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Best tyres for cornering and handling
« on: February 24, 2019, 08:07:09 AM »
Hi,
The original Dunlop tyres are now shot after 12,000km. I have been disappointed with the bikes handling especially at open road speeds and cornering. The bike feels very 'jittery' and not at all confidence inspiring. I am wondering if I should buy narrower tyres as they might help. The OEM tyres (front-120/70, rear-160/60) are wider than my other bike a  650 VStrom Suzuki. Has anybody tried different tyres and found any that help with handling?
thanks,
Peter
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Re: Best tyres for cornering and handling
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2019, 01:06:41 PM »
Michelin Pilot Road 4 and Road5 are ususlly highly prized by users.

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Re: Best tyres for cornering and handling
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2019, 02:48:52 PM »
The Michelins are great for the road. I had my Continental TKC70s leaned over at 70mph yesterday on a ride through the mountains (paved) and they gripped right up to the edges. Smooth ride. Full confidence.  They're considered a 60/40 tire. Haven't tested them off road, but I'm guessing they're just fine for light dirt duty.

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Re: Best tyres for cornering and handling
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2019, 03:42:20 PM »
If I were to be only street, I'd run the Bridgestone S21's. I've run them on my VFR and loved them to the edge. They are a lot cheaper than the Michelins.

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Re: Best tyres for cornering and handling
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2019, 03:58:02 PM »
I drag pegs and side cases on Shinko 705s.  :027:

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Re: Best tyres for cornering and handling
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2019, 06:23:30 PM »
New Bridgestone tire S22 probably will be my choice. Only for road use. But first need some more reviews and tests.
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« Last Edit: February 24, 2019, 06:24:26 PM by Rexelstar »
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Re: Best tyres for cornering and handling
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2019, 08:46:59 PM »
For NZ with it's hugely varied climate, it will be hard to beat Michelin Road 5. 
The new Michies have the added bonus of the new tread being a little better on the gravel (over the 4's) because the grooves are a bit wider.
 I sort of agree that the rear tyre is a bit too big, but the bike does weigh a bit for a 500, so not overly so ( not like the ridiculous style event of the MT07 with it's ridiculous 180/55 on a light bike with 65 HP).  I fitted a 160/60( stock size) Michelin Road to the X and it doesn't fight you too much. Think a 150/60 would have been a better stock size and a bit lighter.
They are very confidence inspiring and have a very compliant ride ( with the right pressure for you in them)
If you are riding mostly tar I suggest a 120/60 front . A little lower and shortens the huge trail the X comes with ( for dirt road capability I suspect).
Michelin handling is VERY sensitive to pressure and you need to find what suits your weight and riding style. They usually end up a bit lower than the Honda recommendations for optimium feel.
Metzeler make a really great road tyre as well, but I can't remember the model. Right up there with the Michie and better ( very slightly) in some wet conditions.
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Re: Best tyres for cornering and handling
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2019, 03:17:48 AM »
Sticking with Pirelli Scorpion Trail IIs. See prior threads.

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Re: Best tyres for cornering and handling
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2019, 06:05:28 AM »
*Originally Posted by Paulawilks [+]
Hi,
The original Dunlop tyres are now shot after 12,000km. I have been disappointed with the bikes handling especially at open road speeds and cornering. The bike feels very 'jittery' and not at all confidence inspiring. I am wondering if I should buy narrower tyres as they might help. The OEM tyres (front-120/70, rear-160/60) are wider than my other bike a  650 VStrom Suzuki. Has anybody tried different tyres and found any that help with handling?
thanks,
Peter

As you know, the options direct from the shops can be limited. Keep an eye on some of the North Island bike shops that will ship anything over $200 for free. Cycletreads, Boyd motorcycles, Motozone 1...
Keep the 120/70 front but do look for a tyre that is dual compound, soft high grip on the shoulders and harder long distance in the centre.
If you like cornering hard I could recomend changing the rear to a 150/70 which will give you more contact area on low angles. Again dual compound tyres work best.

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Re: Best tyres for cornering and handling
« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2019, 08:46:46 AM »
*Originally Posted by Sweeper [+]
If I were to be only street, I'd run the Bridgestone S21's. I've run them on my VFR and loved them to the edge. They are a lot cheaper than the Michelins.

The Bridgestone T31 are also very good and should give decent mileage. I've used the T30, T30 Evo & T31 on my X and found them all grippy and comfortable. Personally I find the T31 a bit quick to tip into a corner and actually prefer the previous verion (T30 Evo) from that point of view.

I've not tried the Michelin R5, but I did use the PR4 and found it harsh compared to the Bridgestones.

 


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