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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
Note: I will have to go back over the list and add any extras that would make the cut, knowing what I know now about tire sizes. I just wanted to get it out there, first.

Before purchasing tires, verify the manufactured date is within three years.
Buy it if there's a retailer warranty that comes with the tyre(s).

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Note: Kenda and Metzler are included in the same post.



List was inspired by @Daniel Teng for whose humble response, I decided to give back and compile a list of tire sizes that (mostly) fit the YZF-R3. From here, I will add on feedback somehow (which really was the aim of producing the list to begin with).

Written for 2015-2018 YZF-R3 tires (newer years have the same wheel). Refer to the tire guide here for an overview. You must ensure the year, model, and size of products meet your motorcycle application before ordering!

The Gist
  • Decide what riding conditions you'll need tires for
  • Use a search engine to find competitive pricing
    • (visit as many retailers as you need to, until you find the deal right for you)
  • Purchase a set for what you can afford
  • Buy the warranty for both tires if available
  • Don't believe the hype
  • If you're on the street, buy a DOT-approved tire
Shipping
Consider using a site like Parcl to order for shipments to be delivered to your country.

Caveat on search results
For the fact that hardly any of us choose to mix tread patterns, I decided not to list any single tires. Single tires are sizes that fit only the front or rear, but not both as a set. These single tires are excluded.

Tire Availability & Fitment Concerns
Many tires seem like they'll fit the YZF-R3 wheels; their widths (in inches) of 2.75 front & 4.00 rear. Even if a tire is 110/70-17, there's no implication that it will fit a wheel that is 2.75-inches wide (but generally, it will).

Tire Size Comparison

I'm sure many on here already know this. For those who don't:

If you change the rear tire to a 150 from the stock 140/70-17, you will need to get a 150/65-17 in order to keep the tire the same diameter and circumference and not throw off speedometer readings and alter chassis geometry and handling.

A 140/70-17 and a 150/65-17 have the same diameter. A 150/70-17 is .6" taller with a circumference 1.7" larger than the 140/70-17. A taller tire will steepen the front end rake slightly, making the steering quicker.

If a 160 would fit you'd need a 160/60-17.

Tire comparison calculator here:

Tire Size Comparison
A 130/70R17; this tire is a 1/2-inch smaller diameter than the 140/70R17, and may further still be smaller, depending on the tire construction. Another tire is a whopping 1.1-inches smaller diameter - the Shinko 006 Podium Radial at 140/60R17.

If you recall (I know, you don't), I wrote about the Michelin Pilot Street tire being Yamaha's stock choice on the 2015 to 2018 YZF-R3. It's a bias-ply. I really don't know why Michelin went out of their way to rename a new tire "Pilot Street Radial" - perhaps just to mess with us consumers.

Here's the perfect example of what causes the unnecessary confusion: a Pilot Street (a Bias-Ply) on Amazon.com sold by yours truly (here's a link to the Pilot Street on BikeBandit.com). The listing has a picture of a Michelin Pilot Street Radial. The Pilot Street Radial and the Pilot Street are two different tires.



Pirelli did the same thing with their Supercorsa SP... They named it "Supercorsa SP NEW" otherwise known as "Supercorsa SP V3". As if there weren't enough words out there!

Just think about all the names Android released under. The truth is that the these "remakes" are manufacturers profiting off image recognition. Brands are an image. Images make popular tires maintain profits over time. To maintain profits, they reuse names. It is nonsense and causes too much confusion.

It's not all bad - sometimes it works out; I hope they've learned their lesson and will settle with incremental numbers, like "Diablo Rosso II" and "Michelin Road 5".

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Discussion Starter · #2 · (Edited)
Before purchasing tires, verify the manufactured date is within three years.

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Bridgestone
Type​
Ply​
Conditions​
Sport Touring​
Bias-Ply​
Wet, Dry​
Sport Touring BT-45
Tire Size​
Load Rating​
Speed Rating​
ID#​
Tread Depth​
O.D. (inches)​
54​
H​
66095​
6​
23.07​
66​
H​
66206​
9​
24.72​

Type​
Ply​
Conditions​
Sport Touring​
Bias-Ply​
Wet, Dry​
Battlax BT-46
Tire Size (click to search)​
Load Rating​
Speed Rating​
ID#​
Tread Depth​
O.D. (inches)​
54​
H​
11666​
6​
23.23​
66​
H​
11678​
9​
24.72​

