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Post Need help choosing a better tire!

First of all this is my first post and I would like to say that you guys kick ass. I have a question I'm sure you can answer. On my '96 Zx-6 I have Dunlop d207 tires. I live about 40 miles away from my school campus and my bike is my main (or preferred) mode of travel. As you can imagine I have developed a flat spot all around my rear tire. My question is this, Which tire or tires are better for interstate type riding? I know the D207 is a softer tire which helped cause the flat spot. I am looking for a harder tire that doesn't give up to much sticky performance, that would last longer than the D207. Thanks!

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Re: Need help choosing a better tire!

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First of all this is my first post and I would like to say that you guys kick ass. I have a question I'm sure you can answer. On my '96 Zx-6 I have Dunlop d207 tires. I live about 40 miles away from my school campus and my bike is my main (or preferred) mode of travel. As you can imagine I have developed a flat spot all around my rear tire. My question is this, Which tire or tires are better for interstate type riding? I know the D207 is a softer tire which helped cause the flat spot. I am looking for a harder tire that doesn't give up to much sticky performance, that would last longer than the D207. Thanks!

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Try D205's.....longer life than the 207's but no where near as good of a performance tire.

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d 205's suck

I've almost killed myself riding on bikes fitted with those POS's more than once. They slide all over the place at any decent lean angle.

I would go with either the Metzeler ME Z3, or for a little more grip with less mileage, the ME Z4

Both excellent tires with enough grip if you're going highway riding, but the ME Z3 will last a bit longer.
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The Bridgestone BT020 is another recommendation.
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The Bridgestone BT020 is another recommendation.
YES....I second the emotion on the
Bridgestone BT020....
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YES....I second the emotion on the
Bridgestone BT020....
I third the emotion on the BT020...I normally would ride an 010, but my new FZ1 came stock with the 020's...and I've gotten 3200 miles of hard charging canyon railing out of that 020 rear and its still got alot of tread left. The tire is designed as a sport touring tire, so it has a slightly harder compound than a D207 or BT010, and will give you the mileage that you want for daily commuting and will resist getting a flat spot more than the 207/010's...

They are also sticky enough when they get heated up that you can get your bike into the twisties pretty aggressively without much worry that the tires won't hold...

Great tire in my experience...

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I third the emotion on the BT020...I normally would ride an 010, but my new FZ1 came stock with the 020's...and I've gotten 3200 miles of hard charging canyon railing out of that 020 rear. The tire is designed as a sport touring tire, so it has a slightly harder compound than a D207 or BT010, and will give you the mileage that you want for daily commuting and will resist getting a flat spot more than the 207/010's...

They are also sticky enough when they get heated up that you can get your bike into the twisties pretty aggressively without much worry that the tires won't hold...

Great tire in my experience...
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What about the new dual compound D208's???
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d 205's suck

I've almost killed myself riding on bikes fitted with those POS's more than once. They slide all over the place at any decent lean angle.
Yup, just ask jtensuan. He totalled his monster on 205's.


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I would go with either the Metzeler ME Z3, or for a little more grip with less mileage, the ME Z4

Both excellent tires with enough grip if you're going highway riding, but the ME Z3 will last a bit longer.
Second that. I've got the Z3's with 2500 miles and 3 track days on them and they are only about half done (although no more track days because of heat cycle concerns, but still fine for the street). A very good all around tire, a bit slow to turn, but very stable. Highly recommended.

I posted a really good review about a month or so back done on about 20 or so different tires. Search the daily rider forum and you should be able to find it.

Update- never mind, I found it: http://www.tl1000.com/pb_tires/sport_rider_sep_2001.htm

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What about the new dual compound D208's???
You have to be a licensed racer to even get your hands on a set of d208GP's. Also, they would be absolutely horrible for the street after about 2 hours. They are strictly race tires. Bad for rain. Bad for longevity, etc.
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