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190/55 raises the rear more than 190/50. For handling the 55 would make the bike flick/turn in quicker. Usually weighs a touch more than the same 190/50 tire. Most who top out the bike prefer the 190/50 or the OEM 200/50 for stability.

Depends on what you are after. 190/55 usually costs a hair more than the same 190/50 too.

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190/55 raises the rear more than 190/50. For handling the 55 would make the bike flick/turn in quicker. Usually weighs a touch more than the same 190/50 tire. Most who top out the bike prefer the 190/50 or the OEM 200/50 for stability.

Depends on what you are after. 190/55 usually costs a hair more than the same 190/50 too.

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I want better handling than the 200. Going by what you posted, I'll be choosing the 190/50 for the extra stability on high speed runs. Now for the next choice...Michelin Pilot Power or Pilot Power 2CT? :banghead: :lol:
 

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I think I would prefer the 55 but the Pilot road 2 does not come in that size. so 190 50 is what I am running. 4000 miles and still going strong. I think the 12 is so inherently stable that a 55 isn't going to make it any less so. That said The road 2 does come in a 180 55. I think that is the same height as the stock 200. Might try that some time as that would be the same size as my other bike runs stock. 2002 FZ1
 

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I want better handling than the 200. Going by what you posted, I'll be choosing the 190/50 for the extra stability on high speed runs. Now for the next choice...Michelin Pilot Power or Pilot Power 2CT? :banghead: :lol:
The 2CT has a harder center compound for more longevity, softer on the edges for the twisties. Between those 2....the 2CT for a big bike (lasts longer). Then again they make the Power Pure which is like the 2CT...except it costs more and their "softer" part starts earlier. They are pretty light too, weighed em just the other day.

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The 2CT has a harder center compound for more longevity, softer on the edges for the twisties. Between those 2....the 2CT for a big bike (lasts longer). Then again they make the Power Pure which is like the 2CT...except it costs more and their "softer" part starts earlier. They are pretty light too, weighed em just the other day.

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Just to be clear, the POWER 2CT has the same center compound as the regular POWER, but softer sides. So a POWER 2CT isn't going to last any longer than a regular POWER, more likely the opposite.

The ROAD 2CT has a harder yet center compound and the softer POWER compound on the sides, as well as a somewhat different profile.

I know you probably know that already Ship, but it just seemed a little confusing for those reading & researching.
 

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don't know if you already purchased your tire but motorcycle-superstore.com has those pilot power 2ct for sale 190-50-17 for 150 bucks. quick and free shipping too!
 

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180/55. Better handling, costs less, readily available. As between the two you asked about, the 55, but those aren't as easy to find.
agreed !! +1 that be what I was running on my 6.. is what I have on front now.. have a Diablo Strada on back, was new at 12,316 when I got bike, and put PP on front. now have 20,816 since july, runnin 40+ miles, 5 days per... got about... 75-300 miles until chords start showing on back.. has given me great longevity (8500 miles) but not the grip of the PP's !!!

Strada good if you want life and reasonable grip, but nothing I have used beats PP's !!!! (power pilots)
 

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180/55. Better handling, costs less, readily available. As between the two you asked about, the 55, but those aren't as easy to find.
Every tire make sells a 190 55 just not all of their model lines. Say for instance... Michelin doesn't make the 55 in a Pilot Power but it does in the 2CT and the new Power Pure as well as the DOT race rubber. Now B-stone makes em in their Battle axe line an the same with the Pirelli, Dunslops, and and other tire makes. But it's more readily available than you think....Maybe not @ ur local shop but it's always there.
 

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I want better handling than the 200. Going by what you posted, I'll be choosing the 190/50 for the extra stability on high speed runs. Now for the next choice...Michelin Pilot Power or Pilot Power 2CT? :banghead: :lol:
I recommend these if you're going to a 2CT Michelin Power Pure Rear Tire - Street Bike - Motorcycle Superstore Buddy of mine in Cali says they're a definite improvement (evolution) above the PP2CT. Puts it's grip closer to the power 1. He's done over 500 mi. on em so far and no serious wear indication. And he's gettin his knee down on a ZX14.:crazyloco:
 

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I can't find a 190/55...it's either 180/55 or 190/50.
BT016 :crazyloco: Even for the 190 freaks with 55 height. (I think I have the 190/55 now...got special price for that)


front:
130/70 ZR 16
110/70 ZR 17
120/60 ZR 17
120/70 ZR 17

Rear:
160/60 ZR 17
170/60 ZR 17
180/55 ZR 17
190/50 ZR 17
190/55 ZR 17
160/60 ZR 18


 

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Just to be clear, the POWER 2CT has the same center compound as the regular POWER, but softer sides. So a POWER 2CT isn't going to last any longer than a regular POWER, more likely the opposite.

The ROAD 2CT has a harder yet center compound and the softer POWER compound on the sides, as well as a somewhat different profile.

I know you probably know that already Ship, but it just seemed a little confusing for those reading & researching.
Corrected :)
 

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I can't find a 190/55...it's either 180/55 or 190/50.
You must be lookin in a local shop T, Because where I buy mine (both places I order from) always have what I need LOL. And they're always fresh with a pretty recent date code and I've never received and out of rounder either.
 
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