Tires? - Kawasaki Versys Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 63 (permalink) Old 05-14-2012, 05:22 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Youngstown, OH
Posts: 133
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tires?

The stocker replacements are starting to square off. What should I get? Avon? Continental? Pirelli? Michelin?
TR Versys is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 63 (permalink) Old 05-14-2012, 06:15 AM
Member
 
invader's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Kapuskasing Ontario Canada
Posts: 7,830
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Pavement only? Sport touring? Are you in USA?
invader is offline  
post #3 of 63 (permalink) Old 05-14-2012, 06:24 AM
Member
 
Skeeter84's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Green Bay, WI
Posts: 78
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
I really like the Bridgestone 023's as a pure street tire.

2008 Red Versys 16k miles
*Givi Windscreen*SW-Motech Evo Rack*Seahorse 720 Cases*Seat Concepts Seat*HID Headlight

1975 Honda CB200T
1976 Volkswagen Bus
Skeeter84 is offline  
 
post #4 of 63 (permalink) Old 05-14-2012, 06:32 AM
Member
 
weljo2001's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Norwalk CA
Posts: 15,516
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Garage
I like the Michelin PR3's for Hwy,City,Canyon and the Dirt roads i've run across.


2009 Blue Versys.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Sold
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

My Farkles...
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
...
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

My Video Channel
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

My Photos...
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


I'm not a Gynecologist. "But I'll Take A Look"

Everyone has a plan 'till they get punched in the mouth...
Mike Tyson

"Ya'll can go to hell, I'm goin' to Texas!"...Davey Crockett
weljo2001 is offline  
post #5 of 63 (permalink) Old 05-14-2012, 07:02 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Frederick, MD
Posts: 448
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Enjoying my Pirelli Scorpion Trails.

Nice utilitarian tire.

"Why do I ride?"


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
MikeV is offline  
post #6 of 63 (permalink) Old 05-14-2012, 07:44 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 58
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
street twisties - Dunlop Q2
street traveling - PR 2 or 3 (I like 2's better)

I currently have a conti race attach street on rear and Mich Power One up front.
Heading to the Gap.

MotoEd
jose jimenez is offline  
post #7 of 63 (permalink) Old 05-14-2012, 07:46 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: San Antonio, Tx
Posts: 128
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Michelin Anakee 2s is the best tire I've ever had. Great on road and off. Super grippy.

Life is short, a midget told me that.
Choppastyle is offline  
post #8 of 63 (permalink) Old 05-14-2012, 07:50 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 123
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
I know when I tire of these junk Dunlop's (already squaring slightly with just 1100 miles on them) I'm going to install a set of Conti Motions. Not because they are cheap, but because they just flat out work. I had them on the FJR and they were really smooth, handled the wet better than any other tire I have ever used previously (85 mph in a driving rainstorm without even a hint of hydroplane), and didn't show the slightest bit of wear in the 2500 miles I rode them. FJR's are pretty hard on tires because of their weight and power.

For me and my dirt/gravel riding needs most any ole tire will do. I don't venture out on them unless they are mostly dry. I've single track rode an FJ1200 on Metzeler Comp K's so the V will be a piece of cake.
ec90t is offline  
post #9 of 63 (permalink) Old 05-14-2012, 08:06 AM
Member
 
Zechariah's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: N. Atlanta, Ga
Posts: 85
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by jose jimenez View Post
street twisties - Dunlop Q2
street traveling - PR 2 or 3 (I like 2's better)

I currently have a conti race attach street on rear and Mich Power One up front.
Heading to the Gap.

Why the 2's over the 3's?

I'm looking at getting new tires sometime soon, and want sport tour/dual compound since I do a lot of highway riding on my commute...
Zechariah is offline  
post #10 of 63 (permalink) Old 05-14-2012, 11:39 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Wisconsin, 25 miles north of Milwaukee
Posts: 1,567
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Dunlop RoadSmarts - for sport touring and commuting. I got 7,000 miles on my first set, and 8,000 miles on my second set, and just put on my 3rd set. They work great. Just take it easy the first 100-200 miles to break them in. Don't ask me how I know.
trialsguy is offline  
post #11 of 63 (permalink) Old 05-14-2012, 12:59 PM
Member
 
dxhFZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 379
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Unless you plan on doing alot of offroading, or track days- a good Sport Touring tire is what your looking for.

I use Pirelli Angel ST's- excellent mileage, and unheard of grip... i won't use anything else until they stop making them! Feels like your connected to the road by a rail... i never got the pegs down before i put them on but now i do it regularly and often by accident lol, it's just so fun to go into turns with that much confidence in your tire

Bikes:
65cc Benelli Dynamo
Yamaha ttr-125
Kawasaki KX-125
Yamaha Yz426-f (current)
2010 Kawasaki Versys! (very current and loving it!)
dxhFZ is offline  
post #12 of 63 (permalink) Old 05-14-2012, 01:23 PM
Member
 
CJBROWN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: OC, So-Cal
Posts: 1,063
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Really? You're starting another tire thread???

