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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 1st, 2012, 10:05 pm Thread Starter
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I searched but found no info newer than 2009 about tires for my bike. I'm thinking about the Michlin Pilot Road 3 190 55 ZR17 to replace my rear tire which is square and worn in the center. My bike has about 5000 miles on it.

My Conti Sport Attack front is in fine shape but I assume it's not safe to change the rear tire to a different brand/design?

So my choice seems to be change both to a new set or just replace the rear with another Conti Sport Attack.....

My riding is down here in sunny Florida - straight flat hot roads - where we pray for the temps to go down to the 60's during the winter :-)

Any advice greatly appreciated.

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I've got the Pilot 3s on my K13S and the Pilot 2CTs on my S1000RR and I would probably put the 2CTs on the K13S if I had to do it over again. The 3s are better in the rain, which is why I put them on the K13, but if you corner hard, you do feel them move around - they have a lot of sipes, which is something that I don't feel on the 2CTs (albeit on a much lighter bike). I've found that the 2CTs are excellent in the rain as well. We get a lot of rain in VA...
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Thanks but according to Michelin, the Pilot Road CT's are also for track use and I am strictly a road guy. Not sure I'd appreciate the difference.

Next question: do I need a special tool to remove the front wheel on my K1300S?
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I replaced my metzlers M3s that originally came on my bike the new M8 sport touring tire. So far have 3000 miles with almost no squaring yet unlike the M3s had at that mileage. Granted the M8s don't feel as secure in corners at 80% but I rarely approach that 90% of the time.
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I replaced my metzlers M3s that originally came on my bike the new M8 sport touring tire. So far have 3000 miles with almost no squaring yet unlike the M3s had at that mileage. Granted the M8s don't feel as secure in corners at 80% but I rarely approach that 90% of the time.
When I called my dealer about tires, they recommended Michelin or Metzler sport touring tires. I don't know much about Metzler.
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Surprised your BMW dealer doesn't know anything about Metzlers tires. Obviously he hasn't been looking at the brand of tires that where on the bikes he sold....Metzlers where OEM on later k1200s and the k1300s at least until late 2009. Original fitment where the M3s. I was very pleased with the wear on the M3s given that they here a sport tire and based on my previous experience with Brig BT20, Cont Sport Attacks and Road Attacks on my vfr800 didnt look at those brands. PS: wouldn't recommend the Cont. road attacks as I put them om my vfr800 and they where squaring off significantly when I sold it and they only had about 1200 miles on them. I was going back and forth between the Michelin P3 and the new metzlers m8 and since I was very happy with the m3s I went with the M8s. I don't think you could go wrong with any of the three...michelin P2, P3 or the Metzler M8 for what you are looking for.
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Sorry, did the last response from my phone and didn't fully read your response and basically saying you dealer didn't know about metzlers....need to take more time and fully read posts. Metzler and Michelin approach getting longer tread life out of the middle of the tire differently. Michelin has basically a harder compound in the center of the tire and softer compound on the tire sides. Metzler approaches getting greater life out of the middle of the tire on the way the they lay the underling wire/carcass and using the same rubber compound throughout. Originally I was sckeptical but based on my limited experience so far it seems to work as advertised.
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I've got about 120k miles on S bikes. I've tryed a lot of different tires/compounds.

My K13S came with the conti-attacks, wow, what a tire....if your rich!! that was a riot for 4500 miles when i had to replace them.

For summer i use harder compounds like the Metz M8 (I think it used to be Z6) or Mich PR3's. When it gets cold I'll switch back to M3's or similar.

If I was in FL and doing local stuff, I'd get a softer compound that lasts maybe 5-6k miles max.

for longer rides the 8-10k mile tires are best (Z6 metz, PR3's, etc).

I've never used the PR2's, trying to remember the model of Mich tire that I used prior to the PR3.
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Well I'd hate to give up security by going with a harder tire. I think a sport touring tire should do fine for me with the interstate type of riding I usually do. But what is the consensus on using a different rear tire such as a sport touring with the original front sport attack? I always assumed you should change them both to match. Has anyone had an issue with mixing?
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I had a flat on near-new tires and got what the dealer had for the rear. It didn't match the front. Can't re the brands, but I think it was a metz up front, Mich out back.

I didn't have any trouble with it.

but i think mixing tires is hit and miss. For just running around town and stuff, not sure I'd worry about it unless the bike is acting stupid or getting scary.

I'd rather take the engineered solution (2 tires of the same make and compound) into a hot apex rather than to do my own experiment LOL...but for dumbed down riding, I've had no issues mixing.
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