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Old 05-19-2009, 11:49 AM   #1
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Question Supermoto tires

I'm throwing a set of 17"s on my XR650R. What are you guys using for Supermoto tires on the street? Anyone have experience with:

Avon AV49/50 SP Pro XtremeSupermoto Rain and Race

Goldspeed Ultra Street Supermoto

Michelin Power One

I plan on running 120/70 17 and 160/60 17 front and rear. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-19-2009, 12:29 PM   #2
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I'm running a set of Contiforce SM tires, 120/70/17 front, and 150/60/17 rear on my XR650L. I like them, they're really sticky and warm up fast. The only bad thing about them is that they wear fairly fast because of the soft rubber compound.

I haven't run any of the tires you have listed, but have heard good things about the Michelins.
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Old 05-19-2009, 12:42 PM   #3
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I'm running Pilot Powers.

But I'm crazy.
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Old 05-19-2009, 06:18 PM   #4
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I'm not particular to those three types I listed. Those are just 3 I have found locally.. I'd like to hear about any tire, anyone has tried on their Supermoto.
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Old 05-19-2009, 08:28 PM   #5
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I have been riding Sm's on the street for 4 years now and have ran all the DOT race tires, Pirelli, Michelin, Bridgestones, and Dunlops..... they are all amazing for grip BUT..... I just put a set of Distanza's on my KTM 525 and they are the most fun I have had yet because they sliiiiiiiiiide!!
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Old 05-19-2009, 09:43 PM   #6
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check out supermotojunkie.com
there's a whole thread on which tires to use for the street
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Old 05-20-2009, 09:02 AM   #7
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I'm running Pilot Powers.

But I'm crazy.
+1, some of the best sport compound tires out there.
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Old 05-20-2009, 12:09 PM   #8
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I run distanzias front and rear. they have great grip and some tread to them so you can do light off roading if needed. i think they have a super moto compound and a regular one for the big bikes, so the reg one will wear slower but probably be too hard for the light bike and never heat up properly.

Also i have heard good things about the pirelli mt-60 but have no experience with them
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Old 05-20-2009, 05:48 PM   #9
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Do any of you have issues with chain clearance when running "sport" tires as opposed to "supermoto" specific tires like the goldspeeds?
what size rims are you guys using? what is going to fit and clear on my XR650R?
how do all these tires hold up on dirt and gravel?
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Old 05-20-2009, 06:48 PM   #10
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Pirelli Diablos
Pirelli Syncs
Pirelli Super Corsas

or

Distanzias.


Trust me on this one.



Clearance issues? Not so much.


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Old 05-21-2009, 07:23 AM   #11
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The Corsa's are good tires, the Diablo's not so much. They tend to change characteristics dramatically throughout the life of the tire, which isn't very long either. The Corsa's are fast wearing tires as well but they at least are predictable.
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Old 05-21-2009, 07:25 AM   #12
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Do any of you have issues with chain clearance when running "sport" tires as opposed to "supermoto" specific tires like the goldspeeds?
what size rims are you guys using? what is going to fit and clear on my XR650R?
how do all these tires hold up on dirt and gravel?
On my DRZ I've had some clearance issues with certain brands of tires. For instance a 150 Shinko will rub the chain while a 150 Distanza won't.
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Old 05-21-2009, 07:34 AM   #13
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The Corsa's are good tires, the Diablo's not so much. They tend to change characteristics dramatically throughout the life of the tire, which isn't very long either. The Corsa's are fast wearing tires as well but they at least are predictable.
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:32 AM   #14
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I've been pretty happy with the grip of the new Bridgstone BT090's... they're the OEM tires used on the WRx and the 690SM. They don't last too long but they grip like mad!


Refined by using the latest technologies from Bridgestone, the BT-090 is perfect for aggressive riding on both circuit and street. The rigidity of the tyre induces better contact feel in corners, especially for slide control during races. The new compound and pattern offer improved grip and handling in both wet and dry conditions, with better high speed stability and anti-shimmy performance ensuring a smooth ride.

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Old 05-21-2009, 08:44 PM   #15
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On a 2006 KTM 640 LC4 SM:

Pirelli Syncs - Last 2500km, good grip right to tyre's edge, even grip all thru the tyre life.

Maxxis SM - Stick like s%#t to a blanket, but after 1000km all the fun is over, pretty balls of rubber to fill in the side blocks Really good when it's pisn down (I had medium compound DOT rain tyres).

Pilot Race - take a long time to get warm, then OK. Only did 500km on them.

Avon Distanzia's - Good as Pirelli Syncs, better thru tar corners covered in gravel and small furry animals after lots of rain.....big furry jumping animals dont really care what tyres u got

Currently running Distanzia front, with Pirelli MT90 ST rear, haven't quite got to edge of front tyre, but back tyre good all the way over, good match. Only done 500km on new tyres, see how they go. Good in wet and dry tar, liveable in loose light gravel and sand.
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