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post #1 of 30 Old 12-04-2006, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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I am looking for any suggestions on street sport based tires for my new used 02 919. use bike for both recreational riding and commuting. Seeking comfort and performance when required.

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I have Metzeler M1 on my 919 mostly commute 40miles a day some curves but nothing extreme at 3k the rear is showing a small flat in the center. I haven't broke loose at any point as far as grip but I probably would've been fine on the stock ones as well. 179.99 frt/rr mounting was about another 10 or 15 per tire. More than you wanted to know just letting you know my specs. I love they way they handle but i'm only comparing to the factory front mismatched with a D208 and that sucked as a combo, bought it that way used got a nail in the front and replaced the set, still have the D208 about half used anyone interested??? hehehe

I'm thinking i'll try either Z6 metzeler or the dredded expensive michelin pilot roads to which i think are overated, based on car tire experience only for Michelin just my .02 cents worth....

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I have the dreaded Michelin pilot road on the rear, and factory Michelin Hi-sport front. Not that expensive, $140.99 at Cyclegear for the rear. No complaints so far.

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The last set I put on my ST13 was aZ6 up front and an 880 on the rear. Terrific combination of handling and durability.

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Metzler Roadtec Z6
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I'm on my second set of the Z6's They have good grip and last a heck of a lot longer than the M1 did...

Here is a write up http://www.sportrider.com/tech/tires...dtec_z6_tires/

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I use a Diablo Strada in the rear with a D208GP front. The mileage from the Strada is simply amazing considering the lean angles it is capable of handling. It slides very progessively as well, just be prepared to lose grip sooner and more often than a full out sport tire. If you are going to be somewhere between sport and sport touring, the Strada is a great tire.

BTW, you're going to get roughly 34789342 opinions on this topic.

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BTW, you're going to get roughly 34789342 opinions on this topic.
Make that 34789343! Care to try something different?

Look at the Dunlop 616 or the Pirelli ScorpionSync. These tires are showing up more and more on Naked bikes. Good wear plus they can be used for track days which means they are good for agressive street riding.

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Dunlop 616
...and it says 919 upside down, as H9R pointed out when he first bought a set.

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Make that 34789343! Care to try something different?

Look at the Dunlop 616 or the Pirelli ScorpionSync. These tires are showing up more and more on Naked bikes. Good wear plus they can be used for track days which means they are good for agressive street riding.

Dunlop 616
+1 they look really cool too!!

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One more vote for the Strada's.

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What do you guys think about mismatching tires? I was thinking of putting a Metz M1 on the front and a Z6 on the rear because my rear tires burn up immediately but my fronts go for forever.

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What do you guys think about mismatching tires? I was thinking of putting a Metz M1 on the front and a Z6 on the rear because my rear tires burn up immediately but my fronts go for forever.
General consensus seems to be that it is a bad idea, but not quite as bad if you're at least running a similar tread pattern. I've never had any complaints with mine, though. D208GP front, Diablo Strada rear and the two tires couldn't be more different if they tried.

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I ran a mixed set alot. My favorite mixed combo is a Power Pilot up front and a Continental Road attac on the rear. Peg scraping traction with long life.

Learn to change your own, and save even more moola.

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Diablo Corsa's are great tires!!

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General consensus seems to be that it is a bad idea, but not quite as bad if you're at least running a similar tread pattern. I've never had any complaints with mine, though. D208GP front, Diablo Strada rear and the two tires couldn't be more different if they tried.
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I ran a mixed set alot. My favorite mixed combo is a Power Pilot up front and a Continental Road attac on the rear. Peg scraping traction with long life.
Sounds like a good combo, I have heard plenty of good things about both those tires:001_smile:.

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Thank you!

Thanks for the useful information. I now have some basis to make an educated purchase. Thank you for the welcome to the naked community.

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Another for the Diablo Stradas, Ive gotten 6.5k miles out of the rear and decent traction during very aggressive riding.

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What do you all think would get the best mileage? (refering to the center burning up from highway miles, not on a racetrack)
Continental Road Attack

Continental Force

Metzeler Z6 Roadtec

Avon Storm

Michelin Pilot Road

Michelin Battlax 020

Pirelli Diablo Strada

Pirelli Scorpion Sync:

Dunlop D616

I already have Dunlop D220's and I am only getting about 3000 miles before the cords are showing so I want to try something different.

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Has anyone achieved any milage figures for the D616.

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What do you all think would get the best mileage? (refering to the center burning up from highway miles, not on a racetrack)
Continental Road Attack

Continental Force

Metzeler Z6 Roadtec

Avon Storm

Michelin Pilot Road

Michelin Battlax 020

Pirelli Diablo Strada

Pirelli Scorpion Sync:

Dunlop D616

I already have Dunlop D220's and I am only getting about 3000 miles before the cords are showing so I want to try something different.
A quote from the link:
"Wet road grip was another concern, but we've run these tires on moist coastal roads, through torrential down-pours, through fog across the desert, in the freezing cold morning and in the mid-day heat. They have only once, in over 8000 miles slipped on me. And that slip took place when I was accelerating hard in a heavy rain-storm over a fresh stripe of paint; and what tire wouldn't slip in that situation? "

From what I read. The Continental Road Attack are a good choice.
http://canyonchasers.net/reviews/acc...oad-attack.php

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Has anyone achieved any milage figures for the D616.
Way too many variables to compare mileage claims from different people.

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From what I read. The Continental Road Attack are a good choice.
http://canyonchasers.net/reviews/acc...oad-attack.php
Thanks for the link. That does indeed sound like a good tire.

*oops...just noticed I incorrectly labeled the Bridgestone Battlax as a Michelin

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Way too many variables to compare mileage claims from different people.
hell too many variables to compare milage I get from season to season in texas 100+ temps + long rides (100+ miles) will go thru tires pretty quick.

but I will throw my 2 cents in
I personally like the Pilot Roads
Some of the guys in the sport bike club I belong to run pilot power fronts and pilot road rears,
I know one guy that rides pilot roads on his VFR and will make all the kids on hypersport bikes with supposed sport tires bust ass trying to keep up with him while he looks like he is taking a nap (course being as he's in his late 50's r early 60's... he might be naping up there)

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I was talking to the Dunlop man at the L.A. bike show, and he said I should get between 3000-6000 on Dunlop Qualifiers.
I think it's worth the gamble to try what is supposedly the best motorcycle tire around. If I get 3000 I'll be happy!

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Thanks for the help guys. I was trying to find the Dunlop D616 but could not come up with a rear tire. They do look awfully cool! I settled today and purchased the Metzler Sportech M1s. found the front and rear at prices about the same as the 616s. I should have them mounted in about a week. I will give my two cents if the weather holds out.

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Thought I just posted a thread just like this a few weeks ago.... I opted for the Roadtec Z6. After 600 miles I am loving them over my stock Michelin TX 25 set. Excellent grip (IMO) within minutes of street driving, and so far I can barely see any flattening of the center of the rear tire. With only local driving and a couple of commutes, I feel more attached to the bike/road and more confident of how much I can push these tires.

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oh... well, Guess I was a little late.... Good luck with the M1's.

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