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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Currently running a set of Michelin Pilot CT2 on the Multi and the Super Duke as they can found on sale since they have been replaced by the Michelin Pilot Pure line.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.

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

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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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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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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) . . . .


Yeah, the Guzzi.

I see conflicting numbers, but estimated "running weight" is about 550-560, with 70 ft lbs and I've got a heavy throttle hand, with about 50% of my daily 28-mile commute on 4-lane highway.
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« Reply #21 on: January 20, 2011, 08:29:43 pm »

I usually run Michelin PR2s.  Tried Continental Road Attacks, but didn't get all that great of mileage out of them, so I went back to the Michelins.
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« Reply #22 on: January 21, 2011, 11:50:36 am »

For years I ran metzlers, then I put a few set of stock bt-14 bridgestone's on the Gsxr and now (in the quest for more milage) I am trying a set of dunlop roadsmarts Thumbsup.
So far,so good! On the duke I have been cheap and sleazy, running some FREE race take offs pirelli's. They work good once they warm up, kinda greasy till then.
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« Reply #23 on: January 23, 2011, 09:57:16 pm »

Motorcycle tire technology has come a long way, you really can't go wrong these days. That being said, my personal preference is with Michelin.
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« Reply #24 on: January 23, 2011, 10:39:03 pm »

Price is generally my deciding factor and Bridgestone has been pretty consistent over the last few years with good prices on most of their range.  I have utterly abused a rear BT-021 short of taking it to the track on the Super Duke.  Never let me down and the mileage was fantastic.  I've got a lot track takeoffs now though so I just recycle them for street duty.

Last year I discovered DOT race rubber for the track and have run Pirelli, Bridgestone, and Conti's.  In addition to those brands I just put a set of Dunlop Q2's on the shelf for some spring track days.  I'm pretty much a tire whore and anyone who shows up on my doorstep could probably score a decent set of used tires.  Track takeoffs are awesome for summer street riding.  The edges may be worn down but there's always another 2k miles left on the centers.
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« Reply #25 on: January 25, 2011, 01:05:38 pm »

I'm a bit surprised that Michelin is running away with the poll so far. I've tried every brand on the list and probably have bought a few more Stones than anything else. On the other hand my wife wont have anything but Michelin Pilot Roads. If I even suggest anything else she flat refuses and insist the Roads be on both her bikes.
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« Reply #26 on: January 27, 2011, 06:45:16 pm »

 I have to say Dunlop, Avon, and then Bridgestone in that order.  I have used Michelin and Pirelli both were ok but didn't give me the feel, grip, and confidence that my first three choices did.
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« Reply #27 on: August 10, 2011, 11:28:23 pm »

When I picked up the Bandit a few years ago it had Michelins on it.  They were ok.

 About 2K later I replaced them with Conti Road Attacks. Loved them.

 They lasted 9K replaced the with Conti Force as my local shop had them on hand. nice tire, not a good as the Attacks, btu a nice tire.
 
 Got a nail in the rear at 2K, replaced it with a Conti motion. Did not like it. Wrong profile for the Bandit. Replaced it with another Force at less than 800 miles. They lasted more than 8K as did a second set.

 Wore out the second set of Forces at about 8.5K and replaced them with Pirelli Angel ST treads. As advertized they are a long wearing tire, but they made the steering heavy and never felt confident on turn in.

 Last week, at 5K into the Angels I picked up a nail in the rear. Decided to replace them with a Set of Conti Sport Attacks.  Glad I did. The bike is so much happier with the grip and profile of the Attack series of tires.

 In short, my opinion is that the Conti Attack series of tires are a very good match for the second generation Bandits (1200s in my case) and word from a friend is that they are very nice on the 1250 Bandits too.


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« Reply #28 on: February 12, 2012, 10:24:03 pm »

My B12 loves its Dunlop Roadsmarts...and so do I.
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« Reply #29 on: February 14, 2012, 05:35:48 pm »

Been more than satisfied with Dunlops (Roadsmart, Qualifier and Q2) the last 10 years on half a dozen different bikes.  Tried ST types of other makers for long trips only.

Now that may change.  Put some Q2s on the Ninja 1000 and while the grip is great as expected, the chassis geometry doesn't agree with the tire profile.  Rear is used up to the edge but have 1/2" chicken strip left on the front.  I thought perhaps some high speed sweepers would get me leaning more instead of simply turning like at normal speeds.  Didn't matter.  Even 120 mph sweepers through the forest couldn't use up the front.

