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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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« Reply #40 on: April 16, 2012, 07:57:28 pm »





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
And no, I don't think I had 2 or three thousand miles on them, maybe not even that.
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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.

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.
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« Reply #43 on: April 17, 2012, 08:47:11 pm »




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 »

PR3s on my BlackBird.
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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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« Reply #46 on: June 13, 2013, 08:08:05 pm »

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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« Reply #50 on: August 29, 2013, 08:50:49 pm »


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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« Reply #51 on: August 30, 2013, 08:31:08 am »


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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They are fantastic tires and last exactly half as long as a set of Pilot Road 2s.  If my budget allows, I get the PR2s and save the cash on one tire change.   Wink
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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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« Reply #56 on: March 31, 2014, 01:27:57 am »

Currently getting 8K+ out of PR3's, which is REALLY good for me on a litre street bike.
I use Pirelli RallyCross (MT21?) on the DS, stick great on everything, last for shit if I rack up road miles, but they're cheap enough it's worth it.
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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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