Best Performing Street Tire

Chris Burgess chris at chrisburgess.com
Thu Mar 1 09:44:09 PST 2012


They do make a 160 in the Q2 although it being a Dunlop it is larger than a
Michelin or Pirelli 160.

On Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 10:46 PM, Ernest Montague <afm199 at earthlink.net>wrote:

> I'd run Q2 if they make the 160. Run the 70 profile front.
>
>
> On Feb 29, 2012, at 9:32 PM, celticracing at comcast.net wrote:
>
> >
> >
> > Thanks to all for the many thoughtful responses.  I'm on digest mode, so
> I apologize for the lag time in responding to the responses and expressing
> my thanks.
> >
> >
> >
> > Yes, I was a road racer, and knowledgeable of the best available tires
> at that time, in particular for vintage racing.  That is no longer the case
> due the the passage of time, the proliferation of niche tires, and my what
> seems to be my rapidly advancing alzheimers.
> >
> >
> >
> > Having said that, I know that I made mistakes that could have proven to
> be more painful were it not for having selected the optimal tire for the
> application, be it street or track, and keeping them fresh, even it if
> meant throwing them out with lots of rubber left.
> >
> >
> >
> > My problem is compounded because either I missed it or  one hasn't been
> done, but I can't recall seeing a comprehensive street/sport tire test
> being done recently, as Sport Rider and RRW used to do.
> >
> >
> >
> > So, it seemed to be the Q2's, or a Michelin product.  Currently, I have
> 8 year old Pilots on there (bikes been sitting), and I thought they were
> the best at the time.  Now, it seems that the Pures are considered, at
> least by Michelin, to be the best street/trackday tire, at least that they
> offer.
> >
> >
> >
> > Does anyone object to the Michelin Pures for use on a street SV650 with
> stock motor, suspension  and brakes?  Anyone know of a better solution,
> again keeping in mind that I don't care how long they last, only how well
> they perform (handle, brake, feel, heat up time and associated grip)?  I'm
> not looking for the "total value proposition" as some of my friends like to
> say.  I'm looking for the best tire, period.  Similar to wanting the best
> gun and the best ammo in a self defense gun, hoping you will never need all
> they have to offer, but glad you have it if you do need it.
> >
> >
> >
> > Along those same lines, are the sporting guys sticking with the stock
> 120/60 front, or going to the 120/17?  One distributor opined that the
> 120/60's were likely selected by Suzuki to "look right" on that size wheel
> and bike, and strongly suggested using the 120/70, instead.  If 120/70 is
> the hot setup, is it wise to use a different rear tire size, or run the
> stock size on the rear regardless of the front used?
> >
> >
> >
> > Thanks, guys.
> >
> > Tom
>
>


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