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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old May 22nd, 2020, 12:06 am Thread Starter
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K1300s tires - Angel GT 2?

Anyone tried the new version of the Pirelli Angel GT? Time to order another set of tires. My last four sets have been Angel GT version 1.

Also interested in the latest Metzeler. If anyone here has experience would love to hear about them.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old May 23rd, 2020, 12:12 pm
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The Pirelli Angel GT version 1 & 2 are great tires, I've had 4 sets of 1 on my Kawasaki and 1 on my BMK K1200S

I was not a fan of the Metzelers I had on the Kawasaki. The center wares down faster than expected.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old May 23rd, 2020, 12:17 pm
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This link is from another post somewhere but it has good information on sport touring tires. Your Angles have some good words at the end of the video.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old May 24th, 2020, 2:47 am
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I just put Dunlop Roadsmart II's on the back.

They seem ok. Bike more willingly leans now, but I think that would happen w/any new tire
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old May 24th, 2020, 3:35 am
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They're as good as the originals, Craig, i.e. they track nicely on corners, no nasty surprises, and work well in the wet too. They also seem to lasting well so far, on UK tarmac, as did the originals (7K miles per set).

I've also tried Dunlop, Metzeler, and Michelin across 40k miles on a K, and the Pirellis are still the best overall, with Michelin being a very close second.
My II's aren't yet worn down far enough to know if they 'whiteline', which was my only negative against Mich PR4.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old May 24th, 2020, 5:25 pm
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I agree with Fried Chicken.
I had the Dunlops installed at the Lebanon Tenn. rally last summer and I am very pleased with them. I have always run Michelin on all my bikes and cars.
At the rally they didn't have the Michelins in my size and I needed tires. The Dunlop guys said the Road Smart II were specifically design to compete with the Michelin Pilot roads in grip, tread wear, and wet capabilities. They have that tread type that the openings get bigger the more they wear so as to increase the wet grip. They are a multi-compound tire, harder in the middle, softer on the sides.
They're price point is cheaper than the Michelins but are designed to be like them, and they are USA company now.
I am satisfied with them and will buy them again.

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Yes, I fitted a set a couple of months ago just prior to lockdown, so have only done one ride since, but the grip feels slightly better (it was always superb before anyway). Looking forward to more kms in the spring, so will report more at that time.
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