Honda Hawk GT (NT650, 89-91)

(updated September 99)

Rim Stock Possible Alternate
Front 2.50x17 110/80H17
Rear 4.50x17 150/70H17 160/60-17

Manufacturers' Recommendations

Manufacturer Front size Rear size
Avon ST22 110/80ZR17 AV281 150/70R17
AV27 110/80ZR17 AV36 Azaro 150/70ZR17
AV35 Azaro 110/80ZR17 AV36 Azaro 150/70ZR17
Bridgestone G547 110/80H17 G548 150/70H17
BT35 110/80H17 BT35 150/70H17
BT45 110/80H17 BT45 150/70H17
Dunlop K505F (OE) 110/80H17 K505G (OE) 150/70H17
K591 Elite SP 110/80V17 K591 Elite SP 160/70VB17
Metzeler ME-Z2 110/80ZR17 ME-Z2 150/70ZR17
Michelin Macadam 50 110/80H17 Macadam 50 150/70H17
Macadam 90X 110/80ZR17 Macadam 90X 150/70ZR17
Pirelli MTR 03 110/80ZR17 MTR 04 150/70ZR17

Martyn's Opinion

General Comments

There is one thing very important to remember about tyres for a Hawk GT: You can't put a 120 on a 2.5" rim!  Although the rear will be very happy with a 160 (at the cost of some flickability), the front just won't take anything wider than a 110.  It doesn't matter how cool it might look, and how much it restricts what you can put on there, it just can't be done safely.  A 120 is squeezed too much on that rim, and at the very least you'll almost certainly get dangerous handling at higher lean angles... the chances are (depending on the tyre) that straightline stability will be impaired too.  So don't do it.

The Best Selection

There is one set of tyres that stands out head-and-shoulders above every other.  Although those who do nothing but sport-riding might want to consider a non-stock-size set of Michelin Hi-Sport TX15/25's, everyone else can't go wrong with these:
Brand Model Size MAW
Front Metzeler ME-Z1 110/80ZR17 $95
Rear Metzeler ME-Z2 150/70ZR17 $112

There is absolutely no question that the Metzeler ME-Z1/ME-Z2 combination is the finest selection for this bike for almost all riders.  Unless something else clearly superior turns up, this is the one to go with.  The radials work very well on a stiff-framed bike like the Hawk, and the ME-Z2 on the back gives excellent traction and wear.  Of course, there's also Metzeler's famous wet traction, and the confidence-inspiring linear profile that helps you ride the bike to its full potential too.  This is just the best package for the bike.  Period.

A Tight Budget

Brand Model Size MAW
Front Bridgestone BT45 Sports Mileage 110/80H-17 $81
Rear Bridgestone BT45 Sports Mileage 150/70H-17 $93

Bridgestone's BT45 has now started to replace the well-proven BT35 in price as well.  As such, it's superb value for money.  While these won't provide as good a ride or handling as the more expensive radials, they are excellent tyres and reasonably priced too.


Brand Model Size MAW
Front Avon Azaro AV35 110/80ZR17 $124
Rear Avon Azaro AV36 150/70ZR17 $148

If you're doing more sport-riding, there are other combinations to consider.  A number of the good sporting tyres are available in appropriate sizes, and the clear winner is the Avon Azaro pair.  The only catch (aside from the price, of course) is that the AV35 front tends to wear somewhat unevenly, although this seems to be less of a problem on the Hawk than on heavier sportbikes; if that bothers you, the AV27 front makes an excellent combination with the Azaro rear.

The alternative is a pair of Metzeler ME-Z1's front and rear (a slightly wider 160/60ZR17 on the rear), but I would prefer the Avons.

Martyn's Choice

Brand Model Size MAW
Front Metzeler ME-Z1 110/80ZR17 $95
Rear Metzeler ME-Z2 150/70ZR17 $112

No odd stuff from me here, although the Avon AV27/Azaro AV36 combination is certainly tempting.  The Metzelers are the best all-around selection, go for them.  I would.

The Full List

(from MAW and manufacturer web pages)

