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The bike I just bought has the 208's they seem good to me, what don't you like about them, I will be going to the track soon so I will really be able to test them out.
 
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Hey Splinter,
I never feel comfortable on them.....hit tar snakes and I think I am going down, slippery when wet, harsh,
poor turning/tracking, a lot of tank slapping wobbles.
Nothing extreme, but enough to be concerned.
A huge difference between the 207ZR's as far as I can tell.
Maybe I have a bad batch.....just thought I would inquire
if anyone else had an opinion.
 
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I read somewhere that the actual diameter of the 208front is on the small side for a 120 70 17, and the rear diameter is a bit on the large side for a 180, assuming those are your sizes. This would put a bit more weight on the front tire and would affect the handling drastically, much like raising the fork in the tripple trees. You may try lowering the fork in the trees or lowering the rear hieght and see what happens.
 

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Slightly off-topic, but I'm just curious... My '02 M750 came with D205's, and I really love the things. Once they're warmed up, it seems they can do no wrong.

Are other people not so happy with those tires? I certainly don't consider myself to be an expert rider by any means - most of my time is on an old rubber-frame BMW with rock-hard Metzelers, so it doesn't take much to impress me. But when the 205's wear out, provided they last a reasonable amount of time (so far so good), I'm planning to just put on more of the same... Am I missing something?

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Hi all,

Last bike (M750) had 207's then the 208's and no noticable difference between the two.

Current bike (S4) came with Metezler M1's - not real happy with them, after about half warn, harder to warm up, not as predicable, harder ride. Have 208's now (about 1000km old) and much happier.

Would have liked to have the old 207RR on the front though, have not heard a bad work about that particular tyre.

Mind you, tyres are like bike colours, it's all up to what you like!
 
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Thanks for the input guys.
I don't think you are missing something the 205's were great tires,
but also replaced by the 220.
Phill the 207RR are still available and current, front and rear as far as I know. The street ZR's are gone.
So I went to the shop to get opinions, and asked about Michelins and there was a Dunlop guy there. Synchronicity? I found out he was a Dunlop guy when I heard him moan on the word Michelin. I told him I much preferred the 207's, and he said yep, the compounds in the 208ZR's are not as good as the 207ZR's were, and concurred they were bad in the rain. He said to get the 208GP-A's or 207RR's. So I felt a little relief thinking it wasn't just me, and yet a little irked that if it is true that the 208 is a lessor tire, why cancel the 207's? Market driven? So maybe it was just sales bull to keep me on Dunlops I don't know. But I do feel like the 208's could let me down at any given moment...
Of course all of this is in small degrees comparatively and everyone rides differently in different conditions...I am glad to hear some here seem happy with the 208's as I said it may be me or just a bad front tire or something. Also when I first put them on is when I was starting to have fork problems, but the tire issue has remained with the SBK fork's now on. I never once had any tank slapper issues before the 208's. I was hoping it was the forks. It ain't.
Herb thanks for the post also. Good thoughts.
 
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Retro, my bike came with Michelin Pilot Sports, and so far the wear is even and I feel comfortable with the performance, but this is a new bike that's never seen another tire, so I don't know what I'll do when they need to be replaced. At least the rep confirmed what many have thought for a while.
 

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I know this is a dumb quesiton, and you probably have already looked into this, but have you been monitoring f/r tire pressures? It sounds to me the problems your having are too serious to be caused even by a bad batch of 208's......

Edit: Im running a 207zr on the front, and a 208zr/180 on the rear. :)

-mike

Thanks for the input guys.
I don't think you are missing something the 205's were great tires,
but also replaced by the 220.
Phill the 207RR are still available and current, front and rear as far as I know. The street ZR's are gone.
So I went to the shop to get opinions, and asked about Michelins and there was a Dunlop guy there. Synchronicity? I found out he was a Dunlop guy when I heard him moan on the word Michelin. I told him I much preferred the 207's, and he said yep, the compounds in the 208ZR's are not as good as the 207ZR's were, and concurred they were bad in the rain. He said to get the 208GP-A's or 207RR's. So I felt a little relief thinking it wasn't just me, and yet a little irked that if it is true that the 208 is a lessor tire, why cancel the 207's? Market driven? So maybe it was just sales bull to keep me on Dunlops I don't know. But I do feel like the 208's could let me down at any given moment...
Of course all of this is in small degrees comparatively and everyone rides differently in different conditions...I am glad to hear some here seem happy with the 208's as I said it may be me or just a bad front tire or something. Also when I first put them on is when I was starting to have fork problems, but the tire issue has remained with the SBK fork's now on. I never once had any tank slapper issues before the 208's. I was hoping it was the forks. It ain't.
Herb thanks for the post also. Good thoughts.
 
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yep thanks though. I carry my pressure gauge with me.....and I have tired different combo's re: pressure.
you know it's all in degrees....someone else could ride my bike and not notice anything unsual.
 
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I took my bike out for a harder run on Sunday and got a better feel for the 208's. They will be replaced soon, I was going pretty fast thru a corner (not out of control fast) and both tires let loose at the same time. No warning what soever, needless to say the rest of the ride was a bit of duck and pucker, but got thru it ok. When I had the drift the tires were plenty warm, so it kind of confused me. Just my input, but I am going with the Pirelli Diablos.
 
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Hey Splinter.........I know the feeling...[smiley=shocked.gif]
Thanks for the comeback....both here and on the road ;)
 
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