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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-08-2004, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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Best all around tire RC51

What is the best all around tire? I will not be riding in the rain! I live in the Sierra Mountains and would like to get a tire that performce good but last a little longer then 2,000 miles! I will ride abour 50% in the Mountains and the other 50% going to get something to eat with the little lady, to work, the bar just have in fun. The bike is a 2000 RC-51, the old owner put a 180 rear tire I would like to back to the 190. Any info would help.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-08-2004, 11:48 AM
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#1 stick with the 180

#2 Don't skimp on rubber... The RC eats tires period & if you are even remotely pushing it in the twisties it is in your best interest to have good quality tires under you.

The M1 Sportec's are relatively cheap, wear great & offer above average levels of grip
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check this out..

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Yea but that poll is whack.

BT-014's are terrible tires... The front has such a stiff sidewall that it just makes for a terrible handing bike on the brakes. Then again I guess it depends on what you are doing as they are perfect for running around on city streets & the like, but when yu are serious about flicking it into turns & trail braking they suck.
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Why stick with the 180?? What about the Michelin Pilot Power, the bike has Michelin Pilot Race H2 how is that tire. I just got the bike and have only ridin it about 50 miles then winter showed up. The back tire is going to be due for a new one in a couple hundred miles.
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Because the 180-55 tire is a better handling tire (in any brand) than a 190-50

I am not a Michelin guy, but tire choices are a very personal thing & the truth is 90% of the riders out there don't even come close to extracting the potential from the tire & simply cannot discern the differences in compound or carcass design anyway.
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that's my question, I will never push this bike to it limits so I really don't think I need a street track tire. should I just order what the new ones come with stock? Pilot sport. I don't have a favorite brand tire.
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Like I said it is all personal preference, but I will also say that confidence in your tires will directly improve your riding.

I just sold my RC so I can concentrate funds on building up my 1000RR

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Very nice! So let me ask you this what tire would you use for riding on the street. Plus in the Mountains.
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