Hi everyone, I'm new to visordown so please be gentle.
I'm in need of some advice, I want to get some new tyres for my Gsxr600 srad (120/70/17 and 180/55/17). I ride all year round in wet and dry, I'm not a racer but need to rely on my bike in the wet (to get me to work safely).
I'm looking at Michelin Pilot roads. Anyone used these before? Or does anyone have any better suggestions? Thankyou
michelin pilot road2 have excellent reviews and lots of recommendations, BT021's are another option.
I'm using conti road attacks at the moment and wouldn't really recommend them too quickly, they are ok but thats it.
Tafflade - thanks for the tip. i was thinking about the Conti's cos they are quite a bit cheaper.
If anyone uses/has used the Bridgestones before and can give an idea of how grippy they are in the wet that would be great. I am leaning towards the Michelins more and more though.
Thanks for the advice
I had over 4K out of the last rear conti on my Tuono so I think you may be able to get a bit more on a 600. Like I said earlier, there's nothing wrong with them once you get used to the way that they feel which is noticeably different to most other tyres.
they spin up easily in the wet going over white lines but grip fine on tarmac in the wet.
I saw some pilot road2's on an RSVR that had done 3K which included a trackday and they still looked pretty good.
a bit more expensive but if they last longer and give more confidence then
i use michelin pilot power on the rear and a pilot power 2ct on the front as per michelins advise fantasic tyres and do push them quite hard in all road conditions and use the bike for track never let me down
Thanks everyone, I think it's a michelin bit of rubber that I need then, I'll probably go for the road pilot 2s, they sound like they should do the job. Feel better to get some feedback from people who've actually had the tyres.
Has anyone got any experience of buying tyres off ebay? I've always just taken the bike in and bought the tyres there along with the fitting and balancing but it looks like I can get the tyres cheaper online. Also, if I do buy tyres online how much do you think I should I be paying to get them fitted?
used contis [road attack] on the blackbird, the front wore funny and became very twitchy over white lines, it had done 5000 miles. put a pair of 021s on and they feel a bit better. not had an SRAD, but had a 750Y/K1. had bt65's [obsolete now] and 010s on that. may still get 010s, they are nice tyres that last quite well. how well 020s/021s would work on a light bike like yours i don't know. have used mich pilot sport and pilot road on my mille. they were good on that for wear and grip. choice is yours my friend.
mail order - yes, lots of times. the place i use charges £10 [cash/no receipt] to change over a tyre. add this to your tyres + post, you may find it's not much of a saving.
Finding someone who is good at fitting the tyres and paying a bit extra is always better than saving a couple of quid to me. I go to a place about 50 mile away from me to have mine done as the fellas there know exactly what is what. (To be honest they don't charge much anyway, but I trust em.)
Best thing is that by the time I get back home the tyres are just about ran in.
P.S. When I had my SRAD I always had Pirelli diablos on which were awful in winter. I use Bstone 021's now on my ZZR600 and I can't fault em and I ride on a lot of shit up farm roads around the lake district.
I do 25,000 miles plus a year and I've used Bridgestone 020's for the last 6 years!
I was feeling a little flush, so went all out and spent another £10 or so and got pilot road 2ct's. I tell you, the difference in wet and dry is staggering! So so so so much better!
I haven't worn them out yet and I kept the recipt (which is at home at mo) and wrote the milage down when they were first put on so thet I could see how many miles I'd done when they need replacing - It was some time ago and I don't hang about on me RF900, lots of quick starts and heavy breaking!
Do it, bye the best that everyone recommends!!!
Richard, your RF isn't by any chance dark red is it? And if so do you remember almost going into the kerb running a little wide on the hard right on the one-way system from Tonbridge Road into town, with a young bloke hanging on for dear life on the back a few years back?
Just a stab in the dark, might be pure coincidence
druadan - sent you a private message
Pilot Road 2s are a damn good tyre. I ride all year round in the wet, snow, ice and occasional sun! They lack out & out grip at the edges on hot days, but they're superb in the wet ans slime.
I'm not sure the pilot road 3s I've currently got fittedare a step forward, and PR2s can be had for much less money.
Bridgestone's BT023 offerings offer a bit more dry grip but are shit in winter and wear oddly.
If you mostly do dry riding I'd consider something a bit sportier than the PR2s or PR3s - maybe the Pilot Power instead, or its competitors.
i guess depends what you want a tyre for. i havent been through that many.. but..i got a gsxr 600 k4, came with bt014's when i bought it second hand. changed to bt 016 PRO's and wow what a difference few ppl i know use them to but for me im sold just got my second rear fronts still holding, about 3.5k out of the 1st rear. but i hammer it tbf, not bad in the wet/cold but once a little warm you feel them take there place had 160 quite comfortable around corners filled me with confidence.would love to try other but scared of the change and not liking! lol!
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