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Hi all,

getting close to needing to change my tyres, but really don't know what to get as the SP1 is the first bike I have owned for a few years.

Currently have BT016's on which seemed really stable, but wondered what you guys are putting on your bikes?

I've been looking at the Pirelli Supercorsa BSB, but maybe its a bit too extreme for street riding.

Recommendations ?

Mods: Erion Cans, flapper valve system removed, PAIR removed, Turn One airbox, PCIII usb with custom map

130.8 Bhp & 76.7 Ft/lb torque @ the wheel

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The Bridgestone BT-016's are about the cheapest premium tires I've found.
Second cheapest are the Continental SportAttacks.
I mostly used to run the Pirelli Corsa III's until they got too expensive.
And the Michelin Pilot Power, or Power 2CT's.
Nowadays, I usually shop for the best tires I can afford.
The Dunlops were on sale, so I jumped to try them out.
Likewise the Michelins.

The Pirelli Diablo SuperCorsa or Dragon SuperCorsa will wear out pretty quick.
They're mostly track day tires. Fun while they last though.
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BT016 with about 32psi in em and your gold. Probably the best tire your gonna find for a good price. I run those on my CBR. I have the BT003's on my track bike and their sick but they wear really quick.
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thanks for the comments guys

I was looking at the supercorsa BSB's which now come as OE on some top of the range superbikes, but I was a bit worried about wet weather handling, and how good they would be for street use.

I do push the bike pretty hard and the BT016's have not let me down, so I think I may well stick with them, but I will probably still be looking at alternatives right up till I change the tyres!

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If you currently don't, I'd suggest trying a 190/55-17 rear tire.
You may like the increased response.
And, of all the tires I've tried, the BT-016 has been the tallest rear yet.
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So does the 190/55 make that much difference? I have 190/50 and am getting a rear tire soon.
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So does the 190/55 make that much difference? I have 190/50 and am getting a rear tire soon.
Definitely quickens the response.
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Thanks, makes sense dont it.
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Thanks, makes sense dont it.
The curvature of the 190/50 is more round, whereas the 190/55 had a more pointed curvature, so the 190/55 more easily tips into a turn.
Also a 190/55 is a bit taller due to the aspect ratio, so it will raise the rear slightly and quicken the steering due to a slight decrease in rake and trail.
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Im following ya. I read somewhere recently also about getting an taller 180 with similar effect. Dont remember the specifics though,and until you brought it up I hadnt really thought about it.
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