Hi I have a CBR1000RR 2010 on a 2011 plate. I don't ride the Blade hard and was wondering if fitting the Michalin Pilot 3 or Dunlop Sportsmart would suit my bike? I'm doing a bit of touring around the UK this year and really want the best tyre for me. At the momment the Blade has BT015's fitted but are squaring off a bit.
Michalin Pilot 3 or Dunlop Sportsmart
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Hi Corsair, I have a Blackbird which I corner quite hard with no chicken strips on Roadsmarts. The Dunlops are amazing so the sportsmart would be plenty sticky. The roadsmart like the BT023 is good. All the BB riders I have spoken to rave about the New Pilot road 3 and it grips pretty good in the wet.
Stay on stay safe
Pilot Power 2CT's on my Buell and Sport Smarts on my YZF. Both great tyres, and I'd happily fit either tyre again. I switched from 2CT's to Sport Smarts and back to 2CT's on the Buell purely because the 2CT's are cheaper.
Personally I wouldnt fit the Road3's to the Blade. they have really flat profile and will slow the steering down and give a weird mid corner feeling.
A better option for you would be the Pilot Road2 on the rear, and a Pilot Power 2CT on the front.
The front will keep the steering sharp, while the rear will give you more grip than you will ever need (believe me, I have tried) and if you are gentle with them I have seen some getting up to and over 10,000 miles out of them. I use them on my R1 and even with hard use they are returning 6,000miles with no grip issues in the wet or dry.
pilot road 3
I have the 11 blade and run the pilot 3s.Great tyre for grip in both wet and dry and massive durability. Dont get to bogged down with people talking about handling. As you said you dont ride that hard as to even notice. It would take a very very fast and mental rider to find the limit on the road of the pilot 3s. Nothing out there i would sooner have!