Chris Brown
In SoCal
2009 V - custom black-on-black - SOLD
CJBROWN is offline  
post #13 of 63 (permalink) Old 05-14-2012, 03:31 PM
Member
 
DaveC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Ottawa, ON Canada
Posts: 915
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by dxhFZ View Post
Unless you plan on doing alot of offroading, or track days- a good Sport Touring tire is what your looking for.

I use Pirelli Angel ST's- excellent mileage, and unheard of grip... i won't use anything else until they stop making them! Feels like your connected to the road by a rail... i never got the pegs down before i put them on but now i do it regularly and often by accident lol, it's just so fun to go into turns with that much confidence in your tire
+1. I just had these installed, and they are a huge improvement over the stock tires.

That said, I have to agree with CJBrown on this one...the search function is your friend on this topic.

Dave C

Dave C
2008 Versys (Red)
DaveC is offline  
post #14 of 63 (permalink) Old 05-14-2012, 03:36 PM
Member
 
stagehand38's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Clinton Township, Michigan
Posts: 1,172
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Conti "road attack 2's" .....Brilliant!


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Aerodynamically sound since 1959. So says the good folk @ Lockheed, Atlanta GA.
The KLE 650 VERSYS: It can't replace the Love of a good woman but...
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

My Bike is my solitude amongst the multitudes

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

"Wounds heal, chicks dig scars...Glory, lasts forever!"
TRUE PATRIOTS QUESTION EVERYTHING
stagehand38 is offline  
post #15 of 63 (permalink) Old 05-14-2012, 08:32 PM
Member
 
2daMax's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Penang, Malaysia
Posts: 1,188
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Pirelli Scorpion Trails. Great wet grip, confidence inspiring both in wet and dry.

Present Ride: Yamaha Super Tenere 2012
Previous Ride:
2011 to 2015 2011 Versys Spark BlackKawasaki Ninja 2010 to 2011 250R 2008 Plasma Blue
My V's Farkle Log:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
2daMax is offline  
post #16 of 63 (permalink) Old 05-15-2012, 12:40 AM
Member
 
MntVersys's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Waynesville, NC
Posts: 259
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
+ 1 on the Pirelli Angel ST. Someone on this forum once said concerning the tire's handling: "it's like telepathy".

Rode 2,000 miles on an Ozark vacation last year. I totally agree with him!

~ Wes

"Nothing bugs a handyman more than a stripper that works too slow" ~ Red Green


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
MntVersys is offline  
post #17 of 63 (permalink) Old 05-15-2012, 06:17 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 58
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
pr3 has too many sipes up front for my taste.
The pr2 held just fine at good speeds.

MotoEd
jose jimenez is offline  
post #18 of 63 (permalink) Old 05-15-2012, 09:46 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Maryland
Posts: 106
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by jose jimenez View Post
pr3 has too many sipes up front for my taste.
The pr2 held just fine at good speeds.
I'm not sure how the number of sipes affects normal street use except to improve wet weather performance. I've gone through 2 sets of PR2s and I'm working on a second set of PR3s. They're both excellent. The front PR3 on my Honda has 18,000 miles on it and looks good for more.

George
bicyclist is offline  
post #19 of 63 (permalink) Old 05-15-2012, 03:11 PM
Super Moderator
 
fasteddiecopeman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Kelowna, BC - summer; Florence, AZ - winter
Posts: 17,373
Mentioned: 23 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ec90t View Post
I know when I tire of these junk Dunlop's (already squaring slightly with just 1100 miles on them) I'm going to install a set of Conti Motions. Not because they are cheap, but because they just flat out work....
X 2 - I've got a set of ContiMotions waiting to go on, and I used a set on Big Red, my AZ Versys, before the Tourances. VG tires!

Quote:
Originally Posted by CJBROWN View Post
Really? You're starting another tire thread???
Chris, I think the tense is... startED..., not startING...!

Ed
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


'08 V AZ, '15 V650LT BC
Ride to D2D 2013, June '13

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Ride to D2D 2015, June '15

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Ride to D2D 2016, June '16

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
fasteddiecopeman is offline  
post #20 of 63 (permalink) Old 05-15-2012, 03:55 PM
Member
 
CJBROWN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: OC, So-Cal
Posts: 1,063
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by fasteddiecopeman View Post
Chris, I think the tense is... startED..., not startING...!

Um, yeah. Next up: what oil should I be using?

Chris Brown
In SoCal
2009 V - custom black-on-black - SOLD
CJBROWN is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki Versys Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome