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Tire Recommendation

I need some new rubber for Sys. Anyone have recommendations? How many miles (or km) did you get with your set and did you like them?
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I went with the Michelin Pilot Road IIs about 2000 miles ago and I love em! I'm sure I'll get at least 5000 more out of em though. Nice and sticky, but not so soft as to wear down badly.
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I'm running z6 right now and am happy with them. First set the rear gave me about 9000 miles, the front about 12,000 but was changed because it started to cup and I can't stand the feel of a cupped tire. (well that and the fact that I got a tire changer for Christmas and REALLY wanted to try it out).
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I'm running z6 right now and am happy with them. First set the rear gave me about 9000 miles, the front about 12,000 but was changed because it started to cup and I can't stand the feel of a cupped tire...
What mileage did you get out of the OEM tires and was it the same riding style that got you 9000 out of the Z6?

I ask because I went through the OEM Dunlop rear by 3400 (it was at the wear bars at 2600) and I just got 6500 out of a PR2 rear. — Not too bad... but I’d kinda like to get a bit more...

BTW, which tire changer did you get?
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I put on a set of Pilot Road 2CT at 8,000 miles when the OEM tires wore out. I now have over 19,000 on them and I figure to get a couple of thousand more before I need to replace them, maybe more. And I will go with them again as I can't see changing tires twice a year, what with me riding between 12,000 and 15,000 miles a year.

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My OEM rear is shot at about 5600 miles. Just ordered Bridgestone BT-023's, they were about $30 less than the PR2's, hopefully they will perform and wear well.
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Dunlop RoadSmart all the way. Made about 12000 km on the previous set, just got new ones installed.
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I have been impressed with the factory dunlop. I have used a pilot road in the past, but after a short slide i wouldn't get it unless i got the 2ct.
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What mileage did you get out of the OEM tires and was it the same riding style that got you 9000 out of the Z6?

I ask because I went through the OEM Dunlop rear by 3400 (it was at the wear bars at 2600) and I just got 6500 out of a PR2 rear. — Not too bad... but I’d kinda like to get a bit more...

BTW, which tire changer did you get?
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I think I got something like 8500 out of the OEM tires, same riding style, which is for this bike mostly commuting 70 miles per day from April to December, and a few long distance (plus 1000 miles) tours with some back road riding, but I do not ride this bike overly hard.

The rear cupped and squared off so bad that although it had more tread life in it, the ride quality was terrible. From day one I wanted those plastic feeling POS tires off my bike, I am not a Dunslop fan to begin with, and those ancient 221's were crap in my mind, damn things would slide if rain was in the FORECAST let alone actually on the road.

I got a Cycle Hill changer (made by NoMar), enhanced with a few bits from NoMar themselves and a balancing stand from PitPosse. I have changed about 4 or 5 tires this year so far and love it.
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I got 10,000 miles on the OEM rear, 11,x00 on the front. Put a RoadSmart rear, Shinko Advance 005 front. Mileage is now at 16,500 or so.

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When I bought my '07 in the spring, it needed both tires replaced to pass the safety. After lots of reading I went with the Dunlop Roadsmart Sport touring tires. I've been very happy with them. Lots of grip wet and dry, and so far the wear is great.

I took a quick picture for you after I washed it tonight. This is my rear tire after almost 6000 km's.
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Just put on a set of Pilot Road 2CTs -- can't speak to mileage, but I really like them so far. Very stable, sticky enough, and I hope to get 15000km out of them considering that I am a pretty tame rider.

I took off what I assume were the original dunlops at 15000km (about 9000mi) and they were ABSOLUTELY knackered -- the flat spot that the original owner had worn on the rear made the tire thin enough to actually puncture from a sharp stone on a gravel road.

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My OEM rear is shot at about 5600 miles. Just ordered Bridgestone BT-023's, they were about $30 less than the PR2's, hopefully they will perform and wear well.
I'm using 023. It provides more than enough grip for road use, dry or wet.
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I put on a set of Pilot Road 2CT at 8,000 miles when the OEM tires wore out. I now have over 19,000 on them and I figure to get a couple of thousand more before I need to replace them, maybe more. ...
Boy I’d love to know how you guys get that kind of mileage out of a tire! I really don’t push it that hard and I’m getting 1/2 to 1/3 of what some of you are reporting!?! I wonder if it could be a difference in the road surfaces...

BTW, Do you mean the “Pilot Road 2” or the “Pilot Power 2CT”? They don’t show a “Pilot Road 2 CT” in their catalog.
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It got to be road surface, over here we will not get as many miles on our roads, you guys have smooth decks to ride on.
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... I got a Cycle Hill changer (made by NoMar), enhanced with a few bits from NoMar themselves and a balancing stand... I have changed about 4 or 5 tires this year so far and love it.
Same here... I waivered over the cost at first but my only regret is that I didn’t get it sooner. It sure takes the effort out of the job, not to mention the fear of gouging a rim — or worse, doing unseen damage to a tire while putting it on...
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Just changed out my rear OEM tire at 7200km (~4400 miles); cupped badly edge to edge (made cornering in the rain exciting...). I picked up a Bridgestone BT-021 for a really good price ($100 CDN vs. $195 for the BT-023). First ride - hard to tell, due to going from the remnants of the OEM tire, but certainly has nice bite in the corners and feels more planted.
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I love the Michilin Pilot Road 2 CT's

got 11k miles out of the rear
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I got 4.5k out of the stock rear tire and 5.5k on a Pirelli Scorpion Sync. I now have a Metzler Tourance on the rear and others report getting 15k out of them. I have about 500 miles on it and so far I'm happy with it.


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