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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Sep 15th, 2018, 2:20 pm Thread Starter
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Hi, I'm sure this has been done before, sorry. My K13S is due new tyres, I had Michelin PR3s on a VFR800 and loved them but there seems to be a bit of doubt whether they're man enough for the K13. Anyone got any experience or thoughts? Thanks.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Sep 20th, 2018, 4:49 pm
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You might like the Dunlop Roadsmart 2's or 3's. I beat the piss out of my last set of RS2's on my oilhead......daily city commuting and several 1000+ mile tours. (Tail of the Dragon, Arkansas scenic 7 etc). The rs2's lasted me 10,000 miles even with that kind of abuse. A riding buddy of mine switched from pr4's to rs2's on his fjr1300 and he likes them a lot more. As soon as the pr4's die on my k1200gt, I'm switching back to roadsmarts.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Sep 22nd, 2018, 5:26 am
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I have run two sets of Michelins (2s and 3s) on my K 1200 S and they managed the power just fine. They are the best rated rain tires on the market and that is a consideration we Seattle riders always have to keep in mind. My only complaint is the Michelins will run a flat spot on the rears a little quicker then some and as they reach the end of their service life, they will get a little more unpredictable then my Pirelli Angels did.

Hi eliastfk. Yes, I have run a few Dunlops myself but they are historically a very hard tire. They have pretty much always been directed at the market for those who like their tires to last above all else. They typically show up on your brand new Road King or Ultra Classic H-Ds; Meaning they are excellent for pulling a trailer. %^D Of course the trade off is the first time you lean that hummer over past 50 degrees and hit so much as a spot of squirrel piss, you are going on your ass.

I have been on 2 wheels for over 60 years now and run most of the brands at one time or another. If I had to pick a favorite, I would say Pirelli. They have won more races and done more innovations then any other tire. To the best of my knowledge, they introduced the first wrap-around tread and the first multi-compound designs which now rule the market. The first multi-compound tire I ever saw was way back in the '60s or '70s. I think it was called the Pirelli Gordon and I had them on my '67 CH.

Tires before this era looked like they came off a Pickup Truck. I don't know how we survived them.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old May 28th, 2019, 12:07 am
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PR2,3 suck big time. The front tire wears flat sides like a trapezoid. The 5's are okay and good in the wet. But Metezler M7 sportec RR will make your bike sing.

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I like the Pirelli Angel GT. On my 4th set now. I get about 5000 miles on the rear of my K1300s MS. I change them when they get to the wear bar, or earlier if a trip is coming up. I'll be interested to see how the new GT 2 does.

The latest Metzeler also looks good.
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