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Shinko 011 Verge 200 rear....

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I'm currently running Pilot Road 3's on my Connie,good grip and excellent wear characteristics! Done about 4500 km's so far and still look brand new!!
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Currently running Michelin Pilot Power on the front and Michelin Sport on the rear, but will going back to Michelin Pilot Road 2CT's for good grip and longevity!
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There are a lot of expenses with our car, right? Sometimes its parts just get in trouble and we have to replace them with new. Whenever you get a flat, it can take a lot of additional cash to fix it. You cannot drive on a spare for very long, but a brand new tire can cost over a hundred dollars. A pay day loan can help you get the brand new tire if you hit a crisis like this. Get the tire put on like new with the fast cash, and you will be on your way. You can even repay it over time if you need. For more information, go to: Payday Loan
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Pirelli corsa's 190/55 rear and there GREAT !
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PR 3 190/55 rear Standerd front '
Touring feel to the ride Not harsh .Velvety smooth ride I Love em!
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Shinko 011 Verge 200 rear....
exact same....
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post #39 of 42 Old 05-22-2012, 08:46 PM
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I'm new to the forum. I wanted to throw out a hell yes for the BT-023 GT tire from Bridgestone. My 2011 C-14 was running OEM BT-021. And those were inadequate rubber for the C-14.
A little about me: I have had other bikes. 2003 ZZR1200, 2006 yamah r1, and ridden many more. And I have tried Dunlops, Conti's and Mich PP. And different sizes. I played with suspension and air pressure for track days on my R1 and different rubber.

Now the C-14: Bridgestones are a japanese tire. And from my experience, certain ones work on certain bikes. They are not good at one tire for all rides. But they are a good brand. Sometimes a little hit or miss.

The C-14 requires very specific setup for each tire. More so i think than most. the 21's felt very average. The grip was very good but the straight line ride was just ok. They created a dive into turns that was counter steering. Needing constant input on the inside bar to maintain the consistant turn. I upgraded to the new BT-023 GT's with a 190/55 for the rear.

It's now a completely different bike.
1st. The GT lineup is a 75W tire. Meaning the sidewalls are re-enforced. It took 60 psi to bead the tire to the rim. Other standered rubber including Angels and PR's would only need 40. That is how stout the sidewalls are. Bike like the C-14, FJR, ST-1300 and the BMW's need these type of tires to manage the weight. It's a night and day difference.
Connie turns like a BMW 1200rt now! quick in's, smooth neutral and stable. Alost flickable. Though flopping side to side is easy it does take force to make it quick. Still the light and neutral turn is brilliant. Grippy and smooth. I through it around mullholland in the Malibu hills today like a steetfighter. And on the way home it floated over the broken beaten 101 Fwy like, well an expensive BMW. I was stunned by the all around improvement in every way. I have lost a hair on my launches with the taller slightly larger and heavier rear 190/55 series. But I gained a more accurate speedo reading and better fuel economy on the highway. Even wilder I didn't notice until aftwards, my local shop had pumped the tire pressure all the way up to 45 instead of the 42 i requested. And the tires still scraped pegs with brutal confidence. It was really impressive. And If your worried about the height increase. I jst tightened up the rear spring. It still was smooth and well cussion better than the 21's with softer suspension settings.

Conclusion: The GT model 23's with a 190/55 rear. Improves the Bike in everyway. I baught the set delivered for 232.00. You cant beat that price. I will continue to post for wear(i expect it to be good, since the strengthened carcass should resist the compression from the heavy bike) but I will be out of town a lot in the near future. For right now, with this set up, I believe it to be ideal. Spending more for PR's or Angel ST, and etc. Will not gain you anthing. And not many carry a 190/55 with a hevier sidewall rated for 75W. What every you do don't bother with tires that aren't rated atleast 75W. These bikes need it. The front should be rated atleast 58W.

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post #40 of 42 Old 03-24-2013, 05:24 AM
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Found a significant gain in handling when I upgraded to the Michelin Pilot Road 2's. The difference on wet surfaces is dramatic. Have since upgraded again to the Pilot Road 3. I haven't noticed any significant gain in dry pavement grip over the already excellant PR 2, but wet grip is simply amazing, and they seem to last forever.

I've been maintaining 42 lbs of pressure, which noticably lightens the the handling feel of the big C14, and has not affected the extrodinary handling or longevity og the PR3's

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I'm on RoadSmart II,s now, and next month will fit the PR2's. Did you have dual compound?
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I've yet to try Z8's. So far PR2's are my preference - yes, I have tried 3's but they did not last as long:

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