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I haven't heard of any clearance problems with a 70 profile front tyre.

Which profile you go with really depends on whether you like the 65 profile front, or think the steering feedback/effort could be a bit better. If you like the 65 profile (or don't have any problems with it), I say stick with it.

People run pressures ranging from 36/42 (me) through to 28 or so f/r on the road, and few people seem to have any real problems with whatever pressure they choose to use. In fact, they'll often tell you why the pressures they use are the best, and that everyone should use those pressures.

Once again, if you were happy running ~32/36 on the Duke, then I'd use those. At least to start with. You can always change them and experiment a little.

As far as I'm concerned, what tyres you use is really about how you wnat the bike to behave, more than outright grip, or anything else.

Diablos and Metzeler SporTechs turn in quickly and feel quite stable and planted when leaned over. They also have good grip from cold.

Michelins take a bit of time to warm up and start gripping well, but once warm, they are good. They just seem to be the "Honda" of tyres though. They do everything well, they just don't do anything interesting.

I like Bridgestones. I currently use a BT-014F/Bt-020R combo, and will probably continue to use them until they stop making them. They work well enough for my riding style, they make the bike work the way I want it to, and they last well too.
 

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That's right. I haven't had any problems with grip with the BT-020R, and I've got over 8,000 miles out of it so far, and it's only about 2/3rds worn.
 
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