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Best Tires for Street

I know this is a personal preference topic and very heated, but I'm looking for strictly street use tires that will not see rain or the track. But i would still like some grip that wont be too unforgiving over bumps on the street. (this might be a suspension tune issue, im not that experienced).


anyways, did research and looking for experiences. initially thought Q2's from the 2010 tire shootout, also debating metzler m5's (i know theyre semi track tires) and pirelli's.

first new set of tires so im really unsure, tires on bike now are pilots im pretty sure, but got them really worn out so cant judge them.
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commute riding? twisties? I have Continental Conti Motion. for around town and commuting. Hit twisties a few times with 'em and had no issues.
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commute riding? twisties? I have Continental Conti Motion. for around town and commuting. Hit twisties a few times with 'em and had no issues.
mostly commute riding yea, but i want that grip for when im hard on it, all about comfort and grip, wear is not an issue
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if that's the case I'd personally go with the Q2's. I have used them on both street and track. They hold well on the street. Good all around tire. I also like the bridgestone BattleAx. I started on those and was pleased....

As far as bumps you can adjust your suspension and pre-load but to be honest you're on a sportbike. Comfort is not like you would find on touring or fancy smancy harley..
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Q2s seem to be the most liked hypersport tire.
Pilot Road3s are popular with the commuting crowd.

I ride Power Pures on the street. I'm a Michelin fan boy though.

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if that's the case I'd personally go with the Q2's. I have used them on both street and track. They hold well on the street. Good all around tire. I also like the bridgestone BattleAx. I started on those and was pleased....

As far as bumps you can adjust your suspension and pre-load but to be honest you're on a sportbike. Comfort is not like you would find on touring or fancy smancy harley..
yea plus theyre extremely affordable, i just wasnt sure if they were soft enough for what i wanted
but yea i get that lol, i guess i meant responsive, dont get me wrong i love my bike.



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Nice bike... as far as responsive suspension will help as well as the tire.
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mostly commute riding yea, but i want that grip for when im hard on it, all about comfort and grip, wear is not an issue

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Bridgestone BattleAx is great! Almost $4000 miles on those tires and still plenty of thread left. Looks new actually. No flat spots.

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If mileage isn't a concern then I say Q2's also.

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The bridgestone S20 tires are the tires to have now, cheaper than Q2 but it outshines it in all areas, wet/dry grip, feedback, longevity.


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I've got Metzeler Sportec M5s on my bike and love them. Sportec is marketed to give a good balance between daily riding and more spirited trips.

I bought it used with them and was really surprised how quickly it felt good to ride again after 5 years off. I can't pretend to be all that experienced, but my last bike was an '06, lowered 1" with Battlax tires. New one felt so much better despite my time off - I think the fact that it's stock height had something to do with that, but also the tires. I'll definitely buy another pair when the time comes to change them, which isn't long off.

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The bridgestone S20 tires are the tires to have now, cheaper than Q2 but it outshines it in all areas, wet/dry grip, feedback, longevity.
Really? I've never been too crazy about Bridgestones but may try them as they are priced reasonably. Out of the all the tires I have tried so far, I like the Pures and the Q2s.
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They are dual compound so soft sidewalls with a harder centre. They've always done me good in any situation.
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I've got Metzeler Sportec M5s on my bike and love them. Sportec is marketed to give a good balance between daily riding and more spirited trips.

I bought it used with them and was really surprised how quickly it felt good to ride again after 5 years off. I can't pretend to be all that experienced, but my last bike was an '06, lowered 1" with Battlax tires. New one felt so much better despite my time off - I think the fact that it's stock height had something to do with that, but also the tires. I'll definitely buy another pair when the time comes to change them, which isn't long off.

