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Hello all
I'm planning on picking up a used CBR500 when I find the right one.
It will be a commuter bike for temps down to 50 degrees and It will see rain.
Does anyone have a recommendation for a brand/model tire for these bikes that handles good in rain?
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First of all it depends on what characteristic you want form your tire, meaning do you want more rounded profile or more V profile? Do you want to have a plush ride, or do you prefer some more feedback from the road (softer vs. harder construction)?

In general tires with more silica percentage in the rubber mix will have better wet weather and cold weather performance and for this look at the sport touring category of any good brand. But you have to know what you want and do some research.

If you just want model recommendation, from what I read in the past the Michelin Pilot Road will give you the most consistent performance in the wet because of the thread shape, but do your own research.

Personally I have Pirelli Diablo Rosso III, but that is more sport oriented tire.
 

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First of all it depends on what characteristic you want form your tire, meaning do you want more rounded profile or more V profile? Do you want to have a plush ride, or do you prefer some more feedback from the road (softer vs. harder construction)?

In general tires with more silica percentage in the rubber mix will have better wet weather and cold weather performance and for this look at the sport touring category of any good brand. But you have to know what you want and do some research.

If you just want model recommendation, from what I read in the past the Michelin Pilot Road will give you the most consistent performance in the wet because of the thread shape, but do your own research.

Personally I have Pirelli Diablo Rosso III, but that is more sport oriented tire.
Thank you for the replies fellas.
The bike will be a commuter with emphasis on MPG and wet weather traction.
It won't be ridden hard.
 

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Thank you for the replies fellas.
The bike will be a commuter with emphasis on MPG and wet weather traction.
It won't be ridden hard.
I always replace tires well before they're worn out, so a more affordable tire allows me to do that without feeling like I'm throwing money away on a more expensive set or encouraging me to get maximum wear to justify the cost.
I like the 'Continental Motion Tire'. It's a nice handling radial, designed for good traction and mileage.
I also like that it's a quality tire from a quality company, on the affordable end of the price scale.
My current set have 7000 miles, the rear is gauging out at what I estimate is slightly more than 1/2 way down to the wear bar, the front is showing little wear.
It's really a personal choice. Go to a vendor's site and browse, Thers's lots of options throughout the price range.
 
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