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I was checking the tires on my niner today and noticed threads showing on rear tire dead center.I have about 6500 miles on it. I have to replace it but I dont know if I should get the same stock bridgestone battlelax. I'll tell ya they grip the road pretty good. Does anyone have any recomendations on what I should buy? I seen MOTORCYCLE SUPERSTORE had some sales going on, also free shipping. I appreciate the help.

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I think that refers to 2 separate tires, the Michelin Pilot Power 2CTs and the Pilot Road 2's. The former (PP2) are performance track tires, very sticky but won't last that long, and the latter (PR2) are street tires, not as sticky but still very highly regarded.

I've got a PR2 on the rear and it's very good. I still have the stock Hi-Sport in front, but I'll probably replace it in the spring once I've put a few thousand miles on it. I'll be replacing it with another PR2.

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here is the pilot road write up found in the Search function:

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i agree with my esteemed cohorts.... i also suggest the bridgestone bt020s and bt021s the 20s came stock on my vfr and i am getting surprising mileage here in south florida where its hot and we have 5 curves....



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i agree with my esteemed cohorts.... i also suggest the bridgestone bt020s and bt021s the 20s came stock on my vfr and i am getting surprising mileage here in south florida where its hot and we have 5 curves....
Wow! I had to focus my bi-focals...I thought you said S curves!

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No sir. I said 5. Five. Cinco. And we cherish each one dearly. 3 rights 2 lefts



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Pilot Road 2's all the way... I love mine!

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I'm also running Pilot Road 2 tires. I have just over 5,000 on the rear and 6,500 on the front and they still have lots of life left. My driving habits would be the opposite of some old lady.

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I've been running Pilot Powers (not the 2ct's) only since 2005 and I like them alot. However I only get 5000 miles (at best) out of a rear. How do the Pilot Road 2s compare to the Pilot Powers grip wise?

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I love the 2cts. They're a multicompound tire. Highway compound for the middle, and some softer stuff for the ousides/corners. IMO stop looking and buy those. Great all around tire, and they're pretty awsome in the rain too...

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Next question is, where is the best deal on Pilot Road 2CT's???


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I think that refers to 2 separate tires, the Michelin Pilot Power 2CTs and the Pilot Road 2's. The former (PP2) are performance track tires, very sticky but won't last that long, and the latter (PR2) are street tires, not as sticky but still very highly regarded.

I've got a PR2 on the rear and it's very good. I still have the stock Hi-Sport in front, but I'll probably replace it in the spring once I've put a few thousand miles on it. I'll be replacing it with another PR2.
Correct. My Mistake. I have been running Pilot power 2ct's for so long I automatically wrote Pilot power, then, road 2ct. I like the Road 2 CT tire (Rear) much better for commuting & playing. They seem to hold just as well when leaned over at the upper echelon of the 919's capabilities.
I also like the fact that after a month of use the center is still round.
I do, however, still have a Pilot power 2ct on the front.
I'm not sure I want to change that. I know the limits of that tire.
But, I like to keep the styles matched. So, Maybe I'll give the front a try.


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those pilot roads 2 appear to have some promising notes. but for me it is the z6. the tire just performs flawless and i have no reason to try another. the roads i think are a bit more than the metzeler at the local shop.

I have 6k on my metzelers (with last trip being 1100 miles of pure interstate) and would guess easy another 3k miles easy. but i picked up a nail on the last trip, that that sort of ended my season.

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Just to confuse you a little bit more, the Rosso's, Roadsmarts, and M3's are all excellent tires to give a look to. In my opinion, the PR 2CT's or any of these are more tire than most people are rider. We, all of us, are beyond lucky with the quality of tires we can buy now versus 5 or more years ago.

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Just to confuse you a little bit more, the Rosso's, Roadsmarts, and M3's are all excellent tires to give a look to. In my opinion, the PR 2CT's or any of these are more tire than most people are rider. We, all of us, are beyond lucky with the quality of tires we can buy now versus 5 or more years ago.
what is/was your mileage on the m3?

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what is/was your mileage on the m3?
Sadly, I traded that bike (ZRX1200) before I found out. However, I did trade it on my favorite bike ever (My ZX10). They held up to a trackday and at least a couple (maybe 3) thousand miles before that.

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I went to the local bike dealer today and they had a sale on tires. I went for a bt 021 rear for $117.00 and $15.00 to mount and balance. I think thats a pretty decent deal. Next time I'll go for a set of mich p2. Money is a little tight right now and it sucks because I would love to get a set of mivv xcones. Those look trick on the 919. Thanks for your responses. This is a great site

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Can't argue with the price. Cheapest I can see a PR2 going for is $170 + mounting.

Sounds like you done good.

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No sir. I said 5. Five. Cinco. And we cherish each one dearly. 3 rights 2 lefts
Ever try taking them in the other direction?

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I've found Paw Paw cycles to be so close to mail order that I get all my tires there. The Conti Road Attack was within a couple bucks of the best online price.

