when i got my 04 1k i was thinking that the handeling was okay, nothing spectacular. after about 1k miles on them i switched them out for a set of pilot powers and wow did the bike come alive. huge, huge difference over the stockers.
I got a newb question, and well since I am one to motorcycles I don't mind if I look stupid asking. My back tire has a plug in it, is that okay. The tread is good and I don't want to fork out the cash just yet unless it's a big no no.
I just ran Dunlop GP-A's at the track. Damn, those are the finest tires I've ever turned a wheel with! Just incredible traction, feel and predictability.
When they do start to slide, it's more like a gradual 'smudge' feeling. So forgiving and confidence inspiring.
I'm going to be putting together some equipment threads in here, starting with rear sets. To be followed by tires, dampers, exhausts, brake pads, sliders, windscreens, body work, etc...
For this thread, just stick to rear sets.
What rear sets do you use? What do you think are the pros and...
The benefits (and drawbacks) of aftermarket wheels are clearly described in this excellent article from SportRider.
16 different wheels tested. Cast and forged aluminum, magnesium, carbon fiber, and chrome *bling*! Take a look.
Hoop It Up: Sportbike Wheel Comparison - Sport Rider Magazine
Don't break your brakes!
Motorcycle Brake Caliper Cleaning and Maintenance
Change your pads, too!
Ask the Geek: Brake Pad Swap - Sport Rider Magazine
How to Change Motorcycle Disc Brake Pads - Motorcyclist Online
Might as well do your fluid while your at it...
Bleeding Motorcycle Brakes -...