Pirelli Diablo or Bridgestone Battlax tires set? - KawiForums - Kawasaki Motorcycle Forums
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Pirelli Diablo 2 22.22%
Bridgestone Battlax 3 33.33%
Dunlop Q3 4 44.44%
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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-10-2014, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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Pirelli Diablo or Bridgestone Battlax tires set?

Trying to decide which set to get, the Bridgestone Battlax or Pirelli Diablo. The Pirelli set is only $20 more, the pirelli set has a 180 rear tire and the Bridgestone set has a 190 rear.

Which would you pick and why?
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-10-2014, 06:40 PM
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I have no experience with thw Pirelli but im using the battlax bt-016 and have liked them so far. Alot of people speak highly of the dunlop q3. Probably what im gonna try when the bridgestones are spent

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Thanks, well let's add the Dunlop q3 into the mix they are priced right in the middle of the others.
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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-13-2014, 08:38 PM
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No experience with the others, but the DRIIs completely transformed how my bike behaves in the corners. They're amazing, I'm buying a 2nd set when these are worn out.
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I know a guy here with Battlax and he's very impress with it, just about a week now but we'll see like in a month or so.
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Its hard to get any real opinions. Everyone always thinks what they're using is best and I haven't seen too many people who have tried multiple brand a. Most people find something they like and stick with it. Plus if youre not on the track youre probably not pushing the bike or tires anywhere near their max

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I bought a 2nd set of Q3 from 4wheelonline. The first set was great and grip was superb. Price is also very competitive compared with other brand and class.
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Just got my first ever set of Q3's...replaced old worn out Q2's from the previous owner, and even those felt decent. Anyway, I was seriously considering doing a full RaceTech rebuild of the shock and fork before I got the Q3's.

However I was very relieved that the new Q3's transformed my bike's handling just enough to the point where I have delayed doing the suspension work.

They have a rather stiff sidewall with the carbon fiber, and the consesus among the canyon group out here was that they like lower tire pressures with them, so I went down to 30 psi in both, .. and my old-school, walmart-suspension-having ZZR600 railed very well on it's first street twistie endevor...rear scuffed all the way to the edge on the very first set of curves...usually it takes me a lot longer than that on new tires to get all the chix strips off...not on these things lol.

As a matter of fact, today I probably cornered better than I ever did on supposedly "superior" machines in the past. Was it the tires?...very, very possible.

On a side note, I've never recalled a time when such a large % of riders were on the same model tire..ie Q3's...the last time it was even close was when the original PP's came out, but not like it is with these..

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Dunlop put Q 3's on sale so everybody would buy them. The tires are awesome. I have tried most of the sticky street rubber. Michelin ,Bridgestone ,Pirelli etc. If your lookin for sticky tires you can't go wrong with the Dunlop Q 3's. The tires are really Grippy but they wear fairly fast. Go online and get the best deal. Dont put a wider than stock tire in the rear if you want the bike to turn well.
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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-20-2014, 02:47 AM
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The man is right. You'll get 10 different answers from 10 different people. Most guys would tell you their new tires are amazing. But it's mainly due to the fact that they've had the old tires so long that they've lost their profile. This makes any tire ride like s*** . Any new tires feel amazing compared to an old sqared off tires. I change tires every1500 miles max.. because my tires are burnt on the edges. The center of the tires are perfectly fine. Canyon and track riding will do this. I have tried many brands going for deals due to lack of tire life. I am now stuck on Q 3's cause they are cheap and work killer.
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