View Full Version : Road Tyres you rate

sam cadby
02-24-2003, 02:57 PM
Just trying to get a feel for the tyres people use on street legal RS250's.

Not just what you happen to have on there at the moment, rather what you have tried and rate highly.

I Think I have covered most brands below. There isn't enough room to go into specific models but i assume that when someone says, for example, Michelin, they mean pilot races rather than Mac-Adams!

- Sam

02-25-2003, 06:22 AM
I just use my bike for street on the stock tyre sizes.

I've always gone for H rated tyres.

I've never seen the point in fitting ZR tyres (design to accomodate a 200+ kg motorbike traveling at a constant velocity of over 160mph) to a bike that weights F-all and tops out at <130mph...

There was a tyre test examing this notion in a UK bike mag a while ago, but michelin pilot sports (ZR) won the best tap time against the H rated tyres !!!!!!

for my 2 cents:

H rated tyres are a lot cheaper & easier to buy in stock sizes (160/60 can foul the exhausts & a 120/70 can rub on the fender & on the centre piece of the fairing). H rated should also be a lighter tyre (although i've not weighed this!!!).

I've only tried dunlops on my bike:

D207 - (std fitment) OK... didn't crash, but nearly.. took ages to get hot & ags n ages to wear out..

D207 GP - the guy in the store said "son, dont put these on ur bike, its a race tyre & ur bike'll tank slap every where & you'll be sh*tting yourself every day" Man, i so should have listened to that man... <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/embarassed.gif ALT=":o">

GPR70 - love em to bits, great feeling, great grip, predictable in the wet, cheap but quick wearing = imo perfect!!!

03-23-2003, 01:08 PM
I use D207gps and they work fine on the road, warm up quick and inspire real confidence in the front end. They are a little slap happy but thats the price you pay for grip when leant over.:)

05-27-2003, 12:24 PM
I too use these on the road. I ride every day... and at first these tyres were a little hard to control under heavy breaking - and at really high speed... But once you get used to them and learn to relax they are great - have to say though one drawback is you have to loose the front mudguard extension to fit them, and that means tyre spray goes straight onto the spark plug of the front cylinder - so it tends to cause the odd problem in the wet.

On the whole I rate Dunlop D207GPs the best because of their classic dunlop bell shape...

Next come Michelin Pilots - ordinary shape but good compound.

My least favorate tyre is the Pirelli (Dragons) as Pirelli use a steel radial belt which is much heavier than the aramid and kevlar ones used by dunlop and michelin...

In other words Michelin & Dunlop (and others that I personally haven't tried) are lighter and reduce unsprung weight compared to tyres with steel radials(Pirelli)...

Having said that the steel radials are a lot harder to puncture, and so may last longer - although I normally run out of tread before I get a puncture these days...:rolleyes:

05-28-2003, 12:36 AM
i have 207s on one 250 and pirelli super corsas on the other i like both the super corsas are very good at the track seems like modern tyres are kind of close these days