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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-17-2017, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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best tyres? (tires)

My M1200s feels a bit too imprecise and vague at the front end. It's only done 2000 miles and the suspension seems fine. I have tried adjusting the settings but that doesn't improve it.

So I'm wondering if the Pirelli Diabolo Rosso are the problem? They are only half-worn but if the vagueness comes from the tyres I am happy to dump them.

What tyres do people recommend? I have had good experiences with Michelin Pilot-Road and with Dunlop Roadsmart.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-17-2017, 08:07 PM
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1. Take the time to have your suspension set up by a professional. It's kind of expensive, but worth every dollar.
2. Check your tire pressures before rides. 90 degree valve stems and a good gauge make it easy to check tire pressures, which makes me more likely to actually check them.
3. <from here on out these are my opinions>

I've put 16,000 miles on my 1200s. I'm a heavy set rider and I'm consistently hard on the throttle. I've killed 1 set of Rosso II's, 2 sets of Rosso III's and 1 set of Angela GT's as well as 1 or 2 Rosso III back tires. By far the Rosso III's where the most rewarding. They held their lines, even when I made mistakes, and handled the corrections well. I switch to Angel GT's only because I was going through Rosso III's quickly. That's almost entirely because I'm heavy set and not a result of poor manufacturing. As a result of proper suspension setup, management of tire pressures and the confidence gained by top quality tires I worn the Rosso III's out on the sides before the center patch.

The Rosso III's strike a really good balance between price, tread life, confidence, feedback, dry handling, and wet handling. There is a big difference between the Rosso III's and the II's. I highly recommend buying them from they tend to beat everyones prices on Pirelli tires by about $15.

Additionally I plan on tossing on a pair of Diablo Rosso Corsa on this year for the start of summer knowing full well that I will be swapping them out halfway through the season.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-17-2017, 08:10 PM
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The Michelin Pilot Power 3 are pretty good. They are street tires derived from race tires, but they are also very good at the track.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-18-2017, 03:47 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Guys
I have no problems with the level of grip from the Diablo Rosso - Just the feel is imprecise -(I may be expecting too much as I am looking for SuperDuke levels of precision here)

Tyre pressures are good and yes i will get 90║ valve stems when I get new tyres

I have an Íhlins specialist installer nearby and will get them to do set up for my weight next Wednesday. before I think about changing tyres

Jon G

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-25-2017, 12:28 AM
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I reckon it might be the relatively high handlebars. Try putting lower bars on - I put the Rizoma retos on and it made a huge difference to the front end.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-26-2017, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
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Hi All
I fixed the problem
the first issue (and probably most of it ) was the front suspension. According to the local Ohlins guy one fork was not damping (rebound ) and that is why i could not adjust it.

He rebuilt the shim stack with new parts and set the suspension for my weight.

I then had Metzler Roadtecs fitted - it feels so much better - really planted and precise.

Thanks guys

I may look at the bars in 2018 they are too wide and tall


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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-30-2017, 08:40 AM
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I actually like the Rosso3's at least in the rear. Can't comment about the front yet as I still have the SuperCorsa OEM.
FYI, the Monster will chew -up a rear SC in less than 3000 miles.

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