What rubber should I fit to my Z1000SX?
I own a 2011-model Kawasaki Z1000SX that is still on the original tyres after 2700 miles. I am looking to replace them soon and like the planted feel offered by Bridgestone tyres I have tried in the past. What rubber would you suggest? Mark Pearce, email
Answered by Adam Child, MCN From memory, the original tyres on the 2011 model were Dunlops and they weren’t particularly impressive either. I ran a Z1000SX on our 2014 long-term test fleet and that model came with Bridgestone S20s as standard. They lasted a respectable 5500 miles and I had no problems throughout my time with them. There is now an S20 Evo version, which wears better than the straight S20, and Bridgestone have just released an S21, which we are testing soon. There are sportier tyres around (Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa), and better all-rounders (Metzeler M7-RR), but the S20 and S20 Evo are decent tyres and can be found for less than £200 a pair (mail order, before fitting) at the moment so if you’re a Bridgestone fan they are a good, safe option for your Kawasaki.