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Best tire for the 250 rider
Before I begin, I've been riding an '04 Ninja 250r for 3 years now. The bike came with brand new Dunlop K630 tires, and they seemed...ok. Was learning to ride, figured a little slide on cornering was just expected on a sportbike, learning curve, etc. I read a ton of reviews on 250 forums, and decided the upgrade was worth it for safety. The difference is STAGGERING!
The grip went from a steady grip on the straights and a casual slide in corners to feeling like I was riding on GLUE. The tires grip fantastically on fast starts, and cornering was a night and day difference.
Additionally, I ride all year round in Wisconsin, touring 100 to 1,000 miles in a day, as well as commuting, rain or shine, and we have 2 seasons here, winter and roadwork. The grip in the rain is great, better than the stock tires even on dry roads, and I ride with complete confidence no matter the condition.
Another great thing is the lifespan: I got nearly 10,000 miles out of the rear tire, and I'm still using the same front 13,000 miles later with over 40% tread left. I'll be riding down to Deal's Gap to ride the Dragon this fall, and I don't even feel the need to replace the tire before I go.
Overall, I see this tire as the best possible replacement for the stock Dunlops. The Metzler M5's are more expensive, and from what I've read, still don't hold up to the Pirellis in anything but perfect conditions. A total win. The only reason I can't give this tire a perfect 5 rating is that nothing holds up as well in the rain as on dry roads. That being said, as a rain rating, it's a 5. If you want a long-lasting, safe and solid tire for your 250, this is the tire to buy.
August 23, 2012
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