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Has anybody used these? I found an awesome deal for a set of 150/60/17 rear and a 110/70/17 front for $99 shipped.....

Is this more of a race tire? What kind of durability can I expect with these?

I'll be doing all street riding, and canyon runs on the weekends. Are these things overkill for me or should I pick them up?
 

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I was happy with them on the street. not the greatest at holding away water but in the dry, an awesome tire. durability will vary with use.
 

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I was happy with them on the street. not the greatest at holding away water but in the dry, an awesome tire. durability will vary with use.
thanks for the info.

I will only be riding in the dry, so no worries about wet traction.

I won't have to be replacing these things after 2000 miles will I? I mean, I will be riding about 10 miles a day back and forth to work, then nice canyon jogs on the weekends of maybe 100miles or so.....

I hate to pass up such a good deal, but if I am going to have to replace these things after only a couple thousand miles, in the long run its not such a great deal....
 

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since i myself haven't seen your riding myself, there's really no way to know for certain.  When i had my EX, i put on around 4000 miles.  3000 of that was on the Race H2 tires including a track day and i still had plenty of tread left.
 

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Knightslugger said:
since i myself haven't seen your riding myself, there's really no way to know for certain. When i had my EX, i put on around 4000 miles. 3000 of that was on the Race H2 tires including a track day and i still had plenty of tread left.
Thats better milage than the stockers . For $99 shipped I don't see no wrong in it .
 

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I've heard of people getting well over 8000 miles out of the stock tires. granted all they ever did was putter around town, but it just goes to show how varied the milage can be. One person's view of mild riding could be (and sometimes is) another's perception of suicide.
 

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I've heard of people getting well over 8000 miles out of the stock tires. granted all they ever did was putter around town, but it just goes to show how varied the milage can be. One person's view of mild riding could be (and sometimes is) another's perception of suicide.
LOL ! Very true :)
 

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since i myself haven't seen your riding myself, there's really no way to know for certain. When i had my EX, i put on around 4000 miles. 3000 of that was on the Race H2 tires including a track day and i still had plenty of tread left.
Thank you very much, that was exactly what I was looking for.

I figure I will be doing about 4-5k miles a "season" and all of it will be street riding and canyon carving.

Sounds like $99 is a great deal that I will be jumping on. ;D
 

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I ran them most of last season. They felt like magnets holding me to the road compared to the stockers. Basically I can get lower than is advisable and scraping the fairing is possible. In fact the mechanic at the Kawi dealership (in his 50's with a ton of experience) scraped the exhaust on and EX with Diablos before he raised the rear. I think that it would be possible with these tires too. So they don't seem to run out of stick! ;D

Also I rode a fair amount in the rain and didn't have any real issues but of course I dial it back in those conditions.

I got almost 5K out of them including some very hard riding (trying to teach myself some tricks) towards the end of the season and I'm going to have to replace the rear since the center is flattened out. (Reefing on the throttle and burning down the freeway! :D) I think that the front will be OK for a while yet. Although it's eaten up a little from cornering the center is good.

Overall I'm pretty happy with the results. I got decent milage for the price with great performance. I figure that if I dump the bike the damage will cost way more than a set of these tires so I'm happy to replace them yearly if that's what it takes. I mount them myself and take them to the dealer for balancing which can cost a little bit but I pay the mechanic by taking him to lunch or baking him a loaf of my famous pepperoni bread. I take any excuse to pick his brain!

I think that you will be very happy except that you are going to want to mod your suspension next!
 

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wow thanks for the very helpful reply! I was getting a little worried as I kept reading reviews by people saying that they take awhile to warm up and the aren't really recommended for the street, but your reply eased my mind.

I'm not worried at all about changing the tires every year, in fact, I assumed with any tire I go with I will be replacing them yearly anyways.

Can't wait to get them in and have them mounted.
 

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Arent the H2's a track/race tire only?
 

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ah right, i thought pilot powers had an inbetween tire, and this was it.Im sure it will do really well on the street, just take it easy when its wet out.

whats the pure race pilot power called, isnt it an H-something as well?
 

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the race pilot power is called the Pilot Power Race.  they come in a variety of compounds ranging from soft to medium.  the 150/60R17 only comes in Soft.  they are more designed for Supersport and Superbikes competition.  If you wanted a great, well rounded performance tire from Michelin, i'd suggest the standard Pilot Power.

once you upgrade your habit, your tire choices explode.
 

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the race pilot power is called the Pilot Power Race. they come in a variety of compounds ranging from soft to medium. the 150/60R17 only comes in Soft. they are more designed for Supersport and Superbikes competition. If you wanted a great, well rounded performance tire from Michelin, i'd suggest the standard Pilot Power.

once you upgrade your habit, your tire choices explode.
According the the motorace website, it says the Pilot Race S2 is the soft "delicate" compound and the H2 is what they call the "highway" version, which I would assume would be a harder compound to last longer.

You can get the regular pilot power race with the soft compound in a 150/60/17, but you can also get the H2 compound in the same size.

I assume by reading the site that the pilot race, the pilot race s2 and the pilot race h2 all use different compounds. It looks like the pilot race are available in a soft or medium compound (but only the soft will fit the ex500).
 
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