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Hello,

I was wondering what have you guys used after upgrading from stock tires & what's the performance vs stock. by August I'll probably need new tires but if I wear down the stock ones even faster I might need to get some new ones.
 

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My next set of tires will be the Michelin Pilot Street Radials.
 

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I may be a minority here but stock all the way unless I go to a track day which won't happen anytime soon. These things last forever and stuck pretty well once warmed up.
 

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I may be a minority here but stock all the way unless I go to a track day which won't happen anytime soon. These things last forever and stuck pretty well once warmed up.
I read quite a few reports saying that the OE IRC tyres weren't that good so I wasn't expecting much from them. However, they seem alright. Admittedly I've only taken my bike out 3 times and only ridden just over 100 miles in the dry and I'm running the bike in, but I can't fault them yet, try as I might. I will try harder :) .
 

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The stock have done great for me for ~2000 miles, tread looks good. Rear tire has a tiny bit (judged by my noobish eyes) of squaring though

What I want in my tires is longevity- Michelin Pilot Street Radials have got good reviews on that front, it'll be a tough call when it comes time to replace...
 

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The irc tires are not worth purchasing again.
They lasted me 7000 miles and were worn to the belt on the rear tire, front still has some life, but i bought a pair of michelin pilot street radial tires and they are so far flawless about 4500 miles in

Traction, wet and dry are superior
Treadwear is twice as good, 4500 miles and just scratching the surface
Braking ability is the most noticable improvement, never had a lock up under HARD brakes unlike irc
As far as lean goes, you'll scrape pegs before you get within 3/4" at least from the edge of sidewall and they felt generally more responsive to turn input and flicking left and right through switchbacks and sweepers
 

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The irc tires are not worth purchasing again.
They lasted me 7000 miles and were worn to the belt on the rear tire, front still has some life, but i bought a pair of michelin pilot street radial tires and they are so far flawless about 4500 miles in.....
So you've done 11,500 miles? How long have you had the bike? At the rate I'm going, I wouldn't need the first service till the darn warranty has expired!
 

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Ive done 12,500 since i got the bike 10-14-14
Going to need a valve adjustment soon, not looking forward to that
 

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I have done 8000km now, have stock irc on the front, got the rear replaced at 4000km with a Pirelli demon sport after getting a bolt in the tire. Noticed a huge difference in how the bike performed. never going back to stock.
 
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Done 11,000km on stocks. Front is more than half worn, rear absolutely rooted (Kiwi expression!)
Michelin radials waiting in garage to be fitted when spring rolls around. Can't wait :D
 

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Well being that I do not have a CBR 300 R yet...still my pick would be Michelin. Why? Because I worked for that company here in Canada for just over 30 years. Sales?..no,,,,Air conditioned office pushing a pencil?...no.

I worked in a production area in a small shop making automobile tires...by hand...from start to finish,,,verifying every aspect of the rubber products/steel cords and again building by hand. Everything had to be made to very exacting tolerances + or- 1 mm in most cases. For me it was very satisfying work knowing that every tire I produced was the best tire on the market and the best I could produce. Honestly I felt like a Craftsman knowing at the end of my shift what I produced was a great product and how quality minded the company really is...

Shame full plug I know..but I have to be honest.
 

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I have no issues with the stock tyres. IRC have been around since the early 50s and have supplied most of the big four manufactures at some time or other.
There is a lot of bollox talked about tyres but it mainly comes down to personal choice. I have ridden both in the wet and the dry and as a self confessed "ride like a girl" in the rain I have nothing but praise for the OE's. Just try a price comparison between those suggested by others compared to the OE's and make up your own mind.
I can remember when Bridgestone tyres were cheap and nasty tefloncoated things you bought because you could not afford anything else. Now look at them.

Stay shiny side up:D
 

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@CDNHONDAR Interesting job you had there. I know that satisfied Feeling of working with your hands. Were the tyres you were making specialised? I thought most tyres were machine made.
 

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Thanks man... I worked in a small shop where "we" were required to make "special" tires for Honda/Toyota/Mazda/Ford/G.M. Now it really was not that glorious cause we still had to produce a certain number of tires daily to meet orders. But we would get the "plans" on how to set up our machines to the tolerances of the plan. Yes we made them by hand but it was not fully manual but alot of it was. The tire was made in 2 stages...first part was called the "carcass" that is the part the of the tire before the steel belts and tread rubber was put on. (The carcass looks like an empty toilet roll card board tube) The 2nd part implemented putting on the 2 steel cords and then the tread rubber. All this stuff was done quickly using different kinds of solvents to adhere the rubber products together.
These "special" tires were sometimes small orders from car manufactures (of their design) to see how the tire would act when they were tested by the manufactures at the car plants. Then if they liked the tires they would order say 10,000 and then the tires were built on the automatic machines next to my shop.

I used to make about 140 tires per 8 hour shift and the automatic part of the tire plant would make 300 per hour and there were 2 of those automatic tire machines. That means 600 per hour x 8 hours ...3 times a day (3..8 hour shifts a day) I did really enjoy it made me feel like I was contributing something important. The shifts sometimes sucked but what the **** you got to make a living..:)
 

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An interesting tyre comparison/shoot out that appears to have been carried out in a fair and objective manner.
Seems there are a lot of options for us out there now.
Was surprised to see that they didn't rate the Michelins as a track tyre.
Might have to check out the Bridgestones next time round...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bHnmukUJ7aQ
 
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