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post #1 of 34 Old 09-18-2005, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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Dunlop 218 Slippery When Worn

Almost low sided twice on the stock 218s with just over 1900 miles on them. Just about down to the wear bars on the sides and these things have become DANGEROUS!
One was a low speed cold tire at night moment, the second was a 65+ mph tight corner on fully warmed up tires. I run 34 psi up front and 36 out back. These things stuck like glue up until now. They went away real quick and now let go without warning!

Anyone have anything negative to say about Michelin Pilot Powers?
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post #2 of 34 Old 09-19-2005, 06:40 AM
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Dunlop 218 are only good if you "runin in" your bike as the book says.

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I never felt the 218's "stick like glue" on my 10... As for the Powers, I have nothing but good to say about them. Great tires. The BT-014's that came on the 636 ain't bad either. MUCH better than D218's...

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Dunlop 218 are only good if you "runin in" your bike as the book says.
Are you talking about the manual's air pressure call outs? Of, I think 36 and 42 psi.
It doesn't matter now, after the second close call. I won't ride it again with those tires.
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Thats funny. I took my 218's to a track day with more than twice the number of miles that you had on yours. And the let me run some pretty quick times. I had 38XX miles on my bike when I took it to the track. And the 218 took a while to warm up. But they held up, and stuck just fine.

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Thats funny. I took my 218's to a track day with more than twice the number of miles that you had on yours. And the let me run some pretty quick times. I had 38XX miles on my bike when I took it to the track. And the 218 took a while to warm up. But they held up, and stuck just fine.

yea I never felt like I had no confidence in the 218s and I got 3900 miles out of them before I changed them out to the pilot powers.. The powers are a better tire no doubt but the 218's but the 218's are still competent IMO.

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never rolled 1m on the 218's.

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Dunlop 218 are my first tires in last 10 years that have "chicken strips" on them, and first tires that i was so unsecured on them. They really scared me. And its funny couse Dunlop was produce this tires for the 10. But my guess was that this tire end relationship btw Kawasaki and Dunlop.

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Mine seemed OK. Then there was that low-speed lowside that put me out of action.
Can't say 100% it was the tires, but they were cold and I'm seeing an awful lot of similar incidents.

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CJ. They do take awhile to warm up. But as far as the low side accidents going on around here. I'd be more interesting in seeing how many of the riders who lowsided their 10's actually set the SAG on the suspension. I cannot believe how stiff this bike came from the factory. I hear more bitching and moaning about the 218's. But the suspension (rear shock in particular) is far more dangerous than the 218's IMHO..YMMV

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