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ianp5uk

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ianp5uk says:

Dorsoduro Tyre Question

I have an 2009 Dorsoduro which gets very nervous and skippy at the back at decent but not excessive lean angles. I also notice it has no chicken strips - yet the lean angles do not feel that excessive, certainly less than a previous bike on which I had the same tyre and had kept chicken strips. I have been told that this is because the Dorsoduro uses a 180 section Qualifier with a 6" rim and normally 180's go on a 5.5" rim and that moving to a 190/50 would cure it.

However I would prefer to keep a 180 as I don't want to lose the agility of the DD as that's the whole point of it. It's not like it has a lot of power to need a 190.

My question is, are there 180 section tyres that have an eggier profile on which I wont run out of tyre. Ideally something that works well in the wet too as it's unlikely I'll run out of grip in the dry if they tyre is actually on the road?

I was hoping to use something like RoadSmarts next but am now worried they'll have a similar profile to the Qualifiers.

Thanks,
Ian.

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v1nn1e

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v1nn1e says:

Pilot Powers

Sorry to bang on about these - if you've ever read any of my other posts... Anyway, they are deffo more angled than say, the Dunlops that I had on previously. They are great in the wet too.

Only down-side is life, which is not great.

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ianp5uk

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ianp5uk says:

DD tyre choice

v1nn1e,

That sounds like a "my favourite tyre is ..." rather than an expert opinion of 180 Michelin PP will not ride off the edge on a 6" rim response, doesn't it?

Or am I being unfair? :wink:

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v1nn1e

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v1nn1e says:

No, you're not!

Not so sure about rim sizes, so whether a 180 or 190 section, or something else, is correct I couldn't say. But everything else being equal, pound for pound, the pilot powers struck me as having a more triangulated profile than what I had before.

I'll check the rim width on my bike tonight - I changed from an OE fitment 190 to a 180 section and found it an improvement for slow-speed handling. BTW, can you see a strip of unused rubber at the edge of the front? I find on the road I get to the edge of the rear but not the front.

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v1nn1e

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v1nn1e says:

6 inch rim

My bike has a 6 inch rear rim, and I've not found it a problem with a 180 section.

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ianp5uk

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ianp5uk says:

DD tyre choice

Cool thanks for looking. So maybe I can stick with a 180

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