Suzuki Katana 600 (88-97)

(updated September 99)

Rim Stock Size Original Tyre
Front 3.00 x 17 110/80V17 Dunlop K655F
Rear 3.50 x 17 140/80V17 Dunlop K655

Manufacturers' Recommendations

Manufacturer Front size Rear size
(no data)
Bridgestone G547 110/80V17 G548 140/80V17
BT50 110/70Z17 BT54 150/70ZR17
Dunlop K655F (OE) 110/80V17 K655 (OE) 140/80V17
K591 Elite SP 120/70VB17 K591 Elite SP 140/70VB17
Metzeler ME-Z2 110/80ZR17 ME-Z2 150/70ZR17
Michelin Macadam 50 110/80V17 Macadam 50 140/80V17
Pirelli MTR 03 110/80ZR17 MTR 04 150/70ZR17

Martyn's Opinion

General Comments

Since the Katana was introduced, radials have become the tyre of choice for this style of bike.  Even Metzeler now considers radials a sensible choice.  The bike can handle them just fine, providing you don't try to get outrageous with the sizes.

The Safe Bet

Brand Model Size MAW
Front Metzeler ME-33 Laser 110/80V-17 $86
Rear Metzeler ME-55A Metronic 140/80VB17 $138

The Katana 750 came with the ME-33/ME-55A combination as OEM fitment, and there's no question it's a conservative choice for the 600 as well.  Still, tyre technology has advanced, and unless you really don't want to move with the times, look to a more modern selection than these.

A Tight Budget

Brand Model Size MAW
Front Bridgestone BT45 Sports Mileage 110/80H-17 $81
Rear Bridgestone BT45 Sports Mileage 140/80V-17 $79

This is a Tight Budget choice that's also the best bias-ply choice.  The BT45's are excellent tyres, and while they won't give you the benefits of radials, they'll perform well on this bike.  The price is significantly lower than the radials, and they're very good tyres too.  The only drawback is the tendency of the front to uneven wear and cupping, but they're still an excellent selection.

General Purpose, Touring, Sport-Touring, Sport-Riding

Brand Model Size MAW
Front Metzeler ME-Z1 110/80ZR17 $95
Rear Metzeler ME-Z2 140/80ZR17 $109

The proven ME-Z1/ME-Z2 combination could have been made for this bike.  Excellent wet and dry traction, good life, and confidence-inspiring handling from the linear profile make this by far the best selection for this machine.  Even though Metzeler themselves recommend Z2's front and rear, the Z1 will provide better traction on the front; they also suggest a 150/70 rear, although I'd retain the stock 140/80 to maintain quicker handling -- the 600 doesn't have that much power to overwhelm a 140.


Brand Model Size MAW
Front Avon AV27 110/80ZR17 $129
Rear Avon Azaro AV36 140/80ZR17 $142

Now that Avon's excellent AV27/Azaro combination is available, it has to be the choice for sport-riding.  While the Metzelers are fine tyres, the Avons have the edge in performance.  With the AV27 front, this set would be comfortable and stable on the highway as well, and should wear fairly well too.  While there is an Azaro available for the front, the older chassis of the Katana will be more comfortable on the less radical AV27.

Martyn's Choice

Brand Model Size MAW
Front Metzeler ME-Z1 110/80ZR17 $95
Rear Metzeler ME-Z2 140/80ZR17 $109

I'd be tempted by the Avon AV27/Azaro, but for a general selection the Metzelers are just such good tyres.

The Full List

(from MAW and manufacturer web pages)

Well-sized matched pairs

This table lists matched pairs with an exact front.
Brand Front size MAW Rear size MAW match
Avon AV27 110/80ZR17 $129 Azaro AV36 140/80ZR17 $142 exact
Azaro AV35 110/80ZR17 $124 Azaro AV36 140/80ZR17 $142 exact
Bridgestone BT35 Sports Mileage 110/80H-17 BT35 Sports Mileage 150/70H-17 wide
BT45 Sports Mileage 110/80H-17 $81 BT45 Sports Mileage 140/80V-17 $79 exact
Continental Sport 2000 110/80V-17 $72 Sport 2000 140/80V-17 $92 exact
Dunlop D205 Sport/Touring 110/80ZR17 $88 D205 Sport/Touring 140/80ZR17 $108 exact
IRC Carapace RS-320 110/80H-17 $75 Carapace RS-320 150/70H-17 $89 wide
Metzeler ME-33 Laser 110/80V-17 $86 ME-55A Metronic 140/80VB17 $138 exact
ME-33 Laser 110/80V-17 $86 ME-99A Perfect 140/80VB17 $110 exact
ME-Z1 110/80ZR17 $95 ME-Z2 140/80ZR17 $109 exact
ME-Z2 110/80ZR17 $107 ME-Z2 140/80ZR17 $109 exact
Michelin Macadam 50 110/80V-17 $100 Macadam 50 140/80V-17 $126 exact
Macadam 90X 110/80ZR17 Macadam 90X 150/70ZR17 $107 wide
Pirelli Dragon GT MTR03 110/80ZR17 $98 Dragon GT MTR04 150/70ZR17 $127 wide
MT75 110/80H-17 MT75 150/70H-17 wide
Match MT09 110/80V-17 $90 Match MT08 140/80VB17 $124 exact

