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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Aug 25th, 2006, 6:32 pm Thread Starter
 
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Tires for the GT!

I know.. I only have 1200 miles on my bike but I am already wondering what should be my next set of tires.

What tires do you like and why?

I had Metzler Z6s on my R1200RT and loved them.

Heh.. I don't know what I have now on it--perhaps I should check

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old Aug 25th, 2006, 7:36 pm
 
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Just got Avons mounted today. Only about 60 miles on them, but I can tell they're gonna be really fun in the twisties. They look great...the tread pattern, that is. And they really look meaty. I'm hoping to get more than 6K outta of them. Time will tell.
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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old Aug 25th, 2006, 7:39 pm
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several ideas

Pirelli and Avon have specials on right now, buy the rear, get the front for free. I ordered a set of each

I have also run Continental Road Attacks.

I don't know what's best but there's lots out there.

Let us know how it works,

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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old Aug 25th, 2006, 7:43 pm
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I bought some Avon AV45/46 at the local Cycle Gear during their after-hour's sale. They still had to order them since they do not stock them normally, but they showed up 4 days later. They also got me the two Pit-Bull stands for the GT and also had Moto-Tools 3/8" drive 22mm hex wrench to get the front axle off.

I had Metzeler and Pirelli on the RT, but they wore out far too soon (3K) and were rougher riding than the Avons. Might have something to do with the metal-belted Metzie's and Pirelli's over the non-metal Avons. High ambient road heat may have taken the mileage toll.

One added thing about the non-metal belted tires: If you get a nail and have one of those external pluggers (i.e. "Stop-and-Go") around, the non-metal belted tire may allow you to run longer on the plug. The Avon's polyester belt will be less likely to cut the plug as would metal. imo.
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I am running the Metzler Z6's right now and they seem to be doing well. They are beginning to square off a bit @ 3500 miles but I think that is to be expected considering all the slab I have been running. I figure I have 2.5-3k left on them. One interesting note is that I have yet to fins a bridge deck that makes the bike wander.

Just for kicks I think that my next set will be the Avons. Nothing wrong at all with the Metzlers, I just want to try something different.

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I know.. I only have 1200 miles on my bike but I am already wondering what should be my next set of tires.

What tires do you like and why?

I had Metzler Z6s on my R1200RT and loved them.

Heh.. I don't know what I have now on it--perhaps I should check

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If you loved the Z6...stick with them. They are frequently the tire that comes with the GT and came on mine. While they were fine on the GT, I don't like them so switched to Pilot Roads when they were doneand now the Roads are doing fine. Personal choice.

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If you loved the Z6...stick with them. They are frequently the tire that comes with the GT and came on mine. While they were fine on the GT, I don't like them so switched to Pilot Roads when they were doneand now the Roads are doing fine. Personal choice.

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My GT came with the B020s, AKA 'rim protectors', and I changed them at my earliest opportunity. Ran the Metzlers on my LT and liked them, but the Z6s were unavailable when I was preping for my long tour, so went to the Michelin Road Pilots. Now have 6,000 on them, and there is at least 2-3000 miles left. They are also good in the rain (IMHO). YMMV, but I will probably go with Pilots again at the next change.

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Just wore out a pair of Continental Sport Attack (6k). Sticky, handled touring weight and high speeds and got 1.5k extra miles than the Z 6's. Plus I like the look.
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My son runs Road Attacks on his Sprint and loves them. I just put Z6's on mine, if for any other reason to get the Bridgestones off. I will probably try the Road Attacks next.

The BT's I guess were OK, but the front was starting to scallop slightly, nothing like what they do on an RT though and I could hear tire noise when cornering, probably because of the way the squared off thanks to riding some slab on a trip. OBTW, the service mgr at my dealer is a good rider and CLASS instructor. He says that Bridgestones aren't tires, they are only "rim protectors".

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Just got Avons mounted today. Only about 60 miles on them, but I can tell they're gonna be really fun in the twisties. They look great...the tread pattern, that is. And they really look meaty. I'm hoping to get more than 6K outta of them. Time will tell.
Hey Joe,
Would you post what sizes you got and keep us updated on how you think they perform for you?
Thanks.
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