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    Hello,

    Well I've just had a service done on the bike (14,000 kms) and decided I need a new set of hoops. Anyone got anything to clue me in on? Bad, good, 'stay clear of' advice?

    The 'OMG these are awesome for da track yo!' type comment probably won't be of much use

    TIA,

    D'Art

  • #2
    PM stretcho, he may be able to help you (if I recall correctly he did a lot of k's on his old one...)
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    • #3
      Do you have the standard Dunlops on at the moment? They've given me a few scares, but I seem to be getting reasonable mileage out of them.

      My personal favourites are the Michelin Pilot Roads (I think now called Road 2's) but they don't last anything like the touring style tyres.
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      • #4
        D'Art, a mate of mine lives in Ballajura and he just removed the Pilot Road 2s and put on some Bridgestones and reckons he's a lot happier with them. I can't remember which ones but they aren't the top of the range. If you're interested to know, PM me and I'll give him a call for you. Oh yes, he has a Blackbird.
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        • #5
          Hey D'Art I have been running mainly Michelin's since getting my BB in March 06. When I got it it had a knackered D208 on the front and a 1/2 worn PR, I replaced the front straight away with a PP and the difference was huge
          The bike handled so much better and turned quicker, I then replaced the rear with another PR and got ~10 000km from it (worn bald in the centre)and ~14 000km (to wear bars) from the PP front.
          I then put on a set of Shinko 005's which were "OK" BUT handled slower and weren't as good in the wet and took longer to warm up in the cold
          Also I only got ~10 000 front and 6500km from the rear before hitting the canvas So the savings of ~$70 a set weren't worth it

          Then I had 2 sets of PPf and PR2 rears with the fronts doing ~13 000km and the rears ~10 000km before wearing the sides out rather than the centres due to the dual compound softer sides.

          I am currently on another PR2 rear but have a PR2 front and the front is at 11 000km and only looks 1/2 gone

          I have been really happy with all the Michelin's, the dry grip is outstanding, the wet very good and the wear quite acceptable
          The PR2 front does steer slightly slower than the PP so I may go back to the PP next time although I have been impressed with it's mileage

          BTW most of my riding has been riding to and from home to Wooroloo (~65km each way) which means quite a bit of higher speed highway stuff and quite a few corners on very rough bumpy roads up around Wooroloo/Gidgegannup

          I ride them quite hard too not at a cruising pace either

          Most of the guys on the OzBB site tend to use either the PP's or PR2's or the PPf/PR2r combo although there are some who like the Shinko's on the smoother roads and a few in Qld quite like the Conti Road Attacks

          Almost no one has anything good to say about the std Dunlops/Bridgies although a couple found the new Roadsmart OK
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          • #6
            Re: Tyres for a Blackbird

            Thanks for all the feedback guys. I'll get some prices for the PP's etc when I get back.

            Sorry about the slow reply.

            D'Art

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            • #7
              I run a pilot race front and Pilot road 2ct on the rear. No complaints from me on them, done 10,000km of them so far and plenty left to go

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              • #8
                D'art....PR2s have transformed the couch into a real sweet handler. Sticks like sh*t to a blanket....and great mileage too.

                The Slackturd may wear the tyres differently...but generally, you will not be disappointed with them.
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                • #9
                  I just noticed that Michelin recommend a 'Pilot Sport HPX' for Blackbirds. I'll be up for new tyres soon as well, has anyone tried these? Good? Bad?

                  Ta.
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                  • #10
                    Don't know of anyone here in Aus that have and of all the BB forums there are only a couple in the US and a handful in the UK/EU that have and all basically said they were an OK tyre for high speed/long distance type riding but not really suited to tighter twisty type stuff .

                    They are also an old technology/single compound tyre with a heavier sidewall designed specifically for heavy "Hyperbikes" like the XX/Busa/ZX14 etc and more suited to high speed straight line stuff like Autobahns etc
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Para045 View Post
                      Don't know of anyone here in Aus that have and of all the BB forums there are only a couple in the US and a handful in the UK/EU that have and all basically said they were an OK tyre for high speed/long distance type riding but not really suited to tighter twisty type stuff .

                      They are also an old technology/single compound tyre with a heavier sidewall designed specifically for heavy "Hyperbikes" like the XX/Busa/ZX14 etc and more suited to high speed straight line stuff like Autobahns etc
                      Thanks Para. Looks like I'll stick with the trusty Pilots next time around.
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                      • #12
                        the pilot power 2ct's served me well on the zx12 i had

                        (actually that well they are also on the 1098)
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                        • #13
                          Generally had stuck with the bridgestone battlax's but i really dont do enough miles on th ebird these days to make a fair comment Para is the man to talk to for sure...dunno when he turns his BB off:-)

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                          • #14
                            Also guys, with the warmer days ahead, any bird owners keen on a meet up? yes Para I know you will be pending on work...:-)

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                            • #15
                              got a set of pilot roads on and have had as good a performance as the battlax but better longevity...don't have the figures but just better.

                              Originally posted by gc33 View Post
                              Also guys, with the warmer days ahead, any bird owners keen on a meet up? yes Para I know you will be pending on work...:-)
                              sounds good! count me in
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