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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Jul 29th, 2008, 4:06 pm Thread Starter
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What tires are you using?

I've tried Bridgestones, Avons, and now the new Pilot Roads, and I still can't get more than about 4-5k out of them.

What are you guys using that offers the best mileage/grip combination?

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I've got the Pilot Road 2 (2CT) on my GT. They've lasted for more than 10k miles (16600 km now) and will probably give me more than another 1000 miles.

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Did you try the search function first?

Read this thread.

Basically, I like the Storms first because of the balance of handling, traction, and decent wear at 12K front, 7K rear.

Pilot 2CT are my second choice, but are more expensive for the same sort of wear as the Avons. BT021s are third, based on poor wet traction and an affinity for tar snakes and painted road lines.

I won't run the Z6's anymore, as they just don't last and they go from OK to cords with little warning.

I ran a pair of Roadsmarts, but picked up a nail in the rear so I have no long-term wear data. Dry handling was awesome though, with peg-scraping angles not a problem.

And I just ordered a set of ME880s (shudder). I've got a 2-week 10K trip planned, and won't have time to change in the middle so I had to go for mileage first. But those will be gone by CCR.

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PR2's dude!

Like you, never got more than 4 to 5k out of anything till I tried the PR2's. 7500 out of the rear. Handled everything. Rain, snow, twisties, scraping pegs, hard heavy fast riding yada yad yada. I won't use anything else unless they improve them.

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I had over 8,000 miles on my stock tires and could have gone at least a thousand more when I caught a nail. I went for a set of PR2s and I can say without hesitation that it's like the tires are designed for the KGT. The PR2s take a big bike that is already incredibly nimble to a whole new level. Absolutely no unexpected movements when rolling in and out of aggressive lean angles that make you feel like corrective action is necessary. The tires track like their on rails.

I won't know about the durability for about a year. If they last as well as they handle, they'll be the first "win/win" set of tires I've ever purchased. And for what I paid for them they better be!

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Dood what are you doing with that bike? Im currently on PR2s, have 7000klms(4500miles) on them and the rear is probably 50% and the front looks better than that.
I ride a lot of twisties, 2up 50% of the time and they stick like shit to a blanket.

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Got 10,500 out of the rear on PR2 (it still had tread), still running the front. I had some high speed slips on tar snakes at high lean angle and one sweeper in the rain when I crossed the center stripe at speed. These tires are super.
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PR2s

Put a set of PR2s on at the 6000-mile service in May (OEM Bridgestone's were totally shot by then; very bad scalloping in the front). Now at a little over 12k, and the back looks like it still has a good amount of life left.

Picked up a screw in the front PR2, so had to replace it with 4k miles on it; darn shame - no scalloping, looking like new. Due to backoreder issues, now running a Z6 in the front.

With the PR2s, the bike felt like a Ducati (well, ok, not quite, but almost ), with the Z6 in the front feels 'wiggly'... Riding 95% two-lane 'sweeper' roads solo; very little slab time. I have a new set of PR2s in the garage that will go on as soon as the rear is ready for replacement; will keep the Z6 for "emergencies," but plan on sticking with the PR2s until I find something even better...


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Jeff, I'm with Ken. I've yet to try the Roadsmarts, but right now for the money, there is not a better all round tire than the Storms.

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Conti Road Attacks absolutely stink!! I mounted a RoadSmart a couple of months ago and so far, I really like 'em. The dry stick is great and after riding in some heavy rain, I'm quite impressed with their wet weather handling. The wear seems to be really great so far - no flat spotting and I do a LOT of highway riding to and from work.

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