Time to look at something else where I can use the front and rear more equally.  My other bikes did not agree with Pilot Powers and Diablos but maybe this one will.
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« Reply #30 on: February 14, 2012, 06:22:37 pm »

Nothing worse than having half an inch of reserve.  Lol
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« Reply #31 on: February 15, 2012, 06:52:33 am »

Odd wheel sizes on the TBird restrict me quite a lot. So, I usually use Avon Azaro's.
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« Reply #32 on: February 21, 2012, 01:46:55 pm »

Pirelli all the way.  The other I might try again was Metzler.  Continental and Bridgestone were OK, but not my favorites.  Never a set of Michelins again.
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The past few years I've used Shinkos. (Used to be Yokohama) They're cheap, and they stick like glue. They're a little soft, so you have to change them every 6-8000 miles, some say as often as 5000, but, for the price of one Pirelli or Michellin, you can get three. One observation I have made is that the Shinko tires I've used always take less weight to balance than anything else I've used--- less than 1/2 ounce. The last set of Dunlops took 6 1/4 oz weights, and the Michellins always took even more.
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...with Pirelli Angel ST treads. As advertized they are a long wearing tire, but they made the steering heavy and never felt confident on turn in....
I'm very surprised to read this.
I put an Angel on the front of my K12RS - it makes that bike darn near nimble and very confidence inspiring (with a PR.2 rear).
I like it so much I just put one on the front of my Ninja 650.
Now I'm looking for rear tires I like as much (though no complaints at all with the PR 2).  I was going to try a RoadSmart, but they're more $ than a PR 2 now.  
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« Reply #35 on: April 10, 2012, 05:48:18 pm »

 I was due for some new tires and after seeing the results of this poll, I ordered 2 Michelin PR 2's. I'm a bit excited. I didn't care for the Bridgestone's that came stock on the bike.

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The past few years I've used Shinkos. (Used to be Yokohama) They're cheap, and they stick like glue. They're a little soft, so you have to change them every 6-8000 miles, some say as often as 5000, but, for the price of one Pirelli or Michellin, you can get three. One observation I have made is that the Shinko tires I've used always take less weight to balance than anything else I've used--- less than 1/2 ounce. The last set of Dunlops took 6 1/4 oz weights, and the Michellins always took even more.


Shinko?? I wouldn't do that if I were you. I was running a highly touted 757 touring tire set on the Connie when the front tire damn near came apart on me.
Tread separation. Look at the size of the bubble. F*ck Shinko, I could be dead right now thanks to Shinko.

Tires sucked ass anyway from Day 1. Bike wiggled and danced and squirmed all over the place. They were anything but confidence inspiring.



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« Reply #37 on: April 10, 2012, 09:34:30 pm »

Just finishing up my 10th set of Pilot Powers on my Turbo BlackBird. Love the tires but damn its getting expensive. I had a 4500 mile average going till I switched to a 55 rear profile which lasted 3500 miles and I said screw it...Time to sample sumpin else...
I'm mounting a pair of Angles tomorrow and leaving for Road Atlanta next week.
Depending on the mileage I get, the next set will be Roadsmart 2's and then I'm going to try some Road 3's. I'm trying to slowly get away from a great handling tire to get better mileage and want to ease up what I perceive to be the ladder to higher mileage Sport-Touring tires.
I'm also going to turn the boost down a pound with every set, or maybe every year... Wink
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Shinko?? I wouldn't do that if I were you. I was running a highly touted 757 touring tire set on the Connie when the front tire damn near came apart on me.
Tread separation. Look at the size of the bubble. F*ck Shinko, I could be dead right now thanks to Shinko.

Tires sucked ass anyway from Day 1. Bike wiggled and danced and squirmed all over the place. They were anything but confidence inspiring.



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« Reply #39 on: April 15, 2012, 07:48:37 pm »

I really liked the Avon Azarios till they stopped making my size, tried several & now run Shinko Raven 009's. I get ~10,000 out of the rears (like I do w/most tires) & about double that from the fronts (like most tires). Minimal cupping on the front. Three sets so far w/no complaints. Local independent shop owner thinks they're a death trap waiting to happen, but can't give me a reason for the opinion.
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YMMV.  They've discontinued the 757s. Also, why were you running a radial rear tire on the front? I'm just curious, looking at the pics, because that one still has the "fuzz" on it, so I assume it did not take long to seperate after you mounted it. I've only used their bias ply tires, but I've used them for over ten years (not at a time!) and I've never seen one do that.


