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Your favourite bike tyre

Discussion in 'Biker's Cafe' started by agnes, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. agnes

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 1, 2006

    Posts: 15,814

    Location: San Francisco, CA

    Mine is the Michelin Pilot Power 2CT, good duration for the type of tyre, constant and precise feedback throughout lean angles and straight line speeds. Fantastic grip, simply amazing and most important of all, great centre strip of rubber for those boring motorways :)

    I have previously had Bridgestone Battlax BT16's, Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa's and Dunlop Maxxis which came on my first Ducati 748.

    All of the above were great but nothing special, nothing compared to the 2CT's in my opinion. Your selfs?

    ags
     
  2. ShakenNstirred

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jun 5, 2003

    Posts: 8,853

    Location: sawley/ long eaton

    i liked the BT56`s on my CBR600
    good grip wet or dry
     
  3. Flukester

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Nov 1, 2007

    Posts: 4,402

    Location: Christchurch UK

    Same as op, 2CTs .... tons of grip (never had a oh *&%^ moment) and last for ages as center rubber nice and hard wearing
     
  4. moss

    Soldato

    Joined: Nov 1, 2002

    Posts: 6,487

    Location: South Shields

    Had BT014's on the R6, they didnt last long at all. The Buell came with Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa's as standard, neither seemed terrible but thats about all my experience with bike tyres.
     
  5. mit1

    Gangster

    Joined: Jan 21, 2010

    Posts: 331

    I have used a wide range of tyres, Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa's used to be my favourite but then i used some Metzeler Racetec and oh boy what a difference........... it was like my bike was wearing a comfy pair of slippers with loads and loads of grip, i have used on track and road and would definatly be my tyre of choice.
     
  6. PieEater

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 3,659

    Location: Devon

  7. Fireskull

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 31, 2006

    Posts: 9,657

    Location: Eastleigh / Winchester

    Pirelli Diablo Corsa III - Tones of grip, confidence inspiring tyre.
    Michelin Power One's
    Pirelli Supercorsa's

    I didnt use the supercorsa's on track so not sure out of those and the Power One's I prefere..
     
  8. Draeger

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 4, 2004

    Posts: 12,828

    Location: Falkirk, Scotland

    2CT's. Can't fault them and simply would not fit and use anything else. :cool:
     
  9. Sagalout

    Soldato

    Joined: Nov 13, 2003

    Posts: 5,668

    Location: Harrogate

    Avon Storms - awesome wet weather ability (I find most tyres similar in the dry), and after 3k miles still look like new.

    Tempted to try Roadsmarts though, and that new Metzeler sport touring tyre is getting good reviews too.
     
  10. kidloco

    Mobster

    Joined: Nov 3, 2003

    Posts: 4,638

    Location: Up-Holland

    Ive tried pretty much every supersports tyre out there and always find myself coming back to Michelins. Pilot Power Race for trackdays and 2cts for the road. My latest steed came shod with Pirelli Diablo's, didnt like them at first but they are growing on me, they will need replacing very soon, was going to stick on a set on the new Pilot Pure's, but I think im going to try out the new Pirelli Diablo Rosso instead.
     
  11. Ghosteh

    Mobster

    Joined: Mar 18, 2006

    Posts: 4,144

    Location: Liverpool

    Use 2CTs myself, and find them a great tyre. Instantly felt more confident on the bike when they were fitted, and the responsiveness of them is so much higher than what ever ones I had on before.
     
  12. agnes

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 1, 2006

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    Location: San Francisco, CA

    When I first tried the 2ct's after the BT16's, I went for a solo ride along the A33 from Reading town centre as the A33 has some very long and progressive corners, perfect for wearing in new tyres, so anyway, done the trip to Basingstoke and back again, when I got back into Reading, I got to one of my fave roundabout's and started surfing (slap me on the wrist!), gradually leaning lower and lower to see how much these tyres had, knee touched down and had only done about 50 miles on the tyres! So much grip.

    ags
     
  13. Ghosteh

    Mobster

    Joined: Mar 18, 2006

    Posts: 4,144

    Location: Liverpool

    The tyres have helped increase my cornering massively. I'm getting closer and closer to knee down, just I don't get to ride that much during the week or some weekends at the moment, so I've struggled to get out for a long blast with loads of roundabouts to get touchdown heh, but I will get them with these tyres I feel.
     
  14. helpimcrap

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 13, 2004

    Posts: 12,395

    Location: Leicestershire

    pirellis have good feel. michelin were called michelin highsides for a reason, unsure if the newer ones have better feel but the old ones were megsa grippy until they went then you crashed! pirellis used to slide more and more forgiving
     
  15. mingeroonie

    Hitman

    Joined: Sep 8, 2006

    Posts: 513

    Location: uk

    Another vote for 2Ct's on the road, excellent in the wet as well.
    On my track bike I stick with ractecs, although they arent much fun in the rain:p
     
  16. Bigsy

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 17, 2002

    Posts: 4,308

    Location: Bristol

    Having read all the reviews I could and tried most of the top tyres suggested on my bikes over the last few years I have to say that Roadsmarts are my favorite even through they are classed as sports touring tyre I stuck them on my superduke too as I liked them so much on my VFR.

    They consistently get the best wet weather results in the reviews I've seen (I ride rain or shine), more grip in the dry than I'm capable of using, least squaring off I've ever had, but best of all the handling just gives me the most confidence, especially on the VFR its just a different bike with them on.
     
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2010
  17. St0rmer66

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 31, 2004

    Posts: 4,550

    Location: Harrogate, North Yorks

    Might have to try some 2CT's next time. Only problem is... my rear will wear out long before the front and I'd rather have a matching pair... hmm :( .
     
  18. JamesRJ

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 9, 2002

    Posts: 1,493

    Location: Somerset

    2CT's for me as well CBR600FS1
     
  19. duc999

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 10, 2003

    Posts: 2,140

    Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa BSB's for me , love 'em :D
     
  20. .one.

    Mobster

    Joined: Aug 1, 2006

    Posts: 3,642

    Metzlers.