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Question: What brand of tire do you purchase most often?
Michelin - 180 (48.4%)
Dunlop - 29 (7.8%)
Pirelli - 32 (8.6%)
Metzeler - 40 (10.8%)
Bridgestone - 38 (10.2%)
Avon - 21 (5.6%)
Other - 16 (4.3%)
Continental - 16 (4.3%)
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« on: October 13, 2010, 05:52:48 pm »

So, what brand of tire do you most often put on your bike?  

Up to this point, I've used mainly Michelins because I've found them on sale.  Always wanted to try some Pirellis but they cost more than the Michelins (at least when I'm looking for tires).

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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2010, 06:02:40 pm »

I've done mostly Pirelli Diablos and Diablo Stradas. Ran through several sets of Michelin Pilot Powers too when I got them for $200 a set.

Currently trying to decide if Dunlops (Q2 front / RoadSmart rear) is my new preferred combo.
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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2010, 06:11:02 pm »

I go by tire MODEL and, to some extent, sale pricing as a tie-breaker, not manufacturer.

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« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2010, 07:45:23 pm »

I voted other, as I usually purchase what is on sale. I can mount and balance my own tires at home. Currently running a set of Michelin Pilot CT2 on the Multi and the Super Duke as they can found on sale since they have been replaced by the Michelin Pilot Pure line.
I've purchased Pirelli tires when they introduce a new line and offer buy a rear and get a front free (only shipping).
Some times Cycle Gear has a sale on Pirelli tires, and I'll pick up a set.
If nothing is on sale I'll usually go with Continental Road Attacks. They are usually a little cheaper then the others when purchased through RideDirect.com  http://www.ridedirect.com/index.html
 
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« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2010, 07:54:27 pm »

VFR seems to love the Dunlop Roadsmarts, so that will be the combo until further notice.
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« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2010, 10:52:54 am »

lately, Michelins, though I'm trying a set of Pereli Angels, as we speak . . .

A three sets of bad Dunlops in a row some years back, without any interest from the factory, mean I tend to avoid that brand.
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« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2010, 03:42:25 pm »

Not sure if I've used more Bridgestones or Metzlers, but have had good luck with both.   I've also used Dunlaps, which handled nicely, but didn't wear as nearly as well.  

Currently I'm riding on Michelins, and have to say I like them.  Jury is still out on how long they'll last.  
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« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2010, 09:35:56 pm »


I go by tire MODEL and, to some extent, sale pricing as a tie-breaker, not manufacturer.

KeS


+1 I've tried them all but Continental and Metzler, just trying to find the best performance and tire life.
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« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2010, 09:56:23 pm »


VFR seems to love the Dunlop Roadsmarts, so that will be the combo until further notice.


Same here with my Sprint. Conti RA's since the first tire replacement, Roadsmarts went in on last replacement, me likey very much. Almost 3k mikes on them and the rear is barely flattened.....barely
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« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2010, 08:47:50 am »




+1 I've tried them all but Continental and Metzler, just trying to find the best performance and tire life.


I like Conti Road Attacks a lot, but have read that they don't get very good mileage on a heavier bike. Headscratch
Pirelli is the brand I buy most often.  Thumbsup
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« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2010, 12:22:56 pm »

Never cared what was on sale.  I've tried quite a few, but stick with what feels best to me and gives me the most confidence on the road, Michelin Pilot Powers.  The Bridgestones I've had take too long to warm up and feel skittish until they do, plus they get much lower mileage compared to the Powers.  The Dunlops I've had felt greasy, even after warm up, and never inspired much confidence for me.  The Contis weren't bad but the profile wasn't as agressive, and the turn in felt slower.  I've run Avons and they had GREAT mileage, but weren't as grippy as the Michelins.  I haven't tried Pirelli's...maybe I'll give those a shot one day.
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« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2010, 02:29:12 pm »

Pretty much the Metzler's for most of the bike's life. The most recent tires are the Angels though. I'm not sure I like them as I always seem to feel a bit tentative going through curves.

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« Reply #12 on: October 20, 2010, 10:40:58 pm »

Street-sport touring Michelin tires.Every time I tired ( O.K., twice in the last decade) something else ( Dunlop220 and Bridgestonebt21) it was a disaster from mileage standpoint of view.
Tires grip very well theses days and I don`t see much point in using anything sticker then ST tire on the street,especially in the land of "ride I-57,350 miles and 8 turns". Lol

Track-Michelins slicks , mainly because they are easily available for me and sometimes the price is too good to refuse.
I`ve tried Bridgestones and Pirellis slicks,they worked fine, thank you,but getting those is too much of the hassle in my case.
 All three brands offer similar levels of grip and durability.
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« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2010, 09:10:33 pm »

Usually Pilot Roads or Avon Azaro's. I'll have to see what fits the GS when the time comes........... Headscratch

The Bridgestones that are on there have about as much wet traction as a shopping cart. Thumbsdown
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« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2010, 09:15:12 pm »

I voted Michelin, but I just bought my first pair of BT-023 GT's. We'll see what happens.
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« Reply #15 on: October 29, 2010, 10:41:26 am »


I go by tire MODEL and, to some extent, sale pricing as a tie-breaker, not manufacturer.

KeS


I agree with this.

Lately I'm all about the Angels, so I checked their MFGer, however I'm not loyal to any MFGer.
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« Reply #16 on: November 01, 2010, 08:45:32 am »




I agree with this.

Lately I'm all about the Angels, so I checked their MFGer, however I'm not loyal to any MFGer.


I like the quicker turn-in of those tires, but what kinda mileage do you get?  I'm only able to average 2500 or so before I'm showing cords...
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« Reply #17 on: November 01, 2010, 09:30:17 am »




I like the quicker turn-in of those tires, but what kinda mileage do you get?  I'm only able to average 2500 or so before I'm showing cords...


I got just an RCH under 8K for my rear. My front is technically OK, but I'm swapping it soon anyway.
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« Reply #18 on: November 01, 2010, 01:11:39 pm »




I got just an RCH under 8K for my rear. My front is technically OK, but I'm swapping it soon anyway.



This is on the Guzzi, Chris, isn't it?

I don't think my rear Angel will last that long on the Tiger, but it's a bit heavier (as am I) . . . .
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« Reply #19 on: November 02, 2010, 03:47:21 am »

Split between Michelin PR2's on the BMW, and Pirelli Sport Demons on both Suzuki's.

I have two Suzuki's, but put twice the milage on the BMW.
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