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yea i really liked these tires, it was pretty much between them and the Q2's origonally, was tempted by the diablos just based on pirelli reputation lol, but i figured street use was a different ballgame

ill have to look into the s20's
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I like the pilot road v3. Yeah I know they sport touring. But dude do they grip. Holy poop. And they last 3 x longer than the usual street tire


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I like the pilot road v3. Yeah I know they sport touring. But dude do they grip. Holy poop. And they last 3 x longer than the usual street tire


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I went thru 2 sets, track them, road then hard and your them.
+8k miles on them. Love em and will be getting them again . I'm not sure which tire will ever change me . But until now , it's roads 3 all the way. And I'll be getting knobby tires TKC too.




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I like the pilot road v3. Yeah I know they sport touring. But dude do they grip. Holy poop. And they last 3 x longer than the usual street tire


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I went thru 2 sets, track them, road then hard and your them.
+8k miles on them. Love em and will be getting them again . I'm not sure which tire will ever change me . But until now , it's roads 3 all the way. And I'll be getting knobby tires TKC too.
I understand you guys really like the Road 3s but are we saying they offer more grip than the Q2s and S20s and last twice as long? Or that they grip pretty well for sport touring tyres?

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Really? I've never been too crazy about Bridgestones but may try them as they are priced reasonably. Out of the all the tires I have tried so far, I like the Pures and the Q2s.


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I'm really impressed with the Bridgestone S20s both on the road and track. I've put just over 1500 miles on my set and they appear to be wearing extremely well. Highly recommended.

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I've used Q2s for ages, over the past 2 months I've used the S20s and haven't been happy with them. Profile not as steep as Q2s and had the tyres spin up mid corner at times in the dry on 22*C - 26*C days. The issue with the S20 is the rear which don't match the fronts in grip characteristics, I found the fronts were very similar to Q2s with the exception of profile. The rears didn't last longer than the Q2s but I was purposely locking the rear and backing it into corner entries to wear them out quicker. All in all I wanted to get rid of the S20s ASAP.

I only used the S20s on my road bike but have read other people's experiences that they're not too flash at the track.

Last week I loaded a set of Q2s back on the bike, I feel so much more confident now and the steep profile has helped the bike regain the feeling of agility!

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I understand you guys really like the Road 3s but are we saying they offer more grip than the Q2s and S20s and last twice as long? Or that they grip pretty well for sport touring tyres?
Remember, the longevity part is the hard center, and the grip part is the softer edge. They're 2CT's so you have both.

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my experiences are similar with the reviewer's summary (front / rear mis-matched) in the Fast Bike's r/v earlier this year.
I think the Bridgestone S20s are dependent on individual riding style. For me they work very well on both the road and track and I am extremely pleased with them. Interestingly whilst the review states that the front and rear felt mismatched the same magazine had previously tested them at the Bridgestone launch at Portimão. At the time they stated them to be a huge success and a vast improvement over the BT-003. My point is that tyre choice is hugely subjective and what works for one person may not work for another.
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Q2 for me. I found Q2 to be very confident even in wet. I tracked it, rode it all weather condition. 6K on it and it was just slightly worn. Never upset me In or out of any corners.


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Q2 score the highest point if ya read sport rider issue recently. They just made a tire test and review




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Im assuming all of these tires have a suggested psi or suspension tune?
the guy i got my bike from had his rear set to around 41, i didnt know until i checked it and almost crapped my pants, is that not extremely high lol

so the tires were actually the 2ct's, and i had no issues with them, but they had a serious middle wear from commute riding, any aggressive cornering was super squishy because of this, and i had little confidence in turns, other than that i had no slips or close calls

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The agreed tyre industry standard road pressures for this specification of tyre is 36 psi front and 42 psi rear.
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Keep in mind the Michelin tires weren't part of the magazine test sine the PP's are being replaced.

As with anything else you see tested in a magazine, personal usage, demands, budget, and riding style will dictate which is the best tire.

Personally, since I don't track and I ride in all weather except freezing ice/snow, the Road3 is my tire of choice. I loved my Super Corsas, too, but honestly, they were overkill for me, since I never came close to the limits of them.

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I recently switched from power pures to q2. Q2 really liked the twisties but the power pures were not bad either. I know the power pures handled wet a little better though


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