Pilot Power or Z6. Yes,....again....
I know we talk about tires all the time on these forums but fresh opinions are always welcome! With the KS only having been out around a year or so, I expect there would be fresh opinions on tires (among other things) all the time.
With that said, I'd really like to hear more opinions on the Pilot Power and the Z6. Those are the two tires I'm considering as replacements to my BT-014's. I've been on BT-014 for 1500 miles and so far I'm very happy with them. I figure the rear will be shot around the 4k or less mark. The center for sure. The slab here in SoCal has rain grooves which help flat-spot the center quickly. Unfortunately, the slab is a necessary means to where you really want to go.
The KS/KR riders I know are using and are very pleased with the Pilot Power. So much so that I will probably go with Pilot Power when I re-skin my KS. Average milage on the rear Pilot Power seems to be in the 3-4K range like the BT-014. The KRS and R bike riders I know seem to like the Z6.
Pilot Power is probably the best tire for me here in San Diego but it seems your lucky to get more than 3000 miles out of a rear.
I would prefer to get closer to 5000 miles out of the rear. I know that means a harder compound which comes at a price in terms of grip but if you're only getting 5 to 6K miles out of a tire it's probably a relatively soft tire with good grip and few compromises anyway.
I'm thinking the Z6 is designed to be a Sport Touring Tire and that most of the top of the line tires made today (assuming they're in good shape with proper pressures maintained) are beyond the capability of the average rider and most of us (well me at least) don't use near 100% of the grip that todays good tires are capable of on the road anyway. So why pay for what you don't take advantage of?
The Z6 may give the best compromise between wet and dry grip and longevity. Even though the Z6 may have a little less grip than the Pilot Power, I suspect I wouldn't notice it for use on the road even on a spirited ride, leaned over and controlled powering out of the turns. The track is a different story and I'm sure the Pilot Power would prevail in that enviroment.
So, what do you think? Is the Z6 the tire for everyday use on the KS or is the Grip of the Pilot Power worth replacing it more often and the extra money? Hummmm?