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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old Jan 4th, 2008, 10:03 pm Thread Starter
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What tire and mileage do you get on your K12?

I have been hearing a lot of different opinions on tire wear for the K12. Can you describe your riding style (comfort, normal, spirited) and describe tire type & wear rate? I am running Avon Viper AV60, which is a sticky tire, but only gets about 3000 miles per rear tire. I am a spirited driver.
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old Jan 4th, 2008, 10:57 pm
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Stock tire might last me 2k miles. I ride fast and hard most all the time. Maybe by this time next year I'll have slowed down a bit. But for now, the grin is addictive.

Tires are cheap, relatively speaking. I might try an M3 next tire.

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Varies a little depending on the ride, but I get anywhere from 6k - 8k on a set of Metzlers Z6.

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5500 max on sport tour, usually 3000-4000 on sport tires, 2000 on race tires

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About 3,500 miles on Perelli's and/or Avons.
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post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old Feb 20th, 2008, 7:33 pm
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Weave was telling me about a dual compound tire that was supposed to wear better in the middle. Michelin? Metz? I cannot recall.

I had a dual compound last year but Pirelli I think and I was underwhelmed by it.

Let's see what the future brings.


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post #7 of 19 (permalink) Old Feb 21st, 2008, 3:12 am
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I put Michelin Pilot Road 2's on my K1200R last year to replace the Sportecs that came with the bike (which seemed to be made of black cheese on the basis of wear rate). I have since done around 6000 miles (lot of motorway miles) with very little wear apparent. They also did me several laps of the Nurburgring last summer. Superb all round tyre.
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post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old Feb 21st, 2008, 4:33 pm
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Tire Mileage

My 07 GT came with Bridgestone 020s. After the 3K service I headed out for a 10K mile trip around the US, changing the first set in Charleston after 6,032 miles. The second set of 020s were changed after another 6,938 miles. Most of this riding was done at relatively spirited speed in high winds, torrential rain and light snow. They performed very well in every element to which they were subjected.
Once I arrived home in San Diego the Metzler Z6s were mounted Which worked very well in the mountain terrain, but provided questionable traction in the wet. These were replaced after 3,616 miles with Michelin PR2s. So far (845 miles) I am quite pleased with their adhesion, tractability and security in the wet.
Historically, I get between 2,500 miles and 4,400 miles on a set of tires, depending upon use at the track, back roads or freeway/express routes. With each tire change both tires are replaced as they seem to wear equally. Tires, to my way of thinking, are the most significant safety component on our equipment list.
Hope you all have as much fun riding well as the mind can stand. See you on the road.
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post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old Feb 23rd, 2008, 6:53 pm
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Brand Rear Front $$$$
METZ Z4 5091 5794 original tire
Avon 45/46 7547 11096 $243.90
Avon Storm 8398 3500*** $243.90
Dunlop 208 4658 5304 $163.86
Conti Road Attacks currently installed

Avon Storm front thumped and wobbled. This is not an uncommon occurence from what I have read on various websites. Bad Avon, bad

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post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old Feb 23rd, 2008, 7:01 pm
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6K miles on 2 sets of Pirelli Diablos
I just mounted Pilot Power 2CT today. We'll see how they do.

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