Type​
Ply​
Conditions​
Racing (Track only)​
Radial​
Dry​
Battlax Racing Street RS10
Tire Size (click to search)​
Load Rating​
Speed Rating​
ID#​
Tread Depth​
O.D. (inches)​
54​
H​
5429​
4​
N/A​
66​
H​
5460​
6​
N/A​

Type​
Ply​
Conditions​
Sport (Touring)​
Radial​
Wet, Dry​
Battlax Hypersport S20
Tire Size (click to search)​
Load Rating​
Speed Rating​
O.D. (inches)​
54​
H​
23.26​
66​
H​
24.68​

Type​
Ply​
Conditions​
Sport​
Radial​
Wet, Dry​
Battlax Hypersport S22
Tire Size (click to search)​
Load Rating​
Speed Rating​
ID#​
Tread Depth​
O.D. (inches)​
54​
H​
11668​
4​
23.31​
66​
H​
11679​
7​
24.69​

Type​
Ply​
Conditions​
Racing (Track only)​
Radial​
Battlax BT-090
Tire Size (click to search)​
Load Rating​
Speed Rating​
ID#​
Tread Depth​
O.D. (inches)​
54​
H​
122681​
4​
23.07​
66​
H​
122698​
5​
24.72​

Type​
Ply​
Conditions​
Sport (Touring)​
Radial​
Battlax Hypersport S20
Tire Size (click to search)​
Load Rating​
Speed Rating​
ID#​
Tread Depth​
O.D. (inches)​
54​
H​
3261​
4​
N/A​
66​
H​
3262​
6​
N/A​

Type​
Ply​
Conditions​
Racing (Track only)​
Radial​
Battlax Racing R11
Tire Size (click to search)​
Load Rating​
Speed Rating​
ID#​
Tread Depth​
O.D. (inches)​
54​
H​
9313​
N/A​
23.07​
66​
H​
9315​
5​
24.72​
 

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Before purchasing tires, verify the manufactured date is within three years.

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Continental
Type​
Ply​
Conditions​
Sport​
Radial​
Wet, Dry​
ContiAttack SM EVO
Tire Size​
Load Rating​
Speed Rating​
ID#​
54​
H​
244572​
66​
H​
244575​

Type​
Ply​
Conditions​
Sport​
Radial​
Wet, Dry​
ContiMotion Z / M
Tire Size​
Load Rating​
Speed Rating​
ID#​
54​
W​
244422​
66​
W​
244161​

Type​
Ply​
Conditions​
Sport Touring​
Radial​
Wet, Dry​
ContiRoad
Tire Size​
Load Rating​
Speed Rating​
ID#​
54​
V​
244720​
66​
H​
244589​
 

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Before purchasing tires, verify the manufactured date is within three years.

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Dunlop
Type​
Ply​
Conditions​
Sport​
Radial​
Wet, Dry​
Sportmax Q3+
Tire Size​
Load Rating​
Speed Rating​
ID#​
Tread Depth​
O.D. (inches)​
54​
W​
45036633​
5​
23.27​
66​
W​
45036468​
6​
24.07​

Type​
Ply​
Conditions​
Sport​
Radial​
Wet, Dry​
Sportmax GPR-300
Tire Size​
Load Rating​
Speed Rating​
ID#​
Tread Depth​
O.D. (inches)​
54​
H​
45067287​
5​
23.1​
66​
H​
45067903​
7​
24.7​

Type​
Ply​
Conditions​
Racing (Track only)​
Radial​
Dry​
KR448 (FRONT)
Tire Size​
Compounds​
Overall Diameter​
PSI (cold)​
PSI (hot)​
129​
23.34​
32-36​
34-38​

Type​
Ply​
Conditions​
Racing (Track only)​
Radial​
Dry​
KR451 (REAR)
Tire Size​
Compounds​
Overall Diameter​
PSI (cold)​
PSI (hot)​
129​
24.72​
22-24​
26-28​
455​
24.72​
22-24​
26-28​
443​
24.72​
22-24​
26-28​

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Before purchasing tires, verify the manufactured date is within three years.

