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I run tubes. May weigh a bit more, but I won't notice any difference. I usually run whatever tube is cheapish- not like my tard is going to see many rocks. It's not street legal either, so no stairs in my immediate future. I've had great luck with kenda HD tubes for street supermoto. They seem to be pretty thick and beefy. I put a UHD tube in the front of a neighbor's dirt bike and it was extremely thick. In my dirt bike I just run tubliss.
 

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I run tubes. May weigh a bit more, but I won't notice any difference. I usually run whatever tube is cheapish- not like my tard is going to see many rocks. It's not street legal either, so no stairs in my immediate future. I've had great luck with kenda HD tubes for street supermoto. They seem to be pretty thick and beefy. I put a UHD tube in the front of a neighbor's dirt bike and it was extremely thick. In my dirt bike I just run tubliss.
Thanks for the info
 

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Has anyone tried the new AVON Trailrider tires? They are supposed to have replaced the Distanzia. I was considering using the Heidenau K73 but those trailrider tires have me re-thinking what to run. Cam.
Did you pick these up? Curious to hear about them firsthand as I like Distanzias... just got my hands on a 690 SMC with fresh rubber (Sportmax Q3's) so I won't need any right away but I'm very interested in these Trailriders...
 

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Can anybody help me find the post that stated actual tire width of 160 tires? I just put a 2ct 160 on a 5" wheel and its it already touching my chain. I want a 160 because of the wheel but I remember reading the Michelin is already a very wide 160.
 

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Anybody running S20 of BT016 on a 5 inch wheel?

Could you measure the actual width for me? (160 and 150 tire)


Any difference between these tires? I read that the S20 are supposed to be better, still a lot of people i know prefer the BT016..
 

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Question on Metzeler tires

I really like the tires (I'm sure every brand makes them) that look to be slicks, or close to it, that have those notches (for a lack of a better word) every 3-5 inches apart. I know they aren't DOT approved but most sumos aren't DOT approved lol. How difficult is it to ride those tires on a very clean, well paved street? Anyone have experience riding those on a street on a SM?
 

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I really like the tires (I'm sure every brand makes them) that look to be slicks, or close to it, that have those notches (for a lack of a better word) every 3-5 inches apart. I know they aren't DOT approved but most sumos aren't DOT approved lol. How difficult is it to ride those tires on a very clean, well paved street? Anyone have experience riding those on a street on a SM?
I think most I've seen are Michelin or Maxxis/Goldspeed. I imagine they'd work fine but, as race tires, they'll likely be soft enough to wear out VERY quickly, need heat to start to work well, or both.
 

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New tires for my 660 SMC preferably not conti attack sm

Hi guys

I want to try something other than the Continental ContiAttack SM's any recommendations?

I want good grip like the conti attack but am tired of using about 5 rear tires and 2 front tires/year.

Take note that I live in Denmark (Europe) so only few months with warm weather

Please help me out here.
 

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Hi guys

I want to try something other than the Continental ContiAttack SM's any recommendations?

I want good grip like the conti attack but am tired of using about 5 rear tires and 2 front tires/year.

Take note that I live in Denmark (Europe) so only few months with warm weather

Please help me out here.

I live in Holland, so basically the same climate as you :D

Still don't know which tires to choose..

Thinking about these tires:
Heidenau K80
Bridgestone BT016 (pro)
Bridgestone S20 (evo)
Bridgestone BT090 (because these are specifically for lighter bikes)
Michelin PP CT2
Michelin Power Pure SC
Metzeler Sportec M5
Pirelli Diablo Rosso II
Dunlop Q2



The reason i list these tires above is because they are less then 100 euros (mostly below 90 euros) Thats like less then $120 for a rear tire.
Leaning towards the K80 or BT090 as they are especially for lighter bikes / supermoto's..