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I just priced PR2's in Traverse City, Great Escapes Motorsports (honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, KTM) went belly up this spring, but now just does parts and service, wanted $484 for front and rear tires for 9er plus $35/tire to mount and balance them. I can get the same tires from MC Super-stores for $306 delivered! No wonder they went bankrupt!

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Ever try taking them in the other direction?
He can't. They're on-off ramps for the freeway. 8)



Well, I guess he could, but traffic and or law-enforcement wouldn't like that idea much.


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Which tire? Whatever F4i runs on his SV.


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Which tire? Whatever F4i runs on his SV.

I helped him take that tire off his civic and put it on the SV saturday night.

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I helped him take that tire off his civic and put it on the SV saturday night.


I don't believe you, though, especially after our near-fatal ride back to the motel Friday night. I thought we were qualifying for the Virgina Beach Grand Prix! There was nothing left of those tires...

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Pilot Road 2 <--This is a link

The front (120/70-17) is $135 and the rear (180/55-17) is $168. Free shipping if you order 2 tires. That brings your total to $303. Add about $60 for mount and balance if you need it.

They have a more expensive rear in the same size, but it has 3-ply sidewalls and is recommended for 2-up and fully loaded riding only. They recommend the 2-ply sidewall tire for mostly solo riding.

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I did the ole Battleaxe BT-021 on the rear from ebay for $120 shipped and a BT-016 on the front for free (my dad had it laying around brand new in the garage!)...

cost me $90 total to get them both mounted and balanced at the Triumph dealer here in Philly (Manayunk). Kind of a rip, but its really the only convenient place I could go to get it done...

These tires improved my riding/handling so much. I feel so much more confident on turn ins because it is just so stable. Wet weather is handled nicely when caught in it as well! I definitely recommend Battleaxes

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wow after seeing those prices i can get front and rear z6's for $255 installed at the dealer i bought my bike

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I have Conti Sport-attacks that I put on recently. I love 'em. Much better grip than my Metzler's in my opinion.

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I bought the tire bt 021 at the dealer broward motorsports in west palm beach and I still think $117.00 and 15.00 is an awesome deal. Nice tire, looks and feels better than the bt 056 I had on there. I'll have to break it though if you know what I mean.devil

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I have had two sets of "Dunlop qualifier", one set "pilot Power 2ct" one set of "pilot road 2 rear_ pilot power 2ct" Front combo and just recently put on a set of "BT016". I think the "BT016" they sell to public are better than the one that come stock on the bike as OEM , so far these tires are really good , I don't know how many miles they would last , but the performance is A+, and I only paid $240.00 for the set from "motosport.com" nearly $100 less than the PP2ct.
I liked the combo "pilot road 2 rear pp 2ct front" also, they performed really well
and I got about 7500 miles out of the set , I am sure I could have squeezed more miles out of them if I wanted to, and the fact that both front and rear lasted about the same was another plus , I hate it when you put on a new rear tire and either keep or throw away a half used front. so if I don't find any tire deals next time , I'll go back to this combo

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I bought the tire bt 021 at the dealer broward motorsports in west palm beach and I still think $117.00 and 15.00 is an awesome deal. Nice tire, looks and feels better than the bt 056 I had on there. I'll have to break it though if you know what I mean.devil
dude..... thats a smoking deal... i may go pick one up tomorrow... .

pm me your # if you wanna go riding one day... i am here in ft lauderdale/north miami... tk919 is in ft pierce... and there are a couple more hoodlums scattered around here...

thanks for the heads up on the smoking bt021 deal... i hope they have some left for tomorrow...

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A guy at work just told me about some Dunlps that have a different profile for the rear tile that supposedly gives a bigger contact patch when the bike is leaned a lot. Sounded interesting to me, but I just picked up some pr 2ct's for 289 at cycle sector here in SD.

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I just put some of these on...it'll be interesting to see how they ride. $359 OTD, wheels on the bike, here in SF.

For most of my recent trip, I had a set of Metzler Z6s that I had put on in Missoula...I didn't much like their slow turn-in, and had less confidence in them than the previous tires (BT016s, not too surprising as I was moving from sport to sport-touring tires). However, I was careful to keep them well inflated, though I dropped pressure when I was on the twisties...Deal's Gap, etc., and I got 9500 miles out of those suckers, so really, I can't complain.

My favorite tires for the 919, so far, have been the Bridgestone BT016s. Yum. I ripped up Lolo Pass in Idaho with them, at significantly supra-legal speeds, leaving very, very little rear tire edge unused, with loaded hard bags. Nary a slip nor slither. They're that confidence-inspiring.

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A guy at work just told me about some Dunlps that have a different profile for the rear tile that supposedly gives a bigger contact patch when the bike is leaned a lot. Sounded interesting to me, but I just picked up some pr 2ct's for 289 at cycle sector here in SD.
Run less air & you get a bigger patch. Try 31psi in the rear & 28psi in the front the next time you shorten your pegs.
If your not leaving hard part line trails from your 919, you don't need to be concerned about lean angles.

Pr2's will out lean the Dunlops anyways. I know they out corner those over rated under performing Diablo Strada's that some straight line riding sissy's run.

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