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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-21-2005, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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'03 Ninja 500 R Tires

I'm wondering what brand and sizes of tires anyone else may be using on a Ninja 500 R. The specs are for 130/70 rear and a 110/70 front, they seem a little hard to find. The bike will be used as a starter track and street bike.

Any help will be appreciated.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-22-2005, 04:44 PM
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my 91 500 has smaller tires then the 97+ or whatever it is, so i went to 130 rear and a 120 front... Seems to work well, i dont use that for a twisty bike its a commuter so the bigger tire should last longer and its more stable to go striaght....Got my Z1000 for twisty and stuff and 500 cuz insurance is less for a year then my monthly truck insurance...plus it can go 220mi on a tnak with it modded....My Z1000 would be 80mi back with an empty tank...love the 500...keep it stock..i htink u cant go bigger unless the newer ones have bigger fenders.. cuz i know i went as big as i could on the 500 and thatso nly going to 97+ model rear and 10mm wider front
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-22-2005, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info. The only tire I could find are the stock replacements and they are more of a sport touring tire. Just wondering if anyone has had their's out to a trackday and how the tires perform and the range of traction that could be expected.

This is a starter bike for my daughter, just got her license this past fall. She has taken the MSF class and needs some seat time. I want her to get some seat time on the track as well this spring to find the limits of the bike and her skills in a safer enviroment.
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I think most sport turing tires would be fine for the little R.
They have softer compound rubber on the side and harder in the middle.
Just make sure you get sport turing and not turing tires.
I have been happy with the Dunlop D220's
They take a little longer to heat up but stick.
Most any brand would be fine for a newbie.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-23-2005, 04:05 PM
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My 500 has Battleax BT 45's.. listed as sport touring, fairly hard, but for a new rider...shes not gonna be leaingn a 500R to the edge.... Long as she rides in dry weather, they grip as far as i feel comfy on the 500 doing. Tire will last ya at least 8K too if not a lot longer, ive had em on mine for over a year and they arent worn at all, but that bike has only seen about 2K mi or so since the tire change, all the miles on on my 1000.
But its a good starter bike and tires are cheap compared to pure sport..
Cant go wrong with BT45s.. but u might wanna actually go like BT20's if u want more grip... Wont last as long, but safe comes beofre wear and tear and cost.
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