I had these tires before:
Maxxis Prese M6119 (superior grip, also offroad. But the were worn within 1000km in the summer)
Contiattack SM ( dont know exactly why, but i really dont like these tires much, although they are extremely populair among my friends... )
Michelin Power One ( very grippy race tire!!! unfortunately they dont make these any more in 150 or 160 sizes )
Pirelli Supercorsa Dragon ( good tire, really grippy but pricey )
Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa (very good tire, but again, really pricey... )
Metzeler Sportec M1 ( takes a bit long to warm up, but a pretty good tire, not really suitable for supermoto in my opinion )


Hopefully someone can give me some advice. I dont want sport/tour tires, more like sport/racy tires! I ride really hard with some trackdays. When i'm not on the track i'm still riding like i'm on the track :D
 

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I Just ordered a BT090 R Pro. there is about 1 week delivery time so luckily I have 1 week of vacation time with the kids coming up :p
 

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I've had my DRZ400SM since the Spring of this year and where I live on Vancouver island we have a lot of roads with gravel/shale sides and a lot of this gets moved out onto the road surface from large lumber trucks and tourist mobiles especially in the mountain roads which can be narrow and very twisty. What I have been doing every week is picking sharp shards of stone out of my rear stock tire with my pocket knife. It's only a matter of time before I pickup a shard large enough that cuts through the case so I have been looking at the Heidenau K73's which because of the block tread pattern might help with this. Also the pattern is tight so the ride will be fairly decent I think. The tires have silica compounds and rated to be excellent in the rain which we have a lot of out here in the PNW. The bike shop I deal with has installed them on other DRZ's and the 160 rear has no problem with clearance. |
 

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Well I just ordered up a 120/70 and a 160/60 Heidenau K73 set for my 690smc. They look pretty sweet and I've been reading about guys getting 5-8K out of a rear, and my buddy seemed to like his on his Husky 610 on a 1000km gravel and highway rip last fall - we were riding fast and they did get a fair bit of wear, but he was railing those dirt turns. My recent Q3 rear is down to the belt so I'm thinking that it was about that time to get a new set and I'll possibly get another set for the summer heat. I'll miss the crazy drifts with our recent cold weather and my lack of rubber, but the fact that my rims are tubeless and I'm down to the belt is beginning to make me a little thoughtful, like how much rubber is on the inside of that belt keeping things nice and pressurized lol... I'll let you guys know how the K73's are
 

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I've had my DRZ400SM since the Spring of this year and where I live on Vancouver island we have a lot of roads with gravel/shale sides and a lot of this gets moved out onto the road surface from large lumber trucks and tourist mobiles especially in the mountain roads which can be narrow and very twisty. What I have been doing every week is picking sharp shards of stone out of my rear stock tire with my pocket knife. It's only a matter of time before I pickup a shard large enough that cuts through the case so I have been looking at the Heidenau K73's which because of the block tread pattern might help with this. Also the pattern is tight so the ride will be fairly decent I think. The tires have silica compounds and rated to be excellent in the rain which we have a lot of out here in the PNW. The bike shop I deal with has installed them on other DRZ's and the 160 rear has no problem with clearance. |
This is an update with the K73/MS on my DRZ400SM. The ride is a little harder than the stock Dunlop's but I got used to it pretty quick, the amount of inflation is higher than the stock tires. The profile of the tires is just perfect for this bike. With the stock Dunlop's I had to force it into the turns and if not careful would occasionally come out wide. The K73's are a delight as they allow the bike to literally fall into the turn and just stay there no matter what speed your doing, I love them for that. The wet weather performance is excellent and very noticeably different than the stock tires, great traction. The only downside for me is that the lower profile though wider has my speedo reading 6 km higher than actual speed where as the stock tires read 4 km higher and my revs are up a notch as well so I will switch out the rear sprocket from a 39 tooth to a 38 just to get the revs back to where I like to cruise in top gear. I don't know about wear at this point but the difference in performance is so nice I'll be buying these again when I need new rubber. If you have a DRZ400SM you won't be disappointed with these tires.
 

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Wow long time ago for my posting something here :D

But i decided to go with Michelin (mainly because of the prices here in my country/region).

Michelin Pilot Power 2ct 160/60 in the rear - a bit harder than the front, but still warm up quick, goog grip and feedback.
Michelin Power one 2CT 120/70 up front - nice soft compound and warm up really quick!

Wish that the Power one's were still available in 160... Unfortunately the smallest are 180 now..
I saw that the Shinko Stealth tire has the same thread pattern which i like! Not sure about the quality of the tire though...
 

