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Hey guys and gals.

I have a 1990 zx-6 with Metzler me33laser in the front and Metzler me55a on the back. It's time for new tires so I'm looking for opinions. It's my first bike, I'm going to try not to do anything too crazy on its, so I want a decent street tire (i'll be riding in the rain too). Any ideas?

Oh, and I have a crack in my fairing and the previous owner bondo'ed it after an accident and now it's all messed up. I was wondering how much a used upper fairing is and how much it would be to put a different model fairing on.

Thanks for your help and I'm glad to be here.
 
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Tire wise, you have really a couple of choices. The Dunlop D207's are what most bikes are equiped with stock and are really quite good. If you want to try something else, I would recommend michelin pilot sports.

As for the fairings, for your year you could probably get a used one from Ebay for a little over a hundred bucks. Otherwise a new one would cost about $500 from Kawasaki.

Good Luck.

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i dont know how functional it would be, but if your looking for
a kick but looking tire go with a dunlop rready...
 

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Hey, nice bike man!

About the tyre, I went with a Bridgestone BT-010 and I love'em. I'm very reluctant to try anything else right now. They're pretty cheap and I think Imperial Motorsports in burnaby is trying to offload'em.

I've never ridden much in the rain, but the BT 010's are supposed to be pretty good because of the silica in it. BT 020's are longer lasting, i.e. harder compound. It looks like this tyre is made for the type of riding you do, city, rain, quick heating.

Personally, the D207's wore a little too quickly for me. Quick turn in and quite grippy once warm, but they wear noticeably faster than the Bridgestone's.

I can't speak for any other brands.

About the bondo job, I'm getting my fairings repaired and painted. It ain't all that cheap. Look up the thread about a paint guy in the General forum and the number is there for a local paint guy named Donald. It will look brand new and probably be cheaper than buying a whole new fairing.
 
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two more people with zx6's, lets see some pics, and as for the repairs, we can do it for 30$ max, and a damn good job too, i got a shitload of spare parts and some fairings, so drop me a line.
 

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go for a Dunlop 205 - double the thread in the center line or a BT-1010....used both, good tires....
 

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Thanks for your input, everyone. Just curious as to how much the dunlops (205s i believe) are versus the Bridgestones (BT-010 like you recommended). Thanks.

Cyrus
 
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Check out the last (or the one before that) edition of Sport Rider magazine, I believe they fixed up the suspension and put tires on the same model bike and had some impressions written up on how it handled. I believe they used Metzler ME Z3's and were really happy with them. Better find the article though I may be confusing that article with one on a CBR600.
I am a big Dunlop D207 fan myself, my first ride on them was on my '96 GSX-R 750 and I had no problems doing 100 mph in the rain, wanted to get the hell out of the rain is why I was hauling ass. And I loved them in the dry as well, much better and more confidence inspiring than the BT56-SS I tried. Just my 2 cents on the matter....
 
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i have dunlop 205's on my bike .the only thing i can see wrong with them is they take a little longer to heat up.but with hot pavement nice and sticky.tire life is great.a rear tire will run you about 270,front about 230.shop around.i personally don't like bridgestone i stay away from them.it was sport rider that article was in last issue they put michelin pilot sports on the bike.they said it made a very noticable difference.
 

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I ride in the rain frequently and the Pilot Sports that came stock on my bike work very well in all conditions.

And for your fairing, PM Jamie and get him to work on your plastics. It seems that him and his buddies are always stunting and crashing their bikes (based on the website) so they are probably pretty damn good at fixing them! :)
 

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gsxr6racer said:
Check out the last (or the one before that) edition of Sport Rider magazine, I believe they fixed up the suspension and put tires on the same model bike and had some impressions written up on how it handled. I believe they used Metzler ME Z3's and were really happy with them. Better find the article though I may be confusing that article with one on a CBR600.
I am a big Dunlop D207 fan myself, my first ride on them was on my '96 GSX-R 750 and I had no problems doing 100 mph in the rain, wanted to get the hell out of the rain is why I was hauling ass. And I loved them in the dry as well, much better and more confidence inspiring than the BT56-SS I tried. Just my 2 cents on the matter....
that test was in the April issue of sport rider. They suggested the Michelin Pilot Sport tires. That issue is on newsstands untill April 9. I have the same bike so that is why I read up on it
 
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