Many guys in our group ride the Metzeler Sportec M1....they're awesome tires! Heat up fast (faster that the Pilots), stable, neutral, good mileage for a high perf. tire, confidence inspiring, and relatively CHEAP!
(Our bikes that run the Sportecs include R1, Rc51, ZX9R, 929, Daytona 955)
I have them on my VFR and will be putting them on my 929 when the OEM Pilots are done (soon!).
The M1s are also priced better than the Pilots. We can get them at a local shop for $87/110. I think www.discountmotorcycletire.com
sells 'em for a little more, but close enough.
Sport Rider magazine ranked 'em 2nd in the high performance category to the Pilot Race H2. The Race H2 gives more traction, but take longer to heat up and give less mileage.
Last edited by qqqqqqqman; 06-29-2002 at 04:15 PM.
Race tires are for the track. Street tires are better for the street. When the tires and the pavment are cold you will have terrible traction. The race tires will break traction under acceleration easier then the street compounds.
If you are riding in the heat of summer and have no problem with the race tires warming up you will find that they stick very well. But there are other issues too. Race tires a designed to go through only a few heat cycles. These types of tires a meant to heat up to operating temperatures and then cool down and then heat up again for the next session and then maybe one more time after that. As for street tire, they are designed to heat up and cool down many many times. I cant say exactly what happens to the tires. But from the different things that I have read the track tires are not the way to go for the street.
And of course, they wear out alot faster. As for poser points, I dont think you will earn much of those unless you can melt the edges of the tire off.