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Michelin pilot power?

I was wondering if anyone is running the pilot power tires, Im going to be needing a new rear for my 06 yz450f. Im currently running a dunlop 170 rear racing slick on a 5" rear excel rim and was wondering if i should get a 150 or 160 pilot power. The Dunlop is already rubbing on the exhaust when hitting jumps. Will the 150 be ok and will a 15tooth front sprocket fit on my Yz? Also i heard that they sell tires up at the SBK2 races and mount them there is that true and are they pricey?
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Pilot powers are good tires. They'll last a long time, but you won't have the grip that you're getting with the slicks. If you've got a 5" rim, than the 160 should fit nicely.

Slicks are going to be a little more $$$, but they last a good amount of time and give much better traction and feel. I used Medium compound Michelin slicks last season and one set lasted pretty much the whole of it. I'm not all that fast, so I heat cycled them to death before I used up all the meat.

The best price I've seen on Michelin slicks is 370/set

I've got a tentative deal to offer for a bit less, starting the first part of May.

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I'm using a 160 pp 2ct on the ktm

no complaints, have yet to find the limit of grip, other than when I've been ham-fisted on the throttle
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I'm using a 160 pp 2ct on the ktm

no complaints, have yet to find the limit of grip, other than when I've been ham-fisted on the throttle
Bill, are you running a 5" rear rim and does it hang over the rim edge or is it flush?
How was Tenn? Did you get any good riding in?
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I have a pilot power that i will be using on my tard at Road Atlanta in 2 weeks. I will let you know how it goes. I hope it holds up. It is a 160 with 50 street miles.
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Bill, are you running a 5" rear rim and does it hang over the rim edge or is it flush?
How was Tenn? Did you get any good riding in?
yeah, 5" rim. there's some slight chain rub on the tire, but nothing too bad.

Tenn/NC/GA was good. great weather fri and sat. and then it rained all day sunday.
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yeah, 5" rim. there's some slight chain rub on the tire, but nothing too bad.

Tenn/NC/GA was good. great weather fri and sat. and then it rained all day sunday.
I had a bit of chain rub when I had PPs on as well. Nothing major though.

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how much overhang past the rim?
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I have a 150 ppr on mine,
I think the rim is a 4.5 or a 4.75
It doesn't rub on the chain but I have one of those rollers and it is very close.

I was going to try one of those contiforce SM's next.
as they are designed more for the bike weight /speed etc.

The bike is just a street bike, although one of these days I'm going to make it up to Norway.

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I have a 150 ppr on mine,
I think the rim is a 4.5 or a 4.75
It doesn't rub on the chain but I have one of those rollers and it is very close.

I was going to try one of those contiforce SM's next.
as they are designed more for the bike weight /speed etc.

The bike is just a street bike, although one of these days I'm going to make it up to Norway.
I am looking forward to meeting you. I have read many of your posts, but have yet to meet you face to face.
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I have a 2004 yzf450 with a 5" wheel and 160 PP2ct. There is about 3/8" sticking out past the rim and there is less than 1/8" between the tire and chain. My chain is a non o-ring and I don't believe an o-ring chain would clear. My chain only barely comes into contact with the side of the tire. Not enough to concern me. Strangely, the 160PP2ct is a little wider than the Pirelli Supercorsa 160 slick I was running.
I am not really a fan of the PP's unlike everyone else. I don't think they are very predictable when the let go. With a Pirelli, you can push the tire harder and feel it before it let's go. With the Michelin, they just hold and then let go. This is just my opinion cause there are TONS of diehard PP fans out there. I am only running them for the contingency.
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It's common for them to rub a bit. Even my old 250 rubbed with a freshy on the 4.5" rim.
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I just snapped a pic of my tire and chain clearance if it helps
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