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Replacement Tires

What kind of tires have anyone used for replacements. I am looking at Michelin Pilot Road 2. Anyone try the Michelin on there versys.
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do a forum search on tires, there are lots and lots of threads relating to this exact topic.
A lot of us are going for Dual Sport tires once our stockers are dead.


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Avon Storms. Very nice tire in all conditions. Warm up very quickly, stick like gum.

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The Dunlop Road Smarts are an excellent tire. The tire has two different rubber compounds. A harder one is in the center for better mileage and the sidewalls are a softer rubber for better gripping around corners.

I haven't put them on my V yet but I had them on my Honda ST1300 and was very pleased with them.

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I'll second the Road Smarts. I have about 1,000 miles on this set. Wear is good and they stick well in all conditions. I did try the Continental Road Attack, nice tire, performed well I'm just looking for longer wear.

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I had a set of Continental Road Attacks on my ST1300 and after about 2500 miles the tires looked like a V. The sides down to the chicken strips were just about gone, but there was still some tread in the middle. I think the St was just to heavy and the sidewalls of the tires took a beating during cornering with the weight of the ST. Otherwise, I liked the design of the tire, but wouldn't buy them again. Just personal preference.

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replacement tires

I just put on the Pirelli MT60 dual sport tires and so far they seem to be

excellent. Haven't had them in mud yet but will soon.

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Keep us posted Mike I am interested in how these work for you.


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The Dunlop Road Smarts are an excellent tire. The tire has two different rubber compounds. A harder one is in the center for better mileage and the sidewalls are a softer rubber for better gripping around corners.

I haven't put them on my V yet but I had them on my Honda ST1300 and was very pleased with them.

Would you recommend them for one who uses their "V" exclusively on-road? My stockers have 4800 miles on them so far and they are wearing great...
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Dunlop Road Smart, Avon Storm, Metzeler RoadTec Z6, Michelin Pilot Road 2, and Continental Road Attack are all excellent, grippy and durable sport-touring road tires... Continental's newer and more affordable Conti Motion is pretty interesting too, and has grooves that look like the Road Smart and Storm.

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Dunlop Road Smart, Avon Storm, Metzeler RoadTec Z6, and Continental Road Attack are all excellent, grippy and durable sport-touring road tires... Continental's newer and more affordable Conti Motion is pretty interesting too, and has grooves that look like the Road Smart and Storm.
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I just stuck a set of Distanza's on mine, but I ran Road Attacks on my VFR and loved, loved, loved them. If you are sticking to the road only, I think they are great!
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Check out the ContiMotion: http://www.compacc.com/prod.cfm/cid/1705002/pid/19541
http://www.conti-online.com/generato...motion_en.html

By the way, I'll be slapping on an Avon Distanzia in front, with a Continental TrailAttack (150/70-17) in the rear.

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Dunlop tire sale at Cheap Cycle Parts- 50% off MSRP until February 28th!
Dunlop Roadsmart: $100.86 for front 120/70-17, and $123.70 for rear 160/60-17, plus $20.17 total shipping to USA, or $42.17 to Canada, with USPS option (NEVER UPS). They have excellent prices on other tires like Distanzia and TrailAttack, etc as well...
http://www.shopcheapcycleparts.com/s...catalogId=1207
They even list all OEM parts for the Versys: http://partsfinder.onlinemicrofiche....p?Type=12&A=15

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Why never UPS?



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Motorcycle Superstore is less expensive with free shipping:
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/
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Why never UPS?
I meant when having something shipped from USA to Canada. UPS's brokerage fee is astronomical. It's always only $5 brokerage fee with the postal service.

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Motorcycle Superstore is less expensive with free shipping:
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/
Dunlop Roadsmart tires are cheaper from Cheap Cycle Parts, even with USA shipping charge: $244.73 for the set instead of $255.98. Shipping is free from Motorcycle Superstore to USA only...

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Ahhh, I was waiting for a 'UPS sucks' story.

I'm leaning toward the roadsmarts, but I don't need tires yet.



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Have been running RoadSmarts for about 3500 miles almost all pavement except for an occassional gravel connector. Still look good and still nice & sticky. Like em. Will run em again.

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I've got 6000m on my Continental Road Attacks and they still have 3k+ on the rear and way more on the front, by the look of them.

Good in the wet, very sticky when you warm them up in the twisties, I'll go for them again.

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