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I need to get new tires and brake pads

Any recommendations and links would be appreciated. I'm looking at dunlop and pirilli, and have no idea about the pads. Thanks in advance
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Any recommendations and links would be appreciated. I'm looking at dunlop and pirilli, and have no idea about the pads. Thanks in advance


I got a great deal on my tires from http://www.jakewilson.com/cl/52/Motorcycle-Tires Had them shipped straight to the shop that put them on for me.

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They carry brake pads too.http://www.jakewilson.com/search?ter...sys+brake+pads

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I got a great deal on my tires from http://www.jakewilson.com/cl/52/Motorcycle-Tires Had them shipped straight to the shop that put them on for me.
And out of curiosity, which tires did you go with?
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And out of curiosity, which tires did you go with?
Michellin PR-3's

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I think nearly any modern tire from a reputable manufacturer--except the OEM tires--is good.

I've had a few of the popular ST tires. BT023, Angel ST, Z8 Interact. I guess I'd be happy with any.

The BT023 is cheapest and IIRC least prone to squaring off. The Angel has a sporty profile. I think the Z8 is the best in the rain, but this isn't based on careful side-by side testing. Different days, conditions, and bikes.

Dunlop Roadsmart IIs are supposed to be very good, but after the OEM tires I wasn't eager for another Dunlop.
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I'm riding Metzler Roadtec Z8 Interact's front and rear. It's a compromise, I love the Metzler M5 Sportec Interacts cause they stick like a repo man, but they grind down in a hurry, so $/mile is muy expensivo.

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Metzeler Z8 Interact was tested side by side recently adn was voted 1st as the sport-touring tire.
http://www.metzelermoto.com/web/news...obal&word=word

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It's a little too early for me to fully commit, but if the Z8's continue to hold up, then yes. There are a lot of good tires out there, people like the Michies and Pirellis too. I think my OEM Dunlaps were old - the date codes made no sense and they were hard and slippery, making for a treacherous ride.

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Would you get the Z8 again for your next tire change?
I would.

They're squared off some at 3400 mostly freeway miles. I'll see how long they last me. If I don't get double that mileage, the rear could be replaced with a BT023 to save money. I'd rather use a single compound tire though if it will work for the riding I do.
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I have over 9000 miles on my stock tires. (2011 V) The rear is pretty squared off and has been for a while. However, I have had no issues with my stock tires. I ride rain or shine and have had no issues in light or heavy rain. I maintain speed, and have no lack of confidence in the tires. I am not down to the wear marks yet but will be replacing both front and rear tires soon. I would not take my current tires in current condition to the track but for everyday commuting I have no issues with them.
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Any recommendations and links would be appreciated. I'm looking at dunlop and pirilli, and have no idea about the pads. Thanks in advance
I would recommend Micheline Road Pilot 3's for the best combination of grip and long life on pavement. Dual rubber compound tires like the Michelins usually wear better too. Currently the Pirelli Scorpion Trail is the only DS tire made to fit the Versys. I've just installed the Pirellis, they seem to have improved grip on the dirt without much sacrifice in pavement performance. Too early to comment on how they will wear.

As for brake pads metallic/sintered offer the best performance. For example EBC's "HH" rated pads.
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I love my road pilot 3's. I F%$#ING HATE PIRELLI (see below for 2500 mile rear tire picture, no they would not warranty or replace it)


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Pirelli Scorpion Trails, great grip in wet and dry, but may not last as long as the BT023. 100X better than the stock Dunlops.

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I have worn out many motorcycle tires and for my money the Michelin PR 2 is hard to beat. I am sure the PR 3 is just as good. Michelin is almost always a safe bet.
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Thought I'd provide the link to a tire review on those Z8s: http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/402/10...re-Review.aspx

Sport touring tires, not dualsport...just to be clear!

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Wow guys, thanks for all the pointers!

I'm getting mixed reviews on the Pirelli's, and both myself and a few of my friends that ride have never heard of Metzeler... so I think I'm going to go for the Michellin PR 2's or 3's.

Really, I appreciate all the suggestions, absolutely invaluable information to have
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I'm getting mixed reviews on the Pirelli's, and both myself and a few of my friends that ride have never heard of Metzeler... so I think I'm going to go for the Michellin PR 2's or 3's.
Metzeler is a highly regarded German tire company. Sister company to Pirelli. Of course the PR2 & 3 are highly regarded too.
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