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Will I be happy going from a sport tire such as the regular Pilot Power, to a sport touring like the Road 4? My DRZ is mostly a backroads commuter, and I'm having trouble justifying a sport tire based on the longevity and lack of 150 series options. Can't find Pilot Powers or Power 3 in 150. Don't want shinkos or q3. Diablos Rosso III in 150, Pilot Power in 160? Road 4 in 150? It seems like the 150 options are dwindling.
 

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Will I be happy going from a sport tire such as the regular Pilot Power, to a sport touring like the Road 4? My DRZ is mostly a backroads commuter, and I'm having trouble justifying a sport tire based on the longevity and lack of 150 series options. Can't find Pilot Powers or Power 3 in 150. Don't want shinkos or q3. Diablos Rosso III in 150, Pilot Power in 160? Road 4 in 150? It seems like the 150 options are dwindling.
Diablo Rosso III 150/60/17 will be my next tire.

I have Diablo Rosso II now front/back, and when I will have to change the rear tire, I will get the III.

I was tempted to get Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa, but they were double the price, and half the longevity.
 

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Michelin Power RS

Just kind of wondering if anyone has tried the Michelin Power RS yet? I know they are new. I am looking for tires now so just thought I would ask.
Thanks
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Hi guys,
I put a set of Heindenau K73's on my 690SMC a few weeks ago and like probably everyone else in North America, we've had some weird cold weather recently. I've been commuting on them (aggressively) and I just did an hour on the highway today, and it was 2 degrees above freezing, with a touch of windchill... these tires are awesome, I'd recommend them, especially right now, or off road. Here's some moments worth mentioning already:
-went out to the shop and admittedly there was salt and sand on the streets, but I was on bald Dunlop Q3's that were just sliding everywhere, I mean like down to the belt and just drifting lane changes, and when I rode out of the shop they gave me the standard take it easy on the new tires for the first 100km, well, after the first left/right they were far far stickier...
-on my ride in the other day I took a corner a bit late and came in a bit, well, way, too hot, it was like morning rush, went for it kind of thing on a yellow, but was on the brakes so hard leaning it over left, foot skimming the pavement, just starting to tighten up downstairs as I suddenly realized that I was coming in Really Hot,one of those life flash before you moments, and as I stayed hard on the front brake and just kept leaning it over more and more I felt the slipper clutch step in as I started sliding sideways through the turn kind of crossing it up to complete it, this was in the shadows with air temp at 2 degrees above freezing, the tires were glued to the street. awesome. I might buy another set of something more oriented for the summer heat, but then again, the tires are cheap, and my buddy with a 610 and my other buddy with a XR650R both have them and they're seeing at least 5000km out of a set through the summer, and they look great
-rode home at 9 the other night and there was some other guys out for a ride, suddenly realized that I was totally glued to the road compared to them
-did my first highway rip on them today; 2 degrees above freezing, highway 99 which is a twisty coastal mountain highway north from Vancouver, I had a lot of layers on. glued the whole way; there are some tight sections, it felt like I was riding in June heat. Explains why I got those funny looks from the guys on the bikes the other night, I realize that they're all old or on cold numb hard old dead rubber. My front end got a little light cresting a hill one time, not sure if it was the tire, but throttled back, slid forward and it was sorted, these tires are really confidence inspiring, a bit stiff through the carcass but in a planted sort of way, they really fall into a turn quickly but in a way thats really predictable all the way to the limit and I wasn't hesitating too put a foot down if needed, or hang off the bike if needed, it was a good rip. I just felt that planted.

Not something that you'll regret trying, basically I was told that they're a rain tire pattern with street rubber 120/17, and 160-60.
 

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Just kind of wondering if anyone has tried the Michelin Power RS yet? I know they are new. I am looking for tires now so just thought I would ask.
Thanks
Jack
I came to this thread to ask the same question.

Once the 150/60 is back in stock in Canadaland, I'll be buying a set for the WR450.

But.. I don't live near many twisty roads, nor do I go to a track.

So my opinion of them will be pretty much useless.

They look awesome, and the reviews seem good on sport bikes, so might as well... I liked the Pilot Power 2CTs I had on my DRZ and on my Husaberg 550, so I'm sure the Power RS are even better.

EDIT: I ordered some anyway, $280 Canadian Pesos for the set, replacing 10 year old Pirelli Diablo Rosso tires.. they sat in a garage for years, came on the wheels I bought last year, they make me quite uncomfortable.
 
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