Yes, I searched the forum and read several posts, but didn't really find the answer to the question that I'm wondering about.
How are the stock tires for traction on pavement? I might never go off-road other than my gravel road. I'm an aggressive rider coming from a sportbike, if that helps.....
Oh boy are you going to get a rainbow of answers to this one.
Me I ride medium aggressive,I had no issues with the OEM Dunlop 221's or whatever they were.I am currently running a set of Z6 metzlers,a so so tire,will spoon on a set of Conti Motions or pirrelli Angels soon
I ride pretty aggressive in the twisties and think the stock tires step out a lot. I am not confident in them at all when I feel the need to hang off. They are good for commuting, but if you feel the need to ride like a sport bike rider they aren't that great. That being said I ran them until they needed changed.
Thanks, that is the info I was looking for. I came from sportbikes and I'm used to running DCIII's. I still have my supermoto for going hard. So, I'll probably put a compromise tire on this bike (likely PR2CT's or Rosso's).
On my previous '05 FZ1, after the re-jet, went from stock (BT 021 I think - nasty touring tire I remember) to BT 014's. Excellent all around tire, I really like those.
The stock tires on the Versys are adequate for average riding. They are dangerous on a barely-wet road (feels like grease), a bit better and wet-wet roads. I wouldn't tour or go to track on these stock tires.
I'll be replacing them soon, after less than 3000 miles on them. I'll probably go with BT 014's (I think BT 016 is what is offered as today).