hey i have a 88 fzr 1000 and am looking for a good set of tires for it. so far the best (most sticky) tires i could find are dunlop d202's i was hopeing for any sugguestions on better tires made in a size 18 and where i can get them
im getting sick of spinning the rear tire @ 45 mph everytime i clutch up a wheelie
I have a Metzeler MEZ2 (170/60-18) on my RC30. It's reasonably good for street use but does tend to spin up under heavy throttle. Selection is very limited in that size, and I haven't found anything better, so I just live with it.
Look at the Avon Azaro IIIs AV 45/46, Road Racing World (Dec 02 isue) did a write up on the new Azaro line of tyres and said they were quite impressed with the performance. This wasn't a tyre comparo just an article on the Avons so take it for that. The Av 45/46 ST are billed as the sport-touring tyre but gave good feedback and grip according to Sam Fleming.
The 45/46 ST come in 160/60 18 so that will work for your FZR. On a side note I'm using the Avon AV 35/36 ST (last generation of sport-touring tyre) and have no problems with grip at all and this is usually under hard use, they also come in the 160/60 18. If Avon isn't your brand then try Bridgestone 010s they also have a rear in the 160/60 18 you just have to ask cause they're not the usual size for the performance tyre. Check out Chaparral-racing.com and you'll see the BT010R 160/60 18 for $103.97. The Bridgestones are less $$$ than the Avons so if cost is a concern go with the BT010s if not then try the Avons. Right now the only place I've seen that advertise the new Azaro IIIs is Tiresunlimited but other places should be getting them very soon.
It kind of depends on how you ride. They are soft enough to wear down fast if you ride aggressively 3000 miles or so. I smoothed the sides in 4 days in deals gap NC. BUT....There are NO straight roads there and I rode fast.
There are better tires on the market but not much in the way of an 18".... There are some UK tires out there...bt 92 I think but here in the states....aside from racing rubber the 010's are about as good as you'll get in the 18