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I've got 3300 miles on my 2010 Z with the Dunlop 210 tires. I'm one good ride away from needing to change them out. I've been running Dunlop Q2s on my CBR and plan to use them on the Z. My question is to those who have gone from a 190/50 rear to a 190/55. I understand the reason , more sidewall when turned in along with quicker turn ins. Given that the bike turns in quicker with the 55 does that mean it is sluggish coming out of the corners with the taller profile? Also how does the taller profile wear when putting straight line highway miles on the bike, takes about an hour of highway riding for me in NJ to get to the good twisties. Do they wear with a big flatspot at the tallest part of the profile? Thanks for the feedback from those who have made the switch.
 

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I cant comment on the changing of the profile of the tire. But I had a comment to share about tire choice...

I had to swap out my stock rear tire at 3250 miles - had a huge flat spot on it. I decided to try the new Bridgestone BT023, which I have read great reviews on. I love to sport ride, but I primarily commute to work on mine, 45miles round trip daily.

I now have 4800 miles on the bike, so Ive put around 1550 miles on this rear tire. And the thing still looks new in the center!! Hardly any wear on it at ALL. Kinda surprising. Only one slight drawback - it takes FOREVER for the center to heat up...and when I leave work and am blasting through the city aimed at the nearest freeway on-ramp, caged drivers are always jumping out in front of me, causing me to get hard on the brakes...and the rear is constantly sliding around until I get some heat up in it. Otherwise, these tires are impressive. I will likely be sticking with these - although a friend tried the Pirelli Angel STs and really likes those as well...
 

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To me the 55 series is LESS sluggish to come back up as well. Of course it will sqaure off like any bike tire but there is a slightly smaller area since there is a slightly smaller contact patch. Doesn't seem to wear any quicker to me.
 

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my tires must have been defective. i don't ride hard at alland only got 2100 miles sides wore well also.how are you guys getting so many miles.
 

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I used the new and improved B23's on one of my other bikes and was really impressed. The tire showed no wear after 800 miles and they also have a new type of silca compound that makes them great for riding in the rain. Got stuck in a down poor for 30 miles with out rain gear and even while cruising at 80 MPH they were great - No slippage or loss of handling. After my stocks get woreout I'm going for a set of these.
 

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Iv got 1700 miles on my 2010 z1000 the rear tire is done front 3/4 done. This is due to aggressive street and part that factory bike come with a single compound tire. I will be going to the 2CT by michelin.
 

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I use the BTO-21 and get an average of 6,000 miles That gap riding & Hwy miles. Going to the BTO-23 next:eek:
 

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I decided to go with the Dunlop Q2s and stayed with a 190/50 in the rear. Could'nt decide on a 190/55 for quicker turn ins so I stuck with a factory size tire. The Q2s made the bike turn in a little slower than the factory tires. The profiles are different. I went back to the shop that tunes my suspension and had them do some minor tweeking and now the bike feels great again. The bike turns in quickly and tracks very predictably almost like it's on rails. All from a suspension adjustment. Did about 150 miles in the twisties yesterday and the Q2s performed extremely well. For those looking to do Mods to their Z I suggest that you look at having the suspension done. Find a shop that knows what they are doing and have the bike set up for your body weight and riding style. It makes a world of difference.
 

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I wore out my OEM tires at about 3k miles on my 2010.

Loved the Pirelli Diablo Rosso's (regular diablo rosso's, I knew the z would tear up the corsa rossos quick!), but only got about 4500 on them.

Now, I've got the Pirelli Angel ST's. I've got about 4000 miles on them, and they look to be good for another 4k. The tires have great feel. I can tell that they get a bit skiddish on concrete, but I'm not having to buy new tires once every month and a half.
 

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that is right. now that it's getting dark earlier not riding as much.ordered my 3rd rear tire this week just to be ready when this one goes south. looks like it will last 3000 to 3500. not sure yey. shouldn't have went with 200 tire . front shows little wear.
 

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I'm switching to Pirelli Angels. My rear still has a fair amount of tread left, but I'm about to go on a 1000+ mile trip and don't want to mess with either the possibility of a major flat spot before I get to the good roads or a need to replace before I'm back in town.
 

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I just had my Michelin Pilot Road 2CT's put on yesterday. Huge improvement over the stock Dunlops. If anybody wants a set of like new (180 miles) Dunlop 210's, PM me. I'm in NW Oregon.

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I just had my Michelin Pilot Road 2CT's put on yesterday. Huge improvement over the stock Dunlops. If anybody wants a set of like new (180 miles) Dunlop 210's, PM me. I'm in NW Oregon.

Rob
Keep us posted on how they wear. :)
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Keep us posted on how they wear. :)
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I'm psychic, so I'll just say it: they'll wear great. I've never seen a complaint about longevity with the PR2s. I almost went with 'em, but I've read so much good about the Angels that I figured I'd try those first.

I can't wait to get the Dunlops off my bike.
 

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how long could you have had to wait? mine didn't last a month. they stuck like glue though. but then again i don't ride very hard. HA!HA!:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
 

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I'm switching to Pirelli Angels. My rear still has a fair amount of tread left, but I'm about to go on a 1000+ mile trip and don't want to mess with either the possibility of a major flat spot before I get to the good roads or a need to replace before I'm back in town.
I agree with the Pirelli Angels. I use them on my '03 and the rear is 3/4 worn on the center after 7-8k miles so I'll need to replace it next season, but that's good mileage for a rear, and I beat on it every time I ride. That, and they look sweet too.
 

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I forgot to post this earlier - anyways. After putting the Angels on, my next ride was a ~1,000 mi weekend trip to the twistiest twisties I've ever seen. Might not be saying much, since I'm living in Dallas... :p

Anyways, the Angels made a big difference in how the bike feels. My stock tires weren't worn out, so I can't attribute the difference to new tires versus old ones. Truth is that I never had confidence in the stock Dunlops - the front end always felt vague. On the Angels, I feel what's happening. There are at least two turns on the trip that I would've likely crashed with the stock tires. Both of those turns I made bad mistakes on and came in too hot, but the Angels stuck and stuck some more. So, I'm very happy with how they ride.

Time will tell how many miles I get!
 

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I bought my '03 with 22k on it last March. First thing I did before I rode it was new pirelli angels front and back.190/50 rear is showing belt for about 2 inches in one spot, must have hit the brakes a little hard once. Anyways, I've got 27-28k on it now, front is still 70%. So, another rear and I'm thinking the front will be ready to go when the new one is done. Now I'm only pondering if I go 190/55, 180/55, or stick with the stock 190/50. Is there REALLY that big of a difference? If I get race tires for a track day I'll likely get 180/55 power ones. Anybody have any other opinions?
 
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