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Best Tires?

I'm pretty much a straight-up rider, I don't get down and scrape a knee in the corners every time I get into one so my tires wear out in the middle. I've been useing Dunlop Roadsmarts for the last few seasons and only get one season out of them. What tire wears longer than that and still handles well in a corner should I get into one.


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Just curious, how many miles is one season??



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I think I put on somewhere around 8-10,000 mi. I'll have to double check that.


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Blacktop only or mix of blacktop and gravel? If gravel is in the mix, at what percentage?

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There is no best tires. You make a calculated purchase and most will depend on the level of safety you need.

Soft tires grip and hard tires do not offer that much grip but will last the distance. So there is always a level of compromise in Tire selection.

http://www.ehow.com/about_5348134_mo...formation.html

Hope this helps. Tire selection is subjective and its very personal to each rider.

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If you're getting 8 or 10k from a set, that's pretty good in my opinion. I'm not sure you can expect much more than that.
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I'm nearing 10k on the stock tires, and I've never had rubber that lasted that long. I am getting ready to order some new ones and considering stockers again.

My style of riding sounds a lot like you. Curves are fun, but not what I have a lot of in Florida.

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Check on the Bridgestone BT-023. A touring tire, good in the rain and will hold it's own in a corner. If you find one.
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If you find the Michelin Pilot Road 2s you'll be happy. Great handling tire with long mileage. Only problem is that they are now hard to find (with the new Pilot Road 3 out) and expensive. I currently am using Continental Road Attacks (first gen) and they are pretty good, especially for the price. Do ride harsher than the Michelin's, but then you get what you pay for...

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Good article in "Rider" this month~ check it out.
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If you're getting 8 or 10k from a set, that's pretty good in my opinion. I'm not sure you can expect much more than that.
For the type of tire the Roadsmart is, I think you're right. The UK moto mag, Bike is really high on the Roadsmarts, and rates them as about the best of the current crop of ST tires, so it may not be the case that any of the others will do much better.

The only tires that have given me more mileage than what you're getting were the Metzler ME880s I used to run on a touring bike. They would routinely go more than 14K. OTOH, nowhere near the grip of a Roadsmart or PR2 or BT-023. FWIW, I would not run ME880s on the Versys unless I was doing almost all freeway riding or something like that. Just a complete waste of the capabilities of the bike to put it on tires like that, IMHO.

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I have some new Distanzia on the machine, and I am super impressed with them for how I ride. The grip is fantastic, but they are a little rougher on the highway than an ST tire. They are a soft SM compound, so we'll see how long they last.

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Have a angel on rear but still think I will cut it out not much after 10,000km but better than 8000km got on oem dunlop and last tyre a Pirelli Strada.
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I have about 8000 miles on my Pilot Road 2 rear and about 9500 on the front OEM Dunlop. I am losing confidence with them both in the rain. I am thinking of grabbing some Michellin Anakees next... need rain traction more than anything.
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I have some new Distanzia on the machine, and I am super impressed with them for how I ride. The grip is fantastic, but they are a little rougher on the highway than an ST tire. They are a soft SM compound, so we'll see how long they last.

I'm thinking of pulling the trigger on those or the Pirelli M-60s, also soft compound. My spring riding will be soggy so maybe it will be worth it in spite of the mileage I won't get. By May, maybe the soon to be released Scorpion trail.
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I have about 8000 miles on my Pilot Road 2 rear and about 9500 on the front OEM Dunlop. I am losing confidence with them both in the rain. I am thinking of grabbing some Michellin Anakees next... need rain traction more than anything.
What makes you believe that Anakees will be any better in the rain than PR2's? Are you planning to ride off-pavement too? The Anakees would certainly be better for that.

The PR2's are one of the best rain tires I've ever ridden with the exception of race wets - which last no time at all. Have you tried running a full set of the PR2's?
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How about Michelin's new Pilot Road 3?

http://two-wheels.michelin.com/



Metzeler's Roadtec Z8 Interact:

http://www.metzelermoto.com/web/cata.../sport_touring

Continental's ContiRoadAttack 2:

http://www.conti-online.com/generato...ttack2_en.html

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I'm looking to replace the stock tires with Avon Distanzia's in the next month after 8500 miles on t he stockers. Anyone know exactly what size Distanzia's to purchase for AN 09' Versys? I was thinking of ordering them off Ebay and then taking them and the wheels to a local MC shop to change out....Thanks in advance.
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I'm looking to replace the stock tires with Avon Distanzia's in the next month after 8500 miles on t he stockers. Anyone know exactly what size Distanzia's to purchase for AN 09' Versys? I was thinking of ordering them off Ebay and then taking them and the wheels to a local MC shop to change out....Thanks in advance.
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