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How about a new "tire" discussion - suggestions out there?

I picked up a 2006 Gixxer 600 a few weeks ago and realized that the bike has stock tires on it. And by stock, I mean made in 2005, original OEM tires. They have 7400 miles on them, and still have tread, but Iím seeing some small cracks in the tread, but nothing terrible at all. Iím more concerned about the age of the tire so would probably be in my best interest to change them before the season really gets started. That being said, Iíve seen that Motomummy currently has the replacement Battlax sets for $220 and also has Dunlop Q3ís sets for $230.

I know riding style plays into it so Iíll try for a little background. Iíll mostly be doing some commuting on the bike, playing around town and possibly a few weekend trips, so canít be afraid of seeing a little rain and everyday traffic/highway riding. Also considering finally doing a track day or two this summer. Iím assuming that since itís a sport bike, stock tires (Battlax) should hold up fine for general use including some spirited riding and a novice track day, but looking to see if anyone has any other suggestions.

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Q2's were great and the Q3's are supposed to be better. Might look at Power Road's as well. They're a higher mileage tire and great for commuting.

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The Q3's also have a $40 rebate promo going on now.

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get rid of the OEM tires. They suck first of all and also after 8 years of freezing and thawing I am sure they are hard as a rock.

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get rid of the OEM tires. They suck first of all and also after 8 years of freezing and thawing I am sure they are hard as a rock.

Loved my Q'2 and also Q3's.
They're also now covered in oil so yeah, new tires are on the list. Payday is Thursday so going to put in an order for the Q3's with the rebate. $190 to my door doesn't seem like a bad idea at all.

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pilot powers are always a good choice


what broke and let all the oil out?

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Ordered the Q3's this morning. Also found a shop nearby that will mount them for me so should be ready to roll in a week or so.

Since I’ve never had to replace tires on a bike, is there any truth to the rumor that I need to take it easy on new tires until the mold release chemical is worn off or is that just an old biker’s tale?

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yes and no, take it easy for a little while but the stuff wears off really fast like as soon as the tires arent shiny from touching the ground

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Just remember in the back of your head that it's cold outside. That tire doesn't really work until it's above 50 or 60 degrees out. Be careful and take care of all your braking on top of the tire with the bike stood up and don't give it much gas unless your on top of the tire with the bike stood up. Give it time to gain your comfort level.

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