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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Jun 30th, 2006, 1:44 pm Thread Starter
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Tire trauma

New owner of a 99 K12RS and am in a dither on tire selection. The PO has installed Michelin Pilot Sports which I had on my CBR929 and loved em. The problem is I don't think they have enough strength in the sidewalls for a heavier bike like the RS. Sooo, when fitting some new buns, what is the general consensus on tires? I will give up some mileage for more grip, still like to ride it like I stole it from time to time.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Jun 30th, 2006, 2:40 pm
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look for a C rated tire.....i use the z6 metzler....great all around tire,,,great milage....i run around 80% hi way and 20% back roads great in the turns awsome!!!! in the rain....my last z6 i got ?? i think it was 12000 miles ....on my first z4 frt tire i got 18000 miles...i know it sounds crazy but i did....yes i did get yelled at by the dealer....but hell it held air......it was chopped but it road great....good luck!
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There is no problem using Pilot Powers on the bike, if you like them.
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I've had both Michelin Pilot Powers and Roads. Both are very good tires. The Powers were stickier and got about 5K out of them the Roads almost as good and I got about 7K out of them. I just mounted another set of Roads and will probably stay with them.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Jun 30th, 2006, 5:19 pm Thread Starter
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The only reason I question using the pilot sports is based on what I read in here. The author said that riding 2 up with gear is more than they are designed to handle. The pilot roads might be a good compromise.
Thanks for all the input, I am sure there are twenty opinions for every tire on the road.
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