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I know that this subject has to have been beaten to death, but as I'm new to this forum I'd like to still ask what tires would be best for my k12rs. It's a 2003 and I ride it hard and fast.
It came with Battleaxes and after 4,000 miles their cupping baddly.
I preffer Metzlers as I've had good experiences with them.
What about the M3 which is new or the M1. The say there for sport riding, as I tend to do.
Most of what I see is talk of the z6.

Any speed deamons with some thoughts?

Thanks,

Brad
 

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Here is the worst answer you read will on this with all the purists here. I mix my tires and have done so for years. The complaining will follow. I use a Metz Sportec up front and a Bridgestone BT-020 rear. I ride 90% of the tread off lane splitting while commuting. The heat in So Cal is brutal on soft tires when you are slabbing it. I still wear the middle of the rear tire out first, but at a slower rate. I have no problems with this set up on my KRS. Many have a problem with mixing tires and the stories show that. It's a matter of what works for you and where you ride. Most radial tires today have their pros and cons. There is no perfect tire set up for everyone on a bike that is 100 pounds overweight.
 

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I was riding the BT020R and currently have teh M3 on my bike. M3 stick good but I think mileage nowhere near the Battleaxe, though I have over 4K on M3 and still look OK. Check the tire survey results for group consensus. As Blkvelvt stated varies due to factors of roads and riding style.
 

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The M3 replaces the M1, and IMO is a much better tire. Metzeler claims it lasts quite a bit longer, too. I just put a set on my R1100S, and so far I think they're the best tires I've ever had. I think they feel a little better than Pilot Powers and Dunlop Qualifiers. For me, the Powers lasted about 30% longer than other sticky tires, but from what I've seen others say, I'm hoping for the same with the M3s.
 

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if its not a Metz or an Avon I dont run it. I know others are good too, maybe better, I just know these brands and have had good luck with them.Hate to be stuck with another brand I didnt like for 5,000 miles, I'm too cheap to change tires till they are shot.I tried a Metz rear and an Avon front once, not good, even scared my passenger, only time I have replaced a tire early, it had maybe 500 miles on it.
 

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I differ from the previous posts. I love my Michelin's. I have pilot roads on now, love them, even in the twisties. I am getting superb wear on them as well. I used to have pilot power front with road back, did not have a problem with that either. My buddy had Metz's and did not like the front, it was always "searching" for a good line and never felt stable to him, he replaced with Pilot roads and the feeling went away. Many talk about the powers being a bit stickier, but remember, our bike is double the weight of a "crotch rocket" and therefore should not need as much stick. I have never felt it giving way or anything even in the worst of twisties. Can not say enough positive about the wear, ride, feel, or price of Michelin's!
 

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chilei said:
I differ from the previous posts. I love my Michelin's. I have pilot roads on now, love them, even in the twisties. I am getting superb wear on them as well. I used to have pilot power front with road back, did not have a problem with that either. My buddy had Metz's and did not like the front, it was always "searching" for a good line and never felt stable to him, he replaced with Pilot roads and the feeling went away. Many talk about the powers being a bit stickier, but remember, our bike is double the weight of a "crotch rocket" and therefore should not need as much stick. I have never felt it giving way or anything even in the worst of twisties. Can not say enough positive about the wear, ride, feel, or price of Michelin's!
Ditto, also pilots feel the best in the wet (for me at least). Z6's are also good in the dry, but not as good as the pilots in the wet.

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I've been running a Michelin Pilot Road up front, and a Metzler Z6 out back, over the last 4000 miles without any problems (and I've got my chicken strips down to 1/8"). I generally prefer to keep my tires matched, but necessity forced me to run mismatched, and I'm glad I did it.

I learned that mixing isn't a big deal... and can be used to your advantage, as you have done. I suspect it might have a benefit in racing as well, as it gives you another level of flexibility to tune your ride....

Rich
 
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