The 757's were radials. Both of them. They were a matching set of front/rears in Goldwing size. I don't understand how you figured I'd run a rear tire on the front.  Headscratch
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« Reply #41 on: April 17, 2012, 09:18:26 am »

Sorry, I was just looking at the tread pattern. Shinko recalled all the 757s and discontinued them because of that problem. It's a good thing you're ok. I personally don't like the handling of radials on a bike. You can check on recalls by searching "motorcycle tire recall." They've ALL had recalls, for instance Metzeler 880s, Michellin Pilots, some Pirrellis, Bridgestones, etc., have all had recalls. I've never had a tire do that, knock on wood.
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« Reply #42 on: April 17, 2012, 11:17:42 am »


 I was due for some new tires and after seeing the results of this poll, I ordered 2 Michelin PR 2's. I'm a bit excited. I didn't care for the Bridgestone's that came stock on the bike.

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When I rode an FZ6R on stock tyres, it seemed REALLY slow to turn in. I hear that is a tyre issue; Dunlop Q2s apparently transform the bike. Hopefully the PR2s will do the same -- I loved them on the Sprint.

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When I rode an FZ6R on stock tyres, it seemed REALLY slow to turn in. I hear that is a tyre issue; Dunlop Q2s apparently transform the bike. Hopefully the PR2s will do the same -- I loved them on the Sprint.

Right now I have Q2s on the 'strada, but I suspect I'll swap them for something a bit more durable before any long rides. On the KTM I stuck with the stock Pirellis, the WR wears Bridgestones, and I had the stock Bridgestones, Conti's, and then PR2s on the Sprint. Liked the last the best.


When the bike was new I thought maybe it was just me, especially after coming off a lifetime of cruisers. However, I've ridden enough to know good and bad tires. I'm almost glad to hear you say that about the Bridgestones when you rode the FZ6R. I can't wait to get my bike back next week and see how the PR2's feel. Thanks for the feedback.
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« Reply #44 on: April 18, 2012, 01:29:51 am »

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« Reply #45 on: April 26, 2012, 10:05:25 pm »

  Love the Metzler M3 Sportecs that I recently put on my ZZR1200.  Came stock with Bridgestones and the the front was cupped when I bought it and had no confidence going into corners.  The M3s are smooth and stick good, and according to the reviews last longer than all of the more expensive tires out there.  
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I've run Avon Cobras on my Valkyrie, and been very pleased with the ones that didn't have defects -- smooth, good adhesion, good logevity.  But three out of five had factory defects (Avon was good about free replacements, even paying once for the installation of a replacement).
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« Reply #47 on: August 04, 2013, 11:18:27 am »

When I got my BMW K12GT it had Metzeler Z6's on it. Pretty good tire. When those wore out I opted for Bridgestone BT-023 GT tires and couldn't be happier. They get identical reviews to Michelin PR3's but are consistently less expensive. After about 6,000 miles I've noticed the rear is starting to square off just a tad but barely noticeable. I do about 90% slab, 10% twisties. It has plenty of grip keeping up with sport bikes on the twisties, no complaints.
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« Reply #48 on: August 18, 2013, 12:09:11 pm »

I know most of my Sport-Touring friends use Michelin PR 3's and rave about them. I have about 3k miles on a set of Continental Conti-Motions and so far they have been great. Plus they cost about half of what a set of the Michelins cost.

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« Reply #49 on: August 24, 2013, 02:25:09 pm »

I've been a Bridgestone fan for a few years now. I loved the 016's and the 023's but have a Dunlop Q2 on the rear the dealer gave me when I purchased the STR.  After, I purchased a Q3 to match for the front.  I really like them so far.  We'll see after this set wears out.  
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VFR seems to love the Dunlop Roadsmarts, so that will be the combo until further notice.


My '90, '98 & '99 VFR's all loved Michelin Pilots.  Awesome in the rain (important in the PNW) and good mileage.  Love the new Road 3s.
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I know most of my Sport-Touring friends use Michelin PR 3's and rave about them. I have about 3k miles on a set of Continental Conti-Motions and so far they have been great. Plus they cost about half of what a set of the Michelins cost.

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« Reply #52 on: September 03, 2013, 12:23:59 am »

Running a Shinko Verge 011 on the front and a Avon Azaro on the rear of my C10 .... over 10K miles on both and no issues . I'm sure I'll get at least another 2k out of the rear .
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« Reply #53 on: September 12, 2013, 07:19:53 am »

I just upgraded my VStrom with a set of Michelin Pilot Road 3 Trails.  I only have a few thousand miles on them but so far so good.  They seem to be wearing well and have made the bike handle very well.  Great grip in the twisties.
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« Reply #54 on: February 13, 2014, 03:29:31 pm »

I am on my third set of Battle Axes.  Bike came with BT-020's which were OK.  The BT-023's seem to be good combination of price, longevity and handling to me.
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« Reply #55 on: March 31, 2014, 01:22:43 am »

