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Old November 30th, 2018, 05:10 PM   #1
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Hello all, this forum is awesome!!! I wanted to see what the opinions on tires were from some of the people on here.. I am new to motorcycling and would like to improve highway cruising capabilities as I do not plan on taking on tight twisties or doing any canyon carving ... yet ..

I was wondering is it acceptable to install a rear cruiser tire perhaps from the likes of Michelin to a 2010 ninja 250... also Im sure I can get another 500-1000 miles on my current rear tire would it make more sense to wait until April to upgrade? Thank all, for the knowledgeable opinions
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Old December 1st, 2018, 12:03 PM   #2
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I have these and they're awesome. They're not the longest lasting tires, but they have pretty good life, and they'll be great when you get in to the twisties. They're a great mix of grip and life.

I would also wait for April to upgrade, that way you'll have nice new tires for the prime riding season.
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Old December 1st, 2018, 12:21 PM   #3
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@Ralgha is spot on, Michelin Pilot Streets do the business.

If you are having them mounted and balanced at a shop, be prepared for some Northeast area sticker shock on the labor charge.

In NY, a couple years ago I was quoted $75 per wheel OFF the bike, for mount/balance.

This prompted me to invest in bead breaker/stand, levers, rim protectors, etc.
I've since done changes on all 3 of my bikes, friends VFR800, a few EX500's too. Removing old, original, hardened tires can be a real wrestling match, I sometimes resort to actually cutting the bead using an air operated cutting disc, then a smaller Dremel for the last few mm...avoiding damage with the larger Zip tool.

If you do get quotes in Connecticut, I'd like to hear them...please post?

And the Pilots are a known, proven great choice. I'd not advise a mismatch.
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Old December 2nd, 2018, 07:25 PM   #4
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If you want touring/high-mileage tyres, factory BT-45s are excellent. I got 18k-miles out of original factory rear-tyre and front could've gone another 4-5k. Changed them out for new ones of same model anyway.

For ease of unmounting, I like to stuff wheels into tyre-warmers @175F for about 30-minutes beforehand. Dunlop Alpha-13SPs and Q3+ are so soft, I can mount them by hand without levers!
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Michelin PSR FTW, you get radial performance with long life.
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Pretty sure the factory tires on the 2010 models are IRC Roadlosers. The Pilot Street Roads are a massive improvement, stick to the road like glue.
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Pretty sure the factory tires on the 2010 models are IRC Roadlosers. The Pilot Street Roads are a massive improvement, stick to the road like glue.
Mine was '08 model. The BT-45s are better than IRC RW/RX that came on later models. Most beginners wouldn't be able to tell difference anyway and by time they wear out 1st set of tyres, they're ready for better model. Factory peg-feelers are good gauge for street-use on any tyre, don't scrape them too much. On track, BT-45s are only couple seconds behind my Alpha-13SP MotoAmerica tyres. Pretty darn good for a street tyre. Latest Q3+ are best yet.

If you really want touring/cruiser tyre, Kenda K671 can go 20k+ miles. If you're not riding much until April, I'd wait 'til then to change. Cold winter makes all tyres hard/slippery and really breaks down tyre's rubber compound.
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