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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-25-2010, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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Stock Tires.....

Ok, I know, another tire question....

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.....

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Ok, I know, another tire question....

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.....

Thanks, Steve
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

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RoadSmarts rock! Sportsmax is a great track tire, not for long mileage.

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What I want to know is whether or not they are worth keeping on the bike for a couple of thousand miles or junk them after getting the bike broken in....
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What I want to know is whether or not they are worth keeping on the bike for a couple of thousand miles or junk them after getting the bike broken in....
If you are going racing, buy race rubber; if riding on the street, why throe away 5 or 6 K worth of miles. They are certainly good enough for anyone sane.
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If you are going racing, buy race rubber; if riding on the street, why throw away 5 or 6 K worth of miles. They are certainly good enough for anyone sane.
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There are a lot of tires these days coming as stock that really aren't all that good. Therefore, I wanted and want the opinions of some of the more aggressive riders regarding this issue.
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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.
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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).
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Stock tires are fine till they hit the wear indicator... Got mine over 4000 miles and stick fine...

Everyone is different when it come to tires... Change them out if you don't like them.

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worst recent tyre ever ridden on, did 2000 miles and could stand no more!

Barely okay in warm ambient but even then can get front to lock up, and without going super mad. On cold roads very skittish, and wet is just dangerous , espicailly for a newbie bike.

BT090's for example are the opposite, cold wet track or -4 icy roads . Love them. but many others will do the trick. If you like to tramp on, get rid of them.
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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).
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