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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 ? :)
 

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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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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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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.
The 180/55 is made for a 5.5" rim while the 190's are made for 6" rim.
The 180 can be stretched onto a 6" rim. I tried that last year.
I found the bike ran off the edge of the tire too quick.
The 190/55 has the same overall curvature as the 180/55, but has more sidewall area.
 

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Bridgstone BT016's with a 190/55 rear it is then :)
 

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i just ordered a set of the new power pures and the seem pretty legit. they sell in a 190/55 as well check them out
 

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Quick update!

Just ordered a pair of Avon Viper Extreme's with a 190/55 rear :)

Just kind of curious as to what tyre pressures you guys are using?

Seem to recall the owners manual stating 42 Psi rear, which seems a bit high to me ?

Would also like to say that going for a thrash on worn BT016's is prob not the best idea I've ever had :eek:
 

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Anyone tried running dual compound on the front and not on the rear? Rear is almost new and front is worn out so I need to replace it but would like to try the dual compound. Rear is a Pilot Power.
 

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Anyone tried running dual compound on the front and not on the rear? Rear is almost new and front is worn out so I need to replace it but would like to try the dual compound. Rear is a Pilot Power.
From previous experience on other bikes ('94 'Blade, 2000 'Blade '99 R6) mixing front and rear tyres can have a detrimental effect on handling.

Tried a Pirelli Dragon rear with a Bridgstone 010 on the 929 'Blade............:eek:
soon changed that one over!!
 

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My bike came with a Pilot Road 2 on the rear and an almost stuffed Metzler front - I replaced the front with a pilot power and it works ok, I'd prefer to be running a matched set.
 
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