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post #1 of 32 Old 04-01-2016, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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replacing oem tires-2009 wee-on road only-which?

i am close to needing new tires on my 2009 dl650/wee.

i am at 10k on the oem tires.

i am ONLY on paved roads.

sadly, i have had no occasion to do anything but paved.

what is the general consensus as to replacing the oem?

are there better options?

michelin PR4s?

metzeler tourance/me880 combo?

pirellis or contis?

school me folks!

i ride about 4k miles a year in all weather.

i welcome your thoughts.

thanks in advance.

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post #2 of 32 Old 04-01-2016, 10:11 AM
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There are so many good tires and so many good tire threads, my suggestion is "use that search function box" and read until your eyes bleed. Or.......go to Google and simply search for V-Strom tires or something along the lines of that nature.

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Michelin PR4-T (Trail) [better tire] or Shinko 705 [better value]. I've used both. The PR4-T is quieter and may have better grip. Both are stickier than my riding skills and will scrape the pegs on dry pavement. Can't say much about wet performance, I go slow and cautious when the streets are wet.

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- You ride 4000 miles/year
- On paved roads only
- In all types of weather

Answer is simple get a tire that is dependable in the worse weather conditions, mud is not a consideration. In my case Metz Tourance are very good in wet road conditions, good traction cost a bit more due to it being a radial. Expected mileage 9-10,000 km depending on how aggressive your ride ( i don't baby the bike).

I am switching over to the Heidenau K76 for better mileage (wet weather traction is lower that the Tourance). Reason is I log 15,000+ km a year.

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I put on pilot road 4s about a month ago and am really enjoying them. They handle fantastic!

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a little more research and i'm thinking more about the metzeler tourance next.

thoughts?

tia

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I'm liking the Shinko 712, just put them on though.

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the oem bridgestone battlewings were not a bad tire.

they never gave me a thought or a concern.

but for the same money, i can get a set of tourance next and, going on web reviews only, i believe they are a step up.

i'm not thinking pilots due to extra cost and the rear pr4s trail version is essentially a pr3.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGD6HLdNcW4 at 4:10

again, thanks in advance to those who care to share.

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so many choices!

and now i'm only confused ;-(

pr4s? conti trail attacks? tourance/next? or just stick with the oem battlewings?

how about forget the trail version of the pr4s since i'm street only?

jeez louise, ain't choice great!

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how about forget the trail version of the pr4s since i'm street only?
It's just a marketing name. Make no bones about it, PR4 trail is a street tire. If that's what you want to try don't let the name put you off.
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