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OK, I've got me an SM and I'm making busy taking off stuff I don't need and adding stuff I want, such as dumping the stock taillight and adding a DRC Edge. Lots of stuff. I'm gonna post up a thread with some pics of the other stuff I'm doing when I get a chance. I'm also breaking the bike in of course. I live in a area with some nice roads and I took a little break-in ride from the house @ about 1200' to around 4500'. Great ride, bike runs OK, of course the bone stock motor is a bit weak, but I'll do something about that soon.

On to the problem.

It's the tires... Here's a bike in break-in that only makes 30 hp or so at sea level and just look at this!

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What can I do about this? :applause::ride::thumbsup:

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attta boy! When I rode my sm home from the dealer I took the back roads (30 miles) back to my home town. I had about a 1/4" less wear on the edges than you and I thought I was a bad ass.

Keep up the good work. :thumbsup:

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Nothing wrong with that pic if I may say so.That's how the Sportmax wears.It's a pretty soft compound and they heat up nicely and stick like glue.They are part of what makes the SM handle as well as it does.Are you looking into another brand or trying to save what you already have?I have 3500 mi. on mine and they have plenty of life left in them.

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attta boy! When I rode my sm home from the dealer I took the back roads (30 miles) back to my home town. I had about a 1/4" less wear on the edges than you and I thought I was a bad ass.

Keep up the good work. :thumbsup:

haha...I second that Atta boy! I have been riding mine for 3 months now and I still have about a 3/8" before the edge of the tire!

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OK, I've got me an SM and I'm making busy taking off stuff I don't need :

Like what, RUBBER!!!!

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I've had similar problems with my SM. Tires falling apart, coating on foot pegs wearing off, license plate bolts melting, rear tire coming off the ground when using front brake, and the tail light keeps cracking.

I scheduled a service. I'm going to see if the dealer can fix it.

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I tried that sort of break in when I brought mine home, but I promptly chucked it down the road a 1/2 hour after I bought it. I'm not a fan of those crappy tires. So far I crashed twice on the front and once on the rear, all three were with those 208's. I now have Michelin tires. Moral of my story, you can ride the wheels off one of these things and I can't. (without crashing)

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I really should have snapped a shot of the tires I got from Eddie. My tire changer nearly gue'd in his pants when he saw them.

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great tire porn now give us a shot of the footpegs :ride:

Tire porn... LOL. That's funny :thumbsup:

I did scrape up the pegs, forgot about that!

I guess I'll have to work on some Peg Porn next!

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I tried that sort of break in when I brought mine home, but I promptly chucked it down the road a 1/2 hour after I bought it. I'm not a fan of those crappy tires. So far I crashed twice on the front and once on the rear, all three were with those 208's. I now have Michelin tires. Moral of my story, you can ride the wheels off one of these things and I can't. (without crashing)

I scrubbed 'em in sorta-carefully before I started pushing them. They will slide fairly easy, but it's so easy to control the SM that it's not a big deal. I did have some chatter from the front and I took a couple of clicks of rebound out, it's better but I'm gonna wait to adjust the suspension any more until it's broken in.

I need to figure out what I'm gonna put on when I wear these tires out. I want something SM specific or proven to work well on an SM. What michelin's are you using? What are other guys using that's working well for agressive riding?

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You will find most are putting Pilot Powers on. That is what I did but have not ridden them hard yet. Just slabbing it back and fourth to work.

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Pilot Powers here. Way better tires than the Dunlops. I threw away the stockers with over 3/4 life left on them because they felt so bad.

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What in your opinion is bad?

I don't have a SM but the trailwings that come on the S where alot of fun on the street. They slid when they got good and hot but it made backing out the tail tons of fun.

My GSXR by comparison went from slot car to laying over with little to no warning. That made life interesting also but in an entirely different way.

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They were just really vague feeling and unless they were hot they didnt stick. The front would push and the back would slide out in corners. I actually liked them in the summer when the temps were around 100 degrees but once the weather cooled down they sucked big time. The Michelins work good cold and great when up to temp. For me they are just a way better tire.

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I really had no problems with the rear but the front would tuck on some slow stupid corner's as I was bending it in. So I was like &%$#@!? Then I was riding on a mountain road and I threw it in the corner and the bike went straight to the ground, no push, no chatter, no nothing. Just through it in the corner and then the handlebar was on the ground. I broke my leg on that one at 45mph+.

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