Thinking about changing the OEM Ninja 500R '03 tires with something more sticky. I was considering the Pirelli Diablo 150/60 but with a wider tire, don't I lose nimbleness? Should I instead get a thinner tire, like a 120/70 Pirelli MT75 like I did on my Ninja 250? Most 500R riders are getting OEM replacement 130/70 H-rated sport-touring Diablo Sport Demons, which is stoooooopid.
I run pirelli diablos front and rear. 120/70/17 front and a 150/60/17 rear. I've never met anyone race a ex500 that didn't run the wider rear. My bike is quite a bit more nimble on the 150 than it was on the stock 130. I also now have a lot more traction while I'm leaned over.
I'm sure there are better tires in the stock sizes, but I'm sure there are no true super sport tires in the 130/70 size. I like the stickier tires personally, plus I get lots of traction when I'm railing.
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