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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 11-20-2008, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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tires make a real difference

Purchased a new versys and it felt like the front was always loose or pushing. After reading a review on tires for the versys I purchased the pirelli corsa mt60 for the front and rear. It makes the versys feel like a completely different bike. It feels much more solid and the front end feels stable. It is truly worth the money.
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I think you'll find most folk who have changed tyres will agree. I put on a set of Bridgestone BT021's and it was a different machine!

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Yeah I can't wait to get through my stockers! I have over 6k on the bike and they still have a bit of life in em! And I've been broke as of late so I can't justify not using them through...
but when they are finally dead, I think I'm gonna try out the avon distanzias, unless you guys can recommend something better in the same class of tires.


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My rear stocker is starting to show a strip of a different rubber. Should I replace them now or do I have a way to go before getting through that rubber. I may just go ahead and replace them because I really don't like them.

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Tires are everything. I had a buddy who worked in a dealership and he cringed everytime somebody asked for the cheapest tires they had.

Buying premium tires is the easiest way to improve your motorcycle.

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My rear stocker is starting to show a strip of a different rubber. Should I replace them now or do I have a way to go before getting through that rubber. I may just go ahead and replace them because I really don't like them.
Sharrison, I would replace em dude. Your bike is gonna handle soooo much better with new rubber. I got a set of Bridgestone BT-016's (dual compound, high performance sport tire) about a month ago although I had plenty of tread left on the stockers. The stock tires (Dunlop D220) are pretty much just plain tires, round and rubber w/no advanced technology. With the new tires on the market now, especially the dual compounds, you'll experience major improvement in feel, handling and stability, especially in the curvy stuff.

"When It Rains, Get Wet"
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I am loving my new Avon Storms. Beautiful tire. Very confidence inspiring in all conditions.

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Sharrison, I would replace em dude. Your bike is gonna handle soooo much better with new rubber. I got a set of Bridgestone BT-016's (dual compound, high performance sport tire) about a month ago although I had plenty of tread left on the stockers. The stock tires (Dunlop D220) are pretty much just plain tires, round and rubber w/no advanced technology. With the new tires on the market now, especially the dual compounds, you'll experience major improvement in feel, handling and stability, especially in the curvy stuff.
Thanks! We need to meet for another ride when I have some good tires.

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replace or not

Replace them immediately if you can. My stock tires only had 23 miles on them when I put the corsa mt60s on. The stockers made the bike feel unstable. You'll love the change.
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I'm saving up for some heated gear. After that, I'm there!

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Has anybody out there tried out the Dunlop Roadsmart's?


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roadsmart - works fine

I experienced a high speed puncture with my original rear tire last summer. I replaced the stock tire with a dual compound Dunlap RoadSmart tire. It works fine for me. I maybe have about 800 miles on it, no problems. I went for my last ride of the year yesterday. It even grips well on 38 degree heavily salted asphalt!

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Has anybody out there tried out the Dunlop Roadsmart's?
I heard the Dunlop Roadsmarts are incredible tires. A lady that works at Cycle Gear here in Atlanta swears by them. She has about 20 years seat time on both street and track. I will be purchasing them next time around I think. Here's a link to a great site for product reviews by guys who actually ride. Check it out.

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...Rear-Tire.aspx

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I'm saving up for some heated gear. After that, I'm there!
Maybe we will get one of those signature warm Georgia winter weekends soon and we can meet moutainrider (and anyone else) for a ride.

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I sure hope so cause I'm a total wuss when it comes to the cold!

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I purchased the Metzler Z6 Roadtec tires front and back. Man what a difference. Going through long sweeping turns I feel like I am strapped to a rocket. Man talk about grip. When they get wet they actually stick a little better. Dual compound is awesome!
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Man talk about grip. When they get wet they actually stick a little better. Dual compound is awesome!
They don't. I would be very careful if I was you.


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Gustavo, sounds like experience talking there? Is there a story behind it???
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Gustavo, sounds like experience talking there? Is there a story behind it???
I live in the PNWet. If you don't ride in the rain, you have a 2, maybe 3, month long riding season. Gives you a lot of opportunity to ride and race in wet conditions. First thing you find out is that there really is better traction on wet roads than most people think. The second is that it's so unpredictable, because every turn is different when it's wet (they are when it's dry too, but the variation in traction is not as great), turns that look the same can't always be taken at the same speeds. You can come of a turn railing like it was dry only to loose the front and/or rear as soon as you start leaning into the next one or get on the gas. BTDT, have the dirty shorts to prove it.

On the race track it's easy to manage, you remember which turns have the reduced traction and don't push that hard. On the street, where every corner is new every time you ride it, pushing as hard as in dry conditions is recipe for crashing. And I really don't like crashing.

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