Honda CBR600F2 (91-94)

(updated September 99)

Rim Stock Size
Front 3.50 x 17 120/60ZR17
Rear 4.50 x 17 160/60ZR17

Manufacturers' Recommendations

Manufacturer Front size Rear size
Avon AV35 Azaro 120/60ZR17 AV36A Azaro 160/60ZR17
Bridgestone BT56 120/60ZR17 BT56 160/60ZR17
BT56SS 120/60ZR17 BT56SS 160/60ZR17
BT57 120/60ZR17 BT57 160/60ZR17
Dunlop Sportmax II ZR 120/60ZR17 Sportmax II ZR 160/60ZR17
Sportmax ZR 120/60ZR17 Sportmax ZR 160/60ZR17
D205 Sportmax Touring 120/60ZR17 D205 Sportmax Touring 160/60ZR17
Metzeler ME-Z1 120/60ZR17 ME-Z1 160/60ZR17
Michelin Macadam 90X 120/60ZR17 Macadam 90X 160/60ZR17
HiSport TX15 120/60ZR17 HiSport TX25 160/60ZR17
Pirelli MTR 01 Corsa 120/60ZR17 MTR 02 Corsa 160/60ZR17
MTR 01 120/60ZR17 MTR 02 160/60ZR17

Martyn's Opinion

General Comments

The CBR600F2 is one of the finest street sportbikes ever produced.  As such, it deserves good tyres.  Actually you don't really have a choice, as the only tyres that are available in the stock size are good tyres.

The Safe Bet

Brand Model Size MAW
Front Metzeler ME-Z1 120/60ZR17 $101
Rear Metzeler ME-Z2 160/60ZR17 $114

For any motorcycle where it's available, this classic combination from Metzeler is always a good choice.  Good traction in wet and dry, confidence-inspiring linear profile, and decent tread life make this a fine selection.

General Purpose, Sport-Touring, Touring

Brand Model Size MAW
Front Metzeler ME-Z4 120/60ZR17
Rear Metzeler ME-Z4 160/60ZR17

Despite the solid reputation of the ME-Z1/Z2 combination, Metzeler has surpassed them with the new ME-Z4.  This is an excellent tyre indeed, and for any sort of riding it will perform superbly well.  Good life, good wet and dry traction, good stability, and a confidence-inspiring linear profile: it really is that good.

A Tight Budget

Brand Model Size MAW
Front Dunlop D205 Sport/Touring 120/60ZR17 $90
Rear Dunlop D205 Sport/Touring 160/60ZR17 $104

The only problem with Metzelers is the cost.  Dunlop undercuts them (and everyone else!) with their D205 Sport/Touring tyre, and while it's not as satisfying for many riders, it is a very good tyre indeed.  You don't give up that much over the Metzelers -- and save a good bit in the process.


Brand Model Size MAW
Front Michelin Hi-Sport TX15 120/60ZR17 $146
Rear Michelin Hi-Sport TX25 160/60ZR17 $181

The choice here is between the Avon Azaro (and Azaro Sport) and the Michelin Hi-Sport.  Both are superb sporting tyres, and both work well on this bike.  While the Azaro will last longer and wear more evenly, when it comes right down to it in a hard corner, the Michelins have the edge.  They have an excellent profile, and stick very well indeed.  On a motorcycle that handles as well as this one, it's worth fitting the best before you hit those mountain roads.  The ME-Z3 is worth considering, but it's really designed for heavier, more powerful, and higher-speed motorcycles than a 600, so I would be surprised if it could beat the Azaros or HiSport on the F2.

Martyn's Choice

Brand Model Size MAW
Front Avon Azaro AV35 120/60ZR17 $107
Rear Avon Azaro AV36 160/60ZR17 $131

Although the Michelins get the nod for pure sport-riding, I would fit the Avons because of their more well-rounded performance.  You don't give up a lot in the tight stuff, but gain ride comfort and tread life, with a more even wear pattern.  For those of us who don't trailer their bikes, it's nice not to square off the tyres too badly before you reach the twisties.  The exception is that the AV35 front is prone to cupping and uneven wear; I might consider an AV27 instead, which would be a better tyre for general riding, and still sticks very well.

The Full List

(from MAW and manufacturer web pages)

