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post #1 of 66 (permalink) Old 06-06-2007, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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what tires?

i have a 98 honda cbr 900rr and it has michilen pilot sports on there now...first thing is how do i test to see if/when i need new tires?
secondly are there better tires out there other than the michelin pilots or something better for around the same price (>150/tire) let me know guys
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Michelin Pilot Powers. End of story, end of thread. 9 out of 10 on this site will tell you the same.

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Michelin Pilot Powers. End of story, end of thread. 9 out of 10 on this site will tell you the same.
Lock 'er down. Pilot power or DIE!



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I just put Pilot Powers on my new bike (had them on my old bike- and I was sold) ... they're like riding on rails! PILOT POWERS are the best thing to ever happen to motorcycles.

To answer your question- If you're tires are not squared/ still have visual tread depth/ and are not dry rotted or cracked then you're good to go.

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I have Pilot Roads on mine (on it when I bought it) fairly new too. But I'll prolly get a set of PP's when I wear these out.
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Get the tire your comfortable on. Try a few sets out. Cuz its popular dont meant its a fit for you.
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I run pilot roads, becuase i put to many miles on my bike for pilot powers but yea pilot powers. 06 sv 650 just hit 17k miles
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Been saying it now for over 3 years!
You guys talking about the straight up pilot powers or the pilot power 2CT's ??? I've heard the 2cts give better cornering grip
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Get the tire your comfortable on. Try a few sets out. Cuz its popular dont meant its a fit for you.
How exactly do you suppose he "try" multiple sets of tires out?

Alright OP, what kind of riding do you do? Aggressive or nice and easy? Are you a canyon carver or a highway cruiser?

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You guys talking about the straight up pilot powers or the pilot power 2CT's ??? I've heard the 2cts give better cornering grip
I'm telling him Pilot Powers because I really doubt he needs the extra cornering ability of the 2ct. Actually, I doubt 99% of us do.

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How exactly do you suppose he "try" multiple sets of tires out?

Alright OP, what kind of riding do you do? Aggressive or nice and easy? Are you a canyon carver or a highway cruiser?
Well its easy really..Go with what you can afford, and if you dont like em, get something else.
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Aren't the Pilot Power dual compounds referred to as Pilot "sport" ? Never had the "sport" series- but from what I understand they are more suited for the track. I hear they have to be ridden HARD to maintain temp.- where the POWER series maintain temp under normal street riding conditions.
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To answer your question- If you're tires are not squared/ still have visual tread depth/ and are not dry rotted or cracked then you're good to go.
what do you mean by squared? can you post a pic of a "squared" tire....

yea i had the pilot sports on there fairly new >200 miles on them when i bought the bike and i like them from what i can tell, this is the first and only bike so i dont really have a comparison but the pilot powers are better than the pilot sports?
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what do you mean by squared? can you post a pic of a "squared" tire....

yea i had the pilot sports on there fairly new >200 miles on them when i bought the bike and i like them from what i can tell, this is the first and only bike so i dont really have a comparison but the pilot powers are better than the pilot sports?
Not necessarily better- just designed for diff purpose. - I believe the "sport" series is softer and may not have as long a lifespan.

I can get you a pic of a squared tire when I get home. My stock Dunlops squared from too much highway riding. Basically if you can picture the natural curve of the rear tire- with a flat center- comes from too high of tire pressure and/or too many highway miles-
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Well its easy really..Go with what you can afford, and if you dont like em, get something else.


If you could afford to buy 2 sets of tires, you could at least afford to buy 1 set of higher-priced tires.

If you have no money to get the better tires in the first place, why would you have it to get a replacement set? Not to mention if you are not a DIY'er, then thats twice the $ to pay someone to do the install twice.

Your logic is just slightly off it seems.

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I guess i dont "try and keep up with the Jones'es" I buy what works for me, I have been debating this since i came to this forum. I have Dunlop 218's and i love em. They work for me. They are a lil cheaper (in price) to the pilot powers. They are something im comfortable on. So that i dont have an unbias opinion, 2 weeks ago i picked up some Power Races. So that i could get a feel for what every one says is the "best" tire. Hell i remember when ppl wouldnt buy anything but Pariellies(sp) or Metzlers.."They are the best ever!" I didnt go with that. I rode what was the best for me. Not the best for everyone else...This is not a pissing contest for me. Regardless of what ppl say i will still buy what suits me best. Bottom line.
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This is a little bit of a , but what kind of tire pressures do you guys run? On my stock dunlops they say to use 42 psi front and rear, so that's what I use, but I've read all over the place lots of people running in the low 30's, and not the same front and rear...

What should I be running? Do you guys all run what it says?
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On my Dunlop 218's i run front 41 and rear 40..
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