OEM tires and lack of faith

penman39

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Sarver, PA
I am hesitant to get aggressive in the curves with the stock rubber. Is my fear unfounded? What tires are you using on your GT and how satisfied are you with your choice?
 

StefArmstg

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Colorado
My bike came with Pirellis, but from the complaints I've seen, they weren't any better than the CEATs now being used.

For me, motorcycling is all about going fast around the corners. Or at least going fast enough to get the bike well leaned over. I loved the motor from the start, but was disappointed with the handling. It was quick but not confidence inspiring. It never felt planted. Or even stable in a straight line. I had to change my riding style, slowing the bike down much more before leaning it into the turns.

They never cut loose to the point I had to get off the gas, or "catch" it, but I never trusted them.

That all changed when I wore out the back tire and switched to Bridgestone BT46s. It transformed the bike. Stable and precise. Changing lines in a turn is effortless, and there's no pucker factor if you have it lean it over further in a decreasing radius turn. They can be pushed hard enough to slip, but it's never been scary.

I should have replaced the tires much sooner. The first season would have been far more enjoyable.
 

StefArmstg

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Location
Colorado
I would also say replace the brake pads sooner rather than later. The stock metallic pads are hard on the rotors, and require too much effort. I just switched to organic EBCs, and the improvement was noticably even before they were fully bedded in. The bike now has a back brake.

Front: FA209/2
Rear: FA213
 

StefArmstg

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Location
Colorado
Regarding the Bridgestones, the BT46s will be smaller than the OEM tires, in the stock sizes, but will put the same amount of rubber on the road when leaned over.

It will increase the speedo error. Mine is now 5mph over. I find that more convenient than the previous 3mph over.

The next sizes up, 110/80 and 140/70, will be about the same overall size as OEM, but will put more rubber down on the sides.

I went with the stock sizes, which is probably why the bike feels so nimble. If you go up in size, do not get 110/90. It will slow down the steering and get very close to the front fender (according to other posters).
 

penman39

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Sarver, PA
Regarding the Bridgestones, the BT46s will be smaller than the OEM tires, in the stock sizes, but will put the same amount of rubber on the road when leaned over.

It will increase the speedo error. Mine is now 5mph over. I find that more convenient than the previous 3mph over.

The next sizes up, 110/80 and 140/70, will be about the same overall size as OEM, but will put more rubber down on the sides.

I went with the stock sizes, which is probably why the bike feels so nimble. If you go up in size, do not get 110/90. It will slow down the steering and get very close to the front fender (according to other posters).
So then you’re running a 100/80 up front and 130/80 on the rear?
 

StefArmstg

Well travelled
Location
Colorado
100/90 front, 130/70 rear. H speed rating.

The numbers for the width and aspect ratio are not consistent from brand to brand. Or even from model to model in the same brand.
 

wachuko

Well travelled
I had the stock tires on for 300 miles. I just did not like the feeling I got from them.

life is too short to be worrying about tires. I want to enjoy my rides… so I replaced them. Had to go with BT46 because the Michelin that I wanted were always out of stock.

Bike feels so much better and now I have additional peace of mind…

I went with stock size.
 
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