Follow up , so far I'm at 23K for the front Shinko Verge 011 and its about 10% left and the Avon Azaro died at 12K + (after the harden center strip wore down the rubber practically vaporized ) . So I've replaced it with a Dunflop D404 and I doubt I'll get anywhere near 10K out of it .
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Currently getting 8K+ out of PR3's, which is REALLY good for me on a litre street bike.
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« Reply #57 on: April 22, 2014, 03:18:19 pm »

I just bought a set of Metzler Z6's for the GT, So far so good, great wet grip, I'll see how long they last I guess.
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« Reply #58 on: June 05, 2014, 11:25:08 pm »

On the ZX14 is usually put sticky tires on it. Perillis, Dunlops and Bridgestones.

On the FJR1300 I put a set of Stinkos on it and have been hooked ever since. My buddies laughed at me when I spooned on the Raven 009s. I've been getting 9,000+ miles out of them.
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« Reply #59 on: October 15, 2014, 09:12:50 pm »

Shinko R009 Raven, the one on the right has better than 11,000 miles on it.  I find it to be an excelent tire for my restrained riding style (rare bursts of hooliganizm!) and at $102 delivered to my door it is a good value too.

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« Reply #60 on: October 15, 2014, 09:48:32 pm »

You mean the one on the RIGHT has 11,000 miles on it.   Lol

I replaced my front 009 a couple of weeks ago at 11,000 miles. The last two rears I got over 9,000.
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« Reply #61 on: October 15, 2014, 10:15:54 pm »

Good catch, fixed it.  Were it not rainy season I would probably let it go a while longer, but this time of year I do to much wet riding to risk it for a few extra miles of tire life.


You mean the one on the RIGHT has 11,000 miles on it.   Lol

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« Reply #64 on: February 02, 2015, 04:10:14 pm »

I'm going to try a Goldentyre on the mini motard. They have a wet weather motard tire.

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« Reply #65 on: February 06, 2015, 12:56:09 pm »

Michelin Pilot Roads for me.  I get about 6000 miles out of a set on my ZX14.  Everything else I've tried seems to get eaten up in half the mileage.  I have tried all of the brands on many different large displacement motorcycles.  Michelin Pilot Roads have become my go to tire for sport touring on mountain roads throughout the pacific nw and western Canada.  I have a new set of PR4-gt's spooned onto the spare rims for the ZX14 ready for spring.
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« Reply #66 on: February 06, 2015, 01:06:11 pm »

Michelin Pilot Roads for me.  I get about 6000 miles out of a set on my ZX14.  Everything else I've tried seems to get eaten up in half the mileage.  I have tried all of the brands on many different large displacement motorcycles.  Michelin Pilot Roads have become my go to tire for sport touring on mountain roads throughout the pacific nw and western Canada.  I have a new set of PR4-gt's spooned onto the spare rims for the ZX14 ready for spring.

Are you using the GT's?  Was just having this discussion with some 14 riders and one showed pics of his PR3 rear that was coming apart at 7500 miles despite having plenty of tread left.
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Are you using the GT's?  Was just having this discussion with some 14 riders and one showed pics of his PR3 rear that was coming apart at 7500 miles despite having plenty of tread left.


The new PR4's I have mounted and ready to install on the ZX14 this spring are the PR4-gt's.  To my knowledge they didn't make the gt version in previous PR models but I could be wrong.  I have only been able to get about 6000 miles out of the PR2's and PR3's.  I am hoping to do a bit better out of the PR4-gt's.  Most other tires only last me about 3000 miles on the ZX14 so if I get 6000 plus miles out of the Michelins I am happy.
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What's the deal with getting good tire mileage out of a ZX14?             Not TOO heavy, understressed engine that you can putt around on and it doesn't handle super so no need to grind anything in the curves.    Headscratch








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« Reply #69 on: February 13, 2015, 02:12:00 am »

I've been running Dunlop RoadSmarts for about 50,000 miles on my Moto Guzzi Norge, but put on Perilli Angle STs this time around and am very happy with the change.  The last set of Dunlops felt very heavy - hard to initiate the turn, hard to hold the line.  Previous copies had been reasonably light and didn't take any effort to hold a turn once initiated.  Also, this set was up around 12,000 miles with probably another 1-2,000 miles remaining where before I had averaged around 9,000 miles.  I don't know if they changed compound or what.

The STs are back to being light, predictable and easy to ride.  Turning is back to thinking about the turn and it's there and easily holds the line.  If I get anywhere near the mileage I had originally gotten with the Dunlops, I'll be a convert.

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