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I have a 2008 400, with 7000+ miles, that's ready for a new rear tire.

Should I stay with the Bridgestone Hoop or is there something better out there?

If I stay with the Hoop, how important is it that I stay with the BO2G classification?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions
 

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SP55 said:
I have a 2008 400, with 7000+ miles, that's ready for a new rear tire.

Should I stay with the Bridgestone Hoop or is there something better out there?

If I stay with the Hoop, how important is it that I stay with the BO2G classification?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions
Got 7000 out of the org B02G then tried a Michelin SC that did 5000 so went to
a BO2 Silverwing spec front and rear I think they feel better on the road and have
touched the stand down a few times with them, but only 2000 miles on the rear
and although it looks good I don't know yet how long it will last, there is also a
BO2F now for the later Silverwing same size but don't know the difference the
BO2 as slightly more thread depth than the BO2G, hope this helps.
 

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Im at 12000km ~about 7500miles ..think i can go 2-3k more but i feel slight slipping on rear tire (5yold) i was looking for new tires and someone recomend me Metzeler feelfree .
 

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I'm very new at this so take this for what's it's worth. But, i have the same year bike and I just spent $54 on this tire. I thought it was a very reasonable price for a Michelin. Now all I have to do is figure out how to remove my old one :thumbup:

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/5/ ... SLIsearch#
 

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I had to replace my rear tire at about 7500 miles. So I simply had the dealer put on another Bridgestone Hoop.

But yesterday, at just under 14,000 miles, I had to replace both tires.

This time I went with the Pirelli Diablo tires, front and rear. They were about $50 less (for both). Seems that someone had previously posted that they were good performing tires so I decided to try them.
 

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I'm going to order a tire today and have limited it down to the OEM Bridgestone Hoop or the cheaper Shinko.
What do you guys think?
 

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I've had a Shinko on mine for the last couple of thousand miles and it has good grip. I didn't balance it and it's smooth up to at least 80 MPH. I'm pleased so far.
 

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This time I went with the Pirelli Diablo tires, front and rear. They were about $50 less (for both). Seems that someone had previously posted that they were good performing tires so I decided to try them.
I've had to replace the front and rear tires on my old Burgman. The Diablo were highly recommended to me and impressed me so much that when my back tire on the new Kmyco went I went out and searched for Diablo. They made a fan out of me.
 

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I'm going to order a tire today and have limited it down to the OEM Bridgestone Hoop or the cheaper Shinko.
What do you guys think?
Shinko is cheap & I only got 5k out of it. Worst mileage of any tire I tried. :cry: Best for me when I had my 400 was the Diablo. Gave the best cost per mile. :thumbup:
 

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I've tried the following:
  • Bridgestone Hoop OEM - Not bad, but seems over-priced. The Diablo seems to be a better performer in both wet and dry.[/*:m:13dxdjuw]
  • Avon Viper Stryke - Comfortable, since it uses less psi than most. I ran it with too much air, which might be why it slipped on me in wet conditions. [/*:m:13dxdjuw]
  • Pirelli Diablo - Excellent wet and dry tire. Good long life.[/*:m:13dxdjuw]
  • Michelin Power Pure SC - The worst tire I've ever owned.[/*:m:13dxdjuw]
  • Metzeler FeelFree - Close to the Pirelli in all respects, but more expensive.[/*:m:13dxdjuw]

The Avon Viper Stryke slid out on me twice on wet pavement. Not much, but enough for a pucker moment. In all fairness, I must admit I had the tire's psi higher than the recommended amount and that may have contributed to the problem. If the psi is too high, the tire never warms up and has less grip.

The Michelin Power Pure SC has been an excellent tire for many. I couldn't wait to get it off the bike, and when I got a puncture in the rear, I ordered the Metzeler tires. The tread design on the Michelin has a tendency on the roads I travel to follow the pavement grooves. It ranged from being uncomfortable to scary, like when I rode across a bridge with a metal grate. The front and rear tires would each try to grab onto the metal on the bridge grating like on a train track...except the grooves in the front and back weren't lined up the same, so they would each try to take control leaving me with a wildly oscillating bike. If I did these tires again, I would put a different tread design on the front wheel and use the Michelin in the rear.

The Pirelli Diablo has been not only the least expensive, but the best performing tire in all weather conditions.

Chris
 

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I'm a pretty decent mechanic I think, so based on that, how difficult is it going to be for me to remove the rear wheel to get that tire changed? How much time has it been taking you guys? Hours? Days? :wink: I will look up the videos I've heard about when I get a little more time.
Thank you, and sorry for budding in this post.
 

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It must have been Chris' previous post with his experience with the Pirelli Diablo tires that helped me decide to go with them this time - so thanks Chris!

And to Mike337, I don't do any of my own work so I have no idea. But it seems that someone made a video of tire removal and it looks like alot of work. You might want to look for it somewhere on this forum. Good luck!
 

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I bought a Michelin 2CT last year and just put in on yesterday after 8500 miles on my OEM Hoop. All I can say so far is it is nice and smooth, easy to balance and was the easiest tier I have ever mounted (and my first DIY on the Burgman 400).

Time will tell. I plan on running it between 33 to 35 PSI after some more testing.
 

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First time I removed the rear tire = half hour to hour.
Next time = about 15 minutes. You DON'T have to remove any Tupperware. Reach up under and unscrew the oxygen sensor.
Life is good, with a center stand! :D
A torque wrench is nice to have too. I think the rear axle nut is 1-1/4 inches.
 

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First time I removed the rear tire = half hour to hour.
Next time = about 15 minutes. You DON'T have to remove any Tupperware. Reach up under and unscrew the oxygen sensor.
Life is good, with a center stand! :D
A torque wrench is nice to have too. I think the rear axle nut is 1-1/4 inches.
Agree............ but I just unplug the 02 sensor. :wink:
 

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Do you take the exhaust off? Is that where the O2 sensor comes in? I take it that it's on a spline and slides right out the exhaust side?
Thanks for the tips. I had the other side apart, blew out the clutches and changed final drive oil, although it was pretty easy, it was still a bit of a pain in the butt. I'm hoping the tire doesn't take much more.
 

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Ahh yes, center stands. Handy in the garage, but an anchor on the street. I found you can temporary mount the stand with a metal rod slid through the frame and stand holes. Pivots up like normal and down when done, then remove the rod and the stand drops away just like yesterdays news.

That dude is heavy too.

I will have to find the O2 connector next time, I bet it is up near the top part of the frame. I should have looked for it when replacing my sparky plug last weekend.
 

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I bought a Michelin 2CT last year and just put in on yesterday after 8500 miles on my OEM Hoop. All I can say so far is it is nice and smooth, easy to balance and was the easiest tier I have ever mounted (and my first DIY on the Burgman 400).

Time will tell. I plan on running it between 33 to 35 PSI after some more testing.

I found this ominous warning in the AN400 Service Manual about tires and the ABS. Most of the posters who have changed just the rear tire are riding older 400's without ABS so it will be interesting to see if you have any problem with your 2011.

 

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I will probably stick with the OEM Hoop once it's time to replace the rear. It's worked well for me. Even so, I'm very interested in the "Pro" version of the Hoop. Seems to be an improved version. That version has silica added to the tread compound to increase grip in adverse conditions.

Link here:
http://moto.bridgestone.eu/motorcycle-t ... p/b02-pro/

Unfortunately, Brdgestone USA does not seem to offer this version of the Hoop.

I have no complaints about the OEM Hoop in the cold and/or wet. I would appreciate perhaps getting some better grip on the reflective directional tape that is plastered all over the roadways. However, I'm not sure anything really helps with that.
 
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