Listing by Manufacturer


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
AV27 110/80ZR17 $129 exact AV281 150/70-R17 wide
AV281 140/70-R17 short
Azaro AV35 110/80ZR17 $124 exact Azaro AV36 140/80ZR17 $142 exact
Roadrunner AM21 130/90H-17 $120 soft
Super Venom AM18 130/90V-17 $110 soft


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
BT17 Sports Mileage 140/80V-17 $112 exact
BT35 Sports Mileage 110/80H-17 exact BT35 Sports Mileage 150/70H-17 wide
BT35 Sports Mileage 140/70H-17 short
BT45 Sports Mileage 110/80H-17 $81 exact BT45 Sports Mileage 140/80H-17 $79 exact
BT50 Sports Perform. 110/70ZR17 short
BT50 Sports Perform. 120/70ZR17 $89 wide
BT53 Sports Touring 140/80VR17 exact
BT54 Sports Touring 120/70ZR17 $102 wide BT54 Sports Touring 150/70ZR17 $109 wide
BT56 Ultra Sports Perf 120/70ZR17 wide
BT56SS Extreme Sp/Perf 110/70ZR17 $109 short
BT56SS Extreme Sp/Perf 120/70ZR17 $94 wide
BT57 Sports Perform. 110/70ZR17 short
BT57 Sports Perform. 120/70ZR17 $113 wide
BT92 Sports Mileage 110/70HR17 short
BT92 Sports Mileage 120/70HR17 $65 wide
SE11 130/90H-17 $92 soft


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
Blitz TKH-24 130/90H-17 $58 soft
Sport 2000 110/80V-17 $72 exact Sport 2000 140/80V-17 $92 exact
Sport 2000 Radial 120/70ZR17 wide
Tour TK-17 130/90H-17 $85 soft


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
D204 Sportmax II ZR 120/70ZR17 wide
D205 Sport/Touring 110/80ZR17 $88 exact D205 Sport/Touring 140/80ZR17 $108 exact
D207 Sportmax 120/70ZR17 $111 wide
K177 Touring 120/80HB17 wide
K455 Radial 120/70VR17 wide
K491 Elite II Touring MT90HB17 $81 soft
K505 110/80V-17 $92 exact K505 140/70H-17 short
K510 110/70HR17 $85 short
K510 120/70VR17 $98 wide
K591 Sport Touring 110/80V-17 exact K591 Sport Touring 130/90V-17 $79 soft
K591 Sport Touring 140/70VB17 short
K627 130/90H-17 $89 soft


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
Carapace RS-320 110/80H-17 $75 exact Carapace RS-320 150/70H-17 $89 wide
Carapace RS-320 140/70H-17 $84 short
Durotour RS-310 110/70H-17 short Durotour RS-310 130/90H-17 $59 soft
Road Winner RW-010 130/90HX17 $74 soft
Wildflare WF-920 120/80H-17 $73 wide


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
K657 Sport Challenger 130/90H-17 $55 soft


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
ME-1 110/70H-17 short
ME-33 Laser 110/80H-17 exact
ME-33 Laser 110/80V-17 $86 exact ME-55A Metronic 140/80VB17 $138 exact
ME-77 130/90H-17 $93 soft
ME-88 Marathon 130/90HB17 $101 soft
ME-880 Marathon 120/70VR17 $103 wide
ME-880 Marathon 120/80H-17 $114 wide
ME-99A Perfect  140/80VB17 $110 exact
ME-Z1 110/80ZR17 $95 exact
ME-Z2 110/80ZR17 $107 exact ME-Z2 140/80ZR17 $109 exact
ME-Z3 110/70ZR17 $110 short
ME-Z3 120/70ZR17 $118 wide
ME-Z4 120/70ZR17 $115 wide ME-Z4 150/70ZR17 $139 wide
ML2 120/80H-17 $97 wide
ML2 120/80V-17 wide


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
Hi-Sport TX15 110/70ZR17 $145 short
Hi-Sport TX15 120/70ZR17 $150 wide
Macadam 50 110/80H-17 $88 exact
Macadam 50 110/80V-17 $100 exact Macadam 50 140/80V-17 $126 exact
Macadam 90X 110/80ZR17 exact Macadam 90X 150/70ZR17 $107 wide


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
Dragon GT MTR03 110/80ZR17 $98 exact Dragon GT MTR04 150/70ZR17 $127 wide
Dragon GTS MTR23 120/70ZR17 $106 wide Dragon GTS MTR24 150/70ZR17 $131 wide
Dragon MTR01 110/70ZR17 $109 108
Dragon MTR01 120/70ZR17 $112 wide
MT75 110/80H-17 exact MT75 150/70H-17 wide
MT75 140/70H-17 short
Match MT09 110/80V-17 $90 exact Match MT08 140/80VB17 $124 exact
Strada MT68E 130/90H-17 $90 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!!!