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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-16-2008, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
 
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Tire suggestions

Hey. I just bought my first bike a couple of months ago. It is a 2004 Kawasaki ZX6R 636. I'm getting ready to put tires on it and looking for suggestions. I don't race or stunt. I occasionally ride corners fairly hard, but actually spend alot of time on the road. I drive almost 1 &1/2 hours 1 way every weekend, so I am looking for something that will get a few more miles out of it. I have been told to go with the Michelin Pilot Powers, but know that i'm only going to get 3000 miles or so out of it. Any suggestions? I would really appreciate it. Thanks
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-16-2008, 01:13 PM
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For longer wear look at the sport touring tires like the Michelin Pilot Road or the Bridgestone BT020. You'll probably never notice a difference on the street and they'll last quite a bit longer.

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Are you at all familar with a Dunlop Qualifier?
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-16-2008, 01:33 PM
 
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I used to have a pair of Avon 46's and they lasted pretty well. But they did take longer to warm up than sport tires



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I'm hooked on the Michelin Pilot Power 2CT's. They have insane grip on the twisties, and the center holds up pretty well to long commutes. The people I ride with are about 25-30 miles away (long, straight roads no matter which way you dice it) so I spend a lot of time doing boring riding between twisties, and they have just recently started to "flatten" out in the center with almost 3K miles.

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-17-2008, 05:06 AM
 
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While I like my 2CT's I dont think they make good touring tires. They last just a touch longer than regular sport tires.

But they do grip...



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They've certainly held up better than the Qualifiers I had on before, but I do agree that touring wouldn't be their best application.

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I would take a look at the Michelin Pilot Road; they are made for longer life, and have a stiffer carcus for regular road use.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-17-2008, 11:38 AM
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I've got a Road Attack I in the rear right now and am still working out how much I like them. Been plenty grippy for the road but don't have a number for its longevity yet. The Roat Attack II's are now available and would be where I'd go if I hadn't gotten this one as a gift.

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