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post #1 of 66 Old 05-01-2019, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
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What's the best bang for your buck tires these days

Hi folks, been a while since I was on the forum being winter and all. Been riding a decent bit this spring but just noticed it's May and I'm coming up on needing an inspection sticker which will almost certainly require new tires (at least a rear).

Last year I knew I'd probably need tires this spring and was planning on spending more than I probably should for some Pilot Road 4 tires for street duty. I have a 2nd set of wheels I'm getting some cheap knobbies for but that's lower priority than my street tires.

Today, cash is a bit tighter than I anticipated after I missed an expected bonus this spring, taxes and insurance bills came in, and some unexpected car repairs drained my bank account... This really got me thinking that maybe the Pilot Road tires were a bit overkill for a Vstrom, but just now I read the Pilot Road 5 review a bit further down in this forum and I'm flip flopping on how I feel since the review was quite positive. Leads me back to why I picked the 4's when I was shopping last summer.

So what's the general consensus out there these days for the best bang for your buck street tire for our bikes?
I know you get what you pay for most of the time, but is there a tire that seems to punch above it's price point?
I was looking at the T30 EVOs for $300, but for $100 more I could have the Road 5 Trail tires which definitely seem to perform better based on that Road 5 review thread I mentioned...
Trying to keep the budget down but I could shift funds around a bit to make the Road 5's happen if the consensus is those are the best option.

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Shinko. Google, or go to revzilla.com
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Best to ask members in your area, because prices vary a lot depending on your location.

For instance, when i called last week at pete superbike, the T31s were 276$ Cdn.

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I've used Shinko's on a dual sport years back and will probably be buying their 804/805 tire combo for the knobbies that I hope to buy later this year for dirt duty.

Right now I'm looking for street tires and and the most street oriented Shinkos that come in the right front tire size are the 705's (an 80/20) which is more dirt oriented than I want; I'm looking for something 100% street or maybe 95/5.
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Best to ask members in your area, because prices vary a lot depending on your location.

For instance, when i called last week at pete superbike, the T31s were 276$ Cdn.
I was planning to order off Revzilla (at least that's where I've done my price comparison so far) so figured the prices there would be pretty similar regardless of region.
I'd obviously shop local in case a shop could cut me a deal around here but my backup would be revzilla.
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I was planning to order off Revzilla (at least that's where I've done my price comparison so far) so figured the prices there would be pretty similar regardless of region.
I'd obviously shop local in case a shop could cut me a deal around here but my backup would be revzilla.
Trust me, talk to your local dealerships, some may surprise you with a lower price (after you mention the online price that is). I like to support my local shops as much as i can, when they make the effort to be competitive.
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Trust me, talk to your local dealerships, some may surprise you with a lower price (after you mention the online price that is). I like to support my local shops as much as i can, when they make the effort to be competitive.
Oh absolutely - I completely agree about supporting the local shops.
I have two local shops I'm going to approach about tires once I decide on what tire I want... but if the dealer can beat the online prices for several options it may be a moot point.
E.g. if I were comparing the T30's vs the Road 5 Trails and the dealer could beat online prices by $10 per tire, the price difference between options wouldn't change and my question about best bang for the buck would still stand.
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I'm not too far from you. I dont know any shops in your area, but i know around me some will always mount for free if you buy from them. That usually outweighs the savings from buying online. However, im guilty of not doing that because i usually need a tire in a hurry and the small shops around me take forever at times.

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Yeah that would definitely help save some money, though I'm not sure if it would offset the cost...

It's normally $50 to mount and balance but my brother just went to a shop around here who charged him $25 to mount a tire on his dualsport wheel after I pulled it from his bike for him.
I could definitely pull my wheels and tires to bring just those in to the shop if I can get them done that cheap, though my brother's tire wasn't balanced so idk how much extra balancing would add for my tires.

But if I could get the tires at the same price (or close to it) as online with free mounting and balancing I'd definitely give the local shop the money.
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Beware of drinking the Michelin Kool-aid! Anyone that pays their inflated prices for their good tires has no choice but to say they were the best tires period. It is human nature. If you have never run anything but ( insert name here ) then how do you know how good they really are? Same for your first set of road only tires on a V Strom. Yes, they feel fantastic. So would any number of other brands.

Hard to beat the price on Bridgestone T-31 right now. American Moto Tire has them for $237 a set shipped and there was a substantial rebate card available on top of that. I run these tires. They cannot be beat for all around value.
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