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1999 zx6r tyre/tire options help please

Hi guys. Im a new owner of a 1999 zx6r. The stock tyre/tire are 120/60/17 & 170/60/17 . I need new rubber urgently but im finding there is next to no choice in these sizes. Ive read online that i can go up to 120/70/17 & 180/55/17 and also my local motorbike tyre garage said the same thing.
I have looked up new rubber in these sizes amd theres loads and loads of options. So i guess im asking everybodyif this is ok and if you also run these sizes without issues!?
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No problems at all...I had the 98' 6R it's the same bike same rims. I went with the stock 120/60 and a 180/55 rear. The 180 rear is a 3mm difference in ride height..pretty negligible.
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No problems at all...I had the 98' 6R it's the same bike same rims. I went with the stock 120/60 and a 180/55 rear. The 180 rear is a 3mm difference in ride height..pretty negligible.

I was thinking about keeping the front the same size actually!! Althou there seems to be alot of people who change the front to a 70 profile! Is there any advantage in doing that?
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I was thinking about keeping the front the same size actually!! Althou there seems to be alot of people who change the front to a 70 profile! Is there any advantage in doing that?
Dunno...going from a 60 to a 70 is going to raise the front quite a bit, so that's why i stuck with the 60 front on that particular bike.

I currently have an 06' zzr600, which is the same as the 2000-02 6R, and that one comes with a 120/65 stock front. I went with the 70 size dunlop Q3 on this one, and can't rave enough about those tires.
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Dunno...going from a 60 to a 70 is going to raise the front quite a bit, so that's why i stuck with the 60 front on that particular bike.

I currently have an 06' zzr600, which is the same as the 2000-02 6R, and that one comes with a 120/65 stock front. I went with the 70 size dunlop Q3 on this one, and can't rave enough about those tires.
Thats what i was thinking so now decided to stay with the 60 up front. Think im going to go with conti road attack 2 as tgey sound really good tyres.
Have you used these?
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Thats what i was thinking so now decided to stay with the 60 up front. Think im going to go with conti road attack 2 as tgey sound really good tyres.
Have you used these?
Depends on what type of riding you do. I'm doing mostly the corners on this tire set so I went with the Q3's. Everything the reviews say is true...they are great with no negatives. This is the first tire I tried that actually allowed me to corner a bit faster right off the bat.
They make em' in the 120/60 as well. But if I was doing a good deal of commuting I probably wouldn't get them...I'd go with some sport-tourers. But the Q3's are actually quite cheap if you compare prices...so hell I might stay with those no matter what
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Low Cost the main concern: Continental Motion

Rain Riding Ability the main concern: Michelin Pilot Road 3

Dragging knees during very fast cornering: Dunlop Q3

I had the 120/65/17 stock front tire, and replaced it with the 120/60/17, then the 120/70/17 front tire. The 70 tire size feels better to me, and I am a little less likely to dent the rim if I hit a huge pothole.

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