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post #1 of 26 Old 05-22-2010, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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I hesitate to do this, but I need tire advice.

After 6K miles, I think it's time to drop the stock tires. Need some advice on what to get next (yes, I'm a noob).

Riding will be 90% street, with the occassional gravel/dirt road thrown in. Right now, I'm looking at the Metzeler Tourance, Bridgestone BT020 and Continental Trail Wing. I'm not a big knee dragger, but I will ride in the rain and I do tend to speed when I am on the slab.

I appreciate any input you experts care to offer.

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post #2 of 26 Old 05-22-2010, 02:45 PM
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Bridgestone battlewing

I'm very happy with my Battlewings. I got them for around $180 shipped from www.rockymountainatvmc.com

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just put a set of these on and love them!!
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Most peopel will tell you that they really like the tire they bought. few peope have a lot of negatives abotu their tire choice.

I didn't mind the stock tires. I like my Tourance (non EXP) tires better. I liked the Tourance so much that I never tried any other tires and now am on my 6th rear Tourance and my 3rd front Tourance (I have about 112,00 km or about 69,000 miles on my 06 DL650.) Are there better tires? Maybe.. but I'm happy.

I suspect lots of other riders will have similar opinions about the tires they choose.

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I didn't mind the stock trail wings. When I replaced them a few weeks ago, I put on some Continental trail attacks. So far, I really like them.

I've only had them on gravel a couple of times, and both were well maintained. They did perform very well though.

Lots of good reviews led me to them. Only thing bad I heard about was a few that get a wobble from the front. Conti knows about it and has been replacing the affected tires under warranty.

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Coincidentally, I am in need of new tires for my Wee as well (yeah, AND for my car, at the same time -- ugh!).

I have nearly 15,000 miles on my original stock tires. They've been good to me, obviously. I'm told that this is well past what's expected; but I'd mitigate that by admitting that they probably would have been said to need replacing a while before I crossed 14,500.

I priced a pair of Trailwings at a small local shop, since I know nothing about other tires or what I might like better. I was quoted $420 out the door, but I don't even know if that's a sucker's price or not. And I didn't find out (d'oh) the itemized price for each tire and mount (I was rushing to work).

I'd love some input (I am a newbie) about what a pair of tires (with mount & balance) ought to cost (ballpark figure, o'course). Plus the same advice the original poster was asking for, naturally. Thanks everyone!

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I say try a different type/style everytime you change. Only then can you figure out what YOU like. If I hadn't done this and just stuck with the overwhelming favorite, I'da never figured out what it was I didn't like about them. Not that they are bad, just that they are now my least favorite of 4.
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$400 is ridiculous for the OEM tires and mounting them. If you go through www.motorcycle-superstore.com they have a preferred installer program. Punch in your zipcode and it will list dealers in your area that participate. MS will ship the tires direct to the shop and you can get them installed at your leisure. You'll get a pretty good price on the tires, unknown about the install cost but it shouldn't take someone with good tools more than an hour to do.



Side note, I put on the Battlewings and they seem to be wearing better/longer than the Trailwings did. They are smoother on the road and don't seem to be cupping in the front like the TWs did. It seems to take a considerably amount to make them slip on the pavement. The Wee is too heavy for me to do much "offroad" but on maintained unpaved roads they seem to be ok. I have 4200 miles on them now and as far as wear they are starting to get a bit of a square profile but have lots of tread left.
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Wow, I didn't know about the 'prefered installer' thing, but from what I'm seeing, it looks comparable to what the Suzuki dealer I got my bike from. I'm leaning towards the Conti Trail Attacks ($290 for a set) and $80 per tire to mount/etc. them.

Motorcycle Superstore quotes a price of a local dealer at $157, plus some various other 'fees'.

So around $500 for some new shoes. *sigh*




Actually, just found a place a bit farther away that'd save me almost $100. Still.....ain't cheap! LOL

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AllenTC2, I know what you're going through. Prior to getting mine, I really hadn't any idea that having and maintaining a motorcycle would be this expensive and complex... :-(

I mean, I've learned a lot, and I like that, but man, this starts to feel a bit like work!

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