Any motorcycle owners?.....I need tyre advice!

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Found 1st Oct 2008
I have a ZZR600 ('97) and am needing new tyres, can anyone advise me on what brand to go for? Price and grip in the wet are my most important factors. Also any recommended sites to purchase them from?

Any advice is appreciated, thanks!

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Not a bikey person myself but ]calum17 has the same bike as you so may be able to help :thumbsup:

Hi barriey,

Are you not happy with the make of tyres you have fitted already??

I have a 600 bandit and recently fitted a pair of Bridgestone BT021's to replace the
Bridgestone BT014's that were originally fitted. I had got 7000 miles out of them
but the tread had worn out in the middle and not on the sides.. My riding style... :oops:
The 021's so far have been fantastic... Good in the dry and good in the wet.. Can't fault them.
I decided on the 021's having sought advice on various Bandit forums. They seem to be
highly recommended.

I paid £180 fitted and balanced to loose wheels for the pair.. This was about £10 more than
buying them off e-bay and having them fitted at a local tyre fitters. Don't know where you would
stand if there was a fault with your e-bay tyres concerning guarantees?
Bike shops I found to be Very expensive for tyres...

It will pay you to do your home work and shop around..

Good luck and Ride Safe
Best wishes
Akastiggy

Cant go wrong with Bridgestone, Pirelli (Diablo) or Michelin for all year round tyres.
Blackcircles.com sells bike tyres online but unless you can fit them yourself it will not be any cheaper. Try a large tyre stockist in your area, they should be competitive. Whereabouts are you? (approx)

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akastiggy;3093932

Hi barriey, Are you not happy with the make of tyres you have fitted … Hi barriey, Are you not happy with the make of tyres you have fitted already?? I have a 600 bandit and recently fitted a pair of Bridgestone BT021's to replace the Bridgestone BT014's that were originally fitted. I had got 7000 miles out of them but the tread had worn out in the middle and not on the sides.. My riding style... :oops: The 021's so far have been fantastic... Good in the dry and good in the wet.. Can't fault them. I decided on the 021's having sought advice on various Bandit forums. They seem to be highly recommended. I paid £180 fitted and balanced to loose wheels for the pair.. This was about £10 more than buying them off e-bay and having them fitted at a local tyre fitters. Don't know where you would stand if there was a fault with your e-bay tyres concerning guarantees? Bike shops I found to be Very expensive for tyres... It will pay you to do your home work and shop around.. Good luck and Ride Safe Best wishes Akastiggy




Thanks Akastiggy, I currently gave Bridgestone BT021's as well which I have no complaints about, my problem is (similar to you) that the tread is low in the center (although still legal, just) and with the winter approaching i'd rather not take chances with them, Trouble is Bridgestones are so expensive (Credit crunch is taking it's toll on me! lol) and I am looking around at the alternatives before buying (will purchase on net and pay local garage to fit etc)

Continental 'Road attacks' keep popping up in forums with mixed responses but after as much advice as possible!

Thanks again for your advice (rep given)

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Bikebarbie;3093945

Cant go wrong with Bridgestone, Pirelli (Diablo) or Michelin for all … Cant go wrong with Bridgestone, Pirelli (Diablo) or Michelin for all year round tyres. Blackcircles.com sells bike tyres online but unless you can fit them yourself it will not be any cheaper. Try a large tyre stockist in your area, they should be competitive. Whereabouts are you? (approx)



Worthing, Sussex, My local quoted £160 for a rear Bridgestone Bt021 (fitted) but I can get a matching pair (front & back) on the net for around same price, garage charges £12 per wheel to fit them.

Blackcircles have already been mentioned but I presume you know about
[url]www.mandp.co.uk[/url] and [url]www.thefastone.co.uk[/url]
Worth checking their prices.

Michelin Pilot Road 2 - these are a dual compound tyre with a hard compound in the middle of the tyre to stop them squaring off and a softer compound on the outside thirds for better cornering. Great in wet and dry weather as well as lasting a long time.

Most motorbike stockists will be able to order them in and fit them for you.

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gari189;3094460

Blackcircles have already been mentioned but I presume you know about … Blackcircles have already been mentioned but I presume you know about [url]www.mandp.co.uk[/url] and [url]www.thefastone.co.uk[/url] Worth checking their prices.





Thanks, will take a look! Rep added!:)

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fireheaven;3094647

Michelin Pilot Road 2 - these are a dual compound tyre with a hard … Michelin Pilot Road 2 - these are a dual compound tyre with a hard compound in the middle of the tyre to stop them squaring off and a softer compound on the outside thirds for better cornering. Great in wet and dry weather as well as lasting a long time.Most motorbike stockists will be able to order them in and fit them for you.




Thanks, will look into them, Rep added!

A biker guy at works always going on about his mate who's a tyre dealer in Worthing so I'll ask him for his number tomorrow and PM you with it if you want, I'm guessing you've already tried 'ALF's ?

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Max Cady;3095057

A biker guy at works always going on about his mate who's a tyre dealer … A biker guy at works always going on about his mate who's a tyre dealer in Worthing so I'll ask him for his number tomorrow and PM you with it if you want, I'm guessing you've already tried 'ALF's ?




That would be really appreciated, Thanks!

Yes I've tried Alfs (My regular shop), They're a great helpful shop but I find they tend to be expensive, may still end up going there if it saves to much hassle., Thanks again

PM sent, although not sure I can help better the prices you've already got in mind.

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Max Cady;3097358

PM sent, although not sure I can help better the prices you've already … PM sent, although not sure I can help better the prices you've already got in mind.



Thanks for the help, its appriciated!
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