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a small tire repair kit (plugs with co2 cartridges). I was going to buy one 3 weeks ago and just forgot. Certainly could have used it today. Was outside the city in the country when I noticed the back end "fish tailing" a bit. Pulled over just in time not to damage the rim. Luckily I was able to call someone to bring me a plug and pump. Never will I be without one again.
 

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I am familiar with the repair kit and i keep a strip and the 2 touls always in my tool set.
now my question is. why do you need the co2 catridge? is it for the rubber cement?
 

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never thought about it, but then again.... I have never had a flat.
 

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kowtoy, now that you said never had a flat......guess what
I have also said I am still using the original battery from '03, and it never fails me, though I do expect it to at some point, lol. I have over 8k on this set of tires, so it won't hurt my feelings too bad if it blows out. I will just call my fiance, and tell her to bring my truck.

(its just like AAA) :lol:
 

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I have also said I am still using the original battery from '03, and it never fails me, though I do expect it to at some point, lol. I have over 8k on this set of tires, so it won't hurt my feelings too bad if it blows out. I will just call my fiance, and tell her to bring my truck.

(its just like AAA) :lol:
8000 miles? what tire? i have 2500 on my new set and i dont think it can do another 2000. and i m not that agressive just a fast commuter. (conti road attacks)
:+1: for the PC3. good luck man.
 

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8000 miles? what tire? i have 2500 on my new set and i dont think it can do another 2000. and i m not that agressive just a fast commuter. (conti road attacks)
:+1: for the PC3. good luck man.
Thats all you got out of the Conti Road Attack tires? Damn, remind me not to buy those!

Give the Bridgestone BT023's a try. I really like mine, and got 2000 miles on the rear before it picked up a nail...I have tire insurance, where they check the remaining tread depth, and you pay a pro-rated amount for a new tire. After 2000 miles, the BT023 was rated "like new" with 95+% tread left...and I got a free tire!! And believe me - Im no slouch of a commuter either - pretty much 70-80mph the entire way, splitting lanes, 5 days a week.

My guy at the bike shop recommended the Pirelli Angel STs. Showed me a pair sitting on the showroom floor with over 10,000 miles on them. Of course, they were flat spotted in the center AND on both sides - flat spotted to a point that I would never allow my tires to get to...but they still had some tread left on them as well. Not bad for 10K miles... might try them next time...
 

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I like a long lasting tire, but the compound...

8000 miles? what tire? i have 2500 on my new set and i dont think it can do another 2000. and i m not that agressive just a fast commuter. (conti road attacks)
:+1: for the PC3. good luck man.
is usually a bit hard for me. I think I'm going Michilin Pures or CT2s. They don't last near as long, but a more "sticky" compound for twisties and wet weather.
 

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is usually a bit hard for me. I think I'm going Michilin Pures or CT2s. They don't last near as long, but a more "sticky" compound for twisties and wet weather.
Thats what I like about the BT023's....center tread is nice and hard, but shoulders are soft for sport riding. Im no slouch in the corners either, and I havent had them slip on me yet...
 

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It all comes down to

Thats what I like about the BT023's....center tread is nice and hard, but shoulders are soft for sport riding. Im no slouch in the corners either, and I havent had them slip on me yet...
your riding style. The BT023s are a good tire and similar to Michilin Pilots. Good durable distance tires with a harder center and a bit softer sides. If more towards "sport" riding most will prefer a softer, sticky tire although life expectancy is shorter.
 

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i have heard a lot of good things for the bt023. i ll give them a try next season. i need a good wet tire. contis are good tires by the way. i feel safe with them. much better than the dunlop that came from the factoy. hated that tire.
 

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8000 miles? what tire? i have 2500 on my new set and i dont think it can do another 2000. and i m not that agressive just a fast commuter. (conti road attacks)
:+1: for the PC3. good luck man.
I have the Michelin PilotRoad 2ct's, and they have about 8k on them I have flat spotted them in the center, but they still have a good amount of life to go yet. I believe I will have to replace them; mid to late summer. My buddy got over 20k on his set of these things on his Honda 919.
 

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My bike actually came with...

Bridgestone BT016s which aren't that bad....but with the group I rode with yesterday... pure track tires would have been the best :)
 

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+1 on the BT016's. They stick like glue, fairly priced. However I got 1400 miles on my first rear tire, 2600 miles on the second rear and 4000 off the front. That was all canyon riding except for the 35 miles one way to get to the canyons.
I went cheap this time and am trying an old favorite, Michelin Pilot Powers because they were cheaper then snot. $203.00 plus tax out the door for the pair. I figure they will last the summer anyway. I figure I just can't lean on them like a BT016 in the turns. We will see, soon!
 

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your riding style. The BT023s are a good tire and similar to Michilin Pilots. Good durable distance tires with a harder center and a bit softer sides. If more towards "sport" riding most will prefer a softer, sticky tire although life expectancy is shorter.
I think that most of us are fooling ourselves with this "need" for a stickier tire.

I go sport riding with friends on Ninjas and GSXRs, and I smoke the hell out of them...on BT023's. If you are smooth on throttle application coming out of a corner and dont just hack the thing open, then these tires are perfectly fine for sport riding. Ive even taken them to the track and been a front runner in the B class.

Thats just my :2cents: - I think most of us are wasting money paying for sticky rubber that many of us dont even need for our riding styles. Its like buying an iPhone, and using it only as an iPod.
 

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Jeez , sounds like the BT016's wouldn't last a month on my bike.
 

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I think that most of us are fooling ourselves with this "need" for a stickier tire.

I go sport riding with friends on Ninjas and GSXRs, and I smoke the hell out of them...on BT023's. If you are smooth on throttle application coming out of a corner and dont just hack the thing open, then these tires are perfectly fine for sport riding. Ive even taken them to the track and been a front runner in the B class.

Thats just my :2cents: - I think most of us are wasting money paying for sticky rubber that many of us dont even need for our riding styles. Its like buying an iPhone, and using it only as an iPod.
Again...they make different tires for different applications. If you are more oriented toward "touring" the best tire would be a harder compound of course. Majority of sport..."sticky". Over the years I have low sided more than once and have come appreciate a softer, more sticky tire. I'll bet these guys prefer a "sticky" tire over a harder compound. The "stickiest" made I'm sure. lol


 

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when i got my 04 with 9,000 miles they replaced the org rear tire, i got 15,000 outof the org front tire. i am not hard on tires. my victory 8 ball has 16,000 miles on the rear tire and it still has 40 % left on it. i know this sounds like BS but that rear tire has been to the drag races about 5 times with over 40 runs on it [ i do NOT do burn outs]. the rubber must be getting hard but no cracks. it looks real good. honist. my zed still has the org rear disc pads also, i did front pads around 14,000 miles. i ride the bike , not beat on it for no reason.
 

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notabiker, I believe you man. I have 28,8xx miles on my '03s orig brake pads front and rear. original tires lasted to 7k, maybe could have milked the front longer but i was not going to stay with bridgestone, and hate mismatched tires. The Shinko Ravens I ran; I got 7k out of the rear, and 14k out of the front.
 
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