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New Tires = New Bike!

I changed the tires on my 2003 and it is like a new bike! The old tires were getting worn, but not real bad. It was a used bike and this is the first tire change for me. I put Metzler Z6's on, Dunlop Streetmax off.

I rode about 100 miles today and I'm still amazed. I also tried keeping the rpms higher than usual - closer to 5000. The bike drove completely different - in a good way!

I was beginning to wonder about all these great things you guys were staying about the 919. Now I understand!

I realize you more experienced folks will be saying, "Jeez, I told you so!" but until you experience it, you really don't understand.

Thanks again.

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post #2 of 22 Old 09-28-2008, 04:38 PM
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post #3 of 22 Old 09-28-2008, 05:18 PM
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I am a big fan on the z6. so much so that I don't think i will ever try another tire. THey are just simply amazing and does it all(or atleast what I do). Even after they do get a flat spot, i still find them excelling at what they do...handle great and stick.

also i am hoping with the new z6 interact coming out, that the z6's on the market are going to start going for cheap...hopefully.

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I totally agree on the Z6's. Awesome tires! They have such a great profile even when they wear down (which takes a while) they still roll over smoothly.

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post #5 of 22 Old 09-28-2008, 07:41 PM
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I am coming up on the end off the life on my strada which is comparable to the Z6 and it has done better than expected.

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I am coming up on the end off the life on my strada which is comparable to the Z6 and it has done better than expected.
I know it is probably somewhere else on here, but what is your mileage? riding style?

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I just put on new Strada's last week and love them! Feels like a different bike, so now I know too

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i put straders on mine bike felt much nicer than standard battlaxe

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How do the Metzler Z6s compare to Micheline Pilot Powers? I've enjoyed my Powers, but am less than 1000 miles to a new set and have started looking for replacements.

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Things don't start getting good until 5000rpm.

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post #11 of 22 Old 09-29-2008, 03:00 PM
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How do the Metzler Z6s compare to Micheline Pilot Powers? I've enjoyed my Powers, but am less than 1000 miles to a new set and have started looking for replacements.
well i don't think you will experience this with the z6. either it be because of wear or handling.

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post #12 of 22 Old 09-29-2008, 07:23 PM
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How do the Metzler Z6s compare to Micheline Pilot Powers? I've enjoyed my Powers, but am less than 1000 miles to a new set and have started looking for replacements.
If we are allowed to make direct comparisons, the Pilot Power is more like the M3, whereas the Pilot Road would be more like the Z6. Wear on the Z6 should outlast the Pilot Powers.

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i have michelin power pilots and i am fairly certain they will be the tire of choice for some time to come.. the are stickey in the curves .. they are great in the rain (south florida rains every 12 minutes) and i can get them at a good price.. i had slipstones on there untill a damp morning parking when some nice lady drinking her mocalatetalkingonhercellphoneheadupass ran a stop sign and what should have been a routine crap your pants panic stop turned into a pick up the bike seehowbaditsscratched event.. immediatly upon getting to work put michelins on and now am able to stop with confidence..



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post #14 of 22 Old 09-30-2008, 12:48 AM
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Pilot Road 2 for me - fitted a month a go and I've done 1000kms on them. Seriously nice on the Honda Hornet 900 (AKA 919). A vast improvement on the stock 'sports' tyres that only lasted 6000ks.
Very progressive turning (you control it not the tyre diving you in) and stick like a smelly thing on a bed sheet.

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post #15 of 22 Old 09-30-2008, 01:18 AM
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I know it is probably somewhere else on here, but what is your mileage? riding style?
I would say my riding style is semi aggressive. Typical riding is hard reving through the gears to atleast 6500 RPMs chicken stripes were very minimal but present none the less. I think they were down to like 2 or 3mm. I just installed a Michelin Road 2ct today. I had 8250 miles on the tire when I took it to the shop today. I probably could have squeezed another 500 miles out of it, but i had already worn down to the indicators and had basically worn them off as well.

The strada was still preforming the same at the end of its life as it did in its beginning. I highly recommend it, I am currently trying the Road 2ct to see it I what I like, but I know that the Strada had just started to scallop when I took it off. Which is a great improvement over the M3 I had when I bought the bike. I was happier riding on the Strada than my previous M3.

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I just replaced the original rear on my 07 919 with a Pilot Road 2. I just took her out yesterday and did some decent twisties, and the thing I noticed is that the tire doesn't really show it much. With the stock Michelin Hi Sport's when you did corners the tires showed their...softness I guess, in that they would get all rough and chunked up. I ended up getting a small nail in the rear at 4k and decided to replace it. I think I would have gotten another 1-1.5k out of it before being bald.

I was unable to find that Hi Sport tire anywhere and assumed it was only available wherever they make the bike. Anyone know anything about them?

Later, Guy

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post #17 of 22 Old 10-03-2008, 04:42 PM
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I think the hi-sport tire is a french tire.

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post #18 of 22 Old 10-04-2008, 07:45 PM
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If it feels good at 5000 revs, imaginen how it feels at 6000, 7000, 8000, redline!

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post #19 of 22 Old 10-04-2008, 08:49 PM
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I'm eagerly awaiting putting new tires on my 919, but I'll get all the other goodies taken care of and then the new tires before spring. I only run Pirelli DCIII's on my 10 and love them, but will probably put Conti Roadattacks on the 919 (I had them on my Shiver). Also thinking about the Pirelli Rosso's. Anyone tried those yet???

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post #20 of 22 Old 10-05-2008, 07:50 AM
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I just put on pilot powers cant wait to really try em out I got juat about 4900 miles out of the stock battlecrapx.

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i know what ya mean about new tyres..

just put on roadattacks on handles a heap better now.
has to the others (pilot sport) were pretty squared off.
no where near as sticky as the sport but that lasted less than 4000k's
(2500miles).

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I'm eagerly awaiting putting new tires on my 919, but I'll get all the other goodies taken care of and then the new tires before spring. I only run Pirelli DCIII's on my 10 and love them, but will probably put Conti Roadattacks on the 919 (I had them on my Shiver). Also thinking about the Pirelli Rosso's. Anyone tried those yet???

Thanks, Steve
I have a Rosso as my front tire and used a Rosso rear tire on an SV650 and it was almost to good for the stock dunlop front. Seemed like it slid the front through turns.

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