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Old 09-01-2006, 12:39 PM   #11
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The quick turn-in of the Michelin Pilot series is awesome for the Monster. I loved those tires on my Monster when I had it. The whole bike felt lighter, quicker, smaller, nimbler.



I guess every bike is different. On my Triumph 600 I prefer a rounder profile and more stability like that found on Bridgestone's BT014.



Life is short. Sample different tires. Live a little. It's like suspension, or gearing. You'll never know the difference unless you try some different things. Have fun!
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Old 09-01-2006, 01:18 PM   #12
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Old 09-01-2006, 03:53 PM   #13
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I find that interesting as I ride a Kawi ZX-6E and the Pilot Power's are pretty much god's gift to mankind on that bike. It's slow to turn in and change line mid turn (ie, for a decreasing radius turn or some such manouver), and the Pilot Powers are much lighter and more responsive than the 208's i used to run. I'd be curious to try out the Qualifier's, but I'm not exactly excited to step away from an excellent tire to one made by a company that made the absolute ***** that is a 208. I didn't run the GP's, so maybe that has something to do with it, but i was not impressed with the 208's in the slightest. They felt very planted when warmed up, but my bike is my only means of transportation, and the warm up time was excessive at best.



I also run my pilot's at a much lower PSI, 32/34 or so, 30/32 on the track.



The E is about 500 pounds, and I'm about 180, closer to 200 with all my gear, so i'm not entirely sure what's going on here. Maybe it's just a difference with the profile against the geometry of your Cyclone...i've heard that the buells have wonky geometry. I've found that the bike is incredibly sensative mid turn, and when i first got them I was much too hard on the bars. I needed to relax and trust the tires to hold the line through the turn because if i tried to force them or direct the line or hold on to the bars with any real force they would respond strongly to even the lightest steering input.



Now that i'm used to them (i've run through 2 sets), I can't imagine going back to a tire that forces me to muscle it into the turns the way the 208's did.



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Old 09-01-2006, 04:29 PM   #14
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Does the Cyclone have adj front forks??



I have found my XB to be extraordinarily sensitive to compression adj... like 1/8 to 1/4 turn from squishy to ouch.

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Old 09-01-2006, 05:02 PM   #15
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You'll find they allow certain markets to pronounce Michelin incorrectly. I guess the UK and US are special.



http://www.michelin.com/corporate/fr...ue=110&lang=EN



Most of these videos use the Mishelyn pronunciation, which is the correct one AFAIK.
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Old 09-02-2006, 04:57 AM   #16
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The "mitch-a-lin" I was hearing was coming directly out of the mouths of all the Michelin peeps, as well as from a number of videos played for us. At least one of the Michelin persons in attendance was a Frenchie.

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Old 09-02-2006, 04:58 AM   #17
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See above reply to the first post.--Pete
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Old 09-02-2006, 05:11 AM   #18
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bugger the french



if we cared what the frogs thought we'd all be speaking german anyway, and sportec is pronounced sport-tech.
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Old 09-02-2006, 12:27 PM   #19
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Yes, the cyclone has one adjustment for compression, I believe. I don't think the problem is with the suspension, I think the tire just has a really-stiff sidewall!
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Old 09-02-2006, 01:16 PM   #20
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Apparently you haven't heard the Tire Discounters commercial.
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