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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-15-2019, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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New tire - different types

This will be the first tire change that I'm thinking about swapping out from OE.

My front tire is pretty worn (into the wear bar), but the back tire is new and has plenty of life. Both are OE spec currently. I've heard some really good things about the Pilot 5 and I wanted to try it out, is it safe to have two separate type tires? (I'd swap the rear out when it gets more worn)
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hello,try pirelli supercorsa sp f/r
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Re: New tire - different types

yeah its safe to do it but it's not optimal for ride and handling quality. motorcycle tires are designed to work in tandem with each other. so if you're just a commuter I don't see much of an issue. but if you like to ride the bike on curvy roads etc, don't do it. buy a set of tires. look online at dunlop or bridgestone. they may both still have their rebate program on new sets. for the last few years both of them have been offering $50, 60 and 70 rebates.
michelin thinks their tires are gold. but they're not. don't pay the prices they want for their tires.
bridgestone is often the least expensive with some of the best handling and grip.
dunlop often is comparable in price with bridgestone.
pirelli's have great high end race tires but shitty middle of the road tires. (in my opinion) just from personal bad experiences.
and for whatever reason avon and continental think their tires are also made of gold.
metzeler has decent tires too. but often over priced.

you should be able to get a 120/70/17 front and a 180/55/17 rear set for about $240-250 shipped for a set of hypersport tires like the dunlop Q3+ or the bridgestone S21 or S22, something like these from michelin will be closer to $300-315

if you're just a commuter and will never ride the bike at a quick pace on curvy roads often a set of cheap tires from shinko will suffice. i wouldn't bother buying high end supersport/hypersport tires if you commute mostly.

looks like dunlop and continental have some rebates.
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motomummy and american moto tire are 2 other places I sometimes buy tires from. shopping around will save you money.

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yeah its safe to do it but it's not optimal for ride and handling quality. motorcycle tires are designed to work in tandem with each other. so if you're just a commuter I don't see much of an issue. but if you like to ride the bike on curvy roads etc, don't do it. buy a set of tires. look online at dunlop or bridgestone. they may both still have their rebate program on new sets. for the last few years both of them have been offering $50, 60 and 70 rebates.
michelin thinks their tires are gold. but they're not. don't pay the prices they want for their tires.
bridgestone is often the least expensive with some of the best handling and grip.
dunlop often is comparable in price with bridgestone.
pirelli's have great high end race tires but shitty middle of the road tires. (in my opinion) just from personal bad experiences.
and for whatever reason avon and continental think their tires are also made of gold.
metzeler has decent tires too. but often over priced.

you should be able to get a 120/70/17 front and a 180/55/17 rear set for about $240-250 shipped for a set of hypersport tires like the dunlop Q3+ or the bridgestone S21 or S22, something like these from michelin will be closer to $300-315

if you're just a commuter and will never ride the bike at a quick pace on curvy roads often a set of cheap tires from shinko will suffice. i wouldn't bother buying high end supersport/hypersport tires if you commute mostly.

looks like dunlop and continental have some rebates.
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motomummy and american moto tire are 2 other places I sometimes buy tires from. shopping around will save you money.
Thanks!
I ended up going with an S22 since it's the OE spec upgrade from the S21 I had on already. I figured it'd be nice to stick with OEM, this is the first time I'm riding with a brand new front tire and god it feels insanely good, never knew.
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Re: New tire - different types

The Pilot Road 4s are great on wet and cold roads. The 5s have far less sipping, and have personally stuck (no pun intended) to the 4s. Even worn those have more grip that the stock Dunlops that came with it. Under ideal conditions, (dry warm, roads with no debris,) it probably won't matter what you go with. As road temps decrease, the differences get more and more apparent. Tire pressures are on your VIN tag. Reduce a little, for improved grip under less than ideal conditions. Set properly for good wear.
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