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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old May 12th, 2012, 12:54 pm Thread Starter
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Hi all, i have recently purchased a K1200GT (2005) and will of course be requiring new rubber at some point, can any one recommend a good set of tyres not to soft and sticky as i donít want them to wear out too son but equally not too hard as would like to stay on the road, i ride in all weathers; "well with the heated grips and seat" there would be no point in only sunny days riding". Thanks: teeth

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Any of the current sport touring tyres will be fine mate, my current favourites are Avon Storm II Ultras, but Michelin Pilot Road 2 or 3 are also good, the only tyre I would say to stay clear of is the Metzler Roadtec Z6, but thats me, others may disagree. If you dont find any of those sticky enough you should be racing

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Oh, I agree. I have the Z6 on my RS and the mileage is not at all what I was expecting. I just may have misunderstood or been misunderstood when buying them. I also got a great combination of mileage and wear from the Bridgestone 010fr 020 rr combination, and assume that whatever their current designation is would be just as good. That was in the range of 7-8000 miles. I now prefer the Road 2ct (on both the RS and the S). But I have a much more twisty and fun route for commuting to Sac from the coast.

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Just checked the mileage on the Metzlers, barely 5,000 miles and they are gone into the wear bars front and rear. For me, the Pilot Road 2ct is a way better tire for this bike for the money (less than the MeZ6), and I really prefer the feel.

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Hi all, i have recently purchased a K1200GT (2005) and will of course be requiring new rubber at some point, can any one recommend a good set of tyres not to soft and sticky as i donít want them to wear out too son but equally not too hard as would like to stay on the road, i ride in all weathers; "well with the heated grips and seat" there would be no point in only sunny days riding". Thanks: teeth
Like many here who have ridden a K1200RS or K1200GT (2003-2005) for many miles, I have tried almost all the Sport-touring tire brand and models.

There is no contest at this point: until someone comes with a much better tire (best life and grip) , only the "Michelin Pilot-road 2" or the new "Michelin Pilot-road 3". I see that you are in UK, so if you do ride often in the rain the "Pilot-road 3" is better for you.

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Just installed the Pilot Road 3s to replace the Pilot Roads...boy what a difference.
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Just checked the mileage on the Metzlers, barely 5,000 miles and they are gone into the wear bars front and rear. For me, the Pilot Road 2ct is a way better tire for this bike for the money (less than the MeZ6), and I really prefer the feel.
And I just got 5000 miles out of the Bridgestone Roadsmart rear tire. Having put a couple hundred miles on the Pilot Road on Sunday has convinced me that it's a much better tyre for my K12RS.

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Pilot Road 2 or 3 on the back and a Pilot Power up front is also an excellent combination. The Power up front is stickier than the rear which IMHO is better as it is always preferable to have the rear let go a little than the front Also, and this depends on how you ride, but this combo tends to wear out equally meaning you are putting both fresh hoops on together which is always nice

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I will recomande michelin pr 2 or 3, best to change front and rear at once, I may notice thath I ride solo, turing, fast cornerig, average speed, got 25000 km on the set of pr2, I just suit my bike w. a set of Metzler interact M5 , I know they do not last longer then michelin, but who cares ...
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Just my 2cents. Metz's on this bike are crap. The tread pattern on the rear m6 doesn't have much tread in the center=skiddish in the wet. Just changed to P3's (had P2 and 3's on other bikes) and the diff is astounding. Get the Mich PR3!!

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