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This is my first bike 02 zx6 and love it. I know the book recommends front 36 rear 41 is that where I should be? Any thoughts?
Go with recommended n go from there....
Maybe if ur gunna do track days u can lower that a few pounds those times....then back to recommended...
Also tire brands will make a diff....
I went from Dunlops to Michelins....
Pressures stayed the same 4 me....
32 front n 35 rear....
2012 Ninja 650......








 

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Thanks was reading about it and everyone seemed to have different views the recommend pressure just seemed to sound a little on the high side. The bike has dunlop's on it now.
 

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Do your tires give you a reason to question them? If you are running at the recommended pressures and things don't feel right, chances are it's the tires - not the pressures.

How old are the tires? Look for an oval on the sidewall with 4 numbers in it. It should be like - 2609 - which means the 26th week of 2009.

If they are older than 4 years, or worn oddly (flat in the center or jagged tread blocks) it's time for a new set. They don't last forever, and even if they have almost all of their tread left they still lose traction from age.

If they are questionable just replace them. It's really important for safety and control.
 

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jkv45 said:
Do your tires give you a reason to question them? If you are running at the recommended pressures and things don't feel right, chances are it's the tires - not the pressures.

How old are the tires? Look for an oval on the sidewall with 4 numbers in it. It should be like - 2609 - which means the 26th week of 2009.

If they are older than 4 years, or worn oddly (flat in the center or jagged tread blocks) it's time for a new set. They don't last forever, and even if they have almost all of their tread left they still lose traction from age.

If they are questionable just replace them. It's really important for safety and control.
Tires seem fine but the guy I bought it from had the bike sitting a while when I rode it home felt like I was on the rim there was only 14 in front and 24 in back so no wonder it felt odd. But thanks.
 

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I know not everyone here has money like some of us others but when it comes to tires. Tis true. You get what u pay for. Cheap tires are good at first but dont last long. They usually always have very low heat cycle rates thus becoming hard after a while which for those who dont ride often will find the tires will rott faster. You dont have to go with super expensive rubber. Just find a tire that has good reviews on life and tire wear from riders who have had the tire. Did they put it back on? How long did it last? What kind of riding did and do they do? Tire pressure os important but a hard tire is still a hard tire. Just deflated a bit usually as people want as much grip on those tires as possible. My experience has been great with pilot power tires as all around tires. The pilot road is good too for those that travel a bit. The 2ct is great for your hard street rider who occasionally hits the track. The corsa is a good tire and Holds good in the rain. qualifier is a mid grade tire that sticks good for many heat cycles but the second its done its hard hard Plus its wears fast. Battlax tires are completely unsafe. They are all hard and dont stick like you pay for them too but they last a long time. Shinko tires great for drag racing. Horrible for street riding where turning is involved. Dont grip in the rain at all. Ive tried a bunch of tires in my day. Any questions let me know
 

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EX500 is 196 front, rear being like 220.. Of course, I use Kpa.. :p
 

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Thinking about spending the little extra and go with the new power pilot 3 ....???
Yes-----Yes-----Yes.....
OOOoo crap......think i cum.....:facepalm:
U'll love the pilot 3.....
It's what i'm running.....
Hell.....the rear even grips after I oil it up good....
:dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:








 

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Just checked eBay brand new set of pilot 3 for $265 and free shipping. Going with them. Lol

Just checked eBay brand new set of pilot 3 for $265 and free shipping. Going with them. Lol
I don't do ebay or paypal anymore so i don't have that option.....
I'll use amazon n others but not ebay....
But good deals r good deals.....NNnnnnnn..
Ur gunna like the pilot 3's








 

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My tires are both Avon, but mixed models. Front is Avon Roadrider, rear is Avon Azaro.
 
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