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I am just about to turn over 10,000 miles on my Versys. The stock Dunlops are shot and my chain was bad. I just replaced the chain and put on a set of Michelin Road 5's. Wow! What a difference. The bike rides smoother than the day I drove it off the dealership lot.
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Can you post a pic of the tread pattern? Thanks


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The rear has over 6k on it.
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Love my Road 5's.....

5's by weljo2001, on Flickr
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The rear has over 6k on it.
Ill be looking into them soon....thx

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Not sure where you ride, but wet traction is perfect and dry is even better. I just rode those through like, all the winter storms (except yesterday) out here and only had a slight issue when someone dumped soap or something under an overpass in the wet.
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Not sure where you ride, but wet traction is perfect and dry is even better. I just rode those through like, all the winter storms (except yesterday) out here and only had a slight issue when someone dumped soap or something under an overpass in the wet.
Sounds like just what Im looking for. End of the season change!!

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Am I missing something here? The Rear tyre label says it’s a 180. I thought the Versys takes a 160?

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Am I missing something here? The Rear tyre label says it’s a 180. I thought the Versys takes a 160?

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Both post with the sizes pictured are for Versys 1000's..

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Both post with the sizes pictured are for Versys 1000's..
The tread pattern for the 180 is the same as the 160.

V1 requires bigger rubber than V650. Call it a generic thing if that helps.
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My friend rides a VFR800 (from some obscure japanese manufacturer - and he's very happy with his Road 5's both for long hauls and some very spirited twisty bits

I'd consider them top candidates myself, if I weren't on the verge of getting Avon Trail Riders for a little light off-the-pavement action for my own 2008 650.
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My friend rides a VFR800 (from some obscure japanese manufacturer - and he's very happy with his Road 5's both for long hauls and some very spirited twisty bits



I'd consider them top candidates myself, if I weren't on the verge of getting Avon Trail Riders for a little light off-the-pavement action for my own 2008 650.
VFR800... What a weird name. Sounds like something a car manufacturer would name something for a market they weren't fully committed to. BMW,maybe?

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The Pilot roads have been pretty damn good since the 2 and onward. The only downside is the price lol.

I've found the Pirelli Angel GT just as good though. I'm about to try out a set of Avon Spirit ST's and see how they do.
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Road 5 tires are great

Like these tires!
The ride is more ‘supple’ compared to the stock Dunlops. They remove small imperfections in the road.
Riding in a torrential downpour yesterday and they were completely trustworthy.
Tires feel ‘rounder’ from side to side (to be fair the Dunlop’s were very squared off) and the bike falls into turns with a lighter touch and line changes mid-corner are easy and drama free.
Not a hint of slip anywhere. Only about 500kms on them. Very impressed. Pricey, but worth it. My 2 cents. For what it’s worth to you. Cheers!
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if I weren't on the verge of getting Avon Trail Riders for a little light off-the-pavement action for my own 2008 650.
I love those Avon Trailriders for pavement of all calibre,true M&S road tire. Notice that Kenda(whom I totally respect for tires) copied the Trailrider for their Big Block paver but couldnt copy the snipes. 90/10 though,dont get your hopes up for gravel. OK for FSRs. But very stout,grippy road tire for all conditions, no noise. Confidence for the unexpected on obscure twisties.Just changed my front,got 36K out of it,still had tread. 2nd rear,theyre good for 18K my style of riding....

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I love those Avon Trailriders for pavement of all calibre,true M&S road tire. Notice that Kenda(whom I totally respect for tires) copied the Trailrider for their Big Block paver but couldnt copy the snipes. 90/10 though,dont get your hopes up for gravel. OK for FSRs. But very stout,grippy road tire for all conditions, no noise. Confidence for the unexpected on obscure twisties.Just changed my front,got 36K out of it,still had tread. 2nd rear,theyre good for 18K my style of riding....
Thanks! That's really useful information! I'm not expecting to do any offroading that would do actual offroading any justice, but some of the most beautiful trips I can take when I just have an hour to spend, offers some hard packed gravel roads and the odd earthen trail. I tried gravel on the Metzeler Roadtecs that were on the bike when I got it , and it was a .. clenching experience.

Again, thanks a million, and sorry to every one else for suddenly hijacking this thread. The Pilot 5's are awesome, and win basically all tests I've read in European magazines, though I guess they're mostly testing them on touring bikes. Should be an excellent choice, I believe.

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