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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-10-2019, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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New rider looking for tire / installation advice.

I'm sure this has been posted a million times before, but I'm looking for some specific advice, so here goes!

Took my Z out this morning and when I got home I decided to clean the wheels up and install some CustomTaylor33 reflective rim tape (which look awesome, btw!). Got the front tire all squared away and moved on to the rear.



Then I noticed a piece of nail sticking out of the tire. I pulled it out pretty easily, and heard a little 'tsssssss' sound of a bit of air escaping before it stopped. I've let it sit for the last couple of hours and it doesn't seem to be losing that much pressure, but I don't want to get on it until I feel 100% safe. (FWIW, I haven't checked it with a tire gauge yet.)

I'm not sure if I want to take a chance on a plug, so the hunt begins for some new tires. I figure I'd go ahead and replace both, since I've read nothing but bad things about the stock tires. The Z125 FB group mentioned Michelin Power Pure, and gave me a link to Revzilla.com, however the ones I think I need to go with are out of stock.

I've made the post here to get some advice on tires as well as some direct links to a good deal. I don't want to mess with different sizes, and I am new to all of this, so I could use any constructive criticism about the right tires and the right process to replace them. I do not have the tools to do it myself, so that adds a bit to my questions in general. Would I need to find a place to take the tires to get them installed? Would your normal, run of the mill tire shop offer something like this? Maybe call the dealership and see what they offer?

I'd love to find a good deal on a good set of tires at a place where they're in stock, and hopefully with free (or cheap) shipping. I don't need anything super expensive or top of the line, but I also don't want to cheap out. I'd like for them to be a nice upgrade if I am dropping the cash on tires!

Again, any advice (or especially links to buy) would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance.
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I am thinking about these:
https://www.bikebandit.com/tires-tub...r-tire/p/37222

120/70-12 for the front and 140/70-12 for the rear. I read in another post that the 140 is a little more stable than the 130, albeit at the expense of a little acceleration. I am assuming that's ok, as my bike is just for fun and commuting come spring, and after I get some more practice (a bit of a haul to work when avoiding highways).

Would these be optimal?
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Pirelli rosso's are the best street tires you can get for this bike. By a long shot.

As a general rule of thumb you aren't supposed to plug motorcycle tires. But on these little bikes that don't really put much stress on the carcass I personally wouldn't worry about it.
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Pirelli rosso's are the best street tires you can get for this bike. By a long shot.
As a Michelin man, I'm curious to hear your reasoning why...
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Pirelli rosso's are the best street tires you can get for this bike. By a long shot.

As a general rule of thumb you aren't supposed to plug motorcycle tires. But on these little bikes that don't really put much stress on the carcass I personally wouldn't worry about it.
Thanks for the reply. When I posted it to the Z FB group, I got a mixed bag or responses. Either way, I'd rather play it safe and get a new set of tires!
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Or perhaps these?

https://mnnthbx.com/product/kenda-kd...ack-grom-z125/

FWIW, got the manual in hand. FWIW, it says Front 100/90-12 and Rear is 120/70-12.
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That tire has WAY too much life left in it for me not to plug it. I've plugged back tires on my sportbikes with no issues. I would not hesitate to plug that one.
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That tire has WAY too much life left in it for me not to plug it. I've plugged back tires on my sportbikes with no issues. I would not hesitate to plug that one.
I appreciate the reply! The tires only have 80 miles on them, so even if they're 'trash' according to most people, I'd like to keep them around a little longer.

I bought a plug kit, so I'll probably try my hand at plugging it and see where that goes.
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The Kenda Kwiks are amazing for the money. I did a 120/80 on the rear and 100/90 on the front with them and they feel great. You can go 130/70 with no problems either I think.

This year my tires will likey be 130/70 rear and 110/70 front to try and if it doesn't work ill go back to 120/80 and 100/90 combo. I am using my bike on the track so I never go through the whole "life" of the tire tread wise but grip wise you can tell they aren't the same after a few sessions hence why I need ANOTHER set again.

If you really want more grip I think Mitas has some nice ones but not sure if those are street legal or not I would need to check, can look into it after work.

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+1 to the Kenda KD1 Kwicks as long as they fit into your riding style. They are very sticky for the price, but the trade-off is that they are fast wearing. Expect to trash them in ~5000 miles and some have reported that cruising will start to square the rear in as few as 1000 mi.

If that doesn't scare you off I highly recommend them. I was sold on the Pilot Pure from Michelin even if just to compare, but I couldn't justify spending twice as much on a less sticky tire just for longer life. If you are planning on putting 10,000 miles/year on your Z it might be worth spending more to avoid the hassle of mid season tire swaps. I don't know your life.

Oh!... or if you can find an efficient method to ship a tire, you're welcome to one of the two OEM rears collecting dust in my garage. 200/600 miles on them.

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Pirelli rosso's are the best street tires you can get for this bike. By a long shot.
You're just saying that because you're required to praise them after they gave you a free set! =P

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Totally kidding, glad to hear you like the Pirellis. Am I correct in thinking that the 12" Diablos are fairly new on the scene? They somehow didn't come up in my searches despite matching Pilot Pure on cost.
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