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    Cool Tyres on the NSC

    What tyres did your 2018 CB1000R NSC come equipped with from the showroom ?

    How do you rate them ?

    What mileage did you get out of the front tyre ?
    What mileage did you get out of the rear tyre ?

    Have you tried something other than OE, and if so how did you find it, with regard to grip, ride quality and longevity ?


    My NSC came equipped with Dunlop Sportmax tyres, yet in almost every article I read about the NSC mention is made of it coming from the factory shod with Bridgestone Battlax tyres.

    Only done 850 miles so far. Expect at least 3000 to 4000 miles out of the rear, maybe 6000 miles out of the front. Mind you I do ride like an old lady going to the shops

    What's the story here ? Do Honda fit two or more brands to ensure bike production can continue should one of the suppliers fold or encounter manufacturing difficulties ?

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    I thought they were Bridgestone S21 as standard - which are pretty durned sporty. But probably a bit crap for cold, wet, greasy, icy winter roads.

    I prefer Michelin Road 5s for all-round, all-year riding. They are sporty enough for mortals, and great in the wet.

    With Road Pilot 4 I got 7-8k from a rear on the previous CB1000R model, and over 10k front. And that was with mixed street (commute), mountain and track riding. Road 5s are better than the Pilot Road 4s. They are good enough for my Fireblade, and penty good enough for a CB1000R.

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    Bridgestone S21's on mine here in Australia. (no plus version here..)
    which tyre depends on specific country tie-ups?

    but.. there is an Aussie review with Dunlops

    the UK Bennets review now says Bridgestone..
    but the Google search preview originally says "and it comes with Dunlop Sportmax tyres, not the S21's that were on the press launch."

    so...
    Last edited by oldcorollas; 12-12-2018 at 02:06 AM.

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    I thought the Plus-Modell comes with the S21 and the Standard with Dunlop.
    I have the Plus and made 7k with the S21. Very good driving but 2-3 unexpected slides after 3.5k.
    Now I ride the Conti Road Attac 3 . Gives more convidence.
    I always chance front and rear tier the same moment.

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    I have the Bridgestone S21's on my non-plus model here in the UK. I'm very impressed with them. Great grip for road and performed well around Donington Park on a track day too

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    Bridgestone S21 here in Australia as well, non + model

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    S21 here as well (Australia).

    The bike's only done about 1500km, so it's too early for me to say much about the tyres really. But they've kept the rims off the road splendidly so far...

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    My last bike, 2014 Honda CB500F, came from the factory fitted with Dunlop tyres. Can't remember now exactly which ones. They were not too bad.

    I tried Michelin Pilot Road 4's and they were superb.

    Michelin Road 5 is the latest version of that tyre, so I intend to try those when the original Dunlops on the NSC need replacing.

    I fully expect the front to last twice as long as the rear, so will most likely just change the rear.

    Any opinions on running different brands front and rear ?

    Personally I don't see any issue. Last bike passed an MOT with different front and rear.

    One shop I went to refused to fit the Michelin I wanted on the back unless I bought the matching front.

    Started lecturing me that it was dangerous and illegal. Absolute nonsense, so far up their own arses, they lost a sale and a customer.

    We aren't talking MotoGP bikes here.
    Anyone who rides in such a way on a public road that different tyres front and rear cause them to crash is a useless rider anyway and needs to be banned from riding or driving for an awful long time, as they are a cretin and a danger to other road users.

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    I never mix brands. Doing so risks instability from having mis-matched profiles and grip.

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    If rear lasts twice as long as front....
    Maybe too many wheelies? 😉
    Or too much rear brake and not enough front brake?


    I expected to spend about $1 on tyres for every $1 to 2 spent on fuel

    ($205 front, $325 rear = $525, 1:1 = 290L fuel = 2050km.. 2:1 = 4100km.. maybe i'll spend less on tyres than fuel? )
    surely will get at least 5000km from the S21 Hypersports? some reviews that the centres wear really well?
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