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Hey guys,

At the tail end of last season I lowsided through a combination of the crappy stock rear and (mostly) noobishness. So while I remain a noob, I figured I'd at least fix part of the problem. I've been reading the tire threads for a while, but I still have a few questions:

1. I'm looking for a tire that will last me the entire summer. I don't ride in the rain and do 75% commuting, maybe 10% aggressive riding. Want as much grip as possible, predictable behavior, and a reasonable life expectancy of ~7K miles. Mich Pilot Power, Conti Road Attack, Pirelli Corsa(?), other?

2. I found http://www.ridedirect.com/showProduct.php?id=802&cat_id=41 Anything cheaper out there?

3. What are the stock tire sizes on an 05 SV650S? I heard that there are some benefits to running a taller front tire?
 

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Conti RA seems perfect for that mileage.
 

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When you want 7k or more miles on a tyre keep away from the super sport tyres (Michelin power- Pirelli Corsa)

Best to buy a good sport touring tyre.
Is there a site like tirerack.com for motorcycle tires, with quantitative performance & wear ratings? The fluff descriptions on the other sites tell me nothing :mad: For example what's the difference between the Conti Road Attack & Sport Attack? I figure Sport is more aggressive but by how much?

BTW your bike looks great. did you buy the smoked tails or did you make them yourself?
 

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3. What are the stock tire sizes on an 05 SV650S? I heard that there are some benefits to running a taller front tire?
It looks like Road Attack might be the tire for me. Can anybody help me out with the sizing? I read that a taller-than-stock front helps stability + makes the speedo more accurate. Any truth to that?
 

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'makes the speedo more accurate' Yes it helps,but now the odo reads short.
"How come my milage droped?" Some like the 70,i have had both. Now back on 60.
The sport attack is a softer tire. I got 9k from a conti road attack rear once.
You can go Sport front,Road rear. :)
 

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I don't ride in the rain and do 75% commuting, maybe 10% aggressive riding.
3. What are the stock tire sizes on an 05 SV650S? I heard that there are some benefits to running a taller front tire?
what's the other 5%? :nana:

the size of the tire will be on your tires, but front are 120/60R17 rear 160/60R17 and the taller front tire is a 120/70R17
 

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It sounds like I ride about like you. I have a Road Attack rear with 5800 miles that is cupping up pretty noticeably and a sport attack (60) front that still looks really good. These tires have been very reliable. When the back starts to slip you can save it without drama. The front has only slipped twice on me in all those miles, and it was due to debris both times. I think the SA front could be a track day tire if you are so inclined, and I have never been on a better sport touring tire than the Road Attack rear. I think I will be able to get another 1500 miles out of them, unless the cupping on the back gets too bad. The Dunlop Roadsmarts will cost you more. My friend's FJR 1300 is so equipped, and he likes them well enough.
 

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Is there a site like tirerack.com for motorcycle tires, with quantitative performance & wear ratings? The fluff descriptions on the other sites tell me nothing :mad: For example what's the difference between the Conti Road Attack & Sport Attack? I figure Sport is more aggressive but by how much?

BTW your bike looks great. did you buy the smoked tails or did you make them yourself?
Differents between Conti :
Conti Road Attack = sport/touring
Conti Sport Attack = sport
The rubber from a sport tyre is much softer than a sport touring tyre and give you less miles just search for tyre test reviews. I think your best off with sport/touring tyres. Most new sport/touring tyres give a good amount off grip and a good mileage.

I did buy the smoked tail light the way it is, i did not make it.
 

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Sport tires are not only generally a softer compound rubber that wears faster,

Sport tires also have a "sport" profile that is closer to the triangular shape that provides a better contact patch when leaned over, that of course affects straight up riding in a negative way, the center will wear yet again faster

Sport touring tires are more oval and provide a lot of meat on the center of the tread, with my riding, I have worn most sport touring tires very evenly, simetimes showing wear bars at the edge first, sometimes in the center

I've been partial to Avon's variable belt density, unlike every other tire I've tried, that feel like a worn out tire after only a few thousand miles, the Avons impress me with the same feel throughout their life, and a long life too, routinely 10k-13k before the rear is worn, like sprockets & chain, I replace my tires in pairs, a front may have a lot of "legal" tread life left, but its down to minimum water dispersal capabilities, hydroplaning on my front wheel is not something I prefer to do on a regular basis
 

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Good call on buying the Contis. They will feel different than any other tire you have ridden. Keep the pressures up. For grins, feel the front and rear after you ride a while. The "black chili" compound Sport Attack on the front will be 10 degrees warmer than the Road Attack on the rear. Have fun.
 

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What about the Michelin PRs? I read rave reviews about them on a sport touring forum. Would they fit this bill?
 

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Sport tires also have a "sport" profile that is closer to the triangular shape that provides a better contact patch when leaned over, that of course affects straight up riding in a negative way, the center will wear yet again faster

Sport touring tires are more oval and provide a lot of meat on the center of the tread, with my riding, I have worn most sport touring tires very evenly, simetimes showing wear bars at the edge first, sometimes in the center.
Thanks for the explanation Randy. I never realized there was a difference in curvature between the two types, but it does makes sense.
 

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Metzeller Roadtec Z6, Continental Road Attack, Dunlop RoadSmart, Michelin Pilot Road / Pilot Road 2
 
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