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Which tire is best?

  • Pirelli Diablo

    Votes: 2 22.2%
  • Bridgestone Battlax

    Votes: 3 33.3%
  • Dunlop Q3

    Votes: 4 44.4%

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
A good thing I noticed about the 120/70 front is that it has a circumference (arc measured from where the sidewalls meet the tread) about 3/4" more than the 120/60 Q2 I had on there...so about 3/8" more per side. Ok the 120/60 was worn, but that's still a significant difference IMO.
Interesting that the new rear 180 had a slightly smaller circumference than the worn 180 Q2

My first ride I was a little disappointed I didn't have the fronts scuffed close to the edge the way I did with the 120/60, but the 70 profile felt a lot better...also good to know there's a LOT of room on that U-shaped profile for steep lean angles. You have to be haulin' to get the front chix strippers totally gone.
 

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Keep in mind I'm on a Z750S (shitty suspension) and way undersprung for me.

Pirellis don't tend to give me the feel I like. I've tried Pirelli Angel STs and am currently on a set of race takeoff Diablo Supercorsas. They're both sticky, and I've scraped pegs even on the STs, but they don't give much feedback.

I've run the Q2s and loved them. Grip side to side with no problems whatsoever. Great feedback. Tell you when you're pushing the limit, when you're at the limit, and even if you pass it a little they're forgiving. Q3s are supposedly the upgrade, so I may be upgrading to those when these Supercorsas are done.

I know a lot of people love the Battleaxs, but have noticed in doing tons of tire changes that most people who love them tend to leave a decently wide strip down either side. My riding buddies who have ridden them tended to hate them as they stepped out on my friends earlier than most other tires. Personal experience and your mileage may vary, but that's my experience with it.
 

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Keep in mind I'm on a Z750S (shitty suspension) and way undersprung for me.

Pirellis don't tend to give me the feel I like. I've tried Pirelli Angel STs and am currently on a set of race takeoff Diablo Supercorsas. They're both sticky, and I've scraped pegs even on the STs, but they don't give much feedback.

I've run the Q2s and loved them. Grip side to side with no problems whatsoever. Great feedback. Tell you when you're pushing the limit, when you're at the limit, and even if you pass it a little they're forgiving. Q3s are supposedly the upgrade, so I may be upgrading to those when these Supercorsas are done.

I know a lot of people love the Battleaxs, but have noticed in doing tons of tire changes that most people who love them tend to leave a decently wide strip down either side. My riding buddies who have ridden them tended to hate them as they stepped out on my friends earlier than most other tires. Personal experience and your mileage may vary, but that's my experience with it.
I have dual compound battlax tires and use it for commuting and riding local roads so I use the center mostly. Thing with the battlax tires is they're cheaper then many of the other brands mentioned. I usually get around 8k out of them so for the price and my purposes they're fine. The battlax-016 im using now cost less than $200 for the set so I can't complain.

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I have dual compound battlax tires and use it for commuting and riding local roads so I use the center mostly. Thing with the battlax tires is they're cheaper then many of the other brands mentioned. I usually get around 8k out of them so for the price and my purposes they're fine. The battlax-016 im using now cost less than $200 for the set so I can't complain.
Yeah don't get me wrong, people tend to love them, but I have no experience on them.

Personally I wouldn't recommend Pilot Road 2s on you to save my life. I couldn't get them to corner worth a half a damn, much less a full one.
 

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For the money, I go Michelin. Used Dunlop, Bridgestone, Pirelli, Continental, Avon, etc. For the price and performance, I stick with Michelin using Pilot powers on the gixxer, and Pilot Roads on the Ninja.

Of your choices mentioned? Pirelli.

All tires have improved dramatically over the last few years, tough to find a bad tire.
 

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Those Q3's though, fuck they're like gum balls...I mean I'm one of those twitchy riders in corners...all kinds of stupid mistakes I make...even when other bikes come flying around from the opposite direction I'll occasionally twitch like a dumb-ass. These tires ignore my stupid imputs with impunity and keep on a diggin'...can't say that for some other tires I've been on.
 

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Out of the options that you have listed, I would probably go with the Bridgestone Battlax.

With that being said, if it were my personal choice, I would go with the Michelin Pilot Power 3 tires. In my opinion, they are that best all around sportbike street motorcycle tire that money can buy at the moment!
 
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