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View Poll Results: Best Tires for ZX 12R
Avon 2 11.11%
Bridgestone 5 27.78%
Continental 0 0%
Dunlop 5 27.78%
Metzler 3 16.67%
Michelin 1 5.56%
Pirelli 1 5.56%
Other 1 5.56%
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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-03-2002, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question Tires for ZX 12R

I recently bought a new, 0 miles, 2001 ZX 12R. The dealer had not even done the battery yet. Brand new bike. So naturally, I want to tweak it. Any opinions as to what the best tires for this bike are? I won't be running on a track, (at least yet), but I do enjoy the twisties. I don't mind tires with a short life if the improvement in handling is there. Suggestions?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-04-2002, 05:30 AM
 
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Good topic - I bought my 2000 used from the dealer where I work with 600 miles on it, so I have the same interest. I am up to 2,000 miles now, and the tires look really good, but then I have not been riding it the way they do for magazine tests.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-16-2002, 10:20 PM
 
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The METZLER RENNSPORT tire will give the confidence and grip that ZX12R pilots ask for. This is a very unappreciated rubber.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-17-2002, 12:57 AM
 
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It all depends on what kind of riding you're gonna do. Metzeler M1 Sportec's are underappreciated. But lately they are getting lots of ink. I always like Bridgestone BT010's. Good price and good enough grip. If I am not mistaken the 12R needs a 200/50ZR17 and you may be limited in what tires are available. Check to see which manufactures even make the size. That'll probably answer your question more effeciently than anyone's two cents... including my own.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-17-2002, 12:57 AM
 
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It all depends on what kind of riding you're gonna do. Metzeler M1 Sportec's are underappreciated. But lately they are getting lots of ink. I always like Bridgestone BT010's. Good price and good enough grip. If I am not mistaken the 12R needs a 200/50ZR17 and you may be limited in what tires are available. Check to see which manufactures even make the size. That'll probably answer your question more effeciently than anyone's two cents... including my own.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-06-2002, 04:11 PM
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Look at the new Avon Azaro IIIs AV 49/50 SP tyres, received a good write up in the Dec 02 issue of Road Racing World. Just my .02 cents but I'm known for being alittle off!!!!!!

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-10-2003, 08:44 PM
 
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Although the 12 comes with the 200 section rear, many riders go with the 190 to quicken steering, and to take advantage of the wider variety of rubber available in the 190 size.

I use the Bridgestone 200 on my bike - I like that fat look, and I spend a lot of time on the hiway so I wanted a tire that would last a little while.

No matter what tire you buy, I can guarantee you that you'll be buying a lot of them. The weight and power of the bike make it a certainty.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-28-2003, 09:23 AM
 
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I would go with the Dunlops. I have an '02 model with about 2800 miles on the tires and the rear still looks pretty good. One of the guys posted that it uses a size 200 tire which may limit your choices and he's right. I've been on the twisties twice, but my average ride is just highway stuff. Hope this helps.
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