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All weather? Avon Storm, or Storm Ultra II.
GREAT grip in the wet, as well as the dry. Nice fast profile, good wear characteristics.
 

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The Angels I have on mine I quite like. I swapped them on in place of a set of Pilot road II's. Better feedback and turn in is noticeably quicker.
 

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Invader, would you recommend any that you have used on the Versys?
 

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Pick your favorite brand - they all have a good tire.

I like to see what's on different bikes. Like the Ducati Monster has angels, the previous 'strada had syncs. Both get very favorable reviews on the V. I happen to like Pirelli tires.

Conti and BS are also known for good tires, road attack sport and BT021's always come up from those brands. A lot of guys go back to 'dunflop' and put the roadsmarts on and like them. I see the road attacks on some of the bimmers. Also interesting to see what the sumo guys run. There are 'sportbike' tires and then there are 'sport touring' tires. The former are softer with less grooving, the latter for better wear and rain capable. Some with dual compound for super-slabbing makes sense if you do that. Generally the sport tire is more rounded in profile and a more aggressive tire will be more pointed for a quick turn in and larger contact patch at high lean angles.

Unless you're a hardcore rider a sport tire will work fine. The V really isn't too hardcore for tires, so most all of them work well where you can get them in the right size.

Are you going to mail-order or buy from a dealer? If the former are you mounting yourself or having it done? If the latter, see what they have that you like for an installed price.

Tires are like oil and beer - everyone has their favorites.
 

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Except Invader's choice, ALL OTHERS are TOURIST tyres, that Versys doesnt want

First, choose what do you want to do with your bike
Open road cruising?
Curvy roads?
Track?

Dont put a tourist tyre on your Versys, especialy with ''W'' indicator
Versys doesnt ''eat'' tyres, and it is light too

My Pirelli Diablo H lasts 14000kmh, i think it is long enough

TIP: Dont keep motorcycle tyres on for more than a YEAR, they become HARD/DRY
 

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Pirelli Diablo H! I think it's the most suitable type of tyre for Versys, 'cause it can provide that fun attitude Versys already has! They warm up easily, the are great for b-roads and track and they live long enough, if you 're a long distance cruiser. They do not like dirt or any off-road use though, but Versys doesn't like them either!
Here, in Greek slippery roads such type of tyres that warm up easily it's a must have to survive!
 

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If we take your Tip, many off us won't see 5k miles on them because we took them off to avoid hard and dry. Your hardcore...cool!
 

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Pilot Powers, they are the best I have tried and the cheapest. Stick like glue, wet or dry. Just inflate them properly 36/36. I only get 2500 miles out of the rear and about 4k out of the front. But with that in mind I only get 2600 out of the Pilot Road 2 rear.

The Distanzas are good tires but I only got about 2k out of the rear tire.

As far as the Avon Storm, I have only used a front, and it lasted less than the Pilot power, got about 2k out of it.

So best bang for the buck, best traction and lowest cost Quality tire, my vote is the Pilot Powers. Only problem at the moment is they are on backorder everywhere. But should be coming in soon this next week in most places. Motorcycle Superstore has the set for about $189 shipped to your door.

Todd
 

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If we take your Tip, many off us won't see 5k miles on them because we took them off to avoid hard and dry. Your hardcore...cool!


Do you know how many low-sides i saw from dry(old) tyres?
Unfortunately(!) we have only 2 wheels, we dont have 2 more wheels like cars
If you slide, you are going doooooooooooooooown!!
Off course depends from the condition of the road, but dont you know Murphy facts?
 

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mine are sportsmarts still will be getting rid of them when they wear out.
Ive always like conti road attack and Avon Storms but that was on different bikes
 

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Dunlop Q2 .....Amazing.....

My trusty Pilot Powers were just replaced with the new Dunlop Q2 ....Wow...This seems to have a profile that suits very confident inspiring, high speed , aggressive riding , that the Versys is truly capable of ....I bought a f&r from TireExpress .com for $200 and the technology in these Q2 Qualifiers are so much better than any other Dunlop tires i have had over the years...:clap: Also MADE IN AMERICA...!:usa: Cheers..
 

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My trusty Pilot Powers were just replaced with the new Dunlop Q2 ....Wow...This seems to have a profile that suits very confident inspiring, high speed , aggressive riding , that the Versys is truly capable of ....I bought a f&r from TireExpress .com for $200 and the technology in these Q2 Qualifiers are so much better than any other Dunlop tires i have had over the years...:clap: Also MADE IN AMERICA...!:usa: Cheers..

I might have to try a set, seems Michelin is starting to produce their tires in Thailand. And from the reviews I have read so far, the Thailand tires do not last as long as the Spain or France manufactured ones.

I had 2 new 07 CBR600RR's with the original Qualifiers on them from the factory, and they were very good, just did not last long. Got less than 2k miles from them.

Todd
 
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