Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Pilot Road 4 Trail
If anyone wants a pure road tire for a DL, these are quite nice.
Very stable and very quiet at speed.
Bike turns VERY well, holds a line very well.
Amazing grip levels dry, more amazing wet.
Handle bad seal just fine.
Very compliant compared with the tires I'd normally run. (Smoother ride)
A bit twitchy below 60kph. (But note the comment above, as the speed goes up they get more stable)
Road ONLY tire. They were O.K. on hard packed clay wet or dry, but not at all pleasant on loose gravel.
The rear picks up small stones, pays to check and remove those at stops.
Don't like wet wooden bridges much. (But then again, neither do I)
Understeer slightly on neutral throttle - needs just a touch of acceleration through the corners to fix that. Not really an issue with the grip they provide.
Relatively expensive. (But life is supposed to make up for that).
Life is also supposed to be very good, I just don't have the k's to confirm that.
Really an amazingly good wet tire. Riding a DL 650 with these on in the wet with other bikes on the road is like bringing a flame-thrower to a knife fight. I just rode around several litre sports bikes in the rain today, then sped up to a comfortable speed and disappeared on them. I think they have more grip wet than K60's do in the dry :P
The DL650 is great in wet weather anyway, but add in the wet grip of these things (really designed for much heavier bikes with 2-3x the power of a DL) and it gets seriously unfair.
Normally not a tire I'd pick, but I've banished myself from dirt riding for at least the next six months so went with something 100% road. I was a bit worried they might not handle the nasty back roads I enjoy riding, but they are fine.
I couldn't do what I could on K60's - pop on and off the seal onto the gravel margin @100kph, but they handled the broken seal at the road edges just fine. (We have a lot of 1-1/2 lane roads here where cars have to move over and put two wheels on the gravel margin when passing).