THe 208's are good tires. I have ran most of the race tires out there and out of all of them, I like the Perelli and the Metzler. Those two tires are very predictable and have a good profile. The 208's btw are extreemly loud going down the road. That's the one thing that drives me absolutely crazt about them. I have a set on mine now and finally are worn enough to justify replacement....
Im really happy with the michelin pilots. They have a grain to them you can feel if you rub them the opposite direction that they rotate, gives them incredible stick... made a huge difference. Probably the best investment thus far.
I took the 208's off my 12 after only 1200 miles. They were not even close to worn out, but they sucked (IMO). I went to a 190 BT010 on the back and 010 on the front, and I will never ride Dunslop again (have been for the last four sets of tires on all my bikes).
I put the M1 Sportecs on my bike about 1500 miles ago. I dig them. It takes a little while to get used to them becuase they turn in very fast, just like the write-ups about them say. Way grippy. Highly recommended.
Mach111, I also just put a set on my 9. Here's a quote from a report I did for another site.....
Sportec M1's....... Parte Deux
I've got to ride them for a couple of times now and so I can report a little more.
The first ride took me to Annacis Island for the scrub in. Wide roads with no cars and a long back and forth weave from curb to curb for 10 minutes wiped all the crap off them for the most part and let me play with the side to side transition. It flips around pretty nice with slightly lower bar efforts than the 207's or the 98 model with the old BT56's. Initial turn in is WAY lighter than the other tires'. It feels like a lightweight 600.
The bike now handles very neutral up to about 15 degree lean. By this I mean I can set up a slight lean and then lift my hands off the grips and the bike stays at the same lean. It seems to do this pretty much at any speed from 30 to 100 kph. At slightly more lean angle it wants to start laying over more at about a couple of degrees a second when running at around 60. Mind you I'm off the throttle while doing this so it might be the deceleration that's making the bike fall into the corner. If so then it shows that these tires are TOTALLY NEUTRAL.
As a super side bonus my 9R has always felt a little odd when doing super tight parking lot stuff or curb to curb right handers. That's all gone now. It feels very consistent under these conditions now.
Even if they are only as sticky as the old 207's I'd buy them just for how they make the bike FEEL. The fact that they are getting rave reviews for their stickiness as well is icing on the cake.
----- that's it. I haven't had a chace to flog them because I've been missing out on all the great weather around here thanks to a kitchen rebuild project. I'll have to take Gone in 6's word for the grip but from what I've heard he's not telling any fibs here....
PS: I went for a 180 on the rear. That's going to help make it feel a little lighter on the bars compared to the 190.