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post #1 of 23 Old 09-11-2018, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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Question Tires: what do you run?

So for the first time since ive owned this bike...it is time for some new rubber. This bike is 100% street ridden. What do you recommend? My full size bagger ran dunlops that were horrible and are now on a set of metzlers that i love.

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For 100% road I go with Michelin Pilot Road 4s front and back. I have them on my SV and this is the second pair. They get good mileage, are great in the wet, and grip the road better than my riding ability. There are PR5s now, I haven't run them, but I would probably go with them if I had a need.

Unfortunately on this topic you will probably get a different opinion for each person you ask.
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A new pair of Continental Trail Attack on mine when I bought it. Look more like a road tyre. Done about 1k miles so far, with 90% road and the rest being pot-holed, gravel patched single-track. Seem fine to me. For road use they'd probably exceed the bikes capabilities. Certainly exceed my capabilities, and I don't pootle about all the time.
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For 100% road I go with Michelin Pilot Road 4s front and back. I have them on my SV and this is the second pair. They get good mileage, are great in the wet, and grip the road better than my riding ability. There are PR5s now, I haven't run them, but I would probably go with them if I had a need.

Unfortunately on this topic you will probably get a different opinion for each person you ask.
Have you noticed any difference in traction as the PR 4's wear ?


I have them on my MT09, when they were new any throttle input would have the front wheel lofting skyward (that happens very easy on the MT) but now they are about 3/4 worn the rear end just spins up and that will happen in first, second or third gear if I stay on the centre strip of the tire.
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Have you noticed any difference in traction as the PR 4's wear ?


I have them on my MT09, when they were new any throttle input would have the front wheel lofting skyward (that happens very easy on the MT) but now they are about 3/4 worn the rear end just spins up and that will happen in first, second or third gear if I stay on the centre strip of the tire.

The only thing I have noticed as far as loss of traction is that the PR4 warm vs. cold tire is very different. I barely notice it in summer but in colder months it is very noticeable.
I have some mods on the SV that make it very fickle for traction on throttle application so it's possible that I haven't experienced what you mention simply because I don't ride very hard until I know the tires are warmed up and sticky.
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My highest mileage rear was a PR-4, 12,323 miles, still performed well.
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I have about 3,000 miles on some Pr4's and they are a great tire. I'll see how the wear goes.
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There is a tire and suspension section, moving this there along with all the others.
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I'm currently on the OEM Trailwings on my L4 Wee but looking to replace. I posted this to another thread;

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My new-to-me 2014 DL650A with 5000 miles still has the OEM Bridgestone Trailwing tires and I need to replace them soon. Despite having a lot of tread-life remaining they are +5 years old and handle like crap. I have been poking around this and other sites looking for advice on what to buy. Based on my research, I am considering the following sport-touring tires;

  • Metzler RoadTec01
  • Pirelli Angel GT
  • Bridgestone Battlax T31

I got back into riding about 5 years ago but my only tire experience has been with the Michelin Pilot Road 3 and 4 which are really grippy tires (that I loved) but are expensive and don't last (~6-7K miles and that was pushing it). My use case is strictly street riding, no off-road, rarely dirt or gravel roads (e.g. to get to a campsite or some such), no rain (California!) so mostly twisties and some slabbing. Naturally, I'd like a tire that is not expensive (~cough~ Michelin ~cough~) will run a while (~10K miles) before needing replacement. Is this too much to ask in a moto tire? I am leaning toward the Angel GT but open to suggestions and comments, especially from riders who have used any of these tires. Thank you!

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I have the T31's on mine and like them. Wet, dry and tar snakes seem to have no effect on traction.
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