Exact matched pairs

Brand Front size MAW Rear size MAW
Avon AV27 110/80ZR17 $129 AV281 150/70-R17
AV27 110/80ZR17 $129 Azaro AV36 150/70ZR17 $148
Azaro AV35 110/80ZR17 $124 Azaro AV36 150/70ZR17 $148
Bridgestone BT35 Sports Mileage 110/80H-17 BT35 Sports Mileage 150/70H-17
BT45 Sports Mileage 110/80H-17 $81 BT45 Sports Mileage 150/70H-17 $93
Dunlop D205 Sport/Touring 110/80ZR17 $88 D205 Sport/Touring 150/70ZR17 $138
IRC Carapace RS-320 110/80H-17 $75 Carapace RS-320 150/70H-17 $89
Metzeler ME-33 Laser 110/80V-17 $86 ME-55A Metronic 150/70VB17 $138
ME-Z1 110/80ZR17 $95 ME-Z2 150/70ZR17 $112
ME-Z2 110/80ZR17 $107 ME-Z2 150/70ZR17 $112
Michelin Macadam 50 110/80H-17 $88 Macadam 50 150/70H-17 $118
Macadam 50 110/80V-17 $100 Macadam 50 150/70V-17 $127
Macadam 90X 110/80ZR17 Macadam 90X 150/70ZR17 $107
Pirelli Dragon GT MTR03 110/80ZR17 $98 Dragon GT MTR04 150/70ZR17 $127
MT75 110/80H-17 MT75 150/70H-17
Match MT09 110/80V-17 $90 Match MT08 150/70VB17 $127

Listing by Manufacturer


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
AV27 110/80ZR17 $129 exact AV281 150/70-R17 exact
Azaro AV35 110/80ZR17 $124 exact Azaro AV36 150/70ZR17 $148 exact
Azaro AV36 160/60ZR17A $131 excel


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
BT35 Sports Mileage 110/80H-17 exact BT35 Sports Mileage 150/70H-17 exact
BT45 Sports Mileage 110/80H-17 $81 exact BT45 Sports Mileage  150/70H-17 $93 exact
BT50 Sports Perform. 110/70ZR17 short
BT54 Sports Touring 150/70ZR17 $109 exact
BT56 Ultra Sports Perf 160/60ZR17 excel
BT56SS Extreme Sp/Perf 110/70ZR17 $109 short BT56SS Extreme Sp/Perf 160/60ZR17 116 excel
BT57 Sports Perform. 110/70ZR17 short BT57 Sports Perform. 160/60ZR17 $137 excel
BT92 Sports Mileage 110/70HR17 short BT92 Sports Mileage 160/60HR17 $103 excel


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
Sport 2000 110/80V-17 $72 exact
Sport 2000 Radial 160/60ZR17 $156 excel


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
D204 Sportmax II ZR 160/60ZR17 $117 excel
D205 Sport/Touring 110/80ZR17 $88 exact D205 Sport/Touring 150/70ZR17 $138 exact
D205 Sport/Touring 160/60ZR17 $104 excel
D207 Sportmax 160/60ZR17 $133 excel
K505 110/80V-17 $92 exact
K510 110/70HR17 $85 short K510 160/60VR17 excel
K591 Sport Touring 110/80V-17 exact K591 Sport Touring 160/70VB17 $99 wide


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
Carapace RS-320 110/80H-17 $75 exact Carapace RS-320 150/70H-17 $89 exact
Durotour RS-310 110/70H-17 short


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
ME-1 110/70H-17 short
ME-33 Laser 110/80H-17 exact ME-55A Metronic 150/70H-17 exact
ME-33 Laser 110/80V-17 $86 exact ME-55A Metronic 150/70HB17 exact
ME-55A Metronic 150/70V-17 exact
ME-55A Metronic 150/70VB17 $138 exact
ME-880 Marathon 160/70VR17 $132 wide
ME-Z1 110/80ZR17 $95 exact ME-Z1 160/60ZR17 $128 excel
ME-Z2 110/80ZR17 $107 exact ME-Z2 150/70ZR17 $112 exact
ME-Z2 160/60ZR17 $114 excel
ME-Z3 110/70ZR17 $110 short ME-Z3 160/60ZR17 $148 excel
ME-Z4 150/70ZR17 $139 exact
ME-Z4 160/60ZR17 excel


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
Hi-Sport TX15 110/70ZR17 $145 short Hi-Sport TX25 160/60ZR17 $181 excel
Macadam 50 110/80H-17 $88 exact Macadam 50 150/70H-17 $118 exact
Macadam 50 110/80V-17 $100 exact Macadam 50 150/70V-17 $127 exact
Macadam 90X 110/80ZR17 exact Macadam 90X 150/70ZR17 $107 exact


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
Dragon GT MTR03 110/80ZR17 $98 exact Dragon GT MTR04 150/70ZR17 $127 exact
Dragon GT MTR04 160/60ZR17 excel
Dragon GTS MTR24 150/70ZR17 $131 exact
Dragon GTS MTR24 160/60ZR17 $134 excel
Dragon MTR01 110/70ZR17 $108 short Dragon MTR02 160/60ZR17 $140 excel
MT75 110/80H-17 exact MT75 150/70H-17 exact
Match MT09 110/80V-17 $90 exact Match MT08 150/70VB17 $127 exact


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!!!