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post #1 of 15 Old 09-25-2009, 06:39 AM Thread Starter
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Anything wrong with stock tires?

Hi Lads/Lasses

I have an 08 Wee and the tires are wearing pretty good...no complaints.
I see a lot of tire threads here and realize that it is part of the fun to try new things.
My question, is there anything inherently wrong with the OEM tires?
No off road stuff, just a combo of secondary roads, the odd gravel road and the slab occasionally.
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post #2 of 15 Old 09-25-2009, 07:17 AM
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They are really horrible on sand with a hard base underneath. Sand on seal, or sandy dirt roads, I found them treacherous as well - good grip 99% of the time, then suddenly nothing.
Quite old technology now and there are better tires.

Try Battlewings - a lot better grip on or off road.

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Thanx Pete

I have heard some good stuff on the Battlewings.
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I thought the stock tires were fine. Stable but with a nice turn in, good grip (able to touch a peg down with no drama) and wore ok. I've since tried Avon Distanzias and Metzler Tourances. The Avons were fine too, a little more stable but a bit more effort to turn in. The Tourances I hate, particularly the front. Feels like it's either 10lbs low on air or that the axle is loose.
Putting a set of Pilot Roads 2s on this weekend, so we'll see what those are like.

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No problem here with the oem tires, I thought they handled decent on the road, maybe a tad slick. It's fun to go sliding into corners sometimes though(intentionally). But to me, there's better tires out there.
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Stock trires are fine! Think of tires like seats....Suzuki puts on something designed for the masses, yet there is still room to improve and personalize you bike.
Are the stock tires a good 100% highway tire, no.
Are the stock tires a good 100% dirt off road tire, no.
Are the stock tires a good comprimise to meet most folks, but not all, uses for the bike, yes.

FYI my stock front tires is now dead with 15,600 miles. Not too shabby IMHO
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post #7 of 15 Old 09-25-2009, 09:16 AM
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In and of themselves, the OEM tires are okay... Not good, just okay. In comparison to SEVERAL other tires, Trailwings are pretty much the bottom of the barrel in everything except longevity. They are are mediocre on the road and are pathetic off road. There are MUCH better road tires, that do just as well (lousy) off road, and there are much better dual sport tires that do better on and off road. Trailwings are the king of mediocrity in dual sport tires.
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I have put about 4000 miles on the stock tires and have found them to work well for 95% of my riding. Mostly blacktop with some gravel/dirt roads. I will probably replace them with the same tire or similar tread pattern when they are gone.

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post #9 of 15 Old 09-25-2009, 10:48 AM
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Trailwings go on Stroms for the same reason your Buick came with all season, average Michelins (or Generals or Goodyears...). They are serviceable, reasonably priced, and reasonably long wearing. Don't try them (or your Buick) on a track day or in Baja.

When I put new rubber on in the spring I'll stay away from a couple of slightly more off-road oriented tires as there seem to be plenty of reports of squirreliness from the front end, but aside from that I'll look at Trailwings again, maybe Battlewings, maybe Annakees. I don't do huge mileage and I find the reality for me is that any new tires, even the same OEMs, will feel vastly better than the old ones you rode in on.

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I'll put another vote in for the Battlewings. I'm on my second set. Not terribly expensive, last long, handle wet conditions well. They're not intended for a lot of off-road use, but it sounds like you're not much of an off road type anyway.

They're also easy to order, because the front and rear only come in one size. Difficult to screw that up.

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