Thought some of you may be interested in my 'review' that I sent out to the sportbike newsgroups on usenet. *BTW, you can order a 180/55 SuperMAXX tire for $90.00 from DMTA, the prices below are a few weeks old.
Well, I have 4200+ miles on the MAXXIS SuperMaxx tires and as you can see by the pics, they are doing fairly well in the tire wear department. *I thoroughly thrashed them for 80 miles in the Salt River Canyon on 9/28, check out the vids I posted in another thread. *SRC really chews up tires, no matter what brand, as my Pilots showed the same symptons of the SRC syndrome. *I am using the Salt River Canyon as my last and final comparison/review of the Maxxis tires, so here it goes.
The Maxxis tires equaled, maybe out performed, the Pilots. *The first run down the canyon, the tires were sticking, my pilots needed one decent run to get warmed up. *The Maxxis tires performed well, in fact, so well, that my mind felt comfortable running the high speeds and hard cornering that Salt River Canyon offers. *I had only rode my bike in the rain a few times with my pilots, however, I rode the SuperMaxx for MANY miles in the rain of Colorado. *Honestly, this isn't a fair comparison, but I would have to give the nod to the SuperMaxx for rain riding. *The tread is much wider and deeper than the Pilots, which would mean to me, you can get the water away from road and tire quicker. *I could be wrong, but that's my take on the matter. *The serious rain we hit on Montrose, or was it Monarch, Pass was herendous and I didn't feel as if I was losing any traction or, most importantly, confidence in my rain riding.
In all fairness to BOTH tires, what it now comes down to is PRICE. *Let's face it, we are all looking for a deal, save some money here and there and we have that new rear shock or fork job. *For the money, you simply can't beat the Maxxis tires for performance and longevity. *For the average to above average rider, these tires will provide plenty of grip in the canyon or on the track. *For those that are diehard trackday junkies and have unlimited funds, a track/race tire is for you. *These are NOT re-badged Cheng-Shin tires, *Maxxis specifically developed this tire to cater to the sportbike crowd. *Maxxis also makes some awesome truck and car tires.
Here are the best prices I have found:
Maxxis M6029 120/70ZR-17 Front * *$87.95
Maxxis M6029 180/55ZR-17 Rear * * $112.95 * *TOTAL: $200.90 - Shipping is free if you order two tires
Michelin Pilot Sport 120/70ZR-17 Front * *$108.95
Michelin Pilot Sport 180/55ZR-17 Rear * *$135.95 * *TOTAL: $244.90 - Shipping is free if you order two tires
Here are a few pics:
For those infatuated with CHICKEN STRIPS : )
Here they are, the front tire. *As you can tell by the pics, I am really good at left handers and leave something to be desired for right handers.
These tires have 4200+ miles and the front is wearing great, no cupping or issues. *I run 36/38 tire pressure if anyone is wondering.