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post #1 of 14 Old 05-06-2008, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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New Tires for the V-Strom

After 5,000 miles, the Bridgestone Trail Wings are getting close to the wear bars (probably no more than 2K left in them).

Not being one to enjoy waiting...or paying the exorbitant prices charged by the stealers...I went to www.motorcycle-superstore.com (Motorcycle Superstore) I went with the Metzler Tourance EXP 110/80VR-19 front and 150/70VR-17 rear.

I'm quite excited about these tires and can't wait for "Big Brown" to show up at my door with my new hoops. I'll give ya'll a ride report once I get them mounted and run-in. Ride safe, ride often. 8)

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post #2 of 14 Old 05-06-2008, 09:28 PM
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Just ordered new tires myself.... was on a great Sunday ride with friends.... about 300 mile and picked up a nail in the rear tire.... so, after reading lots of discussions I decided the best tire for me was going to be the Michelin Anakee. My front tire still was good... but wanted to run a matched pair.
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Just spooned as set of Tourances on this spring. So far so good. No complaints.
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I just mounted one of the new Conti Attack Trails on the front this weekend. So far so good. Couldn't tell much difference in the dirt from the Trail Wings or the Tourance but feels alot more planted on the pavement.

Only 300 miles (5 dirt) so the jury is still out but I like it so far.

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This evening, turned over 7,800 miles on the Wings and will hit the wear bars by 8,500 miles.....yep I am that close. After talking with many, getting 8k out of the OEMWings, that is pretty decent.

So, I am also shopping. I wish there were a little more aggressive tread than standard dual sport tires.....you know, something in between a Wing and a TKC.

Anyway, due to the reports of great mileage, I will probably go with the regular Tourance (not the EXP).

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Where are the wear bars? Are these actually built into the tire to indicate wear? Or is it nickname of some sort. And while I am ask stupid questions about tires, what do you guys mean when you have a cupped tire?

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This morning I got to test my new front in the rain on the way to work.

Great traction. Smooth riding. I wasn't exactly lighting it up mind you but I wasn't being overly cautious either. The Trail Attack just didn't seem to care whether the road was wet or dry or how deep. Nice!


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Just ordered new tires myself.... was on a great Sunday ride with friends.... about 300 mile and picked up a nail in the rear tire.... so, after reading lots of discussions I decided the best tire for me was going to be the Michelin Anakee. My front tire still was good... but wanted to run a matched pair.
Great choice on the Anakee. I ran the OEM Trailwing on the front and an Anakee on the rear and the combination, (for me), was perfect.

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This morning I got to test my new front in the rain on the way to work.

Great traction. Smooth riding. I wasn't exactly lighting it up mind you but I wasn't being overly cautious either. The Trail Attack just didn't seem to care whether the road was wet or dry or how deep. Nice!
I have about 1000 miles on a set, and the only place they seem to be inferior to the TWs is on tar strips. They seem much slicker to me on tar. In all other ways they are superior. Handling is much better on dry roads, and they seem adequate in the wet (unless there is tar, which feels like ice).
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