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Tire Recommendation

Hi everyone,

I recently purchased my CBR 250R, and it's been great. I'm looking for a tire recommendation for the next season. I live in Chicago, a lot of my riding is in the city, but I do go out of the city limits on the weekends. I don't do any kind of rough riding since I still relatively new to motorcycling. I heard the Pilot Streets are good tires but I can't find them in the size I need, and most of the previous forums posts are a few years old.

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Not sure if you're aware, but the Michelin Pilot Street is a bias-ply tire. Not sure how readily available that tire is in the U.S. Whereas the Michelin Pilot Street Radial is the common aftermarket replacement for small sport bikes like the CBR250R.

Here's one online source: http://www.motosport.com/michelin-pi...ial-tire-combo

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Not sure if you're aware, but the Michelin Pilot Street is a bias-ply tire. Not sure how readily available that tire is in the U.S. Whereas the Michelin Pilot Street Radial is the common aftermarket replacement for small sport bikes like the CBR250R.

Here's one online source: Michelin Pilot Street Radial Tire Combo | MotoSport
I'm not set on the Pilot Street, but I've read that they were a very good tire. Do you still recommend the radials or something else?
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Sizes may be a limiting factor for you.

Do you want a full sport tire or a sport touring tire? I always run full sport tires, but my son likes his sport touring tires on his VFR just fine. I've run ContiSport Attacks, Bridgestone BT-016 Pros, and am currently running a new set of Michelin Pilot Power RSs. We have a set of Dunlop Q3s on another bike of ours that are very good as well. I have noticed the Michelin RSs don't like to be cold, and will squirm and slide until warm. The Q3 are quicker to warm-up. The BT-016 was quicker as well.

If I were buying a set of sport tires right now I would buy the new Q3+, but not sure if those are available in the sizes you need. I had a set on order, but there were production problems and delays so I went with the Michelins.

I've had Pirelli cycle and auto tires recently, and found that they are good when new but deteriorate quickly - so those are out for me.

Some people have had good luck with the less expensive tires like Shinko, but i tend to stick with the top brands and not sweat the cost.
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Sizes may be a limiting factor for you.

Do you want a full sport tire or a sport touring tire? I always run full sport tires, but my son likes his sport touring tires on his VFR just fine. I've run ContiSport Attacks, Bridgestone BT-016 Pros, and am currently running a new set of Michelin Pilot Power RSs. We have a set of Dunlop Q3s on another bike of ours that are very good as well. I have noticed the Michelin RSs don't like to be cold, and will squirm and slide until warm. The Q3 are quicker to warm-up. The BT-016 was quicker as well.

If I were buying a set of sport tires right now I would buy the new Q3+, but not sure if those are available in the sizes you need. I had a set on order, but there were production problems and delays so I went with the Michelins.

I've had Pirelli cycle and auto tires recently, and found that they are good when new but deteriorate quickly - so those are out for me.

Some people have had good luck with the less expensive tires like Shinko, but i tend to stick with the top brands and not sweat the cost.
I live in Chicago, so cold weather is a dark reality for me. I don't plan on riding during the winter, but I will ride until the first signs of snow. What would the difference between the full sport, vs sport touring be? Considering I'm 50-50 between city driving and touring.
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Full sport tires generally require more heat to operate as designed. For the type of riding you're describing, a sport touring tire would be more appropriate. Which is what the Michelin Pilot Street Radial is.

More info on the Pilot Street Radial on Michelin's website: http://motorcycle.michelinman.com/US...et-radial.html
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I agree with Mike. Sport touring tires also last longer. My son pushes his VFR pretty hard, and likes the Dunlop sport touring tires that he put on it. He hasn't had the squirming issues I've had with the RSs in the same temps.

I've been running full sport tires for years and years, but my Michelin RSs are making me rethink it. I need to really pay attention to my turn-in rate and lean angle when they are cold or they will slide more than I like.

Michelin makes a good tire, and I'm sure you would be happy with a sport touring tire like the Pilot Street Radial. If they are not available, check into the Dunlops.
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few years ago installed 2nd choice pirelli sports demons
[cbr250r - no michelin radials available] as then did son
ben on his cb400sf..

we found them very good for general surburban riding
[son thinks hes marquez] enhancing overall handling
including under strong and full on braking..

bias ply not radials, which warm up and give
good general feedback, including in wet..

https://www.revzilla.com/product/pir...-touring-tires
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I'll be looking to replace the tires on my 2011 CBR next spring (because of age, not mileage).
I don't know why I always thought the Michelin Pilot Street tires were so expensive. They seem to be quite reasonable in price.
So thanks for those links, Mike. And thanks also to everyone else that's posted here. Some great info to get me headed in the right direction, as always.
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Try Kenda's Cruiser ST lines. They're sport touring and last a good long while. I have ~18k miles on the rear and will probably get another 3-4k out of it before replacement. The front I can't say as I replaced the first at ~25k miles then replaced again when I got a gash in it from road debris.

I've had good grip when cold or warm, wet or dry. I will say I haven't been as impressed with them on the front as I was with the back, but I think the vibes I get are from the balancing beads. Not sure the front took to them as well as the back did.
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