Exact matched pairs

Brand Front size MAW Rear size MAW
Avon AV27 120/60ZR17 $131 Azaro AV36 160/60ZR17A $131
Azaro AV35 120/60ZR17 $107 Azaro AV36 160/60ZR17A $131
Bridgestone BT56 Ultra Sports Perf 120/60ZR17 BT56 Ultra Sports Perf 160/60ZR17
BT56SS Extreme Sp/Perf  120/60ZR17 $97 BT56SS Extreme Sp/Perf  160/60ZR17 $116
BT57 Sports Perform. 120/60ZR17 $110 BT57 Sports Perform. 160/60ZR17 $137
BT92 Sports Mileage 120/60HR17 BT92 Sports Mileage 160/60HR17 $103
Continental Sport 2000 Radial 120/60ZR17 $132 Sport 2000 Radial 160/60ZR17 $156
Dunlop D204 Sportmax II ZR 120/60ZR17 $92 D204 Sportmax II ZR 160/60ZR17 $117
D205 Sport/Touring 120/60ZR17 $90 D205 Sport/Touring 160/60ZR17 $104
D207 Sportmax 120/60ZR17 $1070 D207 Sportmax 160/60ZR17 $133
K510 120/60VR17 K510 160/60VR17
Metzeler ME-Z1 120/60ZR17 $101 ME-Z1 160/60ZR17 $128
ME-Z1 120/60ZR17 $101 ME-Z2 160/60ZR17 $114
ME-Z2 120/60ZR17 $88 ME-Z2 160/60ZR17 $114
ME-Z3 120/60ZR17 $118 ME-Z3 160/60ZR17 $148
ME-Z4 120/60ZR17 ME-Z4 160/60ZR17
Michelin Hi-Sport TX15 120/60ZR17 $146 Hi-Sport TX25 160/60ZR17 $181
Macadam 90X 120/60ZR17 $87 Macadam 90X 160/60ZR17 $109
Pirelli Dragon GT MTR03 120/60ZR17 $100 Dragon GT MTR04 160/60ZR17
Dragon GTS MTR23 120/60ZR17 $106 Dragon GTS MTR24 160/60ZR17 $134
Dragon MTR01 120/60ZR17 $109 Dragon MTR02 160/60ZR17 $140

Listing by Manufacturer


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
AV27 120/60ZR17 $131 exact AV281 150/70-R17 soft
Azaro AV35 120/60ZR17 $107 exact Azaro AV36 160/60ZR17A $131 exact


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
BT35 Sports Mileage 120/70H-17 tall BT35 Sports Mileage 150/70H-17 soft
BT45 Sports Mileage 120/70H-17 $84 tall BT45 Sports Mileage 150/70H-17 $93 soft
BT50 Sports Perform. 120/70ZR17 $89 tall BT50 Sports Perform. 170/60ZR17 wide
BT50 Sports Perform. 130/60ZR17 $90 wide
BT54 Sports Touring 120/70ZR17 $102 tall BT54 Sports Touring 150/70ZR17 $109 soft
BT54 Sports Touring 170/60ZR17 $114 wide
BT56 Ultra Sports Perf 120/60ZR17 exact BT56 Ultra Sports Perf 160/60ZR17 exact
BT56SS Extreme Sp/Perf  120/60ZR17 $97 exact BT56SS Extreme Sp/Perf  160/60ZR17 $116 exact
BT57 Sports Perform. 120/60ZR17 $110 exact BT57 Sports Perform. 160/60ZR17 $137 exact
BT92 Sports Mileage 120/60HR17 exact BT92 Sports Mileage 160/60HR17 $103 exact


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
Sport 2000 120/70V-17 $76 tall
Sport 2000 130/60V-17 $80 wide Sport 2000 170/60V-17 wide
Sport 2000 Radial 120/60ZR17 $133 exact Sport 2000 Radial 160/60ZR17 $156 exact


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
D204 Sportmax II ZR 120/60ZR17 $92 exact D204 Sportmax II ZR 160/60ZR17 $117 exact
D205 Sport/Touring 120/60ZR17 $90 exact D205 Sport/Touring 160/60ZR17 $104 exact
D207 Sportmax 120/60ZR17 $107 exact D207 Sportmax 160/60ZR17 $133 exact
K455 Radial 120/70VR17 tall
K510 120/60VR17 exact K510 160/60VR17 exact


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
Carapace RS-320 150/70H-17 $89 soft


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
ME-33 Laser  120/70V-17 $90 tall ME-55A Metronic 150/70H-17 soft
ME-55A Metronic 150/70HB17 soft
ME-55A Metronic 150/70V-17 soft
ME-55A Metronic 150/70VB17 $138 soft
ME-880 Marathon 120/70VR17 $103 tall
ME-Z1 120/60ZR17 $101 exact ME-Z1 160/60ZR17 $128 exact
ME-Z2 120/60ZR17 $88 exact ME-Z2 160/60ZR17 $114 exact
ME-Z3 120/60ZR17 $118 exact ME-Z3 160/60ZR17 $148 exact
ME-Z4 120/60ZR17 exact ME-Z4 160/60ZR17 exact


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
Hi-Sport TX15 120/60ZR17 $146 exact Hi-Sport TX25 160/60ZR17 $181 exact
Macadam 50 120/70V-17 $106 tall Macadam 50 150/70V-17 $127 soft
Macadam 50 150/70H-17 $118 soft
Macadam 90X 120/60ZR17 $87 exact Macadam 90X 160/60ZR17 $109 exact


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
Dragon GT MTR03 120/60ZR17 $100 exact Dragon GT MTR04 160/60ZR17 exact
Dragon GTS MTR23 120/60ZR17 $106 exact Dragon GTS MTR24 160/60ZR17 $134 exact
Dragon MTR01 120/60ZR17 $109 exact Dragon MTR02 160/60ZR17 $140 exact
MT75 150/70H-17 soft
Match MT09 120/70VB17 $96 tall Match MT08 150/70VB17 $127 soft


Exact Precisely matches original spec
Excellent Precisely matches a recommended alternate
Good An exact or alternate in a different sizing system
Short Exact or excellent width, lower profile.  Consider these both ends to lower the bike
Soft Similar diameter by using a taller profile and narrower width; used on the rear only
Tall Taller profile, stock width; similar in effect to "soft", but for the front only
Wide Same profile, wider tyre.  This MAY NOT FIT your rim.  BE CAREFUL!!!