod. with my new R6 was to yank the OEM Dunlop 208's

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You couldn't pay me to run a Dunlop. I'm with Ridgerunner on this one, particularly about the lack of predictable response. Every time I've run a Dunlop, it's done something bad and unpredictable at a critical moment, resulting in some close calls.

On my street bike, I'm running a set of the Metzeler M3's, and I can't tell you enough how much I like that tire. Grippy, predictable, and they've worn really well, too.

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On my street bike, I'm running a set of the Metzeler M3's, and I can't tell you enough how much I like that tire. Grippy, predictable, and they've worn really well, too.
Side note, I swear the M-3 are Pilot Powers with the Michelin writing scrubbed off the sidewalls and Metzeler written in place... look at them. Either way I'm trying them once my Pilot Powers are worn away.

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I love my Qualifiers, wouldn't have anything else!

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For real, it's bordering on copyright infringement...

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Side note, I swear the M-3 are Pilot Powers with the Michelin writing scrubbed off the sidewalls and Metzeler written in place... look at them. Either way I'm trying them once my Pilot Powers are worn away.
http://www.motorradonline.de/fm/186/Metzeler_M3.jpg

http://www.canyonchasers.net/reviews...n/DSC00976.jpg

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Actually... looking again at the M-3's, they look a LOT like the 208-GP's don't they?? Or is it just me?

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got damn near 7500 miles out of my stock rear 208 on the 600rr. most of that was riding back and forth to work and up to Mikey (70 miles each way) to go on 200 mile rides...

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got damn near 7500 miles out of my stock rear 208 on the 600rr. most of that was riding back and forth to work and up to Mikey (70 miles each way) to go on 200 mile rides...
Yeah, I got 4200miles out of my set. Only get about 2500 out of every other brand since then.

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I've had excellent trackday and street results with my Dunlop Qualifiers. I'm on my second set...

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I've had excellent trackday and street results with my Dunlop Qualifiers. I'm on my second set...
Dunlops writeup on that tire. For reference.

Dunlop Motorcycle Tires is renowned for its ability to bring racing tire technology to the street. With the introduction of the all new Qualifier (or Q), a DOT spec sport bike tire that brings racetrack level performance to the street, Dunlop ushers in a whole new era of ultra-high radial sport tire performance for serious riders. In determining the criteria for the Qualifier the successor to the street going D208ZR. Dunlops development team faced a daunting task: elevate all aspects of performance while maintaining the consistent, predictable and surefooted all-weather handling of the phenomenal D208ZR, the best-selling sport bike tire in the U.S.



The Qualifier tires are pretty reasonably priced.

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I use a 208Qualifier rear and a GP front. I like Dunlops...
Really??? I ran Quailifers on the RC & hated them. Preferred the 208's.

Loved the Metz ractec's & currently running Avon's. Gotta say they have a good feel to them & stick well in rain, even w/ tar strips. The B'stone 015 are nice till you hit a tar strip... they'll make you pucker.

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