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Kenda
Type​
Ply​
Conditions​
K671
Cruiser​
Bias-ply​
Wet, Dry​
K671
Tire Size​
Load Rating​
Speed Rating​
ID#​
Tread Depth​
O.D. (inches)​
54​
H​
046711772C1​
4.3mm​
23in​
66​
H​
046711720C1​
6.3mm​
24in​

Metzler
Type​
Ply​
Conditions​
Sport Touring​
Radial​
Wet, Dry​
ROADTEC 01
Tire Size​
Load Rating​
Speed Rating​
54​
H​
66​
H​

Type​
Ply​
Conditions​
Sport​
Radial​
Wet, Dry​
Sportec Street Sport
Tire Size​
Load Rating​
Speed Rating​
54​
H​
66​
H​

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Michelin
Type​
Ply​
Conditions​
Street​
Radial​
Wet, Dry​
Road 5
Tire Size​
Load Rating​
Speed Rating​
54​
W​
66​
W​

Type​
Ply​
Conditions​
Street​
Radial​
Wet, Dry​
Power RS
Tire Size​
Load Rating​
Speed Rating​
54​
W​
66​
H​

Type​
Ply​
Conditions​
Racing​
Radial​
Wet, Dry​
Power Cup Evo
Tire Size​
Load Rating​
Speed Rating​
54​
W​
66​
W​

Type​
Ply​
Conditions​
Racing​
Radial​
Wet, Dry​
Pilot Street Radial
Tire Size​
Load Rating​
Speed Rating​
54​
H​
66​
H​

Type​
Ply​
Conditions​
Racing​
Radial​
Wet, Dry​
Pilot Street
Tire Size​
Load Rating​
Speed Rating​
54​
S​
54​
H​
66​
S​
66​
H​
 

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Pirelli
Type​
Ply​
Conditions​
Sport​
Radial​
Wet, Dry​
Diablo Supercorsa SP v3
Tire Size​
Load Rating​
Speed Rating​
54​
W​
66​
W​

Type​
Ply​
Conditions​
Sport​
Radial​
Wet, Dry​
Diablo Supercorsa SP
Tire Size​
Load Rating​
Speed Rating​
54​
W​
66​
H​

Type​
Ply​
Conditions​
Supersport​
Radial​
Wet, Dry​
Diablo Rosso IV (4)
Tire Size​
Load Rating​
Speed Rating​
54​
W​
66​
H​

Type​
Ply​
Conditions​
Sport​
Radial​
Wet, Dry​
Diablo Rosso III (3)
Tire Size​
Load Rating​
Speed Rating​
54​
W​
66​
H​

Type​
Ply​
Conditions​
Sport​
Radial​
Wet, Dry​
Tire Size​
Load Rating​
Speed Rating​
54​
H​
54​
W​
66​
H​

Type​
Ply​
Conditions​
Sport Touring​
Cross Ply​
Wet, Dry​
Sport Demon
Tire Size​
Load Rating​
Speed Rating​
54​
H​
66​
H​
 

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Before purchasing tires, verify the manufactured date is within three years.

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Shinko
Type​
Ply​
Conditions​
Sport​
Radial​
Wet, Dry​
006 Podium Radial
Tire Size​
Load Rating​
Speed Rating​
ID#​
Permitted Rim Size​
O.D. (inches)​
54​
V​
87-4021​
3.50~4.00​
23.07​
(may not fit)​
63​
V​
87-4030​
-​
23.62​
Stock is +1.1​

Type​
Ply​
Conditions​
Sport​
Radial​
Wet, Dry​
SR740/741 Series
Tire Size​
Load Rating​
Speed Rating​
ID#​
Permitted Rim Size​
O.D. (inches)​
54​
H​
87-4460​
-​
23.07​
62​
H​
87-4468​
-​
24.17​
Stock is +0.5​

Type​
Ply​
Conditions​
Sport​
Radial​
Wet, Dry​
SR880/881 Radial
Tire Size​
Load Rating​
Speed Rating​
ID#​
Permitted Rim Size​
O.D. (inches)​
54​
V​
87-4681​
3.00~3.50​
23.07​
(may not fit)​
66​
V​
87-4686​
-​
24.72​

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I added this here, because this is the last post of the series (it's easier for you this way).


 

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Discussion Starter · #10 · (Edited)
In the near future I will be:
  • Cleaning it up soon, condensing repetitive data.
  • Adding other tires; brands like Avon & IRC, as well as older products.
  • Figure whether a tire is DOT-approved and add some stamp with a link to the source.

Again (I cannot stress it enough): Before purchasing tires, verify the manufactured date is within three years.
This gives us at least a couple years of service (tires older than five years should be recycled).

Also, have a shop (like CycleGear or a motorsports dealership service department) install the tires for you if you don't know how to do it properly.
 
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