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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 6th, 2017, 3:13 am Thread Starter
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what are best longevity tires

Hello All:
I am a new k1300 gt owner.
What rear tire holds up the longest?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 6th, 2017, 8:02 pm
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I've been pretty happy with PR4's, getting about 5.5-6K out of the rear and 7K out of the front, with some cupping and loss of contour. Others easily exceed that milage on the same tires, but I'm a big guy and run them right to the edges. I just put on a set of RoadSmart III's and will see how they hold up.
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I didn't reply at first because the question is difficult to answer. There is a simple tradeoff between tire lifetime and grip. Soft, grippy tires don't last long. Hard, not-so-grippy tires last a long time, but tend to slip on the road turing turns. Some sport-touring tires have dual compounds, with harder rubber in the center of the tire, and softer, grippier compounds on the sides, to better grab the road when you're leaned over.

A popular hard tire for the longest wear is probably the Metzler ME 880 tire. They are very hard. They are not very grippy.

Riding style and load have a lot to do with tire wear. I get well over 10,000 miles on Michelin PR2s, PR3s, and PR4s, but I have a relaxed riding style. A friend of mine is a very aggressive rider, and he wears out tires in half the miles that I do.

If you want the hardest tire that lasts the longest with poor grip: Metzler ME 880. If you want a tire with good overall riding properties and reasonable wear: Michelin Pilot Road 4 (PR4).
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 8th, 2017, 11:14 pm
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Been using Michelin PR4's, but just bought a set of Dunlop Roadsmart 3's. Been hearing a lot of good reports about them.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 11th, 2017, 2:27 am Thread Starter
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I had heard the Michelin pilot road 4 gt was a good long lasting tire.
Has anyone used the dunlop sportsmax roadsmart III?
Also I heard there was a [B] higher load rated in each tire?

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 14th, 2017, 8:37 am
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I have just added Metzler Roadtech M01 and they are perfect in all weathers can certainly recommend them..
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