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Best tyres for a Kawasaki ZZR600

MCN, 14 March 2012 14:02

Q. I own a 2001 ZZR600 and would like an opinion as to the best tyres for this bike. I am not a knee-down, throttle-open rider, basically I’m a commuter and weekend social rider. I have recently read articles on Pirelli Diablo Stradas…Steve Rogers A. The ZZR600’s tyre sizes of 120/60 x 17 and 160/60 x 17 do limit choice ...

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Best tyres for a Kawasaki GTR1400

MCN, 07 December 2011 11:51

Q. I have been on a GSX-R1000 for the past two years, but now as my wife wants to travel further afield we are changing to a Kawasaki GTR1400. Which tyres can I fit to get the most grip and feel? I’m not really worried about tyre life.Anon A. Big bikes like the GTR are fussy about the sort of ...

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Do I need tyre warmers for early trackday sessions?

MCN, 28 October 2011 10:10

I've been getting into track days recently, and this year's Indian summer has been a godsend. But even with the sun shining the tracks are pretty cold in the mornings. Is it time I invested in some tyre warmers to give me a head start in the breakfast sessions? Stuart Pearson Tyre warmers' main benefit isn't in giving you sticky ...

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Why are my Aprilia Mille's tyres deflating?

MCN, 09 August 2011 16:10

Q. I have bought a 2002 Aprilia Mille that is having tyre problems – they’re deflating for no reason. I have put new tyres and valves on and the problem is still there. Motorcycle tyres for sale. The front tyre was going down but seems OK since I changed the valve. The rear now seems to be the problem, it ...

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Perfect tyre for a BMW K1200RS

MCN, 20 July 2011 16:11

Q. I've come to the end of the road with the current tyres on my trusty '01 BMW K1200RS (Front Avon Azaro 120/70ZR17, Rear Avon 'Storm' AV56 180/55ZR17) and need a little guidance. My annual mileage is about 6000 miles, however I’ve now insured my bike for 'Business Use' and expect to add on many more miles (I do approximately ...

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Best tyres for a KTM SMT

MCN, 16 February 2011 11:17

Q. I've got a KTM SMT 990. Can you suggest a set of sticky tyres for it? The stickier the better, and I'm not bothered about tyre life as I only go out for 50-60 mile blasts. Your help would be much appreciated. John Robinson, email Save cash on motorcycle tyres A. If you really don’t care about mileage, then ...

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When should I change my tyres?

Marc Abbott, 25 January 2011 15:10

I’ve been told that the legal minimum tread limit is 1mm. Should I let the tread go this low or should I change the tyre sooner? I don’t race my bike, it's only used on A and B-roads with very little motorway use. I have checked the tread tonight and I have 1.6mm of tread left, I just don't know ...

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Best sports touring tyres for a GSX-R1000

MCN, 18 January 2011 14:35

Q. I wonder if you can give me some advice on the best tyres to use on a GSX-R1000 K7 for touring. I plan on riding my K7 alone to a few MotoGPs in 2011 around Europe, starting from Yarm in Teesside. Save cash on motorcycle tyres My first trip is to Portugal and then I plan on doing a ...

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Tyres FAQ: Why are tyres black?

Marc Abbott, 05 August 2009 15:06

There isn't any natural rubber in a tyre's construction. But there are about 200 raw materials from man-made rubbers, reinforcing fillers, rayon, nylon, all sorts of additives and aramid fibres. Aramids are heat-resistant synthetic fibres with tradenames like Kevlar and Nomex. This mix is susceptible to damage from ozone and ultra-violet light so manufacturers add carbon black to absorb the ...

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Tyre and suspension advice: Post crash damage to tyres

Chris Dabbs, 20 April 2009 08:46

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. Dear Chris, I was recently involved in a low-speed traffic accident. A car drove into the back of my bike at a pedestrian crossing. The tyre seems undamaged, but since it took most of the impact ...

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