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Hey all, I didn't see a tire post when I searched this bike 2014 to 16 thread. So I have a Michelin pilot road4trails on my 14 vstrom. Tread live still fine, but I had a patch installed on front tire 1k miles ago, and despite being fine there's still a small part in the back of my head that doesn't like riding on patched tire even though it's never leaked. I have 0 complaints, have even taken the bike on some dirt roads with success, granted ass was sliding all over the place. Basically I ride almost year round,live in NYC, and see dirt roads prob 4x a year when I go upstate to my parents place up my lake George. In your opinion what is best tire for mileage and asphalt confidence.... My pilots have 7k on them and honestly look almost new, was thinking about just going for pilot road 5s as my last bike(versys) metzlers have very visible wear signs, prob close to toast at 8k... I put 8k on my strom last year, mostly commuting and taking the long way home on nice days with the mountain roads up by Bear mountain when I just wanna relax, not to mention I've taken my biem downstairs like it's my mountain bikes and I'm 17 lol.
 

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Know that there is no single "correct" answer.

If you like the PR4's ( I didn't ) then the R5's will be fine. Any street tire is just fine as long as you are on dry dirt or gravel. Not quite as good as a knobby of course, but good enough.

The A41 Battlewing may be one of the best all around tires for anyone that occasionally hits gravel. They are a great pavement tire. Not an aggressive tread. But, unlike a pure street tire like a PR4, these have a heavier sidewall and tread area intended to prevent punctures from sharp rocks, gravel, etc.

Which brings me to the puncture. Patched? That is a broad term. Was the tire dismounted and an internal patch installed? I would never think twice about riding that tire till it was worn out. Cheap Walmart tire plugs? Might watch those closely. I have used the Nealy brand tire repair thingys and have NEVER had any leakage with them. I consider them a permanent repair, that might be as good or better than an internal patch since the Nealy style seal the area through the tire plies better than the flat internal patch.
 

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I doubt that you will find a higher mileage tire than the PR's. Out of all the tires I've tried those were the highest mileage and best performing on the street. I've switched to the Metzeler Tourance Next, a 90/10 tire for a little better off road performance with only a little sacrifice in mileage. They also perform great on the street.
 

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There is no tire that is best of both worlds. Tires are a compromise. Some do that better than others.
 

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Personally I would not run a front tubeless tyre with a patch. I would not have a problem with a patched rear though.

I am running Michelin Road 5 Trails on my 2016 and Imho there are one of the best sets of tyres I have ever used. They would be followed closely by Dunlop Trail Smarts. I very much like the way in which my bike steers quickly with both.
 

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V-Strom tires are all the same regardless of year or model....ALL tire threads will end up here!
 
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Know that there is no single "correct" answer.

If you like the PR4's ( I didn't ) then the R5's will be fine. Any street tire is just fine as long as you are on dry dirt or gravel. Not quite as good as a knobby of course, but good enough.

The A41 Battlewing may be one of the best all around tires for anyone that occasionally hits gravel. They are a great pavement tire. Not an aggressive tread. But, unlike a pure street tire like a PR4, these have a heavier sidewall and tread area intended to prevent punctures from sharp rocks, gravel, etc.

Which brings me to the puncture. Patched? That is a broad term. Was the tire dismounted and an internal patch installed? I would never think twice about riding that tire till it was worn out. Cheap Walmart tire plugs? Might watch those closely. I have used the Nealy brand tire repair thingys and have NEVER had any leakage with them. I consider them a permanent repair, that might be as good or better than an internal patch since the Nealy style seal the area through the tire plies better than the flat internal patch.
Yes dismounted and had a patch installed, there's always the person, like in this tread that says I would never ride a repaired front tire.... And unlike my argument of valve checks being a question of math--- the failure rate doesn't warrant the cost plus the human error in performing it, and waiting till u see symptoms is the best course, a front tire failing because I'm a cheap ass, regardless of how small a percentage I can't justify life as a math problem....
 

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A patch from the inside is reliable if done properly. Working in service stations I have patched lots of tires. (Customers were all cars, not bikes. More than 100, less than 1000, didn't really keep count.) I have had one rear tire with six patches before it wore out. (There was construction on my way to work. Moved and haven't had a flat since.)
Of course you have to ride with confidence, and that could mean a new tire for some. Certianly it's what the manufacturer recommends, but they have liability to think about also.
 

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In general what's the best place for tires, I know I have seen rubber cheaper than RevZilla....

Rocky Mt. ATV usually has the best price (in my experience) and ships fast.

Sometimes Amazon is good, random price drops!
 
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Used to be Rocky MT atv, American Mototire, and Chapparal were the price leaders.

Must be a LOT of price fixing going on now. There are no real discount leaders. Two years ago I could buy tires for under $225 a set. Same and similar tires are $280+ now.
 

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Myself, buying a set a year or more....
Rocky Mountain still is the low price leader that I have found... BUT
RevZilla WILL price match them.
Because of their close to me warehouse & "fresh" tires I use them.
 
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Has anyone run skinko 705s or 804/5?
The 705's are good tires, Ran 2 sets on my 2014 650. Got 10,000 miles on the last back tire and 20,000 on the front. They do make some noise though. I'm on the PR4's now with about 8,000 miles and considering the Anakee Adventutres for my next set. The Metzler Tourance is also a good possibility.
 

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I have pr4s, prob 30 percent left on rear, front has a patch on it, but I'm recently unemployed and looking forward to a few months off. There are some dirt roads in upstate NY where I went last year and want to revisit. Pr4s are amazing in Wet and cold, but riding on dirt road that were damp was an exercise in fun and stupidity.... Love the mileage and ride of pr4s 95% of time.
 

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I have pr4s, prob 30 percent left on rear, front has a patch on it, but I'm recently unemployed and looking forward to a few months off. There are some dirt roads in upstate NY where I went last year and want to revisit. Pr4s are amazing in Wet and cold, but riding on dirt road that were damp was an exercise in fun and stupidity.... Love the mileage and ride of pr4s 95% of time.
If money is a problem then the Shinko's are perfect for you. You could get a set of 705 radials for $165 from Rocky Mountain ATV.
 
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