FYI - this all started out from a nail in the rear tire of my 2004 Gixxer 750.
I've contacted Dunlop. See if anyone agrees or disagrees.
The bike came with model D218ZR. But the tire to replace is only available supposidly through Dealers ordering it directly from Suzuki. The tire cost to a rider is around 280.00.
The american version of this tire is D208ZR.
Information base from a sales lady, Virginia, at Dulop in NY. Phone 800-845-8378. The local dealer suggested I replace, which I did, both tires costing a total of 290 plus installation.
This Virginia at Dulop says you can, and safely, I asked the safety question 3 times, to just replace the rear tire with the D208ZR model. Cost of this tire is 160.
Information I have on this D218ZR tire is that it is made in Japan and Suzuki uses them along with Yamaha and Kawasaki.
What do you think? Just replace the rear 218 with a 208? Virginia at Dunlop says this is the only time this is allowed that she knows off hand.
My personal opinion I'll go with the recommendation of the mechanic. But I wanted to get more rider opinions on here that certainly would know more than I.
Thank you in advance for your comments.