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I had concerns about the profile change going from Dunlop 207 200 50 to Michelin Pilot Sport 180 55. People here and elsewhere, convinced me that the Pilot provided:

1) Roughly the same OD (little speedo error)

2) Equivalent profile (similar turn in, no under/oversteer)

3) Similar chicken strips

3) Improved traction

4) Reduced cost

So far, I agree with all except for the chicken strips. I had 1/4" with the 200 50. With a more conservative riding style, I am already out to the edge of the tire. Anyone with a 180 55 pls comment.

My front remains a serious 1/2" or more of unused rubber. The mismatch front to rear is much worse now.


</p>Edited by: <A HREF=http://pub56.ezboard.com/bkawasakizx12r.showLocalUserPublicProfile?login=icee>icee</A> at: 3/22/02 1:01:25 pm

I'm not running a 180 but I will be getting a 190 soon and eventually work down to the 180. The taller profile should give you a faster turn in and greater lean angle since you have a bigger contact patch with the ground. On GP bikes, they run 190/ 67!!! that's some serious lean<img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/eek.gif ALT=":eek">


I haven't run my 180 long enough to give a good opinion, but I can

say Wow, what a difference. With the 200 I got used to holding the

bike down in corner's. With the 180 it turn's so quick it almost feel's

like it's falling. Very different.

Icee, I don't think the tire size is a mismatch. Most bike's run the

same size front as the 12.


I've had the pleasure of using two 180/55 rears with wonderful results.

check out the lean angle. <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/smile.gif ALT=":)">

After asking a man who would know, why racers don't use more 190-200 tires & his reply was simply "because they turn slower lap times".

I too have noticed the absence of "Chicken-Strips" with the 180 & never lost grip like i did with the 200.

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