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Tyre choice for 1999 Fireblade??

cabbyman

New Member
Hi all.
My bikes going to need some new tyres soon so I'm looking for some suggestions for replacements.
I don't do a lot of miles per year on this bike, 4/5000 miles (summer time play thing really) but would like to start using it for some longer journeys (touring around north of England and hopefully take in the TT Races)
I attended the Ron Haslam race school 2 weeks ago (highly recommend, great day out) and all of he's fleet of bikes were fitted with Bridgestone Battlax T30 sport touring tyres.
The grip level on these tyres was outstanding but I do realise that this was on a race track and the tyres were always up to temperature, what I would like to know is has any one used these tyres on the road and what kind of mileage would you expect to get from these tyres (normal riding, not racing around the streets trying to get my knee down) lol
Any other tyre suggestions?

Also need to replace my battery too any suggestions on which one to go for.?

cabbyman
 

spikeywan

New Member
If you want better mileage and good performance in cold and/or wet conditions, then look at Sports Touring tyres, like Metzeler Z8 Interact, Michelin Pilot Road 3, or Dunlop Sportmax Roadsmart 2.

I got 7,700 miles from a Roadsmart 2 rear, and 10,000 from a front. The front wasn't worn out, but was frightening me at high lean angles.

I've never used sportier rubber. I can outride an awful lot of people who do, though. ;)
 

Iain

New Member
If you still have the 16" front wheel you will be restricted with what you can get, and Bridgestone don't do a 16" T30, and I don't think you can get any of the ones Spikey mentions in a 16" front.

I know lots of people use a sports touring tyre, and its fine depending on your riding style, but do be warned on many you can't lean over as far without riding off the edge of the tread.
 

cabbyman

New Member
If you still have the 16" front wheel you will be restricted with what you can get, and Bridgestone don't do a 16" T30, and I don't think you can get any of the ones Spikey mentions in a 16".
I forgot about the 16" front wheel but I do seem to remember reading about some owners fitting the front wheel from the VFR, not sure I could run to the cost of doing that seeing as I do such low mileage per year.

I'll keep looking for suitable tyres for a 16" front wheel then.
Thanks again guys.

Cabbyman
 

machinehead

New Member
I always rates BT016's and have had tehm on my 98, and my 2001 929.

As for battery, get a Yuasa and it will last for years if treated well. iirc they are OE too. Can be bought on line and delivered to make life easier for you! :)
 

cabbyman

New Member
I always rates BT016's and have had tehm on my 98, and my 2001 929.

As for battery, get a Yuasa and it will last for years if treated well. iirc they are OE too. Can be bought on line and delivered to make life easier for you! :)
Took your advice, battery died on me when I went to Sheffield to visit my son, stayed the night, next morning battery was dead as a dodo.
Phoned a local bike shop, bought the Yuasa and paid for over the phone, they filled it and put it on charge for a few hours for me, i got the bike to the shop and fitted it there and then.
Think I paid about ?40.
Still waiting to buy the tyres.
 
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