What rub­ber should I fit to my Z1000SX?

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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.

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