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DuckyDan, I took the liberty of making your tire poll for you... hope you don't mind! Sorry if your tire is not listed. There are so many models within the manufacturer's umbrella I decided that it was better to list brands rather than individual model numbers.

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thanks..didn't know how.
 

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I like the Dunlops.
More or less because that is all I have owned.

The Monster has Sportmaxs on it. I know not the grippiest on the road, but I like them. I might try a softer compound next go round, but they have not slipped on me yet.

Pops has K591s on his Sporty, great meat for that bike. They are the tire that was run when the AMA had the Sportster class.
 

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Metzler M1 right now just cos they're so cheap and I burn through quite a couple rears every year. I'll have them on the track for the first time next week and will know more about how I like them after that.

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Avon AV 45/46 ST for grip plus high mileage.
 

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I've tried Dunlop (original D204), Michelin (90X), and Bridgestone (BT-010 and BT-020). I like Bridgestone best and prefer the BT-020 because it lasts longer, but has better grip than the Michelin. They also work well when cold.

I'm tempted to try Avon, since I've heard many good things, but they don't have them in stock at the local Cycle Gear, but they have a full selection of Bridgestones, so I'll be getting another set of BT-020's just as soon as I can take the wheels off and go over there.
 

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I've tried Dunlop (original D204), Michelin (90X), and Bridgestone (BT-010 and BT-020). I like Bridgestone best and prefer the BT-020 because it lasts longer, but has better grip than the Michelin. They also work well when cold.

I'm tempted to try Avon, since I've heard many good things, but they don't have them in stock at the local Cycle Gear, but they have a full selection of Bridgestones, so I'll be getting another set of BT-020's just as soon as I can take the wheels off and go over there.

Scott, have you tried Pirelli tires yet?
 

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I'm using Pirelli Diablo's and they are just as good as the old Evo's (if not better) and last longer. Got to be good!
 

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Gotta chime in with Bing on this one. I really liked the OEM Dragon Evo's, and the Diablos I replaced 'em with are just as nice. Seems like they'll last longer, or maybe the same with the increased punishment ;).

T-Vik is our Official Tire Tester here in SoCal. His were the first pair of street ridden tires that I've seen with the sides shagged off before the center was done.
 

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... you got a comparison b/t the following tires Speed?

- Metzler M4 (or whatever the current equivalent is)

- Michelin Macadam

- Dunlop Pilot Road

- Pirelli Diablo
 

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dang, daffe, you going to bed or gettin up? i like michelin pilot sports. zina and i have been using them for years. now she's on the pilot road and likes those. so i'll be running them on pongo when i get him together. :)
 

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dang, daffe, you going to bed or gettin up? i like michelin pilot sports. zina and i have been using them for years. now she's on the pilot road and likes those. so i'll be running them on pongo when i get him together. :)

Chris, maybe I should ask you the same thing! :p

actually, I had just finished straightening my office so I could find my briefcase, computer accessories, etc and my checkbooks to take with me to work before going to bed... ended up getting up at 6 a.m. to prep my files for today's appointments.

no news on how the pilots compare to the macadamias or the MZ4 or diablos?
 

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... you got a comparison b/t the following tires Speed?

- Metzler M4 (or whatever the current equivalent is)

- Michelin Macadam

- Dunlop Pilot Road

- Pirelli Diablo
The Pilot Road is made by Michelin and it's the replacement for the Macadam 100x series. I've ridden extensively on the 100x and thought it to be an excellent street tire with good grip, relatively quick warm up and really good handling in the wet. Laura put 9000 miles on a set of 100x with absolutely none of the cupping problem that was attributed to the Mac 90x and has since switched to the Pilot Road. They feel great, but I can't tell the difference between them and the Macs. The front has a different tread pattern and the Michelin propaganda says the Pilot Road has even better wet/cold handling and is supposed to wear more evenly.

I hated the MEZ 1 and 3 series (bad wet weather handling, and generally a bad front end feel) so I never tried the MEZ4s. I've talked to people who've had the MEZ4s and they echoed my complaints about the 1s and 3s.

After those, I swore off Metzelers, but I was convinced to try the Sportec M1s. That's a very good tire with excellent feel and traction and very good wet weather handing as supersport tires go. I also have them on my supermoto, so I've been able to push them beyond their traction limits and have found them to break loose very gently with lots of warning that you're spinning them up. That's kinda the Dunlop reputation with more of a Michelin tire profile.

The Pirelli Diablo is supposed to have very similar charictaristics to the Sportec. They're both made by Pirelli on the same casing, but the Diablo has a different tread pattern. They may have a different rubber compound too, or it could just be differing corporate lingo for the same thing. I've heard it both ways.
 

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thanks! Guess I did a fubar on the Pilot series...

Just wanted to check on the tires I'm running (Mac 100s) - planning on trying Diablos next time I have to get new tires. I've run dunlops before - they were ok... ran Battleaxes before - they were ok but the tire hardness was a bit much for me.

i was ok with Metzlers but had switched to MZ4s b/c I would thrash the M1s from all the distance riding I did.
 

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Me like:

1st:
Metzler Sportec M1
2nd:
Michelin Pilot Sport

Me hate:

Bridgestone BT92 (for small bikes such as M400)
 

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I've only owned Dunlops so that's all I know. I've been very pleased with the ride, handling, and the tread wear.
 

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... you got a comparison b/t the following tires Speed?

- Metzler M4 (or whatever the current equivalent is)
- Michelin Macadam
- Dunlop Pilot Road
- Pirelli Diablo
Sorry, didn't look at this thread for a while...

I've only had the Dragon Evos and Diablos. I don't think I could tell the difference between 'em on a back-to-back test.

My previous bikes were such pooches that I couldn't compare.
 

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Sorry, didn't look at this thread for a while...

I've only had the Dragon Evos and Diablos. I don't think I could tell the difference between 'em on a back-to-back test.

My previous bikes were such pooches that I couldn't compare.
you rode many pooches?
 
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