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post #21 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-26-2016, 08:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Karl Hungus View Post
I understand completely, but I generally take curves very conservatively. The odds of me having my bike go out from under me in a curve are probably pretty slim!
Karl, I see you live in Florida so no worries there .
Maybe the T 30 tires will work for your riding style. I don't know what they cost but the 023's are inexpensive and they will also work for you.

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post #22 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-31-2016, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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Ordered a Bridgestone T30 EVO tire from Cycle Gear today. The price is right and it seems to be well-reviewed.

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post #23 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-01-2016, 02:32 PM
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I'll have to give the T 30 some thought since it's a supposed upgrade from the 023's.

I have to say I'm happy with the Dunlop D222 which came on the bike though I haven't ridden them in every condition yet. They have good grip on the dry.
I did however pick up a nail at just 1100 miles in my back tire over the weekend.
I patched it and went on my way.

I'd be interested in seeing how you get on with the T 30.
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post #24 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-03-2016, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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Just had the tire put on today. Cycle Gear wanted $25 to put it on, but that's if I brought the wheel in (and it would've been $50 if I hadn't purchased the tire from Cycle Gear). Turns out there's a place here in town that does it ride in/ride out for $25 (plus $2 disposal fee). They had it done in under 30 minutes. I asked, and the labor charge to install new brake pads is $15 per rotor. And I really got the sense that these guys really know what they're doing.

I think this is where I'll go from now on for any routine maintenance I don't want to do myself.
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do the pads yourself... u'll laugh at how simple it is compared to cars... the front is 1 bolt to release the pads and they litterally fall out. the back you need to do the same bolt but additionally have to remove one of the caliper bolts to rotate it a little out of the way to release the pads.


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post #26 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-05-2016, 04:36 PM
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Any sports touring tyre from the modern era will be good enough. I swear by the first generation Dunlop Roadsmarts. I did about 15k miles on them fitted to my 97 ZX6R. A set lasted 8000 miles on the rear and about 10,000 on the front. Bearing in mind, the ZX6R had 96bhp at the crank, so double what the CBR has.

I did 40,000 miles on my 929 FireBlade exclusively on Dunlop Roadsmarts, before I decided to switch to Dunlop SportsSmarts. 6000-7000 for the rear depending on how many motorway miles you do, and about 8000 for the front. But that bike was whacking out 130bhp at the back wheel, so almost 3x the CBR. Perfect for wet grip. I even rode in the snow on a few occasions with it. It rains all the time in the UK, so you want something that would give you confidence, whilst also being able to warm up quickly.

My R1 has been running Bridgestone S20 Evos. Fantastic warm up time, very good on fast roads. I've had it sliding a few times on track, but we're talking about getting on the gas hard in 2nd gear at 70mph... which I doubt nobody will be doing on their CBRs. I did run the T30s on the R1 for 7000 miles, solely for commuting purposes. Performance was on par with the Roadsmarts (which I felt were better than the BT023, which I felt were comparitvely wooden and hard).

Generally speaking, I wouldn't waste money on sports tyres on the CBR. The profile of sports tyres such as the Bridgestone S20/S21, Pirelli Diablo Rosso/Supercorsa, Micheline Pilot Sport 2CT, Dunlop Sportsmarts et al is more like a V, which permits a stupidly fast turn in, and a lot more contact patch at higher lean angles. Fine if you've got a 190/200 section rear tyre. But the sports touring tyres generally have a more progressive U profile, meaing they're more predictable on turn in.

As an aside, the reason T30s are used at Ron Haslam is that, whilst they are a decent tyre, they're not exactly a track day tyre. Those CBR600s and Fireblades get ragged around track and the last thing they want to do is replace tyres sooner than necessary. My mate's experience of the race school is that of "congratulations, well done, you get a medal, you're now allowed to go up to the next level!" meaning more for Ron and his buddies. You'll learn more about YOUR bike by sticking it on a track day, so you'll have a better understanding of how you gel with your machine.

Besides, I've found the stock suspension on the CBR to be utter wank on the back roads, coupled with the high bars and light feeling front end, it's a bit vague feeling. Stick to sports touring and you'll be fine.
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I'm torn between michelin pilot 3 or 4 ...... I do big touring weekends ( 1300klm) or riding twisty mountain roads where I try to make up ground on corners after my mates that pull away on straight sections ( had to replace standard pegs )
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