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post #1 of 14 Old 08-17-2019, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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Amazed at the difference a set of tires makes

I've owned a 208 wee for about ten years and just bought a 2006 Vee. The power's great, but the handling sucked. It just didn't want to lean over, and when I forced it over, it wanted to stand back up. It was also squirrely if there were any bumps in the corner. I thought I was going to have to turn around and re-sell it. Then I bought a set of Michelin Anakees and, wow, they make all the difference in the world! I had no idea that tires could make that much difference!

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post #2 of 14 Old 08-17-2019, 05:32 PM
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I have found this to be true, tire profile and compound have a drastic effect on handling and road feel/feedback.
Tires have been improved so drastically over my 40 years of riding it’s amazing to me, nothing better than breaking in a new set of rubber.
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I've owned a 208 wee for about ten years and just bought a 2006 Vee. The power's great, but the handling sucked. It just didn't want to lean over, and when I forced it over, it wanted to stand back up. It was also squirrely if there were any bumps in the corner. I thought I was going to have to turn around and re-sell it. Then I bought a set of Michelin Anakees and, wow, they make all the difference in the world! I had no idea that tires could make that much difference!

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If you still need to quicken the steering of the Big V, raise the fork tubes up in the triple trees by 25mm. I did and I really like the result!!!
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+1 on dropping the triple trees, previous owner was 5’4” and dropped them exactly that much.
I’m not changing it.
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raising forks

When I bought mine, the forks were about 25 mm raised. I dropped them back down because I scraped hard on the first turn I took (a favorite corner of mine), that I take easily on my wee without touching.
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Probably any new tires would have made a big difference.

I had a set of Bridgestone T30(/EVO) on my Yamaha. Had changed the rear, so it was good, but the front was badly worn and in need of replacement. With it the bike did not want to turn in, and wanted to stand up in turns. Required a lot of bar pressure to keep it leaned over. After I replaced it with a new T30 EVO, the bike went back to its nice, relatively neutral handling.

I hadn't realized front tire wear and profile could have such a big influence on handling (though it makes sense, since the front wheel is the one attached to the forks and handlebars), I always thought it was the rear tire squaring off (visibly) that affected my handling so much.
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Install some proper straight rate fork springs "and proper rear spring" for your weight and riding style, the handling will become much better yet.

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Install some proper straight rate fork springs "and proper rear spring" for your weight and riding style, the handling will become much better yet.
Yep. These things arrive criminally undersprung. Get the suspension up where it's supposed to be and you've suddenly got a very damn agile bike...

Suzuki has always done this for some reason. I think Suzuki provides employment for retired ballerinas and horse jockeys as test riders.
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Fit a set of Road 5's or Dunlop TrailSmarts and the steering will quicken a little more as they have a less rounded front tyre profile than Anakees.
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Personally I liked the ride of the Anakees on pavement, especially wet pavement that we see a lot of here on Vancouver Island.
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