Tire suggestions? - K-Bikes.com - Excellence in Motion
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old Oct 18th, 2010, 1:25 pm Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Morgan Hill, CA, USA
Posts: 590
Question Tire suggestions?

I've been running the Avon Storms for the last few years. They have been fine running...no issues except.....
Well I ride mostly heavy and two up and I only get over 6k miles on the rears with the center wearing out. Is this expected because of my type of riding? My wife and I love riding together so that's my bulk of riding, and long distance too not much local.

Should I get the Storm 2 Ultra's next?
kbmwrs is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old Oct 18th, 2010, 4:46 pm
Looking for better limits...
Razel's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Fremont, CA, USA
Posts: 5,163
Haven't ridden on the Storms. Pilot Road 2's, 10k on the first ones. Bridgestones came on the bike and were toast at 6k. Second set of PR2's are too new.

100% free webcam site! | Awesome chicks and it is absolutely free! | Watch free live sex cam - easy as 1-2-3

2010 K1300GT Royal Blue
2003 K1200GT Orient Blue (for sale)
2007 G650 X-Challenge

IBA #34158

Be a K-Bikes Supporter

I work for Keyser Söze
Razel is offline  
post #3 of 21 (permalink) Old Oct 18th, 2010, 11:21 pm
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: West Hills , CA, USA
Posts: 39
On my 3rd set of Pilots 2 been averaging over 9000 miles on the sets very happy with them and prettty good in the rain.
Martybmw is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #4 of 21 (permalink) Old Oct 19th, 2010, 9:02 am Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Morgan Hill, CA, USA
Posts: 590
Thanks , I'll look int PR 2s
kbmwrs is offline  
post #5 of 21 (permalink) Old Oct 19th, 2010, 9:11 am
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Rochester, NY, USA
Posts: 108
So far I like my Metzler Interact Z6, I believe they are replacing the RoadTec Z6. They wound the belts tighter and closer together at the center for better wear life. As you move out the tire the belts or wire is spread out more and not as tight allowing the tire to flex. So far I do like them, only miles will tell.

13' K1600GT - Montego Blue Metallic
07' K1200GT - traded for torque monster
04' R1150RS - sold
MOA 150423 IBA 50178

Reality is an illusion caused by a lack of speed traveled over ground
Seamuis is offline  
post #6 of 21 (permalink) Old Oct 19th, 2010, 1:26 pm
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Batavia, IL,
Posts: 238
The only thread better than tires is an oil thread

As long as you're not installing car tires on the rear like some of my Goldwing buddies are doing, any modern radial is OK. I also ride two up 95% of the time and over the last 8 years would say the Pilot Road 2 is my favorite. The Bridgestone Battleaxes had the front cup on the RT and were ok as stock on my GT. I tried Avon Storms on the RT and they vibrated at speed, not a balance issue just the tread. I'm currently on Metz Z6 at my dealers recommendation.

Here's what I've used and the mileage returned since buying the GT in '06.
0 - 7960 mi - stock Bridgestones
7960 - 13965 (6005 mi) don't remember (!)
13965 - 23489 (9524 mi) Pilot Road 2
23489 - present around 31000 (7500 mi) Metzeler Z6, probably another 1500 miles in them

2006 GT
2002 RT sold
1985 Maxim X sold
2wheeler is offline  
post #7 of 21 (permalink) Old Oct 22nd, 2010, 11:27 am
aj7840's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Rockford, MI, USA
Posts: 365
Picked up a nail in my rear Avon while riding in Montana. Went to the only dealer in the town, the only 180/55/17 in stock was a Shinko 009 Raven, as I was 1500 miles from home and the next nearest dealer of any sort was 90 miles way. I decided this would have to do, Plus it was only $135 mounted and balanced, included taking the wheel off the bike (Single sided swing arm and four lug bolts isn't much work).

The tire now was 5600 miles on it, it handles well in the wet, does not slip or slide for my riding in the few curves we have in Michigan. Still have about an 1/8" of tread before the wearbars. I am guessing I will get 9,000+, about the same as the Avons maybe a little more, the OEM BT020s were about 6500 miles.

'07 K1200GT Crystal Gray Metalic
'00 Ducati 900 Monster
aj7840 is offline  
post #8 of 21 (permalink) Old Oct 22nd, 2010, 2:19 pm
Senior Member
erniejen's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: San Diego, Ca, USA
Posts: 146
Tire Selection

2Wheeler is right, there seems to be something almost religious about selecting just the right tread design and casing configuration.
First, I would say your wear pattern is what should be expected for two-up riding. However, the roads about your area are fraught with great curves and more than ample to scrub off some of that sidewall tread. About the Storms, just do not know, but my tires on the GTs for the past 4 years (one-up riding over 150k miles) have averaged between 2,500 and 6,500 miles for the set. So I think you are getting pretty good mileage. You might consider the Continental ContiRoadAttack tires as they tend to be a bit harder composition and geared for the touring rider.
Just my $.02. Have fun in your experiment. Ride safe.
erniejen is offline  
post #9 of 21 (permalink) Old Oct 23rd, 2010, 6:13 am
Andre's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Brussels, , BELGIUM
Posts: 100

I do not ride with a pillion and mostly commute. I tried most of the tires that fit on a K12-13.
The Bridgestone front tire is usually completely gone at 6K miles. But only the BT tire gives a rock solid feel to this bike.
For what it's worth
Best regards
Andre is offline  
post #10 of 21 (permalink) Old Oct 28th, 2010, 10:11 am
ARM's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Holt (near Lansing), MI, USA
Posts: 21
I've heard some good things about the new Bridgestone BT-023s. Apparently, there is an 023GT tire made specifically for heavier motorcycles. I'll be purchasing new tires over the winter and am considering these. I had BT020s and BT021s on my old R11R and while I got good mileage out of them (>6500 miles) they wore poorly and cupped quite a bit. Bridgestone claims the new 023s offer a 30% increase in tire life and no/less cupping due to a new rubber compound. Is anyone using these tires yet? Comments..........

Forza Italia
2007 K1200 GT
ARM is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the K-Bikes.com - Excellence in Motion forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tire pressures - 'Got me thinking' voxmagna K1200RS/GT (Classic) 20 Aug 18th, 2010 6:23 pm
NOMAR tire change report ldbikin Bike Talk 14 Jun 5th, 2010 9:26 am
K1300S Tire Suggestions? MISSILE1300S K12/1300S 17 Sep 26th, 2009 10:58 pm
Tire Mileage and what affects it Stephejl Tires 13 Jun 23rd, 2009 12:15 am
Emergency tire repair - tips and suggestions? jeffdean Technical, Repair and Maintenance 8 Mar 23rd, 2006 10:14 am

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome