Suzuki Bandit 600 (-99)

(updated September 99)

Rim Stock Size Original Tyre
Front 3.00x17 110/70H17 Bridgestone Excedra
Rear 4.50x17 150/70H17 Bridgestone Excedra

Manufacturers' Recommendations

Manufacturer Front size Rear size
Avon AV27 110/80ZR17 AV281 150/70R17
AV35 Azaro 110/80ZR17 AV36 Azaro 150/70ZR17
AV27 110/70R17 AV281 150/70R17
AV35 Azaro 110/70ZR17 AV36 Azaro 150/70ZR17
Bridgestone G601 110/70H17 G602 150/70H17
BT35 110/70H17 BT35 150/70H17
BT45 110/70H17 BT45 150/70H17
BT50 110/70ZR17 BT54 150/70ZR17
(no data)
Metzeler ME-Z1 Racing 110/70ZR17 ME-Z2 150/70ZR17
ME-Z1 Racing 110/70ZR17 ME-Z1 Racing 160/60ZR17
ME-Z2 120/70ZR17 ME-Z2 160/60ZR17
ME-Z2 110/80ZR17 ME-Z2 150/70ZR17
ME-Z1 110/70ZR17 ME-Z1 160/60ZR17
Michelin Macadam 50 110/70H17 Macadam 50 150/70H17
Pirelli MTR 01 110/70ZR17 MTR 02 160/60ZR17
MTR 01 Corsa 110/70ZR17 MTR 02 Corsa 160/60ZR17
MTR 03 110/80ZR17 MTR 04 150/70ZR17

Martyn's Opinion

General Comments

Avon, Bridgestone, Metzeler, and Pirelli all say the Bandit can handle radials, so there's no reason (aside from cost) not to put good radials on this bike.  The benefits of a more comfortable ride, better traction on uneven pavement, less heat build-up and more even wear -- these are things every rider can use.

The Best Selection

Brand Model Size MAW
Front Metzeler ME-Z1 110/70ZR17
Rear Metzeler ME-Z2 150/70ZR17 $113

So go with the proven ME-Z1/ME-Z2 combination, with an excellent reputation for both wet and dry traction, and get superb handling with the stickier Z1 on the front and the longer-wearing Z2 on the rear.  If your budget can handle it, there's no reason to look elsewhere.  Even the price has dropped so much (combined with other price increases) that it works out as an economical choice too.  The Bridgestone BT50/BT54 and Michelin Macadam 90X's are marginally cheaper, but it's a false economy -- the Metzelers should last better than the Bridgestones and suit the bike better than the Michelins.

Martyn's Choice

Brand Model Size MAW
Front Metzeler ME-Z1 110/70ZR17
Rear Metzeler ME-Z2 150/70ZR17 $113

Metzelers.  ME-Z1.  ME-Z2.  Go for it.

The Full List

(from MAW and manufacturer web pages)

Exact matched pairs

Brand Front size MAW Rear size MAW
Avon AV27 110/70ZR17 AV281 150/70-R17
AV27 110/70ZR17 Azaro AV36 150/70ZR17 $148
Azaro AV35 110/70ZR17 $133 Azaro AV36 150/70ZR17 $148
Bridgestone BT35 Sports Mileage 110/70H-17 BT35 Sports Mileage 150/70H-17
BT45 Sports Mileage 110/70H-17 $81 BT45 Sports Mileage 150/70H-17 $93
BT50 Sports Perform. 110/70ZR17 BT54 Sports Touring 150/70ZR17 $109
IRC Carapace RS-320 110/70H-17 $69 Carapace RS-320 150/70H-17 $89
Metzeler ME-Z1 110/70ZR17 ME-Z2 150/70ZR17 $113
Michelin Macadam 50 110/70H-17 $88 Macadam 50 150/70H-17 $118
Macadam 90X 110/70ZR17 $84 Macadam 90X 150/70ZR17 $107
Pirelli MT75 110/70H-17 MT75 150/70H-17

Listing by Manufacturer


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
AV27 110/70ZR17 exact AV281 150/70-R17 exact
Azaro AV35 110/70ZR17 $133 exact Azaro AV36 150/70ZR17 $148 exact
ST23 160/70ZR17 $137 wide


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
BT35 Sports Mileage 110/70H-17 exact BT35 Sports Mileage 150/70H-17 exact
BT45 Sports Mileage 110/70H-17 $81 exact BT45 Sports Mileage 150/70H-17 $93 exact
BT50 Sports Perform. 110/70ZR17 exact
BT54 Sports Touring 120/70ZR17 $102 wide BT54 Sports Touring 150/70ZR17 $109 exact
BT56 Ultra Sports Perf 120/60ZR17 wide
BT56 Ultra Sports Perf 120/70ZR17 wide BT56 Ultra Sports Perf 160/60ZR17 wide
BT56SS Extreme Sp/Perf 110/70ZR17 $109 exact BT56SS Extreme Sp/Perf 160/60ZR17 $116 wide
BT57 Sports Perform. 110/70ZR17 exact BT57 Sports Perform. 160/60ZR17 $137 wide
BT92 Sports Mileage 110/70HR17 exact BT92 Sports Mileage 160/60HR17 $103 wide
BT92 Sports Mileage 150/60HR17 short


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
Sport 2000 110/80V-17 $72 tall
Sport 2000 120/70V-17 $76 wide
Sport 2000 Radial 120/60ZR17 $132 wide Sport 2000 Radial 160/60ZR17 $156 wide
Sport 2000 Radial 120/70ZR17 wide


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
D204 Sportmax II ZR 120/60ZR17 $92 wide D204 Sportmax II ZR 150/60ZR17 $114 short
D204 Sportmax II ZR 120/70ZR17 wide D204 Sportmax II ZR 160/60ZR17 $117 wide
D205 Sport/Touring 110/80ZR17 $88 tall D205 Sport/Touring 150/70ZR17 $138 exact
D205 Sport/Touring 120/60ZR17 $90 wide
D205 Sport/Touring 120/70ZR17 $93 wide
D207 Sportmax 120/60ZR17 $107 wide D207 Sportmax 160/60ZR17 $133 wide
D207 Sportmax 120/70ZR17 $111 wide
K455 Radial 120/70VR17 wide
K505 110/80V-17 $92 tall
K510 110/70HR17 $96 exact K510 160/60VR17 wide
K591 Sport Touring 110/80V-17 tall K591 Sport Touring 160/70VB17 $99 wide


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
Carapace RS-320 110/70H-17 $69 exact Carapace RS-320 150/70H-17 $89 exact
Durotour RS-310 110/70H-17 exact


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
ME-1 110/70H-17 exact
ME-33 Laser 110/80H-17 tall ME-55A Metronic 150/70H-17 exact
ME-33 Laser 110/80V-17 $87 tall ME-55A Metronic 150/70HB17 exact
ME-33 Laser 120/70V-17 $117 wide ME-55A Metronic 150/70V-17 exact
ME-55A Metronic 150/70VB17 $150 exact
ME-880 Marathon 120/70VR17 $103 wide ME-880 Marathon 160/70VR17 $132 wide
ME-Z1 110/70ZR17 exact ME-Z1 150/60ZR17 short
ME-Z1 160/60ZR17 $128 wide
ME-Z2 110/80ZR17 $116 tall ME-Z2 150/70ZR17 $113 exact
ME-Z3 110/70ZR17 $110 exact ME-Z3 150/60ZR17 $145 short
ME-Z3 160/60ZR17 $148 wide
ME-Z4 120/60ZR17 wide ME-Z4 150/70ZR17 $140 exact
ME-Z4 120/70ZR17 $125 wide


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
Hi-Sport TX15 110/70ZR17 $145 exact Hi-Sport TX25 160/60ZR17 $181 wide
Hi-Sport TX25 150/60ZR17 $174 short
Macadam 50 110/70H-17 $88 exact Macadam 50 150/70H-17 $118 exact
Macadam 50 150/70V-17 $127 exact
Macadam 90X 110/70ZR17 $84 exact Macadam 90X 150/70ZR17 $107 exact


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
Dragon GT MTR03 110/80ZR17 $98 tall Dragon GT MTR04 150/70ZR17 $127 exact
Dragon GT MTR03 120/60ZR17 $100 wide
Dragon GT MTR03 120/70ZR17 $101 wide
Dragon GTS MTR23 120/60ZR17 $106 wide Dragon GTS MTR24 150/70ZR17 $131 exact
Dragon GTS MTR23 120/70ZR17 $106 wide
Dragon MTR01 110/70ZR17 $108 exact Dragon MTR02 160/60ZR17 $140 wide
Dragon MTR02 150/60ZR17 $137 short
MT75 110/70H-17 exact MT75 150/70H-17 exact
Match MT09 110/80V-17 $90 tall Match MT08 150/70VB17 $127 exact
Match MT09 120/70VB17 $96 wide


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!!!