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It's sad but true, I do 99% of my K12-ing on I-95 for my commute. So I get long mileage out of my tires. Looks like I'll get close to 17k miles on this set, albeit with a good flat spot! So I just bought the animal some new skins. I went with the Bridgestone 020 and paid $203.00 delivered for the pair thru Chaparral. I was curious what others were paying and if there was a dealer/site where prices were even better. I was pretty happy with $203.
 

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I just bought a front 014 from Motorcycle accessory warehouse and paid something like $81 plus $9 shipping. I think Chapparell was within $1. Do you mount your own or pay a shop? I got mine mounted and balanced for $25 when I take the wheel in off the bike. I have a Smartire system which makes it harder to change the valve stem. --Jerry
 

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As for actually changing the tires....

there is a fellow K12 site member who lives here in VA who has "maint days" and has the equip to change them. I plan to contact him and see when the next day will be. Otherwise, both wheels will go to Morton's BMW.
 

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i just bought new pirelli front and rear for my '04kgt. they were the high mileage diablo, bought them on reccommend of the pirate. at ron ayers they were $232 total, including shipping. i'll have an indy install and balance for $75. i'll be out about $300 for the job. dealer in tampa wanted $400. i too do mostly pavement riding, got 16,500 out of oem z4's.
 

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Many people swear by http://www.swmototires.com/ . I ordered a pair of Avons from them on a Monday night through their website & received a tracking number via email. Tires were drop-shipped from CA and at my house when I got home from work on Wednesday. Free shipping when you buy two or more tires. I paid $229.90
 

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Many people swear by http://www.swmototires.com/ . I ordered a pair of Avons from them on a Monday night through their website & received a tracking number via email. Tires were drop-shipped from CA and at my house when I got home from work on Wednesday. Free shipping when you buy two or more tires. I paid $229.90
Just ordered set of Z6's today K12GT '04. $221.00 (free shipping) to my door. Will mount and balance myself. From swmototires.com Hope to have in less than a week. (Arizona? to NY).
 

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When I picked up my new 04KGT in January the 1st thing I did was order new tires for it thru SWmoto and had them in two days. The tires went on at 108 miles and were mounted and balanced by me. I think I paid $209 delivered for a set of Conti Road Attacks. The Bridgestone 020's came stock on my Kawasaki and I never trusted them so I tried the Conti's on it and liked them so much I put a set on the beemer.
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SWMOTO also, quick service, free shipping on 2 or more, no 3 digit DOT numbers!

Question: WTF brand of tires are you getting 17K out of???
 

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Just put new tires on yesterday. I wanted to mail order them, but could not wait, so I went to Morton's. Took my wheels in in the morning, picked them up around 2. Convneient but costly. I would have saved over $100 on tires and instal if I had time to wait for delivery and time to set up time with George in KG to use his tire changer. I guess that is the price you pay for convienence. Was riding again well before dark. I just took off some Pirelli Diablos, I actually got 10k miles out of them and just wore off the tread bars this past week. I was suprised.
I will see how these Metzler Z6's do this winter.
 

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It's sad but true, I do 99% of my K12-ing on I-95 for my commute. So I get long mileage out of my tires. Looks like I'll get close to 17k miles on this set, albeit with a good flat spot! So I just bought the animal some new skins. I went with the Bridgestone 020 and paid $203.00 delivered for the pair thru Chaparral. I was curious what others were paying and if there was a dealer/site where prices were even better. I was pretty happy with $203.

Hi,
I've just had a Bridgestone battleaxe 180/55/17rear tyre fitted on my RS...159,00 euro plus 15,00 euro to fit and balance...in and out in 40 min with VAT 174,00 euro. Is that good or bad I don't know...but It's done 3 minuits down the road!!
I wish I could get 17k out of my tyres, but I only ride mine for pleasure so I tend to make them work hard...ie 8k at best.
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By the time my new skins come in and are mounted, there will be at least 17k miles on the stock Metz MEZ4's. As I said, with a good flat spot, but they still stick and show no cords. The reason is probably due to all the commuting and general fear of losing liscense. I'm not beyond a good 100mph pass once in a while though!
 

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Glad to see another winter rider!! Electric all the way!
 

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tire wear and european prices

roadrunner said:
Hi,
I've just had a Bridgestone battleaxe 180/55/17rear tyre fitted on my RS...159,00 euro plus 15,00 euro to fit and balance...in and out in 40 min with VAT 174,00 euro. Is that good or bad I don't know...but It's done 3 minuits down the road!!
I wish I could get 17k out of my tyres, but I only ride mine for pleasure so I tend to make them work hard...ie 8k at best.
Steve
If you are riding at any speeds above 80mph, then you are going to eat your tires up pretty quick. Speed is truely the devils advocate for tire life. Although, they are made to preform at high end speeds, they will wear extremely fast. I think 8k is pretty standard for aggresive riders. There are some K12S riders that are only getting about 2k, but they are riding on Pilot Powers, which is a softer/sticker/racing compound.

As for 174,00 euro for a rear tire change. Whoa, that sounds pretty steep. I'm not sure what the standard prices are for Europe. You might want to contact Locus, he rides a K12S near Olso and would have a better answer. I just bought a pair of Pirelli's Diablo for ~225. Although, with the wet weather around the corner, I will be putting on Pilot Roads next weekend.
Just as a heads up, CycleGear is having a 10% everything sale this coming sat, Oct 29th. I always pick up a set of tires during the sales... I'll need them eventually. Prior Proper Planning!

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Cheap seats here. I do pretty close to 80 miles freeway each way to work and home so I'm also pretty easy on tires.

I picked up two sets of tires for $160 delivered off eBay. I got a Dunlop D208 front and a Metzler ME Z4 front from sbmotorsports for $20 each plus shipping. The Dunlop still had the dye stripe and the mold nubs. The Metzler wasn’t that new but has no appreciable tread wear, and ‘sb’ even combined shipping, so they are not bad. I also picked up a Harley-Davidson Dunlop D404 rear for $15 that some guy was selling because it wasn’t ‘phat’ enough for his ride.

The rear that I had on it was a Michelin Macadam 100X 170/60 and this Harley tire is 160/70 – 10mm smaller width – so I should have had tons of room, Yes? Well it just barely kisses the mono-swingarm on part of the loop, because I can see the wear gloss on the face/tread-surface of the tire near that side of the edge. It doesn’t touch when the bike is stopped because I can slide a business card through the tire/swingarm gap. It also doesn’t touch much, as I’ve put on about 2500 miles now, and the raised text on the tread-surface of the tire (It says Dunlop) is still there…. I’ve got maybe another 5 to 6 K miles (25% to 40%) of the tire still to use up and then I’ll switch to a $50 Yokohama-now-Kenda K671 rear tire. It’s a 150/70 rear - even smaller width and almost an exact diameter match to the 170/60 – so I expect it will fit fine.

I like the tread pattern on the ME Z4; and the tread pattern on the Kenda K671 is pretty deep too, which should be good for when the weather really turns soupy in December and the freeway ruts fill up with water. I put the Dunlop D208 front on now since I’m mostly still driving on dry streets – but I’ll pull it off and put on the Z4, when I change the rear again. We have pretty nice fall seasons here in the Oregon Willamette valley – and pretty wet springs seasons that last right up to July 4th most years.
 

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NO commuting here

I get between 4,500 and 5,000 miles tops on my Z6. I just cannot figure out how people get more. :think:
 

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I've been known to ride pretty quick on the super slab, and will make a +100MPH pass from time to time. But I just can't see bolting from stop to stop all the time wringing the beast's neck. Sooner than later the local Ghestappo will to show their appreciation by making my insurance unaffordable. I think tire life is directly proportionate to the angle of your right wrist!
 

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interesting thread. was thinking about investing in a tire machine between friends (about $1800) for a 'full' motorcycle specific automatic machine.. have the harbor freight but its a POS and its easy to scratch my rims (did that on my R11S)..

if ten people got together.. its well worth the investment.. can mount/change tires 24/7... lots of advantages with convienience (transporting bike/tire/etc)....

have a problem paying retailish + install fee each time.. its not that's its expensive, its more of a hassle...
 

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Which brand of tire should I buy?

Hey guys, great post. I was recommended by the dealer in my area that I needed a new rear tire. They quoted me $225.00 for a Metzler just like the one on it. Now I see the website for Southwest Moto and don't have any idea which brand would suit me the best. I live in North Georgia and I love the curves, but do most of my riding via commute to Atlanta. Recommendations would be greatly appreciated. BTW I have a Metzler Roadtec Z6, 180/55 ZR17 on the rear now. Second question, should I replace both tires? The front has plenty of tread at this point.
 

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Hey guys, great post. I was recommended by the dealer in my area that I needed a new rear tire. They quoted me $225.00 for a Metzler just like the one on it. Now I see the website for Southwest Moto and don't have any idea which brand would suit me the best. I live in North Georgia and I love the curves, but do most of my riding via commute to Atlanta. Recommendations would be greatly appreciated. BTW I have a Metzler Roadtec Z6, 180/55 ZR17 on the rear now. Second question, should I replace both tires? The front has plenty of tread at this point.
Longest-lasting tire I've had are the Pirelli Diablo Strada's. Just barely edged out the Z6, and not by much, maybe 1500 miles. Not enough to really make a difference.



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Wow...the mileage some of you are getting! I consider myself easy on the bike and I replaced the OEM K12GT tires at the 6,000 mile service. I did put the Metzler "Z6" on this time instead of the "Z4's" that came stock. Most riding is two up and speeds in the "moderate" range. (60-80 range....on a closed course, with a professional driver...etc. etc.)

How can I get 12,000 - 15,000 miles on a set of tires?

I have been getting my tires from Sporttour.com They are a few minutes away, really nice people, and have always given me great service. They are real biker owners/riders and treat their customers with respect. Also, they now mount the tires dirt